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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Remember the pressed wood sewing machine cabinet I told you all I was going to paint? Here it is...am NOT happy with it, and will replace it asap, but it's better than the scratched up mess that it was before...colors look really off in the photo...it's a bright white, not yellow...
    Charlee I would not change a thing. It looks great and what fun. Keep it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, it was on a charity quilt. People are amazed I choose to put so many hours in charity quilts as so many whip them up zip, zip, zip. But, I do a lot of strip quilts and quilt them all on my 301's usually, so I don't put all those stitches on my Bernina. I usually do meandering or loops on the charity quilts and got through probably 6 bobbins of thread, just in the quilting...so lots of hours and stitching involved. I have posted photos of the strip quilts I do, but I don't take pictures of all of them as I do at least one a month....
    Candace, I'm a secret fan of your work. The first time I saw your avatar photo, which is a gorgeous quilt, I took a peek at all your other quilts that you posted. I love that you do the donation quilts. What organization are you donating to? Is this part of your local guild project? Or do you do this on your own? Do you purchase your own fabrics or are they through donations. I admire the fact that you put out a quilt a month, Bless you!

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    Oh Charlee ---- love your cabinet. It looks like something I would do if I had the talent.
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    ohhh Charlee.....

    That cabinet is adorable.
    You have skillz!
    “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Candace, I'm a secret fan of your work. The first time I saw your avatar photo, which is a gorgeous quilt, I took a peek at all your other quilts that you posted. I love that you do the donation quilts. What organization are you donating to? Is this part of your local guild project? Or do you do this on your own? Do you purchase your own fabrics or are they through donations. I admire the fact that you put out a quilt a month, Bless you!

    Thank you, that's very kind. I've been putting out like 2 a month if you count the rag quilts I do. I have a Studio cutter, so zip, zip they're cut out. I started the string quilts to use my own scraps and it became somewhat of an avalanche. Now, there are probably 10 or 12 women in my local guild that hand off their scraps to me. They enjoy seeing some of their fabric in the quilts and play "I spy with my eye, my fabric:>". One nice lady is also bringing me her church scraps, so I'm on scrap overload. It's somewhat of a brainless activity for me at this point as I've made so many, but I'll keep at it. Our guild donates to several groups, one being Chicks in Crisis, Shriners and there's a low income, mental health for kids agency (name escapes me) that we donate to. Our guild does make "kits" for people to make up donation quilts, but honestly, they're not very attractive. So, I prefer the scrap quilts. I do try to buy the best fabric possible for the backings etc. but do frequent yard sales etc. to do so. I have to buy the batting and backing for all the quilts I donate so it adds up. This is why I just love using my vintage machines(and collecting them). They handle all the wear and tear I put on them for these quilts and just keep chugging along!

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    Jan, you did a great job on that machine! You are so close to sewing can hardly wait to hear you have Beatrice sewing again. I have a handcrank that is about the condition of yours only lots more rust. I hope someday it will look as nice.
    Lisa

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    Charlee, sorry for your loss. I was going to ask the same question about your new avatar picture. Girl, looks like you have lost some weight along with age! No wonder William is so good to you, he's got a trophy wife.

    You did a great job on the cabinet. It is so cute and so much happier then it's previous dull plastic coating. Yes, it is not vintage looking but definately a keeper now.
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    Last summer I bought this fiddlebase Singer off CL. I had to get another boat shuttle for it, but the rest of it was intact. There was little paint left on her, so I knew she would be a repaint. The veneer was off the top of the table, but it was hardwood in 4 pieces underneath. I haven't got her sewing yet, as the shuttle is rubbing on the feed dogs, but she is pretty to look at. Now to find a coffin top for her and maybe a drawer or two. The seller has restored a police car just like the one in Mayberry RFD, the old Andy Griffith show. I decided to name this machine Beatrice, after the Mayberry Aunt Bea.
    Many thanks to Glenn for all his help and guidance.

