I am home from the QU show! I tell you what, Quilters Unlimited puts on one of the best shows I've ever seen as far as independent non-judged shows go. Really REALLY a nice venue. If you ever have the chance to go, DO!
I also saw first hand how much work goes on behind the scenes to make things like this run smoothly....the amount of volunteer hours is staggering, and they all did a fabulous job.
I had maybe...45 minutes tops to shop the show! *LOL* Which is probably a good thing considering that I still managed, within that short amount of time, to adopt a Singer 301 that just had to come home with me! She even had a name tag on her, telling me her name is Edie. Edie likes her suntan! She is a long bed 301, takes the same bobbins as a featherweight, and is considered to be the featherweight's "big sister". Her bed folds up just like on the featherweight...but what I love about her is that her workings are all encased. No exposed belts or motors! She is gear driven, and is the first model introduced with the "slant needle" design which is supposed to give you better visibility when sewing.
Being a tall girl, at 5'9"....Having the larger more open throat space also gives me more room to see what I'm doing since many times I'm sitting where I end up hunching to see through the throat space on my featherweight. She's also just a BIT heavier. 14lbs I think, and less likely to go scooting around the table when sewing on a larger project, or putting on borders or binding. Isn't she swell?? She does a BEAUTIFUL straight stitch, and her motor just hums! She came with her case and instruction book, and a new cord and foot pedal so I know she is wired safely.
Her serial # is NA156809 which means she was born in 1951!
On my way home yesterday, I stopped at one of my fave antique malls since I hadn't been there for months and months....and I found this AWESOME FUNGLY FIFTIES top! The block pattern is one I've always loved, but never wanted to attempt because of the curved piecing. Hands All Around! I just love the oddball combinations of the 1940s and 50s fabrics! There are some feedsacks in there, lots of dress prints and plaids...some of the fabrics you can almost see through, so if I were going to quilt it, I'd probably put a layer of batiste behind those blocks or something...not sure. It may just be a fun study in fabrics. Makes me want to get out that Fungly that Tonya and I were doing last summer and finally finish the borders for it...this is just so interesting to look at, bold and splashy with plenty of strange-bedfellows combinations!
For those asking,the blocks are hand pieced, and then the top is assembled by machine. Lots of bias edges on those outside triangles! I'm adding borders, and I've decided I'm going to machine quilt it. The top has flannels, feed sacks, rayons...everything...some puckers, lots of points chopped off. Not anything that can be improved by hand quilting, so I'm going to machine quilt it and use it in the guestroom :c)
The one other thing I brought home with me was a chest cold. Whhhaaa! Sinuses down the back of my throat, sore throat, elephant on my chest...miserable. So no gym for me today. Maybe not tomorrow either. I leave for Chicago on next Monday and I can't have this coming along with me!
I think I'll load a quilt in the machine and play today....