This post covers several topics briefly. I hope you enjoy it.
1. As unbelievable as it sounds, it’s part of my job to look around online for all kinds of interesting things related to quilts, quilting and sewing. I come across the most amazing stuff.
2. I have a small collection of sewing machines, all kinds. But I don’t have anything even close to this. What can you even say about such a thing of beauty? Seen on the blog of Kit James, Fine Fettle.
3. I rarely get on ebay because when I do, I see things I think I need. Such was the case with this quilt top. Quiltmaker’s focus on hexagons a few issues back got me all fired up for hexies.
When it arrived (true confessions, I bought it), this top was even better than I had dared hope. I love it! It’s entirely hand pieced. I think it deserves to be hand quilted. What do you think?
I always enjoy studying old fabrics, and I was pretty sure the black and white print shown above and below looked familiar.
Denyse Schmidt ran through my head, so I googled and guess what I found?
This print was part of her Hope Valley collection for FreeSpirit. When I dug in my stash, I was delighted to find some! Who would have guessed I’d own some of the vintage fabric and some of the new fabric, too?! Pretty cool, huh? Fabric designers sometimes use out-of-copyright older fabrics and I wonder if that’s what was done here.
4. I’ve been on a couple of garden walks this summer and I love the vintage items people put in their gardens, like the chair above and the milk can below.
People create such sweet vignettes in their gardens. I liked this sort of scarecrow-lady with flowers for her hair.
I started thinking about my own gardens and my own interests and realized it would be completely natural for me to have a sewing machine or two. In my gardens.
I’m not the only one who has thought of it. Last week I saw this when I stopped at a garage sale across the street. It’s not really in a garden (more of a weedbed), but it was a similar idea. Of course I snuck over there and took a photo.
And I found this one by googling. Doesn’t that look cool? All it needs is the actual sewing machine. It lives on a blog called Cornflower Blue Studio.
So I started looking for a junker that might be comfortable living in my garden, and this is what junk-luck brought to me within a few days. I was at a garage sale and, because she had lots of home-sewn items for sale, I asked if she perhaps had a vintage sewing machine. When her husband wandered in, she must have mentioned it to him, because just as I was getting in my car to leave, he shouted at me!
He asked if I wanted a sewing machine that would run or one that would not. I said I was interested in both types, and he led me just a few steps up the street to what he called his “salvage trailer” and pulled out this sorely neglected, sadly rusted Singer red-eye.
When I said, “How much?” he countered, “Whatcha wanna give me?” I didn’t want to be too cheap but let’s face it, it’s going to sit out in the weather, so I said “Ten bucks?”
And he took it. I’m a happy camper and I hope he was, too.
Nevertheless, it made me feel bad because this is what a Singer red-eye should look like. I guess Mother Junk knows what she is doing because if my machine were any less bedraggled, I’d be tempted to restore it. As things are, I’ll be okay with putting it out in my garden, which was the whole idea in the first place.
Over this past weekend, I had another huge hit at a local garage sale. A post on my Find of the Decade upcoming!