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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Adler Wheeler and Wilson 9 Copy c1900


Yet another copy of the very successful Wheeler and Wilson 9 design with a few modifications, this beautiful German Adler is extremely well made and very heavy. It has a lovely Art Nouveau influenced design and came complete with its amazingly decorative wooden Dome.



Kochs Adler were based in Bielefeld and continued making sewing machines up until the 1970’s

Cheers Rob and Lynne

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Nearly Insane Block 31


This Block means I am up to date :-) Love the Dots. They sparkle. Fabric is from the Courtney Range. The red/pink is from Sweet Geranium. This was a quick easy block. Next Weeks block is 23 and sane too <bg> I might just get ahead. I have made 27 blocks so far. 71 to go!

I have found a really nice pattern for a Fold and Go Tote in May/June McCalls Quilting.

Mum’s Birthday soon so I want to make her one and of course at least one for me!

Have a good Weekend Cheers Lynne

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Slow cooked Baked Beans

Here is the recipe. Serves 6

Smoked Paprika adds a similar taste to bacon

  • 1 1/2 cups haricot (Navy, Borlotti, or cannelini ) Beans  or try a mix soaked overnight
  • 1 (20ml) tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Brown Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • large Can 810g of Crushed tomatoes
  • 250ml ( 1 cup ) Water
  • 2 tablespoons (40ml) Molasses or Treacle actually I have seen some use maple syrup and plan to give that a try one day
  • 1/2 bunch fresh dill or  I added a teaspoon dried you can always adjust next time
  • 1 tablespoon (20ml) worcestershire sauce
  1. Drain the soaked beans and replace with 2 litres of fresh water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer and par cook for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the Olive Oil in a pan and add Chopped Onion and Smoked Paprika. Saute until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes, water molasses worcestershire sauce and  dill and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Place the beans and tomato sauce in a slow cooker (crock pot) and cook overnight.
  5. Serve on toast :-)

Note: If you do not have a slow cooker cook in a covered casserole dish for 6 hours checking at regular intervals to ensure there is enough liquid to cover the beans.

There are other recipe variations on this site using different variations and different beans. Haven’t tried them yet but I do like adapting recipes.                        

Let me know how you go. I like cooking my own as you cannot compare the difference in taste.

Have Fun :-) Cheers Lynne

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nearly Insane Block 71

I am only a couple of days late with this block and thank goodness it was a much saner block to do.

Love the red – present from my friend Rosemary. I enjoyed making this block. Have chosen the fabrics for the next block and it is another simple block :-) Block71w

Stay Tune Cheers Lynne

Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Home Coffin Top Treadle

NewHomeFr2wOne of our better finds which currently resides in the bedroom :-) Her serial number is 2846171 which dates her to around 1908. The decals and woodwork are all in lovely condition and she came with a complete set of Boxed parts and manual. The Centre Bed decal was also featured on one of their tradecards.NewHomeFrclosedw2

New Home was bought out in 1957 by the Japanese Janome Corporation.

Cheers Rob and Lynne

Nearly Insane Block 61- those triangles!


Those triangles really tested my patience!! I had fun with with the little kittens. Compliments of Nancy :-) who finds the best Conversationals. Remember this block is only 6 inches finished. This block is a little late and I have not done this weeks which is an easy one. Will try to get to it tomorrow. Stay Tune.

It was son number 1’s 18th birthday and we survived - a little frayed around the edges but intact.

Cheers Lynne

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Nearly Insane Block 93


I have finally finished another block :-) Mind you I have only half finished last weeks and stopped to finish this weeks so that I did not feel quite as behind. When you see last weeks block you will understand why I skipped to finish this weeks. There are 16 snowballs in a 6 inch block! Hope to have it finished soon.

Cheers Lynne

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Socks are Finished :-))))

Hi All

I can officially say that I finished and wore my socks for Mother's Day :-)) and yes I have started the next pair. They are a great portable project.

The Boys took me out for breakfast for Mother’s Day and it was lovely.

Have finished my Jumper and just need to sew it up. After all that lovely rain last night and with the weather starting to come in cooler I can smell winter my favourite time of the year.

It is a big day today as Rowan is 18 - a milestone! 6 foot 2 inches and he looks a striking young man. Needless to say he towers over both Rob and I!

I cooked them Baked Beans in the Crock pot overnight so they woke up to a nice hot breakfast. There is nothing like your own homemade Baked Beans. It was well appreciated.

Hopefully I will get some sewing done this week as those Nearly Insane blocks are now a week behind. There is only so much time in the day.

Rob is away in Tasmania til tomorrow and I am feeling very pleased with myself as I managed to win for him a “LITTLE BABY” Toy sewing machine with its case. Stay Tune for photos. I know as soon as it arrives he will pull it all to pieces, polish it and put it back together again! Now if only I can stop him long enough to take before photos. It is always amazing the transformation after he has cleaned and polished a machine and it never ceases to amaze me.

New Home Bed Decal

Thought you might like to see a photo of the Decal on the bed of our New Home Treadle Sewing Machine. Amazing how much was fitted into one Decal.

Cheers Lynne

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wheeler and Wilson 9

The Wheeler and Wilson Model D-9 Dates from around 1900 and was obviously a very successful design as it was copied by many companies.
These machines did not have decals on the beds which was one way of overcoming them wearing off ;-)
This particular base is the short-version making it a fairly light and compact machine. The longer version was about 3 inches (7.5cm longer)
WW9FEnd WW9Crank
It seems that  Wheeler and Wilson were never quite happy with the handcrank design as  I have seen at least 4 different versions.
Cheers     Rob and Lynne