Growing *The Choir

A little over a month ago, there was a post on one of my buy/sell FB groups for a Singer treadle from he early 1900s.  Although I did inquire about it at the time, the funds and the logistics just were not aligning, so I resigned myself to admiring from afar.  Last week I received a notification that the price had been reduced considerably.  Funding was aligned, and with some planning, so was logistics.

Wednesday afternoon, after school pick up, I collected my husband then an open Uhaul trailer and out to Salinas we went.  WE had to wait a bit as the seller had to make a quick run out, but, oh it was so worth the wait.

Now, sitting, in my living room is a well loved, well maintained Singer Model 66 treadle with Red Eye decals in a #21 Drawing Room Cabinet.  She’s just gorgeous!  All the parts turn smoothly, there were extra bobbins and needles in the drawer, and the manual was quickly downloaded from the ISMACS site.

I’m hoping to do some test stitching in the next few days.

Along with this beauty, there was an antique ice box. I need to do some more research on it, but it appears to also be early 1900s.  I plan to use it to store machine accessories and notions once I get it cleaned up and situated properly.  Of course, that probably won’t be until after the turtles get transported to their new home.

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Mom’s Visit, A Quilt Show and A Wedding

 

Mom came up for her annual visit early in the month and stayed for a whole week this time, Sunday to Sunday.  We did some shopping and pampering of her (chiropractic visit, massage at the spa, hair cut, pedicure).  By then it was only Tuesday!

Then we did an in-house shopping day – she went fabric shopping in my stash.  At some point in the last year I had picked up a fat quarter pack that just had mom written all over it.    Pinks, yellows, and greens with floral motifs are her thing.  She wanted to make a quilt like one of the ones I have of two-inch strips.  It would need a border, backing and binding, perhaps sashing.    I knew I had the perfect fabric for both backing and border.  Pulled those out and there was certainly enough of both.  I didn’t think I had the right green for the binding then realized I did.  It had been one of the options for the Candy Pop quilt.  Over Wednesday and Thursday, there was plotting, planning, cutting and sewing.  She loves using my old Featherweight.  It does make the most beautiful straight stitch.

Friday was the start of MPQG’s annual Quilt Show.  So many beautiful quilts and creativity.  Some of my favorites are pictured here in the slide show.

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We also visited their “Garage Sale” room in the back where the fabric is sold by weight at $0.25 per pound. “Danger, Will Robinson!”

Saturday is a kitty care day for Leo and I at AFRP. Mom came down with us for our two hour shift to play with the kitties. As the town’s Good Ole Days festival was in full swing, we left early in attempt to fin parking. Luck was with us that day, and a spot opened very near to where we needed to be. Between playing and loving on the kitties, mom visited the rescue’s supporting thrift shop next door and found some goodies. I went by to check on her and talk with Deb there. On my way out, I told Deb that if the Necci was still there the next day, I would take it home.

With new fabric and seeing all those quilts, mom was determined to get hers done. She kept going into the wee hours but finally had to call it a night. The only thing left was the binding. I handed her the thread and folded up the nearly done quilt then tucked it into a pillowcase to keep it clean. She packed it to take it home to finish.

We got her to the airport the next day despite crazy traffic, especially for a Sunday and got back in time to spend an hour at Good Ole Days before it closed until next year. Leo ran into a friend and they went on some ides together. Then we were both wiped out.

Oh, and the Necci was still there and did come home with me.

I have only been able to see if the motor ran, but have not spent any more time than that. The whirlwind was not yet over. Work kept me bsy the next four days on top of needing to pack. We were driving down to LA on Friday as my daughter was getting married on Saturday. Necessary work things were done Friday morning, then we all loaded into the car and headed south. My timing was awful as we hit rush hour traffic in Santa Barbara, Venture and Thousand Oaks/ Agoura. We grabbed dinner at Tommy’s and headed up to the folks. Unpacking the fancy clothes revealed a missing shirt that required a last minute dash to the mall before the shops closed. Saturday was the wedding and reception.

Welcome to the family, Jon. You’re in trouble now!

The following week saw another business trip and physical evidence of over doing plus allergies. But I’ve recovered mostly and hoping things slow down just a little. The most creative I’ve been able to manage is coloring in a coloring book.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Mom did finish the quilt! On Friday before we arrived! I think it turned out lovely!

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Newest Member of *The Choir

Saturday had a small adventure that included a drive I normally do for the day job.  I journeyed up to Daly City to see a vintage industrial Singer sewing machine, a 150w3.  Because of our weekly shift at the per adoption center, we needed to be up and on the road early.  There was the normal filling of the gas tank and acquiring caffeine.  Then we stopped at U-Haul to pick up the small open trailer I had reserved.  There was no way the machine was going to fit in my SUV, an while it would have fit in Kel’s van, the trailer has a much lower deck.  The assumption was that this piece would be heavy.

