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

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Coin Purse

 I finally bought a clasp to make a coin purse a couple of weeks ago.  Yesterday I made my first coin purse.  I need to find a better pattern to follow though.
I fussy cut the big rose for the front of the coin purse,
and fussy cut two smaller roses for the back of the coin purse.
 This is the inside of the coin purse.  I love this material too, it just makes me smile!
To keep it real:  My corners where the latch bends, are not sewn very well and are a mess.  I tried reinforcing them by hand stitching them.  The tutorial I found said to glue the top into the clasp to hold it while I sewed it on.  Not only did the glue make a mess, but as it dried, it made it very difficult to push the needle through.  I was thinking of maybe seeing if my binder clips would work to hold the material in place while I sew it onto the clasp.  If you have a pattern you like to use, please share it with me!  My friend, Clarissa, asked me to make her one!  LOL


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Finished Blocks

 Hello everyone!  I have missed talking with ya'll!
I was determined to finish the quilting on my husband's quilt before working on anything else.  After three months of working at the school and not doing any quilting, I finally realized that I can't quilt unless I have a whole day to sit and concentrate on it.
However, I can piece my blocks here and there.  I moved a hand crank sewing machine into the living and have a block to work on anytime I have an extra five minutes.
This is the block I made for Trish for the Sew Sweet Bee.  When I saw my bowtie material, I knew I needed to make a bow tie block with it.  She asked for a sampler quilt.
 I received another Sew Sweet Bee block for my quilt. This one was from Erin.
 Oreo had to say hi.
I made two more single wedding ring quilt blocks for my quilt.  The lighting was terrible, so you cannot the colors very well.
I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Feline Friday

Happy National Cat Day - Yesterday!

It finally got cold enough to put my quilt back on the bed.  The cats are cold too!

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Small Town Quilt Show

 Our local museum, here in Ava, MO, had a small quilt show last Saturday.  There were some beautiful quilts there.  The board members made a beautiful embroidered quilt that they raffled off.

 Here is a vintage crazy patchwork quilt.
 Here is a vintage, friendship quilt from the 1950's.
 I love the lone, different block in the corner!
 Dinnishia Fleetwood painted blocks on her quilt.
 This next quilt was hand quilted and hand appliqued by Ina Fike, the block is Kansas City Star.
 I love the border!

 Kimberly Pitts made a John Deere tractor quilt that was cross stitched.

 Estella Smith made two landscape quilts.  This is something I want to try sometime.

 Sally Hicks made this chip basket quilt back in the 1980's.

I love all of the details on this Virginia Reel quilt.  Estella Smith started this quilt in 1972 and finished it in 2014.  It is kind of hard to see the details with the sun shining through.
 I love the hand embroidered dancing blocks.

 She appliqued musical notes on the quilt.  I love the ric-rac on the border.
 Did you notice the corners?
 This Double Wedding Ring quilt was made in the early 1900's.

I really enjoyed this small quilt show, I will definitely enter some quilts next year!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Zig-Zag Foot

Have you ever seen a zig zag foot before?  One of the ladies at the T.O.G.A. had one.
 It was short shank and fit right on my Singer 99 hand-crank.  I had never seen one before.  It had a perfect zig-zag stitch.  I am definitely going to keep my eye open for one of these.  It was super easy to figure out, I even made a video to show you, it's at the end of the post.

 For those of you who are not familiar with the older vintage machines, most of them are just the straight stitch.  I was looking for information on when the zig-zag stitch was added to machines, this is the information I found:  The Necchi, first imported from Italy in 1947, introduced the zig-zag machine to domestic sewing. Invented in the late 19th century, zig-zag machines had previously been used only for industrial sewing.  When creating a zigzag stitch, the back-and-forth motion of the sewing machine's needle is controlled by a cam. As the cam rotates, a fingerlike follower, connected to the needle bar, rides along the cam and tracks its indentations. As the follower moves in and out, the needle bar is moved from side to side. Sewing machines made before the mid 1960s mostly lack this hardware and so cannot natively produce a zigzag stitch, but there are often shank-driven attachments available which enable them to do so.
Here are a couple of pictures of the box and instruction manual.

 Wait until you see how the foot works!  Since the needle does not move, the foot moves the material!
I love learning about all of these old feet.  I need to learn how to use all of the feet I do have, I really want this one to add to my collection.


Saturday, October 10, 2015


I wanted to show you my birthday present.  I got a featherweight!  It is in great condition!
I found some great information on the card table that was made for the featherweights.  
Here is the case it came in.
I had trouble winding the bobbin, turns out it was a super easy fix.  I just needed to put some oil in that little hole.
 To wind the bobbin, you just flip the little arm down and loosen a knob on the handle.
 I had to put in my 1/4 inch seam.
 I made my Sew Sweet Bee block on it.
I love the way it turned out.  I'm afraid I was late sending it off, this is the first thing I have sewn since school started!  September's queen bee was Renee at Sewn With Grace.
 To make this machine extra special, it is a bicentennial!  Isaac Merritt Singer formed I.M. Singer & Company with New York lawyer Edward C. Clark, following Singer's first lockstitch sewing machine patent in 1851. The Singer Sewing Machine is offered for sale all over the United States. Within two years Singer is the leading manufacturer and marketer of sewing machines in the United States.  In 1951, Singer put out it's badged bicentennial 221 to celebrate being in business for 100 years!  They were only made for that year!
 I wanted to show you the difference between my little featherweight and my industrial treadle.  It's a big difference!

You can read more about the history of the featherweight here:

I have to say, it sews a perfect, smooth stitch!  I love it!


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

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