Monday, September 26, 2011

Miniature Sewing Machines

This post is for my blogging friend Vikki of Sew Useful Designs 

Vikki, these are my CASIGE miniature sewing machines.  They vary in size but the largest is about 22cm wide.
 These photos were taken while the machines were on display at our Quilt show last year.

It all started with this machine about 6 years ago in Longreach.  A travelling dealer came through town and amongst the array of products was this little beauty.    I had only ever seen singer miniatures before but this one took my eye as I owned a Pinnock that is the same shade of electric blue.
Then after that, I did some research and realised that there are quite a few miniature sewing machine manufacturers and if I didn't choose a path, we would go broke collecting.  So CASIGE became our collection of choice.  (2 reasons, the first was a CASIGE, secondly singer were way too expensive)

The thing that has most fascinated us is the amazing decals on the sides of the machines. 
This machine is one of the tiny ones being only about 11cm wide.
 Vibrant poppies adorn this machine
 My husband loves the colours in this one.

This little one is my favourite because it has sewing notions on it.  It is about 18cm wide.
These little machines are so cute.  We are always on the look out for more little friends for the collection although I must admit our search has slowed somewhat as they are increasing in price.

Thanks for having a look.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A mamacjt creation is living in my house

I am the fortunate owner of a creation by the very talented mamacjt.
Carol is a talented patchworker/ quilter/ artist and amazingly creative woman.
Carol has been designing a series of "Ladies"  this is #10 in the series.
Do you recognise her?
She has brown eyes, collects miniature sewing machines & birdhouses LOVES Christmas and patchwork.

Look at the detail Carol has stitched into her eyes. They  look so real.
 And the cute lips and little sewing machine earring
Still no idea?

Maybe this will help
 Yes, it is Carol's interpretation of ME.  I am the owner of a mamacjt "Lady" named "DEBRA".
This photo was taken as I opened the box.  I was so excited waiting for it to arrive.  It is so clever and really does represent me.  Now we just need to work out where to put it, my hubby was having enough issues with one of me to deal with.

Thanks Carol.  "Debra" is great. You are very talented.  Go on over to Carol's blog and check out her other ladies.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Black & White Plus 1

You may recall I blogged previously about the Roma Patchwork & Crafters 

Well I am very pleased to say that on the weekend I finished a second item for the challenge. 

No prizes for guessing the "plus 1" in this item.

Not so easy to guess what it is though. 
Sorry, you won't find out until the end of November/early December.  Challenge rules.

I am enjoying this challenge.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Big Reveal - what the boys were up to

You may recall a couple of weeks ago I blogged about my boys being up to 'secret' business.

Well, now that the recipients of the gifts have received them, I can reveal the secret.
They were making key rings for their Granddad and Grandpop.  The boys were so excited about this.

Here is T with the keyring for Grandpop.
 And E with his keyring for Granddad.
Now for a few close ups.

This is the front of E's design.  He drew/carved a submarine under the water.
 and on the back, stamped Granddad's initials.

Grandpops' design by T, has initials and some stamped images.
We hope the granddads like these, as the boys had a great time creating them.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

More 'Care' Quilts

Well last week I blogged about the "Tumbler Stripes Care Quilt" that I had finished for our club to use when & where they are needed.

Yesterday I got two more care quilts on the go.
This is "Hearts in a Flutter"
 Made on a stripy background with applique hearts on top.  (Applique not done in the photo)
And another feminine stripe quilt made from these strip sets.
Waiting to be joined like this and then we will contemplate borders etc.
Now back to the sewing machine.
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