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Friday, May 22, 2015

A Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Just For Me

My hubby has been quite the amazing guy lately. 
He not only drives me around to take photos of my quilts, but he took me
 out for a ride today and surprised me by stopping at the local vintage store...

WITHOUT ME EVEN ASKING HIM TO!

I saw this vintage Singer sewing machine sitting there and it just called my name...trust me, it did!
The price was really good, so I quickly told that cute sales guy that I would be taking it home today.
My hubby asked me if I'd plugged it in to make sure it worked. Nope!


 We drove straight to my favorite local sewing machine store with big hopes that they could clean it
 up and maybe even get it running. There's some parts missing, but the body is in great shape.
After owning it for less than 20 minutes, I left the store without it.
I'll know next week whether it is just a pretty decoration or if it can be fixed.

I didn't even have my good camera, so my phone pics will have to do for now.


According to the nice people at the Singer Support Center, it is a
Singer Model 99, manufactured on April 10, 1934.

It even came with a Singer sewing cabinet (model #49) that's in not-so-good shape.
 It's missing the lid...darn...and one side of it is really damaged. 


It needs some gluing and painting, that's for sure.
The big decision is what color to paint it...I'm not sure what I'll do.
Leaving it as is or restaining it isn't an option because of the damage on the side.


I think my husband got the picture on how excited I was because I kept screaming saying 
"I'M SO EXCITED" AND "I LOVE I!"
(I get excited over the little things in life...like this machine!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Ladies Are Done

The Ladies Diary Quilt is FINALLY done!

I started it in June 2013 after falling in love with the fabric and design.
By September 2013 I had the top all put together.


It was quilted (by Quilted Works) in October 2013.


And here it is May 2015 and I finally completed the binding.
I'm so excited to get this sweet quilt TOTALLY finished!

I needed a fence high enough to accommodate this big quilt, so we hung it on a baseball field fence.


I love everything about it!




A little help from the hubby...


...who was trying to make shadow birds on my quilt.
Once a little boy, always a little boy. Love him!


I can now check this off my nonexistent list of things that need to be done. Yay!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Whoooo Lost My Brown Fabric

I'm sure it's ME that lost the brown fabric that was meant to be branches in my Hoots Hollow quilt.
I was probably being tidy (which rarely happens) and threw it away.

So...a little adjustment happened and no tree branches will be included in the outer border.
The gazillion leaves that have already been cut out will have to be used somewhere else.
It ended up a little smaller, but it works for me! Next step will be to quilt it.


This is Ribbon Candy Quilt Company's pattern with branches in the border...so cute!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To List Or Not To List

I'm bad about making any kind of a list. Like really, really bad about it.
Quite often I see blogger's posts with lists of their finished, need to finish, and want to finish projects.
They are my heroes!

When my oldest grandson was around four or five years old he used to pretend to write lists on his 
hand.  He would then accurately tell me what I needed to buy or where I needed to go.
I need him to write a "hand list" of all the projects I have in the making and need to finish.
Maybe that would motivate me...or not.

There's this quilt from October 2013 that is sitting in the corner waiting for minor finishing.
The binding is sewn all the way around it on one side. All I need to do is finish the other side.
I love this quilt, yet it sits there waiting for me...since 2013!



Then there's the Snapshot Quilt. I'm a block behind because I'm not sure I like the dog one I made.
Button eyes, applique eyes...I can't decide.


I've got all the applique done on my project from Margie at Ribbon Candy Quilting.


I only have a few blocks to sew together and then it will be done. I have to get it done, because
I hear that Margie has an elephant in the making and I will want to make it for sure! I love elephants!

There's my purple Dresden to quilt, a baby quilt for the grandson born two months ago,
then that one, this one, the other one...all sitting there waiting.
Let's not even go there with all the ideas in my head!

Last summer I finished several quilts, so maybe I can finish more this summer.
Are you a list maker? Do they really help?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Having Fun With The Ladies And The Dresdens

I spent Saturday with some fun ladies while teaching them how to make a Dresden Sunburst quilt. 
 Some of them just watched, but a few got into it and learned how to make a Dresden 
and one seam flying geese. They were so surprised at how easy it was to make them both.

I love the dimensional looks they created with their Dresdens and flying geese!
They've promised to send me pics of their completed project...I can't wait to see them!




I got the borders and flying geese attached to my purple Dresden and now I just need to quilt it.
Hopefully that will be soon!


There's A Winner!

Thanks to all of you who played along in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!


 #287 - Vickie W.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!


A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~ Tenneva Jordan

May your day be filled with lovely memories of the mom (or moms) who've been in your life!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit during the giveaway day at Sew Mama Sew!


What am I giving away today?
A $20 gift certificate from my favorite online store...

QUILT TAFFY!

Contest is over...thanks for playing along!

