An Italian Tank that is!
Meet another Necchi Supernova Ultra from the late 1950s! The story was that the mother of the quilter bought this machine in Spain in the 1950s--- she was a dressmaker at the time and this machine was top of the line in the 1950s. These machines are built like vintage Italian race cars, sleek of line, full of power.
I’d never seen one with the fold-down extension bed which reminded me of the fold down featherweight bed. Full metal machine, full metal bed….FULLY HEAVY!
It was fun to learn the history of how this Italian made machine came from Spain back to the USA and to the daughter of the mother and her love of quilt piecing!
Yesterday’s class had SO MUCH VARIETY! Quilts are well under way, putting the scraps to good use. Civil war prints --- either in all colors with scrappy everything, or planned in pinks and browns with creams --- patriotic or batiks or browns and turquoise – so many ways that this could be colored.
We had the music going --- at 3pm-ish we fought the mid-afternoon tire-out by turning up Jimmy Buffett and singing along. It was a party of the best variety!
Ladies were still sewing at 4:30pm as I started to move things from the classroom to set up where the dinner lecture was being held. Dinner for 75+, my presentation after – and my best part of all ---a big hug from Harriet Hargrave afterwards, thanking me for keeping the love of traditional quilting alive and well. I feel SO honored!
Today is the last day of the Bluegrass Quilt Festival ---my 5th back to back day of teaching. It’s gone so fast! And it’s been a great time ---I’d love to come back, it’s such a beautiful area here and a great location.
Sunday --- it’s the long drive home!