Sunday, June 3, 2012

So Proud

I was so proud of grandson, Graham, after watching him play his beloved trumpet this past Friday. He and 2 other teens, that play sax, were chosen to play Jazz at a coffee shop in the same town. It was so much fun watching them perform and have fun. It was a great hour...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vintage Kenmore

For quite a few years I have been using my moms old Kenmore sewing machine cabinet as an end table in my living room. I love the color and the inlaid wood areas. There is an old sewing machine in there also. I learned to sew a little on it in the 50's and 60's. My mom only used it for mending and maybe a couple of items of clothing. I do remember her making me a rust colored corduroy doll coat with a big white collar for my Tiny Tears doll. Oh, how I wish I had that coat today.
My mom was very meticulous about details and recorded everything in the instruction booklet. In fountain pen ink, of course!
I threaded the machine (with help from the booklet) and was able to put the bobbin in the vertical bobbin holder and actually stitched a little. I remember there was always tension problems. It sounds really "rough" and I am sure could use some oil. The manual shows LOTS of areas to oil unlike our modern machines. I love the inlaid wood areas in front....that's why it's in an area that I can look at it all the time.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Part 3

I have the same kit for the next quilt....thanks I know what the flimsy should look like!

I finished my jelly roll sampler quilt except for the outer border.  Mine is made with Verna by Kate Spain.  I think there is pattern here on what I need to get finished!!  Well, the next pic is a finished flimsy of the sampler.

Mary, our sweet leader on the right and her sidekick, Karen.....doing what we did a lot all weekend!

This last picture was taken on Monday (the day we left to go home) morning.  Merciful had been working on it all weekend and stayed up quite late Sunday to bring it to this!  So darn pretty!

Sorry....thought I had turned it when I downloaded the pic.  
 I won this small bag of stuffing....really neat.  I've never seen any like this before.  Maybe another pincushion?

 Speaking of pincushions, Patty and I think her Mom, made us all "donuts" for our Saturday evening "snack"!!  All we had to do was add the sprinkles.....

 Our final "giftie" from Mary was waiting for us on Sunday morning.  These were made by her aunt with leftovers from her love of rug hooking!!  We all wore them for the day!

 That's it for another year.  So much fun, so quick the time flew by!


Part 2 Retreat

I have so many great pictures left of our Retreat, so I am going to try and stuff this post with most of them.  Here are some of our finishes or works in progress.

Several tote bags done and really sweet colors!

The  beginning of a Christmas/winter quilt.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Retreat Fun

Two weekends ago my sewing buddy, Sandy, and I went to our annual quilting retreat. A great time in Amish country....the Inn at the Amish Door. This is a beautiful hotel and a great restaurant on the same premises. Our conference room/sewing space is on the third floor and a fun time was had by all. Women sewing, eating and laughing...what more could you ask for?  We were given treats each day thanks to our leader, Mary, and her helpers. The bag behind my machine was in the first day goodie bag...along with cute little scissors and a handmade lanyard to hang them on.

I had made this little pincushion at home to take,  thanks to Kim's tutorial.  By the way, I now love Crate and Barrel!

These were our treat bags on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day.

Some shots of the room.

A few of the gals shopped for quilted fabric to make sewing machine pads with pockets for under their machines.  Here are Sherry's, Mary's and Roberta's.

On of the gals that works a lot with wool made this for our head lady, Mary....simply gorgeous!

Some of the many projects in progress on Saturday.

More great pictures to come......btw, wish I was heading to another retreat this weekend....hmmm!