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Thursday, November 08, 2012

With Love from Home ----

Can you guess what THIS is?! :cD

While I was walking all over downtown Tallahassee this morning, I got a phone call from my youngest son, Jeff.

Now Jeff is a young man of very few words, and usually no news from him means that everything is going well.  So when my phone rang and I saw the display screen read “Jeff Hunter” along with his mobile phone number I was a bit worried. 

This is not the kid that will call just to say I love you.  He is the kid likely to tell you “I told you I loved you last week, if I change my mind I’ll let you know ---“

His words were:  “Mom, I think your machine is here.”

I asked where it was from….I was looking for a package from Arkansas.  Yep, that was it!

I told him to carefully open the box and text me some photos – I was so eager to see!

His photos came to me one by one with the comment  of “Yup.  Looks like a school bus!”

I. LOVE. IT!!!
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Can you believe THIS came from THIS:

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She’s got a new snazzy life in front of her now!

As the saying goes, “Even an old barn looks better with a new coat of paint!”  Here is some more lusciousness:

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The spool pin needs to be put back on top..it’s off to the side!

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Close up of Decals!  FUN!

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Even a matching foot pedal!

What a transformation!  Next I think I need to save up and have my poor beat up 301, Ugly Betty sent in --- she wants to be purple really bad. ;c)

I can hardly wait to get home and see her in person!

Today has been fun --- I walked and walked and even took pictures in front of the Florida Supreme Court building.  I wandered several antique and thrift shops, but no great machine finds or quilt finds down here.  That is probably a good thing, I have a hard time leaving bargains behind  :c)

I’m meeting up with the guild ladies in a bout an hour to grab a bite to eat and then head over to set up for my lecture tonight ---

Zoooom, there this day goes bye bye! So fast!  Hope yours was wonderful ---

75 comments:

SueB said...

Bonnie it is perfect. I love the color you choose. I want to do this one day, but will have to wait till I find one in bad shape to have it done. Enjoy your new machine.

carol fun said...

Oh my goodness! This is EXACTLY what I pine for -- a yellow Featherweight! I think I will tape a picture of this on a certain someone's computer with a note that Santa could bring me one for Christmas - LOL! Enjoy this lovely lady!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

doesn't she look pretty - does the guy in Hot Springs AR do your work? I have heard of quite a few ladies here in AR that has him do their machines. I might need to get mine redone one day but I will stick with original look I think

Ann-Mari said...

Love love love it!

Terri said...

OOOOHHHH I NEEED (want) NEEEED (want) NEEEED (want) a fabulous featherweight.
So happy for you.... I really need to have a heart to heart with Santa about a purple one.
LOL

JudyP said...

She is beautiful Bonnie! Congratulations!!!!!

Michele said...

Love the yellow! She's quite cheery!

cityquilter grace said...

won't be confused with anyone else's for sure!

Maria in Tucson said...

I so love that our son photographed her sitting on a red-and-white check! He has your sense of color AND fun!!!
Congratulations (again) on your beautiful "new" baby!!!

Lynmar said...

Yummmmmmmmmmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lynda from Chicago

Sandy D said...

Oh this is much prettier than the school bus I drive.

AllyJo said...

Gorgeous. You know, I didn't even know you could have that done. This is very cool.

Kate said...

Gorgeous, Bonnie - AND the footpedal too!! Amazing.

Xina said...

Where do you send your machines in to have all these colors??? I NEEED to know! It is a matter of life and death! :)

Jo said...

Oh, its stunning! How do they get the decals back on there? Cheddar on!

Jane's Quilting Studio said...

Is it possible for you to share the person's name and business number? I have a 301 that is a dream to sew with but has a very worn shell. What other colors are available.....but yellow is my favorite color. Thanks, Jane in PA.

Betty said...

Wow, your machine guy does great work!

Betty said...

BTW, my son is a lot like Jeff. I would have been surprised that he even called!

Janet O. said...

Better in cheddar, by far!! So snazzy looking!

Tami C said...

She looks absolutely beautiful in her new dress!!! That was so very sweet of your son to take all of those pictures so that you could oogle over them until you get home. Way to go Bonnie!

Janice said...

Ohhhhh, she's sooo pretty I cried a little bit...I'm just that way!

Mary Ellen said...

I had to put my sunglasses on. Beautiful. Where do you get the replacement decals?

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Ohhh she is beautiful. If you ever need to find her a new home - she can come to Australia to me. lol.

How Lovely of Jeff to let you know.

Vic in NH said...

A cheddar machine! Just fabulous and you so deserve it.
Also, thank you so very much for your earlier post on where to send quilts for Sandy Survivors; I was able to get one sent priority this afternoon.

Mary said...

Yippeeeee! It's so gorgeous Bonnie! I'm happy for you! You so deserve this machine!

Cynthia in urban Oregon said...

I can't wait to see your purple 301! When the time comes . . .

It's cool that Gerald had the decals for you . . . but I loved your wispy flames on the other FW. Flames on the 301 perchance?!

Cynthia in urban Oregon said...

