Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Some goodies arrived in the mail this week, and some at the thrift store.

Kathy at Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap had a giveaway for one of her hand made Birthday cards.  Guess who won?!?!  I got to choose a card, with a Birthday number on it.  I chose one for my mother, who will be 79 in November.  My mother loves elephants, so, Kathy incorporated an elephant into the card.  Isn't it cute!
79th Birthday card
Kathy also included a little something extra.  I love my new, personalized mug rug!  Thanks Kathy!
mug rug
I also won some great blocks from Julie, at Julie K Quilts.  Julie's picture of the blocks is much better than mine, especially since I missed putting one of the blocks on the design wall.  Oops!
Oops!  I missed a block
 My daughter in law loves orange, so, these may turn into a baby quilt (my first grandbaby will need LOTS of baby quilts, I'm sure). 

Julie also included some 'extra's' in her package.  I got a lovely card, and a magnetic pin cushion.
card and pin cushion from Julie

Last week, at the thrift shop, I discovered this, on the wrong shelf.  It had fallen behind all the craft items, onto a lower shelf with glasses.  Boy was I glad when I decided to see what it was.
bag with 4 wool pin cushions in it
 I've been wanting to make a wool pin cushion.  Now I have 4 wool pin cushions to choose from, all for $1.99. 
4 pin cushion kits in the package

picture of the completed pin cushions in the package

Everything is there, including the directions, so, I just need to get started on these. I still have 2 more pin cushions to make, for the 4 exchanges I signed up for.

Speaking of pin cushion exchanges, my partner received her pin cushion, so, I can now show it off.  This is the pin cushion I sent to Norway.
pin cushion I made

I also have a finish to show.  I finally got around to putting the binding on the watermelon table topper. 
on my table

up close

with the watermelon dish I found

I finished another table runner, and just have part of the binding left on another one, but, I don't have pictures.  You'll see those later this week. 

I have been stitching up a storm around here.  I cut out the rest of the 14 project bags, and, they are all stitched together, EXCEPT the handles and the binding.  The backs were quilted on a treadle.  They were pieced on a hand crank.  Unfortunately, because the binding is difficult to work with (I need 2 hands to work with it) these will have to be finished on my Featherweight.  For 2 of these, that are part of 2 different Treadle On exchanges, that is cheating, but, I'll include a note, to let them know.  They just won't look very good if I don't have both hands to finish the binding on them.  Darn!
stack of 14 Project Bags, almost done

I'll finish 3 of these, then the rest will just have to wait a while to get finished.  Not only do I have some 'deadline' projects to finish (all for exchanges, so, I can't show pictures yet), but, some of the great designers at Fandom in Stitches have been busy, making new Peter Pan themed paper pieced blocks for me, so, I'll be busy testing them out.  Kristi and Alida have each made patterns for me.  I have 2 different Tiger Lily's and 2 different Wendy's to test for them.  I spend yesterday prepping one of the Tiger Lily patterns.  There are 140 pieces in that pattern alone.  These will NOT be quick patterns.  I can't wait to get them done, so that I can show them to you. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Review

The Legacy, by Michael Phillips.

This is the third, and last, in the Secrets of the Shetlands Series.

I didn't read the first in this series, but, I did read the 2nd book in this series.  I thought the 2nd book was really good, but, this book is even better!  We find out more about the characters that started this journey, Brogan and Emily.  Not only do we get to see their personal stories, but, we also get to see their spiritual journeys.  We see how their beliefs can change lives, including, but, not limited to their own lives. 

This story would still be good as a stand alone book.  There are many mentions of things that happened in the first 2 books, but, they come with some back story, too. 

Decades ago, I read a book that was set in the Shetland Islands, and, I've been fascinated with that area ever since.  This book (and series) gives lots more insight into the Shetland Islands and it's people.  This book also includes Shetland history during WWII, when the Shetland people helped in so many ways, to aid the war effort. 

I recommend reading this book.  I still want to read the first book.  I'll re-read these books again.

*I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sewing Machine tables

Remember when I told you that I got a long arm table, with a machine?
long arm table on our trailer

sewing machine that came with the table
Remember when I said that this wouldn't fit down our basement stairs, because it was too long (12 feet long)?  Well, hubby has been working on this problem.  Hubby contacted the company that this table is from.  They suggested that we cut the table down.  Well, last week, hubby (with help from me and our son) cut 2 feet off the end of the table.
2 foot section, cut off
 See the square cut out, on the left side of this piece?  Well, the 'new' end needs to look just like this.  Hubby is working on that now.
10 foot table, still getting worked on
There is still lots left to do, including cutting all three metal poles down to 10 feet, too.  This project won't be finished anytime soon, but, it's looking much more doable now, thank goodness.  I'm not in a rush.

