Thursday, October 17, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Yesterday saw me moving all the treadles to new positions in the house. I should really say saw my husband moving them, I just gave the instructions and he did the heavy lifting. My hero! The machines had become suppositories for all sorts of adornments they were never meant to carry, like dolls I rescued from the Blind Op Shop, glass baubles, paintings and the list of dust collectors goes on and on. I dropped the 319K into a treadle base and now I have myself a real fancy treadle that does real fancy stitches. She is heavier to treadle than my other gals so I would imagine that is because of her heavy gearing mechanism. So now I can treadle zig zag to my heart's content. I can do embroidery stitches and intergrate them into my crazy patchwork. Speaking of which, I had given my cousin a quilt for a kind act he did for me some time ago. Imagine my surprise when he told me he had entered it in a country show in NSW and it had won a "Highly Commended". I was delighted and he made my day. I have never entered any of my quilts in anything so he actually did me a favour and I love him for it. Thankyou Cousin Robert. So today's photo is of the 319K in her new base and may she make many crazy quilts! Well, three tries to upload the photo to no avail, so post now and photo later today when I work out why I am having troubles with adding the pic.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
I have not posted in six months. So much has happened. My prodigal son flew home for New Year. It is strange to say goodbye to your child at the age of thirty and not see him again till he is now forty. He had had many adventures including being a crocodile hunter, a period in his life I am now glad I was not aware of as it would have frightened me every day to think of him leaping out of helicopters into crocodile nests among the swamps in the Northern Territory. He is scaffolding now so he has swapped one danger for another. Life was much less worrying for his mother when he was a chef. I suffered from De Quervain's Tendonitis in the New Year. A fancy name for a pain in the wrist brought on by too much quilting. I was fitted with an awful plastic cast, after a cortisone needle, and life became very frustrating as a one handed person. Sewing was definitely out and months later I still have physio twice a week and the healing will still take some time. I have learnt that posture when sewing is everything and to take breaks all the time. I can also mop the kitchen floor one handed however I doubt that skill will do much for my quilting ability. So this morning the time came to finally update my blog. I have new work I am doing, as I have had to look in new directions because of my hand. One door closes and another opens, they say, and truly for me this has been the case this time. I have polished up some of my machines and even considered selling them. I even went so far as to advertise this beautiful Jones Hand Crank, however the next morning could not bear to part with her, so pulled the add down. She is made around 1925. Her decals are still in great condition though her base is showing the wear of time. She takes those long needles that are so hard to find now, however I have found Organ Needles 3.HAX1 14 fit her beautifuly. I was sent them by mistake once by a supplier of embroidery cotton, who has since closed down. If you jig them around they do end up connecting with the bobbin thread. Blog updates will be regular now, being able to type again sure makes writing so much easier!