Sunday, November 27, 2016

En Provence - Clue 1

It's that time of year again. Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt clues have begun! Thank you, Bonnie, for your generosity! Each of my posts can be found by my purple grin!

When I saw the luscious color palette, all of which I had in my stash, I figured I needed to participate. 

Want to join in? Go to and select the En Provence tab to find all you need to know. Here's the direct link for clue 1

When I saw this fabric, which I see as a neural, I thought it would add an interesting look to clue 1.

I paired the floral with various white fabrics and got the 221 (+3 just in case) units together. 

I am sewing on a 1937 Singer 221 (Featherweight) and using all purpose thread. I love these machines! Do you have a favorite vintage machine?

124 are sewn, 100 to go. They are pretty four-patches! Sparkie agrees!

Thanks for visiting. If you have a vintage sewing machine, check out my Featherweight Skill Series tab and Featherweight Quilters Skill Series tab on the top of the page! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Featherweight Skill Series - Fashion Aids Kit

You never know what you'll find in an antique shop. There's a favorite one we peruse through 3-4 times a year. It's only about 45 minutes from our house so it's a nice day out. A couple of summers ago, I was hot on the trail for anything with the Singer name on it. I had 2 beautiful Featherweights by then and loved finding foot and accessories for them. If you've read this far, think you know what I mean!

Off we go to the shop on a bright summer morning. We went through the first floor. We went through the second floor. The place is messy. There's an area where things are brought in but not priced yet. Those things are piled in toppling mounds on the tables and floor. It calls you to explore, which is fine with the owner. She'll not say no to a sale opportunity!

I saw a funny looking box in the middle of a stack of random items. The handle was gone. It reminded me of our 1957 portable record player and my curiosity got the best of me. I carefully pulled it out Of the pile, taking care that nothing else fell to the floor.

I couldn't believe what I saw inside when I opened that box! 

Could it really be full of sewing accessories? It was! It really was! I found out that this was the Fashion Aids kit that you could buy for your Singer sewing machine. 

The original owner tweaked the inventory sheet but I tried to put some of the original pieces back in it as I found them. 

Here's the goodies I have in it:
A fabric bag with feet.

Top row: Blind stitch braider (in the Baggie) and Edge stitcher
Bottom row: Left & right corder, Gatherer, and Gauge pressure foot


Hand pinker

Quilter, a cute screwdriver, and a Threader/Ripper

Hemstitcher (plate is not for a 221 so I cannot use it)

Material gripper

Singercraft guide

This was one of my best discoveries, hands down. I'm glad I took the time to look at the mysterious box! I think they wanted $120 but after dickering I paid $95 for the whole kit. As I have time, I'll do posts for each accessory. Do you have any of these items? Please share your pictures and projects with our group!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A day in the life - November 8, 2016

What's this real estate agent up to today? Well, things are getting interesting, I have to admit. Tuesdays are Broker's Open House days and today I went to see one!

Into the car I go, driving down Route 9 to find 4 Greyleaf Drive in Loudonville, proudly displaying the company banner on my car.

A couple turns later, there it was. The tell tale sign on the lawn. 

Curbside Video! 

And the sun was shining! The birds were chirping! Nice curb appeal!

What do you think of this living room? Love that sugar cookie wall color!

The kitchen had a modern feel to it with the gray, white, and chrome.

Oh, I am a sucker for fireplaces and leather furniture!
Can you picture yourself lounging in here on a chilly evening?

The basement was finished, but not well used. It was definitely spacious.

The back yard was modest in its size.
Not too big to dread mowing but big enough to enjoy grass under foot.

All done -

The sellers have their agent to look out for their best interests and to help them sell this house.
If you have any questions about this, or any property that you want to consider buying, do the smart thing and get your own agent to look out for your best interests, namely me!

That was ONE of the many things I did today. Interesting, don't you think?! Keep my number handy when you need it and share it with others when they need it! Thanks for checking out my post! Catch you on another Day In The Life!