Friday, May 26, 2017

AQS Quilt Show in Paducah

Did I say FUN?  Yes I did!!   

I just wanted to touch on our trip, my first trip to Paducah to the AQS show.  I was lucky to have gone with 2 very special women.  Chris and Eileen.  Chris has been going to Paducah for so many years I lost track.  Every year she helps hang the quilts and take them down.  What a wonderful experience that was for me.  Up close and personal with the wall quilts.  I did't take many photos because I bought the show book
On our way in to Paducah Chris pointed out the Flying Geese ( the bridge)  It was especially neat because the Quilt Museum's challenge this year for New Quilts from Old Favorites was Flying Geese block.  I was excited to go to the museum to see Chris's quilt.  Hers was picked to be in the show and travel for 4 years along with the other quilts.  They were all pretty amazing.  a link to the Museum's website.  A link to the book you can buy with the quilts from the Flying Geese Exhibit.  I personally love these books and buy them every year.

Let me talk about food for a minute.  Chris knew
all the good restaurants and coffee shops.  We had Bubble Tea and some really good meals.  I especially loved the Mexican Restaurant that we lived above for the week.

The show was so much fun and so were the classes I took.  Chris had a display of her quilts and she included mine in the window of the Mexican restaurant down below our bed and breakfast. The owner Paul who also owns the bed and breakfast made it so nice for us to display our quilts.
Chris's quilts and book in the window

My quilt in the window with Chris's

I know there were a lot more great times there I'm just trying to make this short. 
I hope to go again maybe in a few years.  I got a few things from the vendors that 
needed and was looking for.  All in all I did pretty well shopping.  I came home 
with money.
Flying Geese Bridge

Show Catalog

Friday, May 12, 2017

To Featherweight or not To Featherweight ?

My beautiful Featherweight Machine. 
About 5 years ago I had an itch to buy a Featherweight sewing machine.  So I scanned Craigslist and finally found one in Oconomowoc.  I went out to the womens house and she was so nice.  Showed me all about the machine and off I went.  It sat around the house for awhile then I thought I better get it cleaned.  So I took it to Franks and Brad cleaned him for me.  ( I call mine a him.)  I'm still thinking of a name for HIM.  All the other gals I know name thier Featherweights.  After a few weeks I thought I would sew with it.. It is so different from the newer machines.  You have to put the thread in the needle from the side.  So there.. I sewed with it a bit and then it sat in my basement in the box for a few years. Because at that time I thought I needed the sewing machine with all the bells and whistles.

So a few weeks ago I took a class on Featherweights at My Material Matters from my friend Joan Cain.  I would recommend this class to everyone.  I learned so much.  We oiled our machines and learned when and where to oil it.  Joan had great hand outs that showed us everything about our machine.  After we did the oiling ( one drop in each spot) we sewed with our babies.  Mine was alittle clunky.  But,  they suggested a new needle and just to keep sewing with it.  So now my Featherweight is sitting on my kitchen table and I'm sewing a bit and oiling everyday.  Now he purrs like a kitten.
I'm planning on using my Featherweight a lot more now.  Joan even does her quilting with her Featherweight.. of course for her they are like potato chips.. she does not have only ONE!!  Yes, they can be addicting!  And someday I am going to buy myself a white one.  Oh and if you see colored ones.  You can get Red, Blue, Purple, Orange... those are painted.  They are sooo pretty.. So here is my Baby.... along with the Spool Pin doily.  I think I am hooked!!

He is getting new clothes

Spool Pin Doily

You all know how much I love purple.  This could be my next machine.. Some day!!