"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chain Stitch Sewing Machines

One of the early sewing machines was a chain stitch sewing machine.  A chain stitch does not use a bobbin, it only has one strand of thread instead of two.  There were several chain stitch sewing machines at the T.O.G.A.  
You can find them as hand cranks and treadles.  Alex has done amazing research on these machines, so I will just share links to his website and refer you to him!
You can find more information about the Singer chain stitch sewing machine here:
This was Suzie's machine.

Sue had a Willcox and Gibbs hand crank and a treadle.  You can find more information about Willcox and Gibbs chain stitch here:
 See the way it is threaded?

There were several on the repair table too.
This is such a cool machine.  Sue let me sew on hers, it was the quietest machine I have ever heard!

I would love to have one, maybe someday!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

AR T.O.G.A. 2015

I went to the first AR T.O.G.A this past weekend, in Mena, AR.  Cheryl from Cheryl's Teapots 2 Quilting blog was there, it was great getting to know her better!
 These are the t-shirts we bought, I just love them!  A toga is for people who use hand cranks and treadles to do their sewing.  Think quilt retreat with an emphasis on machines.
Cheryl did a great demo on how to make a hexie flower tape measure.  You can see a better picture of it on her blog.
There were not many people there, but we still had some great machines and demos.

There were a couple of sewing mats, Margaret told me how she made hers.  I want to make myself one.

I love this yo-yo quilt I saw at local shop.
Several of us rented a house for the weekend and here is a sunrise I saw.
It was a lot of fun and I still have a couple of more blog posts to write that I will share later!


Monday, September 21, 2015

More blocks and a mess!

I love teaching, but it does not leave any time for sewing!  I don't think people realize how much homework teachers have!
I got four more blocks last week.
 Counting the two I made, this brings my total up to nine!  My husband said my quilt is going to be ugly.  :(  I tried to explain that once I make more blocks it will look better.
Of course my kitties had to help me!
My sewing friends also sent me a lot of goodies!
Over Labor Day weekend I bought some shelves for my closet in my sewing room.
Here are the tubs I pulled out,
and the mess in my room.

 I have not had any time to do anything in my room. I try to spend at least five minutes every once in a while folding material onto the shelves.   It is driving me crazy!  I'm hoping to sell some of my machines to clear some room.

My goal is to get blocks cut and ready to sew for the T.O.G.A. next week.

Have a great day ya'll!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Sew Sweet Bee

 I got another block for my sew sweet bee!  This one came from Renee at Sewn With Grace.  She was also sweet enough to send me some cute kitty fabric and a charm pack.  This makes two blocks I have gotten so far.  The other was from Donna.
School has been super busy, as a teacher I always have a ton of homework, but it will slow down as the year progresses.
Watching the cats play with their catnip bubbles is a great unwinder!
I would also like to thank everyone who voted for my fur babies, they won first place in the Pets on Quilts Show!! in the cats on quilts category.
I hope to get some quilting done this weekend!


Monday, August 31, 2015

An Invitation!

I want to invite you to a new T.O.G.A.(Treadle-on Gathering Academy)!  It is in Mena, AR on Oct. 1-4.  TOGA's are a lot of fun, if you love treadle or hand crank sewing machines, you want to come! If you just want to learn more about them or maybe even buy one, this is the place to go.   I live in MO about 4 1/2 hours from there and cannot wait to go!  Did I mention it is free?  There will be a raffle to help raise money to pay for the rental of the building.  If you are interested in going, Just look up Arkansas Treadlers on Yahoo groups.  You can sign up to come in the data bases.  It is so much fun, I hope you can come!  If you look in my sidebar on the left, I have a category for TOGA, check out what the North East TX TOGA is like.  

Let me know if you have questions!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Please vote for me!!

Please vote for my fur babies on the Pats On Quilt Show!!  You can see the entries here:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/2015/08/pets-on-quilts-2015.html  My post is number 14!

Vote here:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/2015/08/let-voting-begin-pets-on-quilts.html

Here is my post!  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2015/08/pets-on-quilt-show-2015.html

I am probably a little biased, but I love my babies the best!

I got a new couch and Tiger loves it!  LOL

Have a great weekend ya'll!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Binding Tip

Everybody has their own way of making binding.  I am going to share with you my way, and if you want to share any tips, please do!
I start off with a 2 1/2 inch strip.  The first thing I do is fold it in half length wise and iron it to give me a fold down the center.

Then next thing I do is fold each side to meet in the center and iron again.
Then I fold it together again and iron once more to put the crease back.

I use the creases as my guides when I sew my binding on.

I'm still learning new techniques for sewing on my binding and hope to one day buy one of those binding makers and see how they work.  Have you ever used one?

I have to leave you with a cute cat picture laying on the quilt with the binding from above.
Pippi and Muffin
I am linking up to a new linky party at Podunk Pretties, Friday will be a linky party at Quilt Shop Gal.
Don't forget to vote for my entry into the Pets on Quilts Show, voting begins on August 27!

Have a great day ya'll!


Friday, August 21, 2015

New Quilt Block

Hello everyone!  I got my first block in my Sew Sweet Bee Quilt blocks from Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest.
To see the blocks I am getting from everyone, go here.  I love the red and yellow she used!
She also has an Etsy store and I finally bought the Farm Girl Vintage book from her.
She also sent me some great cat themed fabric that I keep petting!  I'll need to plan something special for these!
Sorry about the colors, my dining room has no windows!

I have been super busy this week, it was the first week of school!  I am the Science teacher for 3-6th grade at a Christian School.  I am thoroughly exhausted, but it is a good exhausted!

Open House with one of my students.

My hermit crabs

My science corner

My reading corner

One of my hermit crabs, the kids named him Big Boy

Muffin was fascinated when I put them in this small terrarium to carry them back to school
I also had a fun weekend with friends on Sunday
Hopefully I'll have time to quilt this weekend, but I still have a lot of school planning to do now that I have an idea how the week will go.

How was your week?

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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