Sunday, January 31, 2010
Hi Everyone :-) I know I have been a bit quiet but a lot has been happening and it has been school holidays. I have finally got to trial my Kaffe for the new Blue Sofa Bed Quilt. Did not know if the pattern was going to work at first as I thought it would be too busy with all those little connector corners. Block size is 24 inches. Click on the photo and get a Big Look. Two of the fabrics I found in New Zealand. I do have another that will fit in just nicely too. The connector corners are being resewn a half inch away to become half square triangles. Easier to do before the cut. Now I do not know if they are going to be used in this quilt or not. The small ones end up being an inch square. Little splashes of colour.
I have been slowly working on my Civil War Bride but just doing stems on various blocks as I plan to take the blocks away with me and just the green threads and leaves in baggies. Still need to get back to Nearly Insane. Have the new Blocks of the Week printed off just have not managed to get to them yet! It will Happen.
Rob has just photographed the Wheeler and Wilson 4 so will Blog that soon :-)
Stay Tune Cheers Lynne
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Look what my friend Rosemary made. Isn’t she just so clever. Just love the Celtic design. They are a perfect fit too :-). Nearly finished the socks. Just need to Kitchener Stitch the toe and it has been too hot to get to it and do it.
Yarn is Mountain Bearfoot Meadow. Just love the colours which of course are much richer than in the photo. When they are finally finished will take a closeup photo.
This machine is a fluting iron and is designed to put the ruffles/pleats on the collars and cuffs of clothing of that era. There was two pieces of metal heated in the fire and then put into heat the brass rollers. It was made to clamp onto a table. This one is in particularly good condition. Cheers Rob and Lynne
Saturday, January 2, 2010
What a wonderful find Rob had and local too. She is not completely restored yet . There are still a few parts to be polished on the head. Believe it or not this machine has been stuck away in a shed for the last 30 years- well covered and protected.
We are only the third owners since new. The machine was made in 1872 and came with a range of parts including 2 little earspoons for collecting wax and even part of the original manual. I will get him to take a photo of the parts to show you all. See the brass badge of Elias Howe on the bed of the machine. The slide cover plates are brass too. She is in remarkable condition for her age.
Rob has just cleaned the wood and polished it. It has not been refinished. There is a little drawer not visible to the side and if you look carefully you can see the bobbin winder.
Look at the decals visible on the frame. All Rob has done is shellaced the frame to protect the finish.
This is the machine he has wanted to add to his collection since the beginning. Needless to say he is very pleased and proud to be the owner and protector of this wonderful machine.
Wishing you all a great productive New Year 2010
Cheers Rob and Lynne