I am still feeling the wondrous day I had last Saturday at TOGA. I have posted once about this and in case you missed that post you can catch up with more details by clicking here.
I have stitched a gob on my little featherweight. And I must say my expensive embroidery machine is now being retired for only FMQ as I am THAT impressed with the stitching on this 70 year old machine! It is the perfect piecing machine. I have North East Texas TOGA to thank for that. I purchased this machine on Valentines day and did not want to sew on it until I was sure it was oiled/greased. I am glad I waited. It is true perfection. Thank you TOGA for giving me the courage and the right information for this job. I am a hands on kind of girl and I am still reeling from this a week later. Total awe readers, I am still in total awe.
Where to begin? How about with more of last weeks adventure in Lone Oak, Tx? I will delve a bit into the classes I attended. All of these classes gave away freebies. For instance, in Dorise’s class you could make a sewing neck caddy, Brilliant!
This is a handy thing, especially if your set up goes from room to room like mine. Always extra footsteps because you forgot the blasted scissors in the other room. This would solve that problem with scissors snapping to one end and a pin and pincushion built into the other. A tape measure with a clear vinyl window around the neck….you will never have to hunt down the cloth measuring tape again.
And Anna gave a class on making block boards. What is a block boards you might ask? They are pieces of foam board you purchase at the dollar store cut to various sizes with batting glued to the surface with a pretty fabric edge, a small design wall. She also figured out you can use washi tape. If you are doing blocks with lots of pieces like dear jane, you probably need to craft one of these up. I had seen these before but never understood why……Anna made me understand. I feel so in the know now! Thank you Anna!
Incidentally this board is almost standing straight up. None of my wrinkly fabrics are falling off…..GENIUS!
Dianne gave a class showing how to make a quick bag. This bag can be put on a potted plant to dress it up and give as a gift. Cute little tute.
Dianne is centrally located in this picture wearing black. Janet was wise cracking sitting next to her, slapping her hand on the table. Janet decided this bag would make a perfect goofy hat. She was right. Janet you are such a goof!
This was probably the funnest class as everyone had high energy and was in playful mood. Dianne also gave a tutorial on making continuous bias binding as well and making the magic eight half square triangle method.
Just look what Dianne made with hers! A Scrappy beautiful star!
Seated on the other side of Dianne is Kay. Kay reminded me of someone, but I can’t put my finger on it. I either know her from somewhere, or I know someone with the same awnry glint in her eye. She was a hoot, and a valuable asset to TOGA. I suspect Kay did a lot behind the scenes that I know nothing about. I did not know one person could have sew much personality. I liked her instantly!
I attended a skrinky dink class, do you remember these from the 70s and 80s? Well guess what they are totally customize-able today. You can purchase the sheets either clear or white at the craft store. Using a rubber stamp and ink with permanent sharpies, you can write, color, stamp, anything you want on a piece of plastic and shrink it down to dog tag size. These were the examples she showed us. Something I would not necessarily be interested in on my own, but am glad for the experience because this would be a great craft for a rainy day with the kiddos. Thank you sew much for re-introducing an old technology with new customize-able goodness!
I saw this machine while at TOGA. I am not sure if this is a 99k or a 15. Not a sewing machine expert (it is a hand crank!). Someone made a wooden extension and a nice little pin cushion. This machine stood out from the others, too neat!
There was a parade with float goodness, yeah can you believe it at a sewing machine retreat?! This year there were only two entries. Both winners! The way the parade works, the machines are decorated like floats and moved to an area so that you can parade by them. You would then vote on your favorite float.
This parade float was decorated like a cake with the 100 year old hand crank sewing machine at the top, and all the notions around. I was in awe I got to stand that close to a celebrity. You are probably wondering who the celebrity is? Why, the sewing machine of course. This sewing machine was used probably before electricity was delivered to homes. This machine has seen the great depression, and still stitches on. Pretty damn amazing if you ask me! (By the way, this float won the competition)
And second runner up went to the toy machine. The set up is too cute!
There was a toy doll along with the sewing machine in the pull toy. Very playful!
The dinner line! Chow is ready! We had a marvelous smoked beef brisket, potato salad, catalina salad, rolls, chicken, barbecue sauce, cole slaw, and cookies. I was stuffed. (Pssst….they fed us and it was free if you attended, that is what I call hospitality!)
And then on to the raffle of garage sale items. Everyone attending brought in their stuff from around the house they did not want any more. I gave a quilters pounce and some patterns. If there was something you saw you liked, you purchased tickets and put your name on the back of the tickets. Tickets were drawn out of the bowl. If your name was called you went up and helped yourself to one item. When it got down to hardly anything left but utter junk, my name was called and I didn’t have any tickets in the bowl! A couple of gals saw me standing empty handed and went up to the tables and grabbed a scarecrow and a needle point loom. The needle point loom has facinated my oldest daughter and is no in her arsenal of the toy box. (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure eh?)
And at the very end, they raffled off the quilt. Beautiful! This was all stitched by the Crankies of Greenville Texas on old treadles. And here seated in front of the quilt is Vonnie. She has easter egg hair! Her egg hair represents her colorful personality. I enjoyed sitting and chatting with her. Another person I will not forget, there seemed to be alot of those here. Normally I am really bad with remembering names. But these people were so memorable!
The quilt was won! …..not by me 😦
The woman who won the quilt, cried, which turned my eye faucets on too. It was going to the perfect home. She was so happy she won, I was so happy for her. Yet more visible love! I can’t wait for the next TOGA!
After attending TOGA, I kind of got the fever…..the fever to own another vintage machine! So I purchased one. It is being shipped now. If I cannot get it to power on and make the plugs and cords work, I will figure out a way to make it a hand crank and show up next year with something extra special. I can’t wait to show it to you!
In the meantime, I have been practicing with my tatting shuttle. I had a hard time with allowing the cord to be able to adjust last weekend. I figured out what I was doing wrong. After making a picot, I was not closing the stitch properly. I visited Gina Butlers channel on you tube and slowly but surely and making progress with a bunch of practice. I have almost used up all of my shuttle thread and will be seeking out more because sitting down and doing this is very relaxing after a hard days work. (Even more relaxing than quilting—whoa I would never have guessed I would even type those words).
I have also been working on more TOGA blocks that I modified two corners of. I almost have all of my rows done. I still need to incorporate the swap blocks and will probably not alter those and make those around the outer perimeter of the quilt. I have also been trimming down HSTs left over from using the folded corners ruler. I am linking up with quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com for the oh scrap linky party!
Jeez, have I left anything out? Probably, but then you would not have any thing to look forward too in my next post! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!