Jones Hand

Jones Hand

Monday, December 29, 2008

Nearly insane Block 3

Love the colours. The Greens and the light red background were a little Christmas gift from Rosemary. The darker Reds were 5inch Charm squares. I made it red Green and Gold because it was Christmas week.
Have 2 more blocks nearly finished so stay tune :-) and yes they are still Red and Green for Christmas :-)
Enjoy your Christmas Week and I wish Everybody a Happy and Safe New Year.
Take Care

Christmas Teapot

My other passion is all things Japanese and yes I do have a Japanese fabric stash just have not added to it for quite a while. I regularly get my fix of sushi and love Japanese teapots. Robert and Ross bought me a lovely one for Christmas. Beautiful Rich colours. Hold about 2 cups. It is a real little treasure.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gorgeous Jones Handcrank

Rob has just found himself another Christmas Present. Just as well it is his birthday coming up soon because any new finds can be that!! The Decals in the centre bed are just gorgeous .
In true Rob fashion he has pulled every last nut and bolt off the machine and given her the polish she deserves. She is now out on display for all to see.

Notice all the lovely Scrolls/Leaves on the Arm and Crank of this machine. They are just amazing aren't they.

I have ordered the new Annette Gero Historical Quilt book for myself for Christmas. It is a little late at the printers and will not be here til early next year. Never mind I just know it will be worth the wait. Annette and Kim McLean have joined together to
write this book, The
Fabric of Society.
There is to be a CD with the book
will have instructions for a lot
of Kim's Gorgeous Quilts.

Have a Great Day All



Saturday, December 20, 2008

Block 11 Simple but love the colours :-))

Block 11 Doesn't look 6 inches does it. That is what I like about these blocks they all look like mini quilts. I am having fun.

Bye For now

Block 88

Block 88 is finished It is two halves for the sides I am having fun.
Off to sew some more :-))
Keeps me out of mischief

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nearly Insane Blocks 42 + 81

Block 81 Mostly greens this one. The corner blocks are an older repro. Just had to put the bird in. :-)

Block 42 Need to brush up on my photography as it is a little blurred. Like the double pinks.
Well I have been keeping up. Block 42 (120 Pieces) this week was a challenge :-) but must say am pleased with the result. BTW
These have been paper-pieced. I know some of the girls handpiece but I enjoy paper-piecing and it is accurate.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Here is a picture of her in all her glory. Her woodwork is as good as her head with all the gorgeous beading along her centre drawer. I feel privileged to own her.

A close up of her Arm. Don't you just love those decals. Trust me Rob is impressed too. He sees her differently though and has lovingly given all her woodwork a polish

Absolutely Gorgeous Red Eye Head

This machine dates to 1912 with decals fondly known as the Red Eye.

Sometimes inspiration comes your way shouting. We discovered this beautiful beautiful Singer 66 last weekend and had to share it with you.

Don't you just love the designs.

I don't think that this machine has ever been used and yes I have had her working and she sews so smoothly and just purrs along.

As you know I have drawn the designs on some of the machines before and this one is calling to me.
That Red and Green.
From a collectors view there is barely a mark on her. There were two treadles and the other Gingerbread/Tiffany 15K it seems was the machine that was used. She was still in lovely condition, but this is the one that is singing to me :-)
Will post some more of her photos

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Block 78

Well I am on a roll :-) and here is B78.
The pink is a special fabric shared by a special friend. Isn't it nice when we can use those special fabrics in special quilts. The red in the centre is special fabric too. It is part of a special present to my friend.
Quilts have so many memories hidden within. I know Rob would Love it if his machines could talk and let us know their stories.
Well I think that our quilts have as many stories too. :-)
Cheers for now :-))

Monday, December 1, 2008

Nearly Insane Quilt

I have just purchased the Nearly Insane Quilt book by Liz Lois in a moment of insanity :-)

It is a version of the Salinda Rupp quilt made in the 1870's in Pennsylvania. 98 different intricate blocks measuring 6 1/2inches. One block has over 200 pieces!! Have just made my first - block 10 using Reproduction fabrics. This quilt could be addictive as well as insane. Liz has just released another book call Just Plain Nuts and I have to confess to buying that book too. Plan to make a block a week in between my other projects. Before you know it (probably about 2 years) it will be made. I know it will be a lot of fun in the meantime.
Thank Goodness the boys are now on School Holidays. No more commuting! That gives me another 2 hours to my day. Isn't that wonderful. Have not done any of the dreaded Christmas shopping. The only person sorted is Rob. Plenty of time ;-)
Bye for Now

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Present - Goodes Toy Sewing Machine

I found Rob the perfect present :-))
I am just so pleased with myself.