The drive up took longer than it normally would as pulling the trailer, especially with it unencumbered, required slower speeds than normal for me.  I didn’t twitch too much.  We found the address via GPS easily enough.  Then came the truly challenging part.  Daly City is essentially a suburb of San Francisco.  If you’re old enough to have watched the TV show The Streets of San Francisco you may remember how steep many of those streets are.  Not only is this street one of what I think of as the extra steep ones (so grateful to not be driving a stick), it’s a dead end.  Not a cul de sac with a little turning bubble, but a dead end.  So very carefully, I managed to get both the vehicle and trailer turned around, though by the time I was done it was way beyond a 3-point turn.  See the image below from Google Maps.  The yellow arrow is where I had to pull in, the orange is the direction I had to back the trailer then my SUV, and the green is the final parking spot.

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The drive and turning challenge were absolutely worth it though.  The machine belonged to the seller’s grandmother who was a seamstress who did draperies, leather work and a multitude of other things.  It was obviously well used and well taken care of.  As expected of an industrial machine, the motor is sizable and mounted under the table.  There is a knee bar but it does operate by using the treadle peddle.  A test sewing on the scrap leather on it showed she sews like a dream.  The table itself is a thick butcher block piece on a cast iron treadle base.  It has a separate bobbin winder and dowels embedded into the table top to hold extra bobbins and thread cones.  A small work lamp is also a part of the table.  There is a drawer on the left that has extra needles, bobbins, throat plates, presser feet and more.  Another bonus is the machine cover that was obviously made by her previous owner.  The first two photos are from the seller’s listing, and the remaining ones are from the spot of my garage she has claimed.

I spent time today cleaning and organizing the garage.  Considering the power draw this machine has, and the fact that the garage is the only room with all ground capable outlets, I think it is a good place for her.  A bit more work out there, and I may have a proper workshop.  My electrified workbench with riser and shelf is already out there so it will certainly be a good set up.

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Candy Pop Quilt Complete

Here is the Candy Pop Quilt all done! It is machine quilted using my Singer 401A and a wide zig zag style stitch.  Took a bit of a short cut and folded the backing over as the binding as I just loved the fabric.  20180318_112312

And here it is hanging on the new to me quilt rack.
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Needlepoint Pillows 2

Two more pillows were completed and delivered to my client.  One was a small print of random color splashes (sure, there is a word for it, but it eludes me at the moment).  The other was a hound dog / beagle that was challenging to to the nature of the needlepoint stitching not having a solid background.  For this one I ended up lining a cut of white cotton sheeting with fusible interfacing then doing a reverse applique to give both body and a regular rectangular shape.  From there I stitched random quilting lines to set off the border from the main picture.  It turned out fairly well I think.  My client certainly seemed happy with it.

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Needlepoint Pillows 1

I have recently taken on some commission work of turning completed needlepoint canvases into pillows for a neighbor.  It started with 4 canvases and a couple more have been added.  Three are done and given back to her.  Two are on the blocking board.  The last came in when I gave her the first 3 and still needs to be blocked.  It’s been fun digging through the stash to find the right backing and, in one case so far, trim.

Here are the three that are done.

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The Baa’s Have It (aka Mystery WIP)

The mystery quilt was packed up and shipped off in November, not directly to its intended recipient but to a nearby family member who was in on the surprise. Jane had agreed to properly wrap it and deliver to Beth for Christmas. Since it has been received, I can share full pictures.

The Baa's Have It quilt

Baa Quilt Close Up of quilting

This is my own design. I looked long and hard for fabric that had sheep that was not meant for a nursery and finally found just what I wanted on eQuilter.com. I ended up sourcing all the cuts from them that I needed, and as I tend to do, overbought slightly, but that meant oopsies weren’t causing stress. The batting is Warm & Natural Cotton batting. This I buy off the bolt when I have those 50% off coupons from Joann’s and get several yards of the largest width available. The woolly sheep shapes are all appliqued onto the black and red checkered background (one is actually reversed applique). The quilting was all done by hand using variegated perle cotton in sizes 16, 12 and 8 and selections of red/black or white/black cuts. The size 16 is a Presencia Finca thread and the 12 and 8 are Valdani – all sourced from Needle in a Haystack.

Visual Recap of the process:

And somewhere in my many files there’s a photo of the matching pillow. I will add it to the port when I finally come across it.

(Five minutes later) I found the pillow pic!

The Baa's Have It Pillow

The Baa’s Have It Pillow

 

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