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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Feline Friday

Custard and Oreo sleeping this morning.  They will always welcome a belly rub though!
 Muffin practically pushes me out of the bed in the morning so he can have my spot.  That red pillow is the "cat's pillow".  If it is not on the bed, they will wake us up looking for it.  I used it for Pippi when we got her at four weeks old and she slept on it with my hand on her in case she woke up needing to go potty.  I would have to take her because she was so little and being potty trained.  Muffin always snuggles up with her Muffin.
 Muffin is eight months older than Pippi and helped me raise her.  They are now best buds.
 Last week I made Molten Lava Cakes for the first time.  They were a lot easier to make than I thought.
  I did not have enough ramekins or custard bowls to bake them in, and used my clear Pyrex storage bowls.  They worked perfectly!
Not all of them turned out right, I think that I needed to cook them a couple of minutes longer.  I got the recipe out of my Better Homes and Garden cookbook.

Have a great weekend ya'll.  I have a Ladies Bible Study today at my church.  The only other thing I have planned today is finishing up 25 nine patch blocks for a block exchange.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Singer 15 Japanese "Clones"

 I wanted to talk about my Japanese made sewing machines.  They are made to usually resemble the Singer class 15 machines.  After WWII, from what I understand, Singer either sold or gave the patent for this machine, to Japan.  It was to help Japan get back on it's feet economically.  These machines are from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
Here is a close up view of the army green machine, who is a Premier.  It belonged to a dear friend of mine.
I decoupaged her cover.
 They were often given American sounding names to appeal to American consumers.  Unfortunately, some people like to collect the name plates, which is why so many machines are missing the name plates on them.  You are not technically supposed to call them clones because it is just a term that collectors like to use.
I have a close up and more information about my tan machine here:  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2013/10/japanese-15-clone.html

I was able to get some very interesting information on the black machine, she is a Dressmaker Special from Leonard's Department Store in Fort Worth, TX.
A better picture and the information is here:

Large retailers would purchase machines and have the company name on them, some even had their own machines like the Sears Kenmore.
I have been wanting a blue machine for a while.  She is my newest.  I am going to turn her into a a hand crank because her motor sparks and the foot pedal is missing.  My neighbor across the street picked her up for me at an auction, he only paid $5 for her!  I love her white cabinet.

These Japanese machines were very well made, quiet, and run smoothly.  Japan also gave us a lot the colored machines.  The Japanese manufacturers made a lot of improvements to the machines which were also heavily influenced by German machines.

I have to apologize about my awful phone pictures.  My husband really needs to get my camera fixed.

The North East Texas T.O.G.A. (treadle on gathering academy)is coming up April 7 and 8, Friday and Saturday, in Lone Oak, TX.  If you would like more information about it, they have a Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/NortheastTexasToga/

If you have any information to add, I would love to hear it!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sew Sweet Bee Block

Our queen bee for the Sew Sweet Bee this month is Cathy from a A Quilting Chick Blog.
She picked the block "first Kiss" designed by Podunk Pretties.
I really like this block.  I broke my finger, but luckily I already had the majority of the first block sewn.  I went ahead and tried sewing the second block together also.
The little iron my husband bought me at Christmas is perfect for ironing open seams.

This is a block that needs to be laid out every step of the way to make sure it does not get messed up.
I'm not really sure what happened to the block on the left, well, I guess it has to do with trying to sew, cut , and iron with a broken finger!  I'll be sending Cathy the block on the right.
I broke my finger by slamming it in a window and then the window got stuck up with my fingers stuck in between the panes.

Be sure to check out Cathy's and Lea Ann's  blogs, you will really like them!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Sonnet


Gone is the freezing cold,
Winter has lost it's icy hold.
The sun has sprung forth to stay,
And nature will come out to play.

The insects are starting to toil,
Worms tunneling through the soil.
Nature's workers are the ants and bees,
Lots of insects for us to see.

Daffodils pushing through the dirt,
Flowers of every kind and sort,
Reaching, grabbing the sunshine,
Budding grass and trees won't be left behind.

This beauty God has created,
To keep our soul captivated.
The robins and bluebirds come out to fly,
And our senses soar on high!

by Missy Shay

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Feline Friday on Quilts

It has been cold here lately.  I made my husband start a fire and then I pulled the chairs right by it.  Cupcake thought it was the perfect spot, she could sit on the stool with her front paws on my leg.  Of course she ended up in my lap.
 Instagram has been having a quilt-fest this month with each day a different topic.  Yesterday was a picture of a quilt with a loved one, my family are terrible about sending me pictures, so I had to take a picture of my cats using my husband's quilt.

