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Beena while…

A Singer treadle sewing machine

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I hate when stuff changes. 

I have been sick with some weird head cold that is going into my chest and really busy with school.  I should be typing up a 7 page report on Edith Kermit Roosevelt, taking an online test and doing more math … but I don’t feel like it.

I did get my new feather weight Singer in and it works!  I have it at the sewing machine repair shop for a tune up and a check to make sure it is working properly. I have classes for sewing and quilting coming up soon.

And I am not impressed with the new updates on word press.  Maybe I am just getting old.. oh well.

On a different note my new little Gus kitten is now around 4 months old as his teeth are FINALLY coming out.  I thought he was younger than the vet thought he was.  The vet (in the middle of Aug) thought he was 4 months then.  But kittens start losing their teeth at 4 months and he is finally losing them.  I got a tooth last night…. as he was chewing on my husbands finger (teething?) and POP out it came.  Never a dull moment.

As of right now school is going well.  I haven’t totally bombed a test yet.. though I thought I had.  I am just waiting for this cold to finally go away.  Tests are coming up Tuesday!

Wish me luck and I hope you are all doing well!

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I bought a new to me sewing machine again….

A Vera Bradley Bag

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But here is why.  I broke my first needle yesterday as I was finishing the sewing of a bag I was making.  I was so proud of this bag….

Someone had given me a gift card to JoAnn‘s fabric, so I decided I wanted to try to make a new bag for me and my books for college as my Vera Bradley bag was about to wear out.  I found some neat quilted material that would be perfect and bought some other things.  Took it home and after 6 hours total of experimenting and playing, I had my new bag just about finished.  My Husband was really impressed as I did not use a pattern and more or less went off the Ver Bradley bag just by looking at it.  I showed him the last parts of the bag…. which was to do an extra double stitch to keep the tabs from the handles down and right about the time I got one side done, the needle broke.  I was pretty upset as I can not find the tools that supposedly went with the machine. 

Well, we went to the AK State Fair and I saw something awesome when walking around the quilters gild area.  A woman had a red Singer Featherweight sewing machine… circa 1954.  I fell in love with it.  So I looked online and *GASP* 500 dollars.  Well, I know I am going to be spending some money and I know that these featherweight are worth the money as they are little power machines.  So I decided to go to eBay, the largest garage sale in the world.  And I found a 1953 black Featherweight for 200.  I will have it serviced with my other treadle singer and my Husbands heavy-duty sewing machine.  Yes, he knows how to sew too.. but he sews manly stuff….. like boat aprons, and boat or ATV seats.  He is really good too.

So, did anyone else go to the 75th Alaska State Fair yet?

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I need your help!

I have been looking all over the internet on quilts, bloggers, how too and sew on.  I really want to do this, but I can’t afford all the scraps for my project that will take me a couple of years.  Would you like to know what I would like to do for my project?

This is a Picture of Mt Denali or what many call Mt McKinley before the name change.  This is the highest mountain peak in North America.  I would like to make a quilt with scraps in these colors and have an auction and give the money to a good cause. 

All I ask for are for your scraps.  It doesn’t matter where they came from, who made them, what style they are.  I am not a fabric snob and I don’t put my nose up to anyone willing to help.  All I ask for is your help.  Would you post my blog onto your blog and ask people for help?  To send their scraps to me, here in Alaska, to help with a quilt for a deserving person and money for a deserving organization?  You can send all the scraps you want…I don’t care about the color either.  Anything would help.  I will even post a poll on where you would like to send the money too. 

How about it?  Would you be willing to help?

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I got my new old antique Sewing Machine!

This is exactly the same as the one I purchased.**

Oh she may need some work, such as the laminate is coming off the top and the belt need to be put back on, but I got it.  I bought a 1922 Singer model 66 Sewing treadle Red Eye addition, probably made in Germany due to the decoration on the sewing machine itself.  It even has walking arms for fabric…. which I am not sure if other sewing machines (treadle or not) have them at this age.

Mine also came with the original owners manual and a warranty slip with serial numbers, the original hardware to make hems of many different sizes and it has the original needles.  Nice touch!  The lady didn’t give me much on the history of it.  I think she bought it as a way to make her house look nice and never got around to restoring it.  Either way I will be looking into the cost of putting new laminate on at least and looking for the parts on Ebay.  **If you live in the south, please keep an eye on a “Box Attachment” **

It is too bad my Dad sold my Mom’s old antique White sewing machine.  It was beautiful and ornate.  It had some of the items to fix as well and to sew with, and the owner’s manual.  My Dad was being a jerk when he sold it.

 But this is something I will be playing with to quilt!  Wish me luck!

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What my quilt would look like.

Here is the start of my first ever quilt.  Not to bad, bright to dark.  And if you look close enough, it has kitties in it.  Oh yes…. I am in kitty heaven at the moment.  This is small, but I may make it larger… not to sure yet.  But I thought I would show everyone. 🙂

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The never ending man cave….

There are 2 things missing in this photo

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One day it may be done, but that seems like it will be years.  This coming week, it is going to be a hectic one.  We have some guys coming out to frame the garage (this is just the frame), we have a big delivery of trusses(roof), and we are getting in out heater and hot water heater as well as the natural gas plumed to the garage and they also have to make it a larger line for gas flow.  This is all happening Monday 6 am sharp.  We still have no poured concrete for the floor of the garage…. that should be the week after, I hope.

I am also tired as heck.  I can’t seem to shake this fatigue. And it is annoying me to no end.  Especially since I can’t get a good nights rest either.  Ugh.  The next time I wake up, without the kitten attacking me in the middle of the night, I am just going to go sew and make a pot of coffee.  Maybe I can get some serious sewing done and get my quilt done in a few days…. minus the bind. 

In other news it has been seriously rainy and depressing.  But the thunder yesterday morning was interesting.

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