When we picked up the long arm and machine, there was a sewing machine table sitting in their garage.  They were going to throw it out!  They happily gave it to me, instead, yipee!  The opening  was a bit too small to fit my vintage sewing machine bases.  Hubby fixed that today. (the opening had already been cut out some, with wavy lines, so, not sure what machine would fit in there).
hubby working on the cut out section

new (to me) sewing machine table, finished

big enough opening for my largest machine bases

regular machine base (hubby made this one for me)
When we got this table, someone had added risers to the legs, to make it taller.  Not only would the legs not close properly, but, it was too tall to hand crank comfortably.  It would have made the machine too high, and made my shoulder ache.  We took the risers off, and put on slider feet, instead.
risers with feet, that had been on the table legs
Woohoo!  This will be  a great table to take to sew-in's, and also for demo's of my vintage sewing machines.  If you come to Lyon's Farm Fall Festival, you can see the new table, and play with some of my vintage machines.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stitching & a few other things!

****Special Announcement at the very bottom of the post****

Between the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, the Michigan TOGA and being sick (worst sick I've been in years), I haven't gotten a lot of sewing done the past few weeks.  I've felt better this past week, so, I'm trying to play catch up.

First, I finally finished the second set of blocks for the Family Reunion quilts.  I make 2 matching quilts, so that they can raffle off the first one, and, the second one is for me.  That means double blocks.  The quilt I'm making this time is from TheElecticAbuela blog, and is called String Crossroads.
98 blocks (2 quilts worth)

up close of one block

her version (pattern on her blog)

I'm making my quilt in 1930's reproduction fabrics.  I still have the string blocks to make.
blocks left to make
The reunion isn't until October 2018, and I only needed the signature blocks finished (the 98 blocks above), so, I don't think I'll get started on the string blocks for a while.

In making these blocks, I did get a bonus gallon sized Ziplock bag full of mini Half Square Triangles.  I haven't ironed or trimmed any of these.  There are 552 Bonus HST's in this bag.
bonus bag of HST's

On Saturday, hubby and I traveled about 2 hours from here, to pick up a long arm table with a machine, that a friend found for me. 
12 foot long arm table in our trailer

machine that came with it
The lady's sister bought this around 1985-91.  The lady got it when her sister died, a few years ago.  When we got home, we realized that the table is too long to fit in our basement :(  Other than taking the sides off the solid wooden base (they are screwed on, and also stapled on the base) I don't know how to get it in our basement.  Hubby is still working on this, but, I don't think there is anything we can do to make it fit around the stupid corner, to get it down the stairs.  This is an older model, unlike the newer models, that can be folded up, or taken apart.  Waaa!  Does anyone in the Chicago area want a long arm base (with 3 rods)?  The good thing, is that this was free, so, I didn't spend anything more than gas money to get it.  There was a bonus.  The lady was going to throw out a portable sewing table, similar to  this one (sorry, the picture won't work.  Someone had cut out the machine area (roughly) and added wooden extensions to the legs.  We removed the extensions (made it too high to comfortably sew with a hand crank) and hubby will make the cut out area neater, when he gets a chance.  I forgot to take pictures.  I'll do that when hubby has finished his part.

Well, hubby is going hiking in the Uinta Mountains, in Utah.   He asked me to make a table runner for the lady who will be shuttling him and his fellow hiker.  I saw this table runner on the blog hop.  Unfortunately, it uses a specialty ruler, and, I haven't a clue how to use that ruler.  The blogger doesn't show how to use it, either.  After some guessing, I came up with these table runners.  The first one is in 'frost' fabrics, the other is in patriotic colors.
2 table runners
I still need to figure out what backing I'll use for these, and finish them.  Sorry about the picture.  The 'frost' one is really lovely, but, the picture doesn't make it very pretty.  It looks like ice and snow in real life.

On Sunday, I was given a great gift, from one of my beginning quilters, that I taught a few years ago.  She had vacationed in Wyoming, and brought this back from a local quilt shop.
perfect fabric for me, don't you think?

Row by Row pattern

another view of the blocks in the pattern

 Between the sewing machine fabric, and the boot in the Row by Row, she said that these spoke my name.  I've never done any of the Row by Row patterns before. 

My little quilt guild is having a name badge challenge.

Somewhere, buried in the basement, is my last name badge, with my first Wego Quiltin' car pin.  I put it up, in a safe place, years ago (remind me to NEVER put something in a safe place, since they always get lost that way).  The only rule is that we put our car on the badge.  Easy enough.

I'm in 2 quilt guilds.  I've been meaning to make a new badge holder for the larger guild, for a couple of years now.  This is what I've been using for the larger guild.

I found this at a thrift store a few years ago.  I added all the pins, over the years.  I knew I wanted something along these lines for both quilt guild badges.  Here is what I came up with.
Wego Quiltin' name badge, with my 'car' on a road

Pride of the Prairie name badge, with printed name tag in a plastic sleeve
Of course, I  had to put the pins on the new badges.  Here they are, with all the pins added. 

