Damascus Treadle

Damascus Treadle
Sews Wonderfully!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011


Today Don installed my new EZ glide wheels.  Oh my, does it make a difference!  I had the original wheels on it and they were overdue for replacement.  I can hardly wait to load a quilt!!!!!  Perhaps Wednesday as I have Queen Bee group meeting tomorrow. 
It has been a sunny day and I found one lone crocus blooming - a bright yellow.  Surely spring is not too far away.  My favorite time of the year - except for the storms. 
When we brought the old Mason treadle home, there was a tiny oil can in one drawer.  Don got it open for me and is it cute and only 3/5" tall.  Will post a pic.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time to update

Seems like I've neglected to post for a few days.  So here goes. 
Valentine's Day was great!  Don bought me some Este Lauder and a gave me a most wonderful card.  We went to lunch in Yoder at Carriage Crossing and I also visited Demelia's Quilt Shop while at Yoder.  I ordered an acrylic extension table for my Featherweight. 
We have been busy getting the longarm into the house and setup.  Still need to change out the wheels and then  load the first quilt.  I am excited about that!
Weather has been mostly cloudy, stormy with hail today.  First decent rain in several months, though.  We spent most of the day inside, getting out to go to Braum's for a Twist,  lol.
As far as quilting goes, I  have been trying to catch up for the "Farmers Wife Sampler" blocks.  Got three done today.  Also am learning EQ6 and doing pretty well at that. 
Don and I are well and full of mischief, lol.  We have been doing some sewing machine hunting in order to provide a machine to a school.  When I get the Brother we got for free yesterday up and running, we shall get it to the school.  Have a buyer for the Singer 500a, I think.  Have to get it packed up and ready to go.  I'm about three treadles behind in working on those.  Lots of grime and gunk to remove on the heads and the cabinets need TLC.
The dogs are just vegging out until spring.  Feral cats are down to two tuxedos, one I am pretty sure is going to be a mama. 
Have a blessed week, all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Busy weekend ahead

Good day all!!!   Today is our Quilts of Valor Bee group meeting.  We are at a new location for the next year or so.  This one is much closer to the house than the other one.  I will have two quilt tops to turn in today.  They will be sent to a quilter, returned to the group for binding and then sent out.  We make presentation pillowcases to go with each quilt.   I got up early this am to get some fabrics together to take to the meeting.  A couple of the bright blues are bleeding badly in the wash, so I'm trying to get that issue solved.  Also, the Hoppin' John needs to be started.
Tomorrow afternoon is Farmers Wife Sampler group meeting at Sunflower Quilts in Derby.  I do not have my blocks ready, so will try to get my act together somewhat this evening if I'm not too tired from the all day QOV meeting.  With church in the am, I'll have no time to do any prep work for the blocks.

We got up to 40 here in Wichita yesterday, which improved the streets greatly.  Next week we are supposed to get to around 60!   YES!!!!     Early in the week we set a record low of -17 for that day.  Oh to be in NM now!
Robin, it was great to talk to you!!!  Can't wait to see you at retreat!!  Mary and I are coming with  bells on!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


We have lots of big flakes and wind.  Maybe by June we will have nooo snow!!!   Our quilt guild was cancelled for the second month in a row.  Our speakers were coming in from Kansas City and they opted out. 

Sunday afternoon we drove to Lucas and picked up a treadle.  It needs a good cleaning and some Old English.  Yesterday we picked up an old Montgomery Ward portable.  After servicing, one of Don's friends came by and picked it up so his wife could take it to the school where she teaches. 

Today I'm working on "mug rugs" for a swap.  Don is watching westerns and the snow, lol.  The feral cats are warm and have full tummies, while Red and Sarajane are just hanging out. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011


It is -7 here at 7:45 am, not counting wind chill.  Don is supposed to set up for a "guy thing" swap meet today, but cannot get the loader to start as the diesel has gelled and battery is down.  So unless he can get guys to help him load the trailer, he will miss the swap for the first time in over 30 years.
We did manage to get out and to the bank and PO.  I had to mail three books to gals on  paperbackswap.com that I joined.  
Now I'm working on a UFO from 2006, lol.  Only 48 blocks and I'm over half way.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard in Wichita

We have been in blizzard conditions for 18 hours now.  Wind has gusted to over 40 mph and at time you could only see 2 blocks.  Windchills are dangerous.  Lots of drifts so the overall snow depth doesn't look like  much. We don't have any ice, so hopefully our power won't go out.  The city is basically in shut down mode.
We have just vegged all day, except I  had to go out and give the feral cats their food.  I fed them kitten food as it has more fat content to help them keep warm. 
The 6pm news said we get another round of snow this coming Sunday but will not be  blizzard type. 
OK, now back to sewing on a UFO.