Wednesday, September 14, 2016


I love swaps. Making something and sending it off the giftee. But, sometimes I find it very hard to come up with an idea that I think the giftee would like. The swap this month is pincushions. I'm pretty good at making them as I've made several in the past as gifts and have numerous ones around my sewing room to hold different style pins and needles. I want to make this one reminiscent of one my grandmother gave me many years ago. It looks like a small chair. It was made from a small Clorox bottle, since I don't have any of those, what I do have is a Morton salt box that I have been saving for just such a project. Although the old one had glued on flowers and mini roses, I thought that I would embellish this one with embroidery and glass seed beads and bugles. The person this is for is more of a naturalist, so I hope doesn't mind that I want to make it pretty. It will be made from a up cycled merino wool sweater.

I want to make  this out of wool. I live in FL one of the hottest states around. The only time it gets cold enough to wear a sweater or jacket is Jan and Feb. SO....It is next to impossible to find wool fabric in FL fabric stores  and when you do it's $8-12 for less than a 12" square. I visited the Goodwill the other day. I found some interesting wool coats, but I felt (ha ha) like the wool was just a tad to thick for what I was looking for. I started looking in the sweater section, yes there are sweaters worn in FL on occasion. Bingo... I found some cashmere sweaters. They've been through the first hot water wash and dried. They shrank some, but not quite enough to be considered "felted". So, I will be washing them again today to see if I can get a more felted look. I like to up cycle items. I think what is left after making the pincushion I might use the rest to make some doll berets and maybe a jacket to match.

I guess I better get moving as I have less than two weeks to get this made and mailed to the recipient. Pictures will come later.

Friday, August 12, 2016

365 Quilty Group

I have joined a group on FB and the challenge is to do one circle block a day for 365 days to make a quilt. It's been one month and everyone seems to be staying on track. SS is making square rounds and the initials of her loved ones, HB has started adding yoyo's to her grouping. CS has added fishes of the sea, JS is doing black and white, and SG is using a red background. I am using white on white, white on cream and tans as my backgrounds. I just started doing reverse applique this month. It's definitely different. I think I am really going to enjoy doing this as there will be a group of us keeping each other on track. You should be able to see my progress here in my Flickr album.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Well, for some reason I can't for the life of me think why I haven't written about making this wonderful bag before now.   Last year I was in an ornament swap for Christmas, but I decided that I wanted to do something a little special for the friend I was sending to. I had found this wonderful instructional tutorial over on The Zen of Making  on making hexagons and this adorable bag to carry them in.
This is the one I sent my friend. From what I understand she loves it and takes it with her traveling.

I got to thinking a while back, that I could use one of these to carry with me to the hospital and all doctors offices I seem to be waiting a lot in lately. Last year I started making the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. It seemed everything I carried was to bulky, to small, to open and everything would fall out.  So here is the one I made for myself. 

I really love these colors. I used them as one of my blocks and for a block swap that I'm also in. 
I kind of went all out on this one for me.
I painted the altoid tins to match, made a scissor
case and needle book too.

Here you can see the items I have chosen to put
in the tins.

And yes everything fits nicely inside for traveling and fits neatly in my carry all bag.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I have a new vintage machine that I found on CL a few months ago. Her date of birth is Jan 20, 1926. She was really dirty and in a really ugly carrying case. I have since cleaned her up and changed her motor out. I took the motor and foot pedal from Granny the 66 and put it on the Tiffany. I took the 66 out of the Sears cabinet and put in the Tiffany 15-30. This is the before picture. 

Here she is after being all cleaned. Wow! There was tons of nicotine and crud on her. Her decals are beautiful and multi-colored not just gold. I used to want a 66 Red-Eye, but I think this machine is so much prettier. The motor I changed out is super quiet too.  I had to chip out a small area for the slide plate to slide away to access the bobbin area. Since this picture I have stained the area to match better. Some day I hope to find the perfect treadle table for Tiffany that will do her justice.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kennie and Mr. Kenmore

What? More machines? You say?  Yes... I have quite a few more. It seems that I have started a small collection of sewing machines. Do I use them all? Well, currently I am not using them all. I am trying to rotate them through and use them after they have a good cleaning and oiling. 