I forgot to take pictures of the backs, but, I used my practice piece, from my ruler class, as the backings.
ruler practice piece
No need to waste that practice piece.  Now it has become useful!

Well, at the very top of the blog post, I said that there would be a Special Announcement.  I was allowed to share this back on July 14th, but, I was driving to the Michigan TOGA, and the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop was going on.  I didn't want to add this to any of those blog posts.


The baby isn't due till February 15, 2018, so, I have plenty of time to start making things.  My daughter in law has chosen to decorate the nursery in Peter Pan.  I love Peter Pan, but, there isn't much out there to work with.  The last Peter Pan fabrics were printed in 2009, and I can't locate any (still) available.  I did find a great fabric at the JoAnn's in Battle Creek, MI, the night before the TOGA.
Pirate Map fabric
This fabric is on clearance at JoAnn's.  This is the only fabric I've found so far, that is good for Peter Pan.  I've bought all of it at 3 of 4 JoAnn's stores (one store was out already).  I should have enough to make several things now, for the nursery, etc. 

The few Peter Pan things I've been able to find, are some paper pieced patterns at Fandom in Stitches.  They have a Peter Pan block, 2 different Captain Hook blocks, Smee, and the Crocodile.  They also have a Tinkerbell block.  I made the Tinkerbell block a few years ago (another thing that I put up in a safe place, and now can't find).
missing Tinkerbell blocks
I messed up those Tinkerbell blocks (looks like she has white eyeshadow, where is should have been flesh colored material). 

Now I'm looking for Wendy, and some of the other characters, so that I can make a quilt.  If you know of anything, PLEASE let me know.  I do have a couple of the Tinkerbell fabrics, but, since we want it to be gender neutral, I can't use very much of those fabrics. 

I finally joined a social media site.  I joined Pinterest, so that I could save ideas and share them with my DIL.  I have a whole folder of Peter Pan nursery ideas.  I'm listed as Cheryl Parker, if you want to find me.  (contact me, and I can give you more info).

I'd better get back in the sewing room, since I have several projects due before the end of August.  I"m behind again!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Giveaway Winners!

Wow!  I answered over 500 blog comments from 3 different blog hop posts!  Unfortunately, more than 70 of those were no-reply commenters.  If your email address wasn't IN the blog comment, and you are a no-reply commenter, sorry, you did not get entered.  There were just too many comments with these giveaways for me to try to track down contact info.  Only one person came back and added their email address, after I posted that they were no-reply. 

We'll start with the first blog post winners:
Eek! mini quilt kit
Love the mini quilts. I think I like EEK
Brrr! quilt kit
Thanks for all the great gift ideas. I like the Brr kit.

Snowman Pillow pattern
That is a lot of pillowcases in progress! Your snowman kit is adorbs!

2nd blog post:

project bag

Wonderful ideas.

3rd blog post:
This one was harder, since the first 2 numbers chosen were to no-reply commenters.  The 3rd number was a winner!
Singer apron

Cute aprons, and they are great Gifts!

Emails have been sent to each of the winners!  Congrats! And thanks for a great blog hop!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review

This is my book review for 'High as the Heavens' by Kate Breslin

This book is set in WWI.  One of my grandfathers served in WWI (he also served during WWII), so, I'm always interested in the human side of these wars.  There are lots of details in this book, and, the author makes her heroine, Kate,  a composite of several real life WWI heroines. 

The novel is set in war torn Belgium.  It weaves Kate's current life, with her past life.  It shows how one person can make a difference, be it a tiny difference, or a large difference, in many lives.  Past actions affect current outcomes. 

I enjoyed this book.  I was given this book, in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July, part 3 & Giveaway #3

Welcome to my 3rd and final blog post for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, hosted by Sarah.  Here are the bloggers for today (not including Sarah's blog post).

Sarah is having a great giveaway of Tula Pink's new holiday line, BUT, you have to comment on all the blog posts in the giveaway to enter.  

On my first blog post, I showed you 4 different projects (with a giveaway, too).  On my second blog post, I showed you 4 more projects (with another giveaway).  Here are my last 4 projects (with one last giveaway). 

For those that are new to my blog, I collect and sew on vintage sewing machines.  I have well over 60 sewing machines (I don't want to count any higher, so, I don't know how many more than 60 I have).  Almost everything you've seen in my blog posts have been made on vintage, straight stitch machines (including some of the applique).  