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    Jan, that's an amazing transformation!!! Great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    No, that's me...altho some folks did say we looked "exactly" alike, we didn't think so...
    I like your new pic, Charlee. And that painted cabinet is soooo cute!!! Love the quilt squares on the side. Don't redo it...it just suits!! :-)
    Last edited by jljack; 01-20-2012 at 02:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Texas Jan, the minute I left the computer the other day, I realized my mistake! Unfortunately, we can't edit later! I meant to ask if you had a Model 12, I know it is not a model 24! Anyway, great job! You really take on some rough projects and they always come out so nice!

    Nancy
    I don't know Nancy. I bought a 1939 Featherweight from E-bay and it is about to eat my lunch. I knew it had "some rust" and didn't move, but I'm getting nowhere with it. It may have been a big flop.

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    Charlee, I am sorry about the loss of your sister. I hope time heals your hurt. I need healing time myself, as my mom passed away on the 17th. Her cancer was too farspread, and she had other underlying conditions, that were too much for her body to handle. We had the funeral yesterday, and she would have liked it. She had a special quilt that she had made for herself for naps that we used as a drape on her casket, instead of flowers. It looked so appropriate. It was then presented to my older daughter because she was her grandmother's most helpful workers(pedicures, floor cleaning, doctor visits). I will miss her so much. We did a lot of things together. I know it will get better, but right now it is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Charlee, I am sorry about the loss of your sister. I hope time heals your hurt. I need healing time myself, as my mom passed away on the 17th. Her cancer was too farspread, and she had other underlying conditions, that were too much for her body to handle. We had the funeral yesterday, and she would have liked it. She had a special quilt that she had made for herself for naps that we used as a drape on her casket, instead of flowers. It looked so appropriate. It was then presented to my older daughter because she was her grandmother's most helpful workers(pedicures, floor cleaning, doctor visits). I will miss her so much. We did a lot of things together. I know it will get better, but right now it is not.
    Melinda, Give it some time and it will get better. It takes about 18 months to get over a lost like that. Know that we care about you and will be praying for you and Charlee. Kathie

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    Oh Melinda, I am so sorry! ~hug~ It sounds like her service was beautiful and touching. You will always miss your mama, but time will ease the pain, and it won't be terribly long before your thoughts of her bring you warm "fuzzies" , smiles, and laughter. In the meantime, the pain you feel at her loss is a tribute to your love for her.
    ~hug~
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I don't know Nancy. I bought a 1939 Featherweight from E-bay and it is about to eat my lunch. I knew it had "some rust" and didn't move, but I'm getting nowhere with it. It may have been a big flop.

    Texas Jan
    ~grabbing my pompoms and shaking them~ GO JAN!!! You can do it, I know you can!!! YAY!!!
    (I have faith in you, can you tell? )
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Charlee, I am sorry about the loss of your sister. I hope time heals your hurt. I need healing time myself, as my mom passed away on the 17th. Her cancer was too farspread, and she had other underlying conditions, that were too much for her body to handle. We had the funeral yesterday, and she would have liked it. She had a special quilt that she had made for herself for naps that we used as a drape on her casket, instead of flowers. It looked so appropriate. It was then presented to my older daughter because she was her grandmother's most helpful workers(pedicures, floor cleaning, doctor visits). I will miss her so much. We did a lot of things together. I know it will get better, but right now it is not.
    Melinda, I sorry about the loss of your mom. <HUGS> Saying a prayer for you and your family.

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    St James/ Koyo

    Just picked up an old sewing machine that looks a lot like a 1947/9 Singer (which I bought at the same time). It was named St James. Underneath it was stamped with Koyo.

    Tried searching everywhere for a date or a manual on this machine and thought I'd try here.

    Any ideas on the age/manufacture of this machine.

    Thanks

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    Beautiful job refinishing!

    What a beautiful job refinishing!

