Thursday, February 11, 2016

Not Much To Report

Didn't do any sewing last night.  In fact, I was in bed before 9 p.m., if you can believe that!  Guess I needed the sleep because I slept like a rock.

Tonight Diane and I are taking Lori out to dinner at the Mexican restaurant in Staunton.  We wanted to get her out of the house for a bit.  Lori lost her husband to cancer a few weeks ago.

Tomorrow I have the day off, so I would like to get the border on the baby blue quilt.  Maybe I can even manage to get it loaded on Gemma.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

All Prettied Up

When I was sewing on Polly last night I noticed she just had the little felt washers on her spool pins.  Well, that just won't do.  I made one spool pin doily right away and need to make a few more.  Clarice will be needing a couple, also.

My crochet skills certainly aren't what they used to be and especially aren't top notch when it comes to using tiny thread.  But I don't think the sewing machines will care.

Baby Blue Coming Along

Because it was cold outside, I decided to sew on Polly, my 15-91 last night.  Even though the sewing room would have warmed up eventually with the little space heater in it, I didn't want to leave Addy outside or downstairs alone.  Polly hadn't been used for a while, so it was a good time to give her some exercise!

Here's what I got accomplished.  I have the center portion of the baby quilt done.  Now I need to make the border and throw it on Gemma to quilt.

I just love the way my floor looks in this picture.  That laminate flooring was the best thing we ever did for the house.  It looks nice and is so easy to keep clean.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Snowy Drive

This was the field along side Old Route 66 when I was driving to work this morning.  Snow has been falling on and off for a couple days, not really accumulating much, but enough to cover the fields.  And it has been cold!  At lunch today the temp was only 14 deg. F!  Brrrr!

Messy Corner

This is one of the lost corners of my sewing room.  I have so much stuff piled here I don't even know what all is there.  What I need to do is get it all put away so everything is nice and neat again.

Didn't sew last night, which is no surprise as it was Monday night.  Nick and Olivia came over and watched some television with me.  I made these crescent rolls stuffed with eggs and cheese (and bacon for Ev and I) that turned out really good.  We had those and I also made Ev some grilled turkey sandwiches.

Tonight I'm not cooking, so maybe I will motivate enough to go up and sew.  Or bring something down to sew on Polly.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Very Pleased

I am extremely pleased with the condition of Clarice, my new Singer 301.  She doesn't have many scrapes or scratches in her paint and she cleaned up really nicely.

I took her top and bottom plates off and cleaned and oiled and lubricated where it was needed.  There were some dead roly poly bugs inside, but they were more like fossils, they were so old!

Her bobbin tire needs to be replaced.  Her foot pedal and electrical cord were toast.  Wasn't even going to attempt to use them.  I used the one for my 401 without any problems.  Since it was just the wires that were bad, I gave my dad the parts that came with her to see if he could rewire things.  If he can, great, if not, no big deal.

She also may need a new bobbin case.  I have it out and oiled the dickens out of it.  There is some surface rust on the inner parts of the bobbin case and I have been able to loosen and remove about half of it using a straight pin.  I think letting it soak up some oil might loosen more.  Who knows, I may be able to salvage this part.  If not, I have a case from my featherweight that will fit.  Those bobbin cases are expensive!  From $30 to $50!  I have a call in to a repair guy I know who might be able to get me one cheaper than that.

There were three oil wicks on the top that were pretty hard and dried out.  I oiled them from both sides, hoping that would get them functional again, but if not, they should be easy enough to replace.

I haven't tried to sew on her yet, but when I run her, she really hums along.  Very quiet machine, too!  They sure don't make 'em like they used to.

The seller on Ebay took extra care to package and ship her to me, for which I am very grateful.  All in all, I'm really happy with my purchase and hope to get many good years of sewing out of her.

Friday, February 5, 2016

I Got A Call

My husband called me at lunch and said that a package arrived for me!  He said it was as heavy as a bowling ball.  You know what this means, right?  Clarice has arrived!  Woohoo!  When I got all excited and told him "that's Clarice!" he groaned and made a comment about fava beans...  No, no, no, no!  Not from Silence of the Lambs!  From Rudolph!  Sigh.  This is going to be an ongoing debate, I can tell right now.  My daughter made the same connection as the hubster.  Sigh.

Maybe I should put a little red polka dotted bow on the machine.

Not Much To Report

That pretty much says it all.  I've been kind of lazy.  Last night I didn't do much of anything, quilt wise.  I do have a recipe for cookies I want to try, so maybe if I'm not too lazy tonight, I will get that done.  Or not.

Ev's supposed to work tomorrow afternoon, so that may be my big block of quilting time.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Big Blocks Are Done

I still need to press the last two strips on the white blocks, but then I will begin piecing the center of the top together.

I had thought that I wanted to make those small blue squares the same on the blocks as in the checkerboard border of white and blue squares, however, now I've decided to go with a different fabric in the border.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It's A Hamburger Soup Kind Of Night

I have hamburger soup thawing out from when I made it a couple months ago.  That's going to be dinner tonight.  Easy!

My hamburger soup recipe is pretty simple.  Brown your ground beef.  Add beef stock and veggies.  I like to use onions, carrots, celery, corn, and potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and maybe some parsley or marjoram.  You could add noodles or rice, but for me, the potatoes are enough starch.  You can thicken it if needed with some corn starch.

Looking forward to a bowl of soup on a cold night!

Last night I tried to walk Addy right when I got home and got caught in the rain!  Don't think I'm going to walk her tonight because it's a little too cold.