Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hello March!

Wow is it coming down out there....



And once again, Thing 2 was called off work.  Much worse north of us, white-out conditions and accidents everywhere.  Thing 1 was trying to scrape his windshield when he got out of work, and as fast as he scraped it off, it iced up again.  Most of what you see in that pic is ice.  But we had fun in it, when *I* drove!    That's a pic of mum's street, we had to get groceries for her.

I have to show you some squishy mail, from Sunny at Quilting Dreams.....



Vintage sheets!!  My fave!  I have a collection that is going into a summer quilt, and now I really can't wait to get started!  Thank you Sunny!

Sunny recently went on a quilt retreat [lucky gal] and I was so excited, she took my Fair Winds for Milady pattern with her....



Head on over to her blog HERE to see the final reveal!  She also made a wall hanging for her room at the retreat!  

I have to show you something else.



See those 3 baskets?  A brand new purchase, from the Dollar Store - I'm getting organized!  Each basket holds a quilt-in-progress.  Everything from the drawings, notes, fabrics, floss, everything I need for that particular pattern.  For some reason, I'm working on four patterns at once, and needed some way to keep them straight.  I've finally wised up and paid attention to all you prolific quilters, who get so much done - and it's paid off already!  I got so much done yesterday I didn't know what to do with myself, lol.  The only thing I lost was my glasses, and they were on top of my head.  I am my mother.

Got something else too, I made my very first ever [under my own name, lol] ebay purchase.  I got a new foot pedal for my Featherweight.



See the foot pedal on the left?  It's the original Bakelite foot pedal, and I just love it, but it doesn't love me.  I have a hard time using it.  My feet are so bad, and it hurts to try to use that button.  You rest your toe on the button on the left, then rock your foot to press the button on the right.  I wasn't using my Featherweight like I wanted to, because it hurt!  So I found a new one on ebay, and it works wonderfully.

I'll keep the old one, because she's original and vintage, like me.

Whew - I think that's all - I'm going to go put on my fleecy jammies, and relish the fact that I'm not leaving the house tomorrow.  I think I'll stitch the rest of the evening, watch an old movie, and listen to the muffled sounds of the city as the snow falls and falls...so lovely.

I hope you have a wonderful evening too!

Love,
Allie




29 comments:

shez said...

Hi Allie so glad your new machine foot is easier on your foot,love those vintage sheets and Sunnys Milady project is so cute and I love your first pic,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

WoolenSails said...

You are getting a lot of snow, we may get a dusting, was hoping it was over.
Looks like she is doing a nice job with her quilt, that is a fun one.
I am working on an idea for a sailboat quilt for the baby, trying to keep it simple.

Debbie

Ondrea said...

Ooo it looks so cold there. We have over 30 degrees C today on our 2nd day if autumn. I would hate driving in those conditions. Keep safe. Love those blocks. Great udea using baskets for storage of works in progress. I keep mine in plastic A4 document boxes or12 "square plastic boxes. Smaller projects are in zip lock bags. Great to grab and go. Happy stitching.

Dolores said...

Getting organized does help. I need another bin or two. We have the white stuff too but it's so light, I just swept it away the first time. I just came in from shovelling. It's still light but there's more of it now. Stay warm and dry.

Judith said...

I had problems with my featherweight foot pedal too. I tried the clamshell one but it went at a snail pace. Then I tried turning the featherweight pedal around rested my foot on it and used my heel on the button -- worked much better.

Nancy J said...

Lovely fabrics, great foot pedal, and fleecy jamas, we almost need them here, suddenly Autumn Arrived!!!Well,it felt more like going from summer at 30C, to a winter morning. Take care on those roads.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

So glad you got a foot pedal you can use! Great organising, Allie. :-) I LOVE organising.

Kate said...

Allie, those vintage sheets are beautiful and look amazingly soft. I really like your sailboat design - drats, another one I need to try. Can you envision the headline "200 y.o. woman still sewing and stitching through all the patterns she'd saved". lol
Hope your wintery weather disappears quickly. We received 4" of fresh snow on the weekend and it was bitterly cold for two days.

Patty@inStitches said...


Love my featherweight! it is the same age as I am - 67 - and runs like a top. I use it every day! But I don't put my toe on that big button - gives me toe cramps:-)

Águeda said...

Wow! Very cold! I agree with you: jammies and sewing :) xx

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

The snow went north of us, so we only got a dusting. I was so thankful because my boss is on vacation and I needed to get to work to run the store by myself!!

I replaced my foot petal on my feather weight, too. =) It makes it much easier to use!

KaHolly said...

You're so funny! I'm not my mother, but my daughter is like me! And the funny thing is, when I tell her so, she puffs up with pride! I like that! Your sailboat pattern is adorable. I'm going to have to check it out further. And before I forget, I love your header picture! XO

Natureluvr57 said...

