Saturday, October 3, 2015

I'm calling her "Nora"

I have a new playmate!

She's actually older than me.

Since my previous playmates were dinosaurs, that makes her older than the dirt, right? (Grin)

Check her out!

She's been in the family for years, but not been used for about forty of those.....just sittin' and waitin' for me!

Nora is from just one of many companies that made similar machines in that era. Apparently they are real workhorses and with loving care, will "sew forever"!

Love the decorations . . .

She has a few scratches, but what a pretty face!

I have a friend who loves the old machines (none of that plastic stuff, now!) and he oiled her up and checked her out for me.  He was thrilled to do it, because he bought his wife one of these in the late forties . . . so I guess that is how old Nora is.  He was so proud of the beautiful stitches she was producing, and I have to admit, I am loving them, too!

She came to me in the original cabinet, with the original box of accessories, so we are vintage all the way here!

Don't know what some of these do..... maybe I'll experiment later. Right now, Nora and I are pedal to the metal chain piecing some squares!

Nora isn't new, but she's new to me, and I'm passionate about sewing with her, so I'm linking up with Jan's "Sew Simple Saturday" party over at Sew and Sow Farm!  Hop over there and check out all the fun blog posts and tips!

Here's my tip for the day . . . be sure to clean your machine frequently! Get into all the nooks and crannies with a little soft brush or maybe even the fancy-schmancy air tool like you use on computer keyboards!
Get the lint out, and little pieces of thread. You wouldn't believe all that was in Nora .  .  . after napping for forty years, she needed a good spiffing up! Check your booklet to see the spots to oil, if it's an older machine like her. Change your needle, too. 
You'll be sew glad that you did! Your machine will purr happily and you'll love how well it stitches!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Do cotton and steel go together?

. . . they do when they are on sale for 20% off at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And I'll tell you where they go -- they fly off the shelves!!

Hurry! This sale only lasts till Sunday (October 4!)!

Precuts and yardage - both discounted with coupon code: CS2015

(Pardon my dust! I'm headed over the Fat Quarter Shop now!)


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sew Along Day! Join us!

Today is a great day to catch up on your blocks, or even to start sewing this cute block of the month quilt with us!

Be sure to hop over to Jacquelynne's Facebook page to see what the hubbub is all about!

You can also stop by her site, at this link, and get all the latest news!

Lots of fun, and lots of prizes!

Post photos of YOUR progress on the Facebook party page, and check out the Periscope video tutorial later in the day!

We're gonna have SEW much fun!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cozy Afternoon giveaway winner!

I hope that all of you are having as much fun as I am, with this Cozy Afternoon block of the month from Jacquelynne Steves!

Block number 5 is just as cute as the first four! And there is still time to join us!

Today we'll announce the winner of the September giveaway . . . 

These two great patterns!

Mr. Random chose number 10! Melissa!

Congratulations, Melissa!  PLEASE get in touch with me by leaving a comment with your email for me!!

Stay tuned . . . there's a Sew Along day coming! Click on that link for more information!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Cozy Afternoon Block Five - and Giveaway! (Closed)

Have you been sewing along with us? Block five of the Cozy Afternoon free block of the month is released today!

Here's a look at my completed block:

These summertime colors are so cute . . . and Jacquelynne's pattern is simple to make. Love the applique on this one:

I added some stitches with perle cotton to make the teabag string and the path the butterfly followed:

Don't these colors just say "summer" to you?

I gotta do it . . . take a peek at the corner that I circled on this close-up. Sometimes my corners don't turn out quite like they should, but I aced this one:

One more look at the completed block:

If you are a Jacquelynne Steves subscriber, you saw that she has released some adorable note cards recently:

Along with some uber-cute quilt labels. Don't just take my word for the fact that they're cute . . . they must be, cos they sold out immediately!

She's planning a "Catching Up" sew along day on the 26th -- there's still time to join us! These blocks have super clear instructions, and go together quickly!

And here is this month's giveaway! One lucky winner here at the Lilypad will receive these patterns!

Be sure to check out the other Cozy Afternoon bloggers, and see what their blocks look like!
                                        Heidi at Red Letter Quilts
                                    Julie at The Crafty Quilter
                                Teresa at A Quilt and a Prayer
                                     Kathryn at Kathy's Quilts
                                     Bev at 44th Street Fabric

We'll leave the giveaway open for a week, and then announce our winner!


To enter, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite football team . . . it pains me to admit that summer is almost over, but I can't avoid it with all the college and pro team games on the telly. (Grin)

Good luck in the random drawing!