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

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!


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!

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