QUILT TAFFY has a large selection of fabric and sewing notions...great customer service, too!

The Rules
  1. Leave a comment...your favorite color works for me.
  2. Giveaway ends at 5 a.m. PST on May 11thEntries after 5 a.m. PST on May 11th will not be included in the giveaway.
  3. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: If you aren't sure whether or not you are a no reply blogger, LEAVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS...pretty please! You can't win if I can't contact you! It will be such a shame if I pick your number, but can't reach you.
I'm so glad you stopped by...hope you come again sometime!
You can follow me on Bloglovin or Facebook if you want to. It would make me smile!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day To Walk For The Cure

I did the Walk For The Cure on Saturday. 
There was way, way, way too much pink! That "C" stuff has got to go!

Go Team Sue!


I had some sweet company on the walk. It was one mile uphill both ways...I'm sure it was!
My daughter got me there and kept me on the right track. Such a good girl!


Even the police got into the pink mood.


There were so many participants supporting the cause...way to go Las Vegas!
#teamsue

Mother's Day Reliable Iron Giveaway At Sew We Stitch

I love my Reliable iron, but this new one has me all giddy and hoping to win one.
It is vintage, it is small, and it is cute! What's not to like!
AND...Madame Samm has a giveaway for one on her blog. I want it!


Head on over to enter this giveaway (or don't then I'll have a better chance to win.)
This is definitely on my MUST-HAVE list!

Sew We Stitch giveaway...HERE.
Reliable Corporation Facebook page...HERE.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Quilt Happenings Out Towards The West

I always feel like I'm a day (or month) late in finding out about quilt retreats and quilt shows.
By the time I roll out of bed and start checking things out, the retreats and show classes are full.
Well, this time I'm letting YOU know about a few things happening in the next few months 
out on the West Coast. Utah and Idaho have happenings...that's close to the West Coast isn't it?

So, here's a few retreats and shows I've heard about...

Corrie and Des at Quilt Taffy are hosting a quilt retreat!

Mountains, cool weather, great food...sounds heavenly!
Don't you just want to go sew with them?
Their little sewing machine logo to announce this retreat is just the cutest!
I can't think of anything more exciting than spending some sewing time with those two.
Check out the who, what, and where of this retreat at their Craft Taffy site HERE.
I love to shop at their online store and plan to giveaway a gift certificate from them on May 6th
 during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. Be sure to check my blog that day to enter!

Then there's...

The Quilt Walk Festival in Panguitch, Utah.
Deonn from Quiltscapes and Melissa Happy Quilting will be teaching classes.

The Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Deonn is teaching there, too! What a woman!

Now that I've shared a few fun happenings, do you know of anything else I might be missing?

Just A Little Peaceful Time With The Monkeys

No sewing going on, but I spent several hours with these two Monkey Boys yesterday.
I shot this photo on my phone when they stopped to view the small pond. 
They are both wearing their blue Crocs...too cute!

Sweet, sweet brotherly love!


When our walk began the temps were around 78 degrees, but quickly rose to about 98 degrees.
I was sure we were going to melt...so hot!

Voting ends today on my quilt over at Quilted Works Facebook page...HERE. Just click "Like."
Don't forget to check out the giveaway at Ribbon Candy Quilting...HERE.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ribbon Candy Quilt Company's Amazing Giveaway

I'm totally crazy about Margie at Ribbon Candy Quilt Company and I just heard she's having a 
GIVEAWAY!
Her applique patterns and Craftsy class just WOW me!

You could win one of three prizes...

ONE FREE ONLINE CLASS - $35 value
ONE $20 OF COUPON FOR THIS ONLINE CLASS
ONE $10 OFF COUPON FOR THIS ONLINE CLASS


DON'T enter this giveaway on my blog...
head over to her website HERE to enter.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Using Glue To Hold That Fabric Piece In Place

I keep my glue close by when I'm dealing with the need to hold a fabric piece in place.
It just makes some things easier for me and I definitely love easy!

The glue was a must when I was sewing my Sunburst Dresden. There were 24 points 
and no matter how hard I tried, they wiggled out of place when I was sewing them.
Out came my glue...loved it!

I glued all those points in place and let them dry before I started sewing them together.
Washable Elmer's Glue works, too. I tried it on my Purple Dresden to make sure. Yep! It works!
It doesn't need much...just a dab or two.



They went together so fast and with no worries about those points slipping.


I use Tombow or Elmer's School Glue when I'm having trouble making some seams meet, too.
Nesting seams usually works, but not always...or maybe its just me not being able to always do it.
Dab a tiny bit of glue, nest the seams together, and let it dry or touch it with an iron.



It stays there while I sew and gives me a perfect match on those seams. 


I'm off to play with Monkey Boys and just enjoy my day.
I hope your day blooms with warmth and sunshine!