They predicted 3 to 6 inches for our part of Illinois and I'm grateful we got more of a dusting. They are still predicting more this week. I got a 1948 Featherweight the Christmas of 2014 and was saving for things to spruce her up like lube for the motor, etc. "We" sewed her a nice cover with paper pieced sewing machine on the front of it. I also bought a new pedal for her and I love it. I kept the original also but I have Morton's Neuroma in both feet and it's terribly painful, like I've got rocks under my skin so that pop up part adds to the pain. I also bought her one of the new LED lights and I love it! Then I polished her up with some Caranuba wax they sell in little bottles so I don't have to buy the big expensive container. I crocheted a flower to put where the spool goes to keep it more quiet. I got the idea from the Facebook group I joined. Lots of good advice on there.

Cathy said...

Hurry up and get organized...then you can come over and organize mine too...lol This is such a crazy start to March. Although my son was born on March 3 and when we brought him home from the hospital we had a snow storm. Congrats on your squishy. Hugs

Karen Schurr said...

Brrr, that surely looks icy....oh how I'd hate having to drive through that again. I've gotten spoiled since moving out of that kind of weather. But then my heart took a leap seeing that beautiful selection of vintage sheets. Oh my, how pretty. I love the way you're getting so organized and sharing your talents. Stay warm, Dear. (btw, my twin boys refer to themselves as Thing 1 and Thing 2, also...they even got tattoos of the Sues characters, too.--what a hoot).

Sandra :) said...

We got hammered too, with snow and cold temps - currently it's 14F (feeling -2) - that's cold! Hubby went to work this morning - there wasn't enough work because I guess a lot of people stayed home, so he came home to shovel :D So far he's done it twice - he cleared everything, then the snowplow came by and dropped a metric ton of snow in the front of the driveway :D

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

We've had little or no winter this year. Hope that doesn't mean a scalding Summer...yikes. You are a great shopper....love your baskets.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your weather is the opposite of ours, I'm melting here and youre driving through ice and snow. Beautiful vintage sheet fabrics, they're such lovely colours. It must be such a great feeling to see someone make a pattern you've desgned. Good on you for being organised.

edith csokmay said...

Hi Allie, Organization is a wonderful thing. I have quite a few of the $1 shoe boxes and use them even to organize future projects or fabrics that I just know are perfect for something down the road. Happy to hear you are safe. Remember that old addage about In like a lion, out like a lamb . . .

xx

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Oh Allie, do go careful in the ice and snow!! I love your vintage fabric 😃 x

sunny said...

Hope you're putting that foot pedal to good work during the snow storm. Thanks for the shout out!!

puddlingabout said...

Dare I tell you it was 80 degrees yesterday? I weeded the garden today to get it ready for plants this weekend. Time to do all the salad veggies, tomatoes and peppers. I'm done harvesting the cool weather stuff, broccoli etc.

I never thought of looking on ebay for my foot pedal for my machine. Mine is still working but barely....

Fiona said...

busy busy... I thought we were all supposed to work on several things at once????? haha.... that ice looks scary when driving but I'm sure you are very careful... I do love those vintage sheets ... I look out for them at our second hand stores but they are seldom there nowadays!

Hugz

desertskyquilts said...

I can NOT believe it is doing/was doing that outside your house! It was cold here, but nothing like that. I'm glad you were safe and got to stitch. Nice sheets!

Lin said...

The good thing about bad weather is that you can hole up indoors and get lots of sewing done! And you certainly seem to have lots on the go. That foot pedal with buttons sounds horrendous - I'm not surprised you replaced it. xx

Karen said...

I have been considering getting a foot pedal like yours for my featherweight machines. I agree that the little button is not the most comfortable to use.

Your snow does not look like fun. The ice is the one thing I dreaded having to drive on when we lived in Ohio. I don't miss that at all.

Martha said...

I use that bakelite foot pedal on my old 540-2 Bernina, but I read somewhere that the pedal is meant to be turned the other direction, so . . . the button to accelerate is on the left, and you rock your foot back and forth to accelerate the machine. I tried this position, and it worked better than with the cord at the bottom, but still not great. Finally, I just sawed off the stationary button (oh no!). It's solid, so it didn't leave a hole or anything, and it works like a charm now (with the cord at the top).

Val said...

Now that is a snow storm!!!! I am so glad you are blogging again. I am trying to get started back. Are you still working? Love your baskets to get organized. I so have got to do that! How cold is it there?

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Allie, those baskets are 'just the ticket' as they say here in the Ottawa valley about a good find. I just love when you can get the projects all corralled properly! And your fabrics and love the sneak peek at your designs.

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