Wednesday, April 28, 2010

And we're off...


Off to Vermont on vacation that is. So I thought I'd sneak a post in before we leave. Of course, one must take a hand quilting project when going on vacation, and I have been saving up my Joseph's Coat project for the occasion. It has been prepped and ready to needleturn for a couple of months now, and I even sewed down a few of the 'peels' before realizing how perfect it would be to take away with us.
I kept it on my bedside table, and I can't tell you how hard it's been to leave it alone and not stitch the rest of those peels down! Hopefully I will have time to get it done while we are away. The weather is meant to be nice though, so who knows?!

In other news, today I decided to give my big Juki 98q a rest, and pulled out my darling old Singer Featherweight.
My WONDERFUL mother-in-law (yes it is possible to snag a good one!) gave it to me about 8 years ago and it's been sitting in it's little bag unused since we moved to this house 3 years ago, so I thought it was time that she saw the light of day. Best news is, she still works! Yippee! I have had people see it in the past, and not being quilters, they screw up their noses and ask things like why would I use a machine that old, and I try to explain why, but you really have to be a quilter to understand the coolness of this machine!! My son saw it and said, "Wow Mom, that looks old. But it's so cool!" So there you have it. A quilter in training.

15 comments:

Cacau Jafet said...

Oi Amiga Joana! Seus trabalhos são lindos!!!E esta singer que linda.
Bjos

Raewyn said...

Have a great holiday Joanna! I hope you get lots of needleturn done!! How lucky you are to have the lovely old Singer!

Barb said...

How funny -
I published a post today that included a photo of my feather weight that I got from my mother in law - what a small, small world!
Your josephs coat looks so amazing!
have fun in Vermont - so pretty there

Karen said...

A Vermont vacation sounds wonderful though it is kind of cool there right now.

I used to own two Singer Featherweights but sold them both. I wish I had kept one....just because.

dragonfly gypsy said...

Hi Joanna, Great post. Love your Josephs Coat. Happy holiday and stitching. I just got a Scroll Face Featherweight from Ebay. Can't wait to start using it. Cheers Sharron

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

The prints you've chosen for the Joseph's Coat are fabulous against that dark gray ... gorgeous! Did you baste it down to the base cloth? Or did you glue it with water soluble glue stick?

Featherweights are great little machines. I have a 222K that I love. They do pop up occasionally. In fact last weekend my aunt was garage sale shopping and saw one for sale and sent me a pic of it. She didn't need one and neither did I so she left it for another shopper to find. :-)

Kelly said...

I hope you have a lovely holiday! Your Joseph's coat looks beautiful, and yep I agree with your son, Your singer is Cool!!

Miriam said...

I love how your JC is looking! Your background is great for those bright colours!Enjoy your holiday. I hope you get lots of sewing time.

YankeeQuilter said...

I love using my featherweight! At Paducah I bought a new 1/4 foot for it and love how it sewing...the foot is a bit longer and seems to hold the fabric steadier. Regardless...they are fun to sew on!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You know, for stitch quality, you can't beat it. I think I need to use mine more. I take it on retreats and classes. But I should use it more. I need a bigger foot for it though. Love your applique.

shellysquilts said...

Hey Joanna, Have a great trip and happy sewing!

Janet said...

The little featherweights are precious and wow on the orange peels. The background really makes the fabrics pop. Have a wonderful trip.

Tammy Gilley said...

What a beautiful Joseph's coat! Love the colors and the fabrics.

XUE said...

Gorgeous colours. Didn't know this is called "Joseph's Coat" & now I know :) !! Happy weekend !

Carrie P. said...

Just reading the posts on your blog. Your work is gorgeous and I just love your applique. Your friends little wallets are very cute. A wallet is what you put in your purse. A wallet carries money and change and probably credit cards. Those are my definitions and I am sticking to them. lol