Sunday, June 22, 2014

My new old machine

A few weekends ago I spent a beautiful weekend away with my stitching buddies. One of them had a gorgeous Singer 222. This little machine just stitched away all weekend as she worked on project after project. It was just the cutest little thing.

I had previously seen these machines and have always wanted one. So after the weekend away I came home and did a little internet research on these machines, ending up on EBay. This little machine was up for auction.


With just 1 hr to go. So just like my Winnetta this purchase was a spare of the moment decision. Gadget and I discussed it, and I talked with my friend who was stitching away on the weekend and with a price in mind we bid with one minute to go.....and tah dah
We won


This is the first Singer I have ever owned however I spent most of my childhood stitching on my mums singer. I just adore my new baby. The previous owner told me it had been serviced just 12 months ago and that the machine was pretty much unused for most of it s time in her possession.


The singer 221 Featherweight portable sewing machines were made between 1933 and 1964. The machine (model 221), weighs about 11 pounds and was made to take to classes. I did a little research and discovered my machine was made on April 24, 1950 in Clydebank, Scotland.


She is in perfect condition, with almost no scratches, her decals are perfect with no rub marks.


She came with all of her original accessories, including the manual, lubricant and needles in their original packet. She sews like a dream and has already done some piecing for me.


She packs away in this super cute little box and I even have the key to lock her up.

And of course she needed a name, so considering she is Scotish I have named her Bonnie.
I am hoping that her first workshop will be at my weekend away at Nundle in August.

I just love vintage things, don t you?

"I hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy girl

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MSG and a weekend getaway

Usually during the winter months, our caravan (Bridget) is tucked away under her protective cover, however with the trip to Bali, we missed our usual Easter weekend get away and have had something or other on most weekends since so we really have had much time away this year.



Gadget decided he wanted some time away so he hooked up Bridget and he and Cooper headed off on Friday evening, To the beautiful Monkerai Valley, my favourite place to get away.


Cooper really enjoyed the winter sun, being outdoors and away from home.


Whilst the boys were playing in the sun , I headed to a workshop with Margaret Sampson George.
It was a wonderful day learning a lot from a very talented quilt artist and being totally surrounded by my gorgeous quilting friends.



I just love the details that Margaret adds to her quilts, you really need to study them closely to see them all. This frog was just perfect.


I needed to do a bit of shopping of course, every new quilt needs new fabric, with the bottom lavender check fabric being the background for my new quilt. Some of these fabrics are a l little left of centre for me, in recent times i have done most of my work with reproductions and i have to admit to feeling a little challenged , but everyone needs to step outside their box.
so this quilt will be an interesting adventure.


After the workshop I jumped in my trusty little red car and headed off to join my boys. We had a lovely campfire stew for dinner and we sat around the fire chatting about our day. Unfortunately on Sunday their was a fair bit of wind, and we were forced to spend many hours inside the van. But I did get to do a bit of stitching, with the view above providing a beautiful view.

I also took the opportunity to catch up on my reading and finished reading my latest book. I wish I could say it was a great weekend away but with the wind forcing us inside and the temperature dropping to freezing ( well it felt like it)!overnight, I have to say I was pretty happy to pack up and head home.....

Do you have a favourite place to get away for a weekend?

"Hoping that hands are working in a project that you love"

Ciao

Googygirl

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chookshed sewing party


Unfortunately I was unable to travel to celebrate the chookshed's 2nd birthday. I needed to split myself into four, I had so many invitations this weekend.

I did join the celebrations in spirit however by stitching along with my friends in cyberspace.



I had a glass or two of bubbles to toast the birthday shed . . . Lol



And sat in the sun stitching along with my friends, a work in progress, Merrimack



Almost finished, loving the late afternoon sun


And the second appliqué block is completed, just two more to go. I just love this block even though it feels like it takes me ages to complete one block. I am getting a huge sense of satisfaction as they come together.

I hope your hands are working on a project that you love

Ciao

Googy girl










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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

churn dash block swap

The churn dash block has alway been amongst my favourite traditional blocks. 
I did consider running a block swap, just so I could gather lots of these super cute blocks. 
Well lucky for me someone else thought of it too

Cathy from Novocastrian quilters has organised an eight month churn dash block swap using civil war reproduction fabrics and shirtings.


Above are my April and May blocks ready to swap


My already swapped March and


February blocks

They are collectively a lot more colourful and bright then I had thought they would be and ideas are already forming in my head as to the gorgeous quilt they will make. I've been doing a lot of looking at Pinterest for inspiration and surfing the net. I am loving this swap and I think this will make a bright happy traditional quilt.

Have you made a Churn dash Quilt?

Where do you get you inspiration?

Ciao

Googy girl






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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Merrimack update

This post has been a long time coming, the photos were taken almost a week ago
Like some of my other blogging pals I feel my blogging mojo has slipped of late.
But I ve had lots of enquires about my Merrimack so here is the update


The lovely Karen of Somerset patchwork sent me some more fabrics and my 3rd border is now complete and as it should be ( in a previous post I told of how i had made a cutting error and had multiple joins in one side of the border)


The first of the appliqué corner blocks for 4th border are complete, the second is now in progress. I need to make four of these blocks


I have started the cutting for these star blocks, these are also for the fourth border.
Unfortunately I have some very important secret sewing happening so Merrimack is on the back burner....hopefully not for very much longer.....


I wanted to share this little cutie, I first seen these on lillabelle lanes Instagram post. I searched for them on Etsy and was so charmed by them I purchased a few of them. They are magnetic and attack to your work by a magnet on the back and then they hold your needle for you by magnet on the front


Samantha posted them quickly to me and they arrived in this cute little packaging


And I've even found that they come in handy for other sewing jobs, like keeping my thread close whilst working on my secret sewing project.

Pop over to
Samantha's shop she has lots of cute designs and they would make great gifts

"I hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Ciao

Googy girl



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