 Here is a picture of Tiger and Squeeky on a quilt I won in a raffle from Confessions of a Fabric Addict .
 One day the subject on the Quilt-fest was solid colors in a quilt.  This was perfect, my solid colored cat on a quilt with solid colors.  This is an utility quilt my grandmother made me when I was a little girl.  Yes, it is polyester!  I don't think there is any batting in it either.  It is tied.  I used to go to sewing bees with my grandmother, at her church.  They would have me crawl under the quilt, then hand the needle to me so I could pass it back up to them, so they could tie the yarn.  I loved it!
Today, the quilt-fest was favorite quilt book.  How could I pick just one book?  I love books.  I just grabbed these six off the shelf.
I just wish I had more time to make more of these quilts, bags, and aprons.

Thank you joining me and my kitties today!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winner announced!

I drew the winner for my giveaway this morning.  I wrote everyone's names down on a piece of paper and had my student draw a name.  Goodbye Peeps won the journal!  Congratulations!

Remember that if you did not win, Shalana is having giveaways on her blog and Instagram every Friday this month.  All her journals are also half off in March.  She has journals for men and women, be sure to check it out!

You can buy her journals on Amazon here:

You can also buy from her website here:

Her Instagram is here:

You can enter her blog giveaway here:

Thank you to everyone for entering!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Picture of Vintage Sewing Machines/Or My house the Museum

Last week I shared pictures of the projects everyone brought.  Today I will show you how I set up my sewing room and living room in anticipation of talking about my machines.  I will share information about the machines in several posts, this is just an overview.
The first pictures are of my sewing room.

Singer 66 Redeye hand crank next to attachments and a puzzle box

Singer 16 Industrial Treadle

Singer 66 with Lotus decals

Singer Featherweight

Japanese 15 style "clones"

My design wall on the right, and the quilt I'm working on draped over the TV

Featherweight, Industrial head, modern Janome, Japanes 15 clone(dark green)

Japanese 15 style "clones"

My living room

Singer Model 12 treadle

New Home converted to a hand crank

On the coffee table Singer 99 converted hand crank

I forgot to take a picture of the Franklin treadle I had in front of the fireplace
You can see a picture of it here:  
Counting my two toy sewing machines and one electric not shown, I have 16 sewing machines.  I'll give more information about the machines in later posts.

How many sewing machines do you have?


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sewing Machine Social

I have a Homemaker's Group I go to the second Thursday of the month in the afternoons.  We take turns hosting, and this month was my turn.  I did a talk on my vintage sewing machines.  I will have to show you the machines in another post.
The picture below is of Miss Norma making a mug rug on one of my handcranks.  Miss Norma learned to sew on a treadle but had never used a handcrank before.  I also demoed my treadle, unfortunately, those pictures did not turn out.
 We had a show and tell and everyone brought a craft they wanted to share.
Debra, who does not usually come since she lives an hour away, shared a baby blanket she made. She is Miss Norma's daughter. The baby shower was that night.  I'm sorry about the pictures, the sun was not cooperating for good pictures.
 Linda, on the right, is a friend of Debra's and came with her.  She shared several quilts that she made.

 The below one is cross stitch and embroidery.

 The bluebirds were blocks a lady in a nursing home had started but could not finished, so Linda finished them for her.

 Pat loves using her embroidery machine and sewing.  She embroidered these towels for a college student.  She also made and embroidered the sweatshirt she is wearing.
 Here is a baby bib she made and embroidered for a new baby in our church (we go to the same church).  Cupcake joined our party.
 Garnet  crocheted this baby blanket for a new baby in her church.  I love the ruffly edges on it.
 I delinted and vacuumed all the cat hair on the furniture.  This chair is not in great shape so I keep a quilt on it.  Oreo decided to put the cat hair back on the chair and sleep on it before the guests arrived.  I used my string quilt to cover the TV.
 I had four sewing machines in the living room.  Here I have my New Home(1920) and in the back is my Singer model 12(1881).
 Here is a corner of my clean sewing room.  I had to clean it for my demos.
I promise to do an upcoming series on my blog about my machines.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a journal.  You can enter here. You have until Monday to enter.

We have a different theme each month for our group, next month's is gardening.

Aside from quilt guilds, are you involved in any other clubs?

Missy (currently with a clean house but I doubt it will last long)
"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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