#9.  Aprons:

Aprons are cute, and don't have to be worn just in the kitchen.  I made some to wear, when I demo my vintage sewing machines.  
Singer apron #1
Singer apron #2

Singer apron #2

Hubby's grandmother made me some aprons early in our marriage.  I like them, since they cover my clothes.  These aprons are about worn out, so, I made me some new ones, using the old aprons as patterns.
new apron
I made some aprons (using pre-made aprons from Hobby Lobby) long before I learned how to quilt.  Back then, fabric paints were popular.  Even I can follow the edge of a line with fabric paints.  I collected teapots long before I started sewing, and collecting vintage machines.
fused teapots, outlined with fabric paint

If I did this now, I'd outline those teapots with the blanket stitch.   I also made some for my boys, when they were little (they are fully grown now).


Aprons are great for women, men, kids, you name it.  Hubby has asked me to make him an apron to wear while he is working with his saws, to help keep some of the sawdust off his clothes, and, with pockets, so that he can hold some of  his tools.  I've been so busy preparing for this blog hop, that I haven't gotten his apron made yet (I did get the fabric).

#10.  Purses/Bags/Totes:

Who doesn't need a bag of some sort?  Hubby is a camper and back packer, and wanted to make some stuff sacks.  I helped him make a few (sorry, the picture below is off the web, since his stuff sacks are with him on a canoe trip).
Ultra Sil Stuff Sack 
Stuff sacks (picture off the web)

Hubby also saw a box bag that I'd made, and wanted it in rip stop fabric.  The 2nd bag was for a bag exchange I was in, and went to a man.
box bags
What about reusable grocery bags?  I made this one for a functional bag exchange.
grocery bag
A friend made me a bag, several years ago, then taught me how to make them myself.  Since then, I've had several requests for this bag.

Next, I found a great pattern for screening bags.
These bags are great for carrying folders, etc, along with a water bottle, or, used as a purse.
outside of bag

inside of bag
You can french seam the outside edges if you want.  A friend asked me to make one with a zipper closing.  I'm not good with zippers, but, with help, I figured it out.

adding the zipper

with zipper added

I took a class, with my little quilt guild, to learn how to make this purse.

Since then, I've gotten several requests for these bags

I still need to make one of these for myself.

#11. Glasses Cases:

Do you know someone who wears glasses?  How about sunglasses?  Do you know someone who uses safety glasses (working around tools, etc)?  They might need a glasses case.

Hubby requested some glasses cases for his safety glasses.  I used a fabric with nuts & bolts, and another fabric with screws.
hubby's safety glasses cases

I had some scraps of fabric left over from making fabric trays, and decided to make some glasses cases with the scraps.

 I use the middle one for my emergency phone charger.  I can find it easily in my purse.  It could also be used for cheater glasses.
emergency phone charger

cheater glasses
I've even made one with the scraps leftover, when I recovered a sewing machine chair.
faux selvedge case

 #12.  Mug Rugs:

Who doesn't need a place to put their coffee cup or water glass?  Mug rugs are sew much cuter than a plain coaster.  Great for a dorm room, cubicle, teacher gift, etc.  You can make mug rugs in many sizes, from a coaster, to something that will hold a mug and a small plate for snacks.

This was my first mug rug.  I'd found a doily with a hole in the corner, at a garage sale.  I grabbed some fabric scraps, and made this at a demo of my vintage sewing machines.  I use this by my computer.
first mug rug

My little quilt guild exchanged mug rugs, with matching mugs, for Christmas one year.  Everyone was to find a mug for $1 (Dollar Store or thrift store, or out of our kitchen cabinets) and make a mug rug to go with the mug.  This is the mug rug I made, and the mug rug I received.  I wish I had pictures of all the great mug rugs from that exchange

mug rug I made

mug rug I made
Here is the mug & rug I  received.  I love the tractors.  The mug has a barn on the other side.
mug & rug I received

showing the whole mug rug

I've made several for gifts.

2 of my matching mug rugs

mug rug
snowman & snowflake mug

I've also made some using 'extra' blocks from quilt projects.  These both sit next to my sewing machine.
from 'extra' quilt blocks
These are also great to keep around for those times that you need a quick gift (like Christmas).  Leave a couple under the tree, for those 'surprise' guests.

Now for the giveaway!
Singer apron
PLEASE, read the rules below.  I've had so many people comment that are no-reply commenters.  I've added a message to each of those, below the comment they made on my previous post.  
*Here are the Rules!  First, if I can't reach you, you lose out, so, PLEASE, when you leave a comment, make sure your email address is included.  I can NOT reach Google+ commenters, and No-Reply commenters.  If I don't reply to your blog comment within 48 hours, then I can't reach you.  Try again, with your email attached.  I'll draw a winner on July 26th, after the blog hop is over, to give everyone a chance to comment.  You do NOT have to be a follower to win.  If you can't comment on my blog, look under my profile, at the top of the blog, and my email address is there.  Send me an email, and what blog post you are commenting on, and I'll enter you in the contest.  See, EASY!  Also, I reply to every comment that has an email attached, since I think comments are IMPORTANT.  
Good luck!