Kennie, My first Love...I got him brand new in the middle 70's, either 75 or 76, I don't quite remember. It might have been our first Christmas together ( my first husband and me) The Kenmore, as I always called it is Model no. 158.19410  DOB 1975  freearm and heavy as the dickens. It still has it's original plastic case that was bought at the same time as the machine. It has feet galore. I would go to our little Sears store just to see what kind had come in. I bought every one that I could find and afford at that time, walking foot included. I made everything on this machine for many many years. Clothes for me, maternity wear. Clothes for my children. Toys, curtains, a bridal gown, baby blankets, any thing I could think of. He has been passed around to be used by different members of my family, but he always comes back to me. He was my first and I'll never ever let him go. He still sews as well as the first day I brought him home.

Mr. Kenmore, now this is a machine. See the pictures below. Sear Best Kenmore it's called, Model no. 158.19142  and DOB 1976/77.  He is also a freearm. I never knew this machine existed until one day I was looking through Craigs List. $45.00 was all the lady wanted. It had belonged to her mother. I had to drive to Pinellas Park to pick him up. I missed the exit and got lost . I ended up in St. Petersburg. lol I finally found my way to lady's house I brought Mr Kenmore to his new home. There were three large boxes of accessories and attachments that came with the machine. It looked like most of the accessories had never been out of the box, much less been used. He does need a little bit of TLC. I cleaned him up and he sits on top of the Kenmore cabinet with a Singer in it. Unfortunately he won't be able to sit in the Kenmore cabinet. Here is Mr. Kenmore, he takes cams and does monograms. Isn't that cool? I have really got to take the time to get him up and running. So he can be put into the rotation to be used. 


Just look at all those built in stitches, plus cams, monograms and buttonholes. This is one awesome 70's machine.

Look at those accessories and feet. I am in love with all of them.
Oh and by the way there are a few more machines to come. ;)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Treadle Quilters Quilt-A-Long

I have joined a group on Facebook called "Treadle Quilters" They are doing a mystery BOM. One has to make the blocks on a treadle or a handcrank machine. I have both, but I chose to use this machine as I am using Civil War Reproduction fabrics. I plan on this to be a quilt for my son and his wife.  They are into doing Civil War Re-enactments. This is January's block. I made two so that the quilt will be big enough to fit their bed. This will be more a scrappy style quilt using many different fabrics. It will also be a type of sampler quilt too as each month the blocks will be different.

For now I am piecing this quilt on my "New Domestic Treadle". I bought it last spring while visiting my sister in Darien, GA and brought it home with me. It took me all summer and fall to get her cleaned and up and running. She has a beautiful stitch.

This is what she looked like when I purchased her.

 Here she is in my sewing room plus two extra drawers that I found on eBay. Isn't she just  as lovely as she can be?  She has been given the name "Dominique"


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Beautiful Singers

It's time for me to start blogging again.  So sorry, I know I haven't been here writing in quite some time. I guess you could say that I have been lost in lala land for a while. I have Fibromyalgia and sometimes I get what is known as fibro fog. It really is a pain as it keeps your brain in a fog to the point that it makes it difficult to think or concentrate on any one thing for very long, plus it makes remembering things a real pain too.
I thought I would share a few of the machines that I have acquired over the past two years. 
I will start with the Singers.This a beautiful 1927 99K hand crank  that I got from a friend. It has a lot of history behind it, meaning the lady that previously owned this wonderful machine used it for 20+ years during Civil War Re-enacting. After cleaning her up really well and redoing the case she is just beautiful and stitches really well. Those are ruffles I made using the ruffler foot that came with her. I have named her Robin.

This is my baby. Yes she's a  1949 Feather Weight 221-1 something I have wanted for 30 years and never had the opportunity to purchase. Onyx came to live at my house two years ago. I really didn't have to do much to her, just give her a good polish. I did however refurbish her case that came with her.

This my dear friends is LaLa a 1926 128 LaVencedora a 3/4 machine. When I got her she was in terrible shape and her motor no longer ran. 
I cleaned her up and put a hand crank on for a little while.

Here she is all shined up and pretty.

I am so proud of her now. Isn't she a beauty to behold?  Plus she sews a beautiful stitch too.

This is Granny a 66 Godzilla / Crinkle finish born in 1952. I used to think she belonged to my grandmother, but she did not. I currently don't have her set up to be used. Maybe this summer or next I will get to working on her and cleaning her up so she can join the herd.