Are you like me and cannot wait for the big day??

Well I got so excited after all it is not everyday that you find an Ebenezer Goodes Toy Sewing Machine. Who would not be able to resist spilling the beans with a treasure like that!

She Certainly has that WOW factor and Rob is over the Moon.

Her swing needle action is fascinating.
Her brass stitch plate gleams.

She is just gorgeous.
Interesting though, have had a look at a few pictures both in Glenda Thomas's book and on the web and those machines had the screws which attach the machine to the base Forward and aft not in the centre like this one has.
Rob thinks that this might have been an earlier model. The central screws created a weak spot so that when the toy machine was dropped by the little person the machine could have broken so the simple adjustment of screws solved the problem. What do you think???? Any theorys/imformation gratefully accepted.
Cheers for now

Monday, November 10, 2008

Craft and Quilt show

We had a wonderful time.
We displayed some of our machines.
Rosemary and I used our handcranks to show the public just how it was done :-)
Young and Old just had to come closer to listen.
Our machines were just so quiet. Mind you our mouths were going a mile a minute ;-)
The Quilts in the background are of the little kits that Rosemary is in the process of getting her kits together.
Her Etsy name is pineapplerose51.
See the gorgeous Dear Jane quilt the machines are resting on. Another of Rosemary's Creations Pieced on her Cranky Jane 99k Handcrank some on her Featherweight and some handpieced. All handquilted.

Better Photo of the Dear Jane Black Red and White. Isn't it just beautiful!!

Rob was having a great time too chatting away about his favourite topic. There was lots of interest and everybody's Grandmother it seems had a Singer.
Rob is standing next to an early Singer 15k Treadle c1885
and in the foreground is a
Winselman Titan
which is also a pleasure to sew on.

The Singer Lotus 66K Treadle was immensely popular.
The Singer Lotus 1925 is in the foreground.

One more photo of some of the handcranks lined up. In the foreground is a
Busy Bee Combination Treadle.
The Show was lots of Fun.
Hopefully more people will learn to Treasure these old machines.
After all they are all
Grand Old Ladies

Cheers for Now

Lynne and Rob

ISMACS Meeting

The ISMACS Meeting was a huge success and the planning and displays were just wonderful. Words cannot adequately describe the efforts of Gail and Ray. The day was hugely successful.
Rob is now the President of Ismacs. Wish I had photos of the day to show you.

Zippy quilt finished on time

Sorry for the delay in posting.

Life got away with me but the little Zippy is finished and hand quilted.
She has a new name and from now on will be called the Ballarat quilt

I love all the conversational fabrics used. They add a lot of interest. Think my Favourite is the Hare and the tortoise. Cheers

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ISMACS Challenge Zippy little quilt top

Close up of the ISMACS Challenge Zippy Little quilt made on a Little Worker/Midget Sewing machine
Well Here it is. The Zippy little quilt top made on the Little Worker/Midget. I was impressed by how well she sewed. Used the stitch guide for my 1/4 in seam and this little quilt went together smoothly. There are lots of little conversationals dotted through it. Many different Ranges and it is scrappy just how I like it. Plan to hand quilt. She measures 20 1/2 x 25inch finished and I plan to bind it in the Lightening fabric. Had lots of fun making this zippy little quilt.
Cheers for now

Sunday, September 14, 2008

ABC Collectors Show

Just for your interest the ABC are repeating the episode of Rob and his Sewing Machines on the Collectors Show. For those interested tune in to ABC1 at 1.30 pm 18th September 2008.

Rob is on for about 15 minutes :-)

One of the machines highlighted is the Little Gem Running Stitch Machine (see picture )This machine was also referred to as a Madame Demorest

ISMACS Challenge

Have Finally made the first step :-) Wasn't so hard.
Am busy making a little quilt for the ISMACS Challenge for our get together in Ballarat in October 2008. For more information about ISMACS and the challenge here is the link
Picking a machine from our collection (I have chosen a Midget by New Home) I plan to make a Doll size quilt.
The Midget has its own little miniature shuttle and bobbin .
Made using Reproduction Fabrics,
of course. I have made all the little four patches and am about to set them in a Lightening Strippy style :-) Stay Tune