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    Hi and welcome Tarkine. Do you have a picture? That could help, plus we like to oohh and aahh over everyone's machines. Just going by the description, does it look anything like the model 15 "clones"? Miriam started a picture thread for them: Will the real 15 clone please stand up. They are machines made in Japan after WWII where the design is based on the Singer 15. Excellent machines, difficult to date unless you have an original bill of sale or something like that.
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    I make charity quilts too. Both for Quilts of Valor and The Linus Connection. I'd show a picture of the latest Linus quilt except it was made on my newest machine. A Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875, has a 10" throat space.
    Sharon W. in central Texas
    p.s. Charlee I love what you did with your sewing cabinet, especially the squares on the side of the cabinet.
    Last edited by purplefiend; 01-21-2012 at 05:40 AM.

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    Melinda,
    I'm sorry to hear that your Mom passed away. Its so hard when a parent passes, but know that she is in a better place now free from pain and illness. Hugs to you and your family.
    My Mom passed away in 1999, she died of a brain aneurysm; so it was very sudden.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    ~grabbing my pompoms and shaking them~ GO JAN!!! You can do it, I know you can!!! YAY!!!
    (I have faith in you, can you tell? )
    I hope you are right Charlee. If I do get her going, she will cost more than if I had bought one in better shape and paid a bit more in the beginning. Guess there is the satisfaction of getting a hopeless one going. I'll carry your mental image with me to the workbench today. lol

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Nancy, it was on a charity quilt. People are amazed I choose to put so many hours in charity quilts as so many whip them up zip, zip, zip. But, I do a lot of strip quilts and quilt them all on my 301's usually, so I don't put all those stitches on my Bernina. I usually do meandering or loops on the charity quilts and got through probably 6 bobbins of thread, just in the quilting...so lots of hours and stitching involved. I have posted photos of the strip quilts I do, but I don't take pictures of all of them as I do at least one a month....
    Candace, my hat is off to you! How large are these quilts? They must be at least lap quilts! That is a lot of work. I have been doing a lot of Quilt as you Go on large lap quilts, but I have not done a larger than lap FM for some time. I have a long arm so if I am doing a queen/king sized quilt I always do it on the long arm. Before I got my long arm, I did several queen/king sized quilts with my Pfaff 1222e on the dinning room table! I really enjoyed the quilting of these large quilts, but it took me a month to get one done so I had to time them between family events so the table was free! I could never work for 10 hours straight FM quilting! I'd do a couple hours and go play then come back and do a couple hours! The reason I quit doing the large quilts was the pinning! It took me 4 hours of sitting on the floor pinning a quilt! Hard on the back! Like I said my hat is off to any of you who sit for hours free motion quilting - and those of you who pin for hours on the floor!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 01-21-2012 at 06:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Charlee, I am sorry about the loss of your sister. I hope time heals your hurt. I need healing time myself, as my mom passed away on the 17th. Her cancer was too farspread, and she had other underlying conditions, that were too much for her body to handle. We had the funeral yesterday, and she would have liked it. She had a special quilt that she had made for herself for naps that we used as a drape on her casket, instead of flowers. It looked so appropriate. It was then presented to my older daughter because she was her grandmother's most helpful workers(pedicures, floor cleaning, doctor visits). I will miss her so much. We did a lot of things together. I know it will get better, but right now it is not.
    Melinda, until you lose a parent no one understands the hurt. It is like a part of you dies. You will always have your mother in your heart. I lost both my parents 6 days apart and the pain was unbearable at times, but they never really leave you, you always carry them as part of you. Parents are so much a part of who we are that they will always be with us. So sorry for your loss.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I make charity quilts too. Both for Quilts of Valor and The Linus Connection. I'd show a picture of the latest Linus quilt except it was made on my newest machine. A Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875, has a 10" throat space.
    Sharon W. in central Texas
    p.s. Charlee I love what you did with your sewing cabinet, especially the squares on the side of the cabinet.
    Sharon good for you too! I know there are lots of you who do charity quilts! We are all so thankful for you all too! I haven't been quilting long, only a few years so our kids are still after me for quilts - plus now the grandkids - so I haven't done quilts for charity yet, but I will!

    Nancy

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    Charlee did you paint the fabric squares? I know I already asked, but I don't think you answered? I was curious if they are decoupage or you painted them? They look painted to me, and if so you are very talented!

    Nancy

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