Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Lamp SEWS!!!

Remember my sewing machine/lamp/nightlight?


It SEWS!!!!


A little oil, some persuasion, a bobbin case, a new needle, an adjustment to the take up tension spring, and she sews!!! Here are the top stitches.


Here are the bottom stitches.


I turned the hand wheel by hand to make the stitches, but just to make the machine fully functional, I bought a hand crank kit for it today.


I love my sewing machine lamp!!! Thank you a million times, Jack and Polly!


cheerful giver


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Panasonic 360 Freestyle Cordless Iron Giveaway!

Panasonic is having a giveaway of a 360 Freestyle Cordless iron over at Diary of A Quilter. Click the photo below to visit the site and see the iron and all the details!




I would LOVE to have one of these….or THREE!!!! Actually, I would love to have one in all three colors, please!

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It’s funny. I was looking at these irons just a few days ago and thinking of getting one for my birthday. I didn’t do it. Maybe I’ll win this one! If not, I’ll have to write a letter to Santa. I HAVE been good this year!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ambassador Debutante 3/4 Size Sewing Machine Lamp/Night Light

My brother and sisterinlove came over to see us and to spend the afternoon with us on Saturday, and they brought me some birthday presents. Jack was carrying something, and he had his coat draped over what he was carrying. I was thrilled when he ‘unveiled’ this masterpiece!!! Polly sacrificed one of her sewing machines so he could make a lamp for me! He removed the motor, and he said if I ever wanted to put it back on, he could give it to me, but I don’t think I would ever want to do that. I told him if I wanted to sew with it again, I would leave the lamp on it, and just add a hand crank kit to it! That way, I could sew, AND have light! I love the size and color of the lamp shade. I think it is just PERFECT! My niece Sandy sacrificed the shade. It was a family affair!


For effects, here is a photo of the lamp on………


…and here it is with the night light (or original sewing machine light)



This sewing machine is a 3/4 size sewing machine. It says The Ambassador Sewing Machine across the top. It is a class 15 type sewing machine, but I haven’t figured out what model it would be if it was a Singer. It was made in Japan, so it is a Singer ‘clone’. If the tension control was on the front, it would be a Singer 99 clone, but the tension is on the faceplate.


I love the Ambassador badge. It is a Debutante. I think I will have to do more research! (That is a pair of stork scissors hanging down on the left of the badge. I raised the reverse lever and hung a pair there after the pictures were taken yesterday.)


The faceplate is beautiful.


This lamp was a labor of love, and I will cherish it forever!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Quilting~Alzheimer’s Quilts~ Birthdays and Batiks!

Well….it looks like a mess, (I guess it was!), but we were sewing little Alzheimer’s quilts again this month for our monthly service project. Our monthly quilting group, informally named ‘Loose Tensions’ (referring to sewing machine ‘thread nests’ and our place to reduce ‘stress tensions’ once a month, or to ‘let loose!’) met yesterday. Oh, we always have such a good time! We started making little quilts last month with a couple bags of scraps, and this month when we cleaned up, we had more than what we started with! We felt like they multiplied right before our eyes! (A BIG Thank you to the Park View quilting ladies for saving their scraps for us!) You can see with the smiles on Renea’s and Patty’s faces that we were having a good time. This also was one of the last photos I took, and cleanup had already started, so this is what we had left at the end!


Ronelle brought her own fabric strips, as she had a special person in mind for her little quilt. It turned out beautiful!


Leslie and Margaret in deep concentration…


KT (Katherine T) was working hard while Christie (right) stopped by for a short time to visit. She has been mending from back surgery so didn’t join us today, but did stop by to visit and to bring us more SCRAPS! Diane, on the left, also made a surprise visit to see us. She has recently retired, and it was her job that I am now doing at work in the office. She dropped by to bring me a birthday gift and to visit us all. When we started our quilt group in 2000, she was one of the first of us, but life got busy for her and she left us. Now that she is retired, we are trying to get her to rejoin, but an occasional visit is all she will promise right now….maybe someday.


Here are some of the fruits of our labor. This one was mine.


I don’t know who did the one on the left, but the brown one was Kate’s. 20141004_133718

Also not sure here, but I think the one in the front is KT’s…..(KT?)


Not sure about the one on the left…Margaret’s maybe? I think Renea did the one on the right. Correct me girls!


Ronelle’s finished one.




October also meant birthdays for Renea and I. After the cleanup, here were my gifts. We love birthdays at quilting!


Patty was our winner of the draw for choice of fabrics, and she chose Batiks. Aren’t they all just beautiful?????


Before Diane and Christie left, I requested a group photo. All of us worked together at The CB Company. In the photo, is Patty, me, Diane, Margaret and Christie. Margaret started in December of 1978. Christie and I started on the same day in February of 1979, Diane started in April of 1979, and I don’t know the year Patty started, but she has also worked with us for many years. The company has been renamed, bought and sold many times, and now, it is called Dynamic Tube. Christie left us after about 4 years, and changed careers, but the rest of us I’m afraid are/were ‘lifers.’’ Christie and I became close friends right away and that friendship has lasted. She is the one responsible for our little quilting group’s birth. I believe our group is something that will keep us all joined together for many years to come….and when we get too old to remember each other, we will become NEW friends!!! Winking smile


It was a great day, as usual, and at the end of the day, I again, thanked God for such wonderful friends.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Quilting ~ Alzheimer’s Quilts ~ Brown FQ’s and Birthdays!

September is here, and quilting has begun. We had our first get together yesterday. I set up Friday night. The pool table transformed into a cutting table, and three ironing boards lined up in single file.


Another cutting table joined the first one, and Saturday morning, soft music was turned on, and Channel 6 weather ran in the background.


Another table was added this year, so some re-arranging was done.


AND…..I laid out my fat quarters for our exchange.

dark brown fq

Saturday morning the quilters started arriving. We hadn’t seen each other since the first Saturday in May! That was FOUR full months!

KT Renea

Polly, who was one our ‘Charter Quilters’ and who left us a few years ago, returned. We were ‘SEW’ glad to see her and have her come back! WELCOME BACK POLLY! You can see Polly on the far right of the next picture.

Sept 6th 1

Sept 6th 2

We had a few ‘show and tells’. KT finished a quilt she started last year, and it is now on her and her husband’s bed. She made it from the quilt block we sewed for Ronelle’s turn, called Boho Girl during last year’s quilting.

KTs Quilt

Renea finished a quilt top she put together while we were on summer vacation, for the Parkview Quilting girls, and brought it over for me to pass on to the PV girls.

Renea's Habitat quilt top

We had three birthdays to celebrate. Polly and Kate’s birthdays happened in the month of August, and Ronelle’s birthday was today, so we had birthday presents!!! Happy Birthday Ronelle!!!

birthday gifts

After everyone got settled in, and got to visit a little bit, we started sewing. We worked on some little Alzheimer’s quilts. We used scraps, lace, ribbons and zippers, and put our imaginations to work.

alzheimers suppliesmaking alzheimers quilts

Here are some of them. Kate



little quilts

The next two are the ones I made. 





It was fun, and felt good to sew for others.

Helping Others

…and we can’t forget about the ‘eye candy.’ LOVE fat quarters! Renea chose the fabrics and the project.


It was a fun day, and I feel so blessed to have 9 quilting friends who come sew every month, despite their busy lives. I love my quilting friends!

Vintage factory


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