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"


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"



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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


Googy girl

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