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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PA, What A Wonderful Place

Ok, I admit it....I was not fishing while I was away.  I took a overdue trip to see some of my dear friends.  There is no other place on this earth I can go and have more than 10 people show up to have lunch with me.  These gals are part of my Tuesday Stitching Group in PA....and I miss most all of the Tuesdays because I'm now in OH.  I don't miss the chance to gather with them while in PA.  I won't go through the names....these gals all know who they are and how special they are to me.  There are more PA friends who are not in these pixs...but they too know who they are...unless they've forgotten....that does happen to us once in awhile...LOL.

 I had to get a close of up of this Yo-Yo jacket Joyce was wearing.  It is absolutely fabulous!!! 
She did not make it....although she has made other amazing quilts and jackets.
After lunch we went to NY to visit a new friend.  I took pictures along the way because it is so beautiful in PA and NY....breath taking mountains and skies.

This is Barbra and I had the most amazing experience meeting her.  Barbara is 83 and I'm telling you she moves faster than most 40 year olds and she has wonderful stories and quilts that she shared with MJ and I.
I had the best fortune of being able to buy Barbara's Singer Featherweight ....and boy aren't they purdy?  Both of them!!

I've been wanting a Featherweight for some time now so you know I was thrilled to get one is such beautiful condition....and a lovely case too!  If you have never sewn with a Featherweight and wonder what the hype is all about....I like them because they are #1 Beautiful #2 are lightweight and nice to take to workshops and  #3 because they sew one dog-gone good straight stitch...consistent and even. It does not sew anything other than a straight stitch....and typically I use that the most.

Barbara has some vintage quilts and she was full of fun stories about these quilts.  They were not labeled so she has taken a photo and typed in the person's name and all the info she had and put them on the back of each quilt.  I thought that was genius!!!
This is a very fragile crazy quilt....and the stitching is out of this world.

The quilt below is also a vintage quilt....and it sure was fun to look at.

Below is the backing....the vintage fabric really grabbed me.

 Barbara also showed us some of her daughter's amazing pouches and mouse pads.

Kim has an Etsy Shop and she makes Mouse Pads, Coasters, Trivets and what you see above are really cool re-usable Lunch Bags and Snack Bags.  Kim also makes Pouches for cosmetics etc.  They are all lined and that is really cool.

This next picture is absolutely precious.  One of Barbara's grandchildren made this as a tell me if a child made this for you that you would not melt.  I think it is an excellent idea and I'm thinking of re-using the idea!!!

Changing topics now..... I went to a VFW one night and I was very moved by the table in the front of the restaurant. 

They have reserved a dinner table for the POW and MIA's...what a powerful reminder.

I took a photo of the letter on the table...I hope you can read it.

Ok, now on to yet another topic all together.  While visiting another eating establishment (no I did not eat out the entire time...but it sure looks that way doesn't it?")  These cracked me up and I thought some of you might enjoy them too.

Giggles and Smiles,


  1. I so enjoyed seeing your featherweights and the awesome pictures of the quilts and PA and your friends. It was very touching the reserved table.

  2. I love all the appliqued roses on the crazy quilt. So nice.

  3. woo-hoo girl!! You got a Featherweight!!! I love mine. I took it on my last trip with my hubby to Kansas. What a great buddy she was too. And if you don't have one, you can buy a true 1/4" foot with a guard for accurate piecing. When I first got mine, I did not realize that the foot that came with it is more like 1/8" (it looks just like the one in your picture). So enjoy your new/OLD Featherweight.

    p.s. I loved the table honoring the service people. What a wonderful way to show honor for those who have served our country for our freedom.

  4. For one restaurant to have all of those signs must mean one huge attitude! But they are funny. That crazy quilt is a treasure.

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. The featherweight looks in great condition! Love the restaurant signs :)

  6. Lovely featherweight machine. I have looked for one of these at a good price. Someday I will find one when the timing is right!

  7. Totally jealous! Bought BadAmy a Featherwieght years ago, before they were popular, and now she won't let me have it back! Silly me. I'm trying to find one for me now....... see you soon! (and I'll tell you stories about the 86 year old woman who did most of the quilting on FTD's quilt. Lunch at Georgettes?)

  8. Wonderful friends, a wonderful trip! Love the crazy quilts and I am jealous of the Featherweights! Thanks for the POW/MIA info. Love the restaurant signs. Would like those in my kitchen!

  9. First off, I thought of that young guy, Brian that we met in Cinci... He would just adore those crazy quilts!

    LOVE your featherweight. While I'm up for our class, I'll be picking up an antique White treadle machine. I can't wait!!!!!

    I'm so glad you got to spend some with your friends at "home." I know it was well needed.

    Oh, and the woman who knows what's going on thing? YOU NAILED IT!!!!! Bwahahaahahahahahaah!

  10. P.S. Should I bring tim-tams for class on Saturday?

    Jeanie Weanie

  11. Well it sure looks like you've had fun, sweetie, and a FEATHERWEIGHT to boot! Congratulations! Love the quilts!


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