And yes it was extremely thoughtful of Jeff to call you and then take and send the pictures for you. It is Jeff that you give credit for in your books for some of the pictures of you isn't it? He is a very good photographer. Was it also Jeff that clued you in about the lag time at the end of BonnieCam? He's definitely a keeper! ;-)

normajean53 said...

She is beautiful! Ow I want ti send one of mine.

Nanette said...

Gorgeous!! Hmm just got my quarterly bonus of $300, may have to send my featherweight, how do I decide what color to do it??

Hope you are enjoying our cold front, Orlando is going to 45 tonight!

Quilting Babcia said...

Well, she sure is purty! Have fun!!!

Joen Perkins said...

Wow, love you little school bus beauty. My son came through my studio and said " Mom, where did all these machines come from, I was just here and they were not." I just laughed and said I have had some a long time and some are new. More is always better when it comes to my toys. I know you feel the same. Want to find a Featherweight in need of paint job. Am looking. I want blue.

dorothy said...

LOVE the new paint job! Have fun with her!

Valerie said...

Now that is one beautiful machine!! I'm so happy you got it. I hope everyone had as good a day today as Bonnie did and as I did. First thing this morning I got an e-mail telling me I'd won a bundle of fabric and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 6. Woo Hoo! I better go check my lottery ticket....

quiltyVal said...

Such a perfect color for you to sew your cheddar blocks on, Bonnie!

Nancy said...

Oh my gosh.....I just adore it!!!! Lucky you

bunbear said...

Love love love it!

Bev said...

What's her name? She looks like "yellow rose of Texas" to me. Would love to be able to just "pet" her!!!

Mtntop Quilter said...

So glad you got her back. "Cheddy Spagetti" is beautiful.

Mary said...

Oh, He's definitely the Good Son Toady! She looks great. I wondered the same thing about the Decals. That must be figured in as part of the expense. You're having fun in Florida and not a Disney world!

sunshineannie said...

Looks great! I have a white one that needs painted. I'm leaning toward a green...maybe peridot. You should put a link to this guy on your page for us old farts that can't remember!
Did you get to pick the color for the decals too?
Deb

Vicki Sestini said...

Sooooo cute!! I am looking for some one to do over one of my machines as a future gift to a grand daughter, if you feel you can recommend this man could you please let us know.

Marla said...

Oh she is luscious! I just love cheery yellow. I bet you can't wait to see and touch her. I am happy for you! Can't wait to see you sewing on her on quiltcam!!

Jeane said...

Love your new yellow FW, she`s special. Are you doing a mystery quilt this year. I read on someone`s blog you had announced your fabric choices but I have read nothing. I have done every one and still have 3 to finish. They are just so darn addictive.

Sewgreen said...

That's SO cool!! Makes me want to send one of my machines in to be painted purple!

Sewgreen said...

when she posted about shipping it off she had his info, so if you scroll back you should be able to find it :)

miss jamee said...

I never thought of my bus as cheddar before...lol

45th Parallel Quilter said...

GREAT color ~ love it. You're inspiring me to have one of my FWs done ... now just to decide WHICH color .... what other colors did you consider?? Linda

Carolyn said...

You are making us all so jealous. I love it. How fun. This guy does a great job and he will now have more business. Carolyn

scrappy101 said...

Sweet!!!

Gail said...

Aww your little school bus looks really cute! I'm hoping to find a little featherweight someday at a reasonable price that I can have painted too.

Muddling Through said...

How beautiful! Can't wait to see you driving this "school bus" on quilt cam......

Paul said...

Seeing that makes me want to get mine out and paint her! She's beautiful Bonnie!

Can't wait to see her in action!

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

Quilter Kathy said...

OMG she is gorgeous! You have to do a Quiltcam sometime with your school bus! ALL Aboard the Magic Scrappy School Bus!!

Eileen said...

What a great job he did and it does look like a school bus. LOL Even the same detail. Will you take this with you now or leave it home where it is safe?

regan said...

The decals look like the originals! How did he manage that!?! I'm totally in love with this machine now! Love love love it!

Kay said...

She is beautiful!!! I'm so happy for you!

hehjude said...

I was worried when you said school bus yellow but she's beautiful more of a golden girl! Love the paint job!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

The new machine looks fantastic. I don't feel so bad now knowing that I never find anything in the antique shops down here either. I was hoping you would find at least something though. Looks like I will wait till I head north again, to start shopping where all the good finds are hiding out.

Karen in Kentucky said...

Awesome!!! What a cutie pie!

Stephanie Newman said...

Is not painting a featherweight and restoring them the ultimate act of upcycling? So green!! Your machine turned out beautifully, the black decals work very nicely on the yellow.

Janice Dinse said...

WOW that was fast,it took mine about 9 weeks to get back. Didn't think I would like that color, but it is a beauty and I bet you can hardly wait the two weeks you are on the road to get home and see it in person :) so happy for you - she is fantastic!

Maree in NC ☺ said...

she's gorgeous! i'd have to add "95" in honor of dh's bus. ☺

Lisa said...

Great looking machine! And a wonderful son to take so many photos! I bet you are anxious to return home and see it.

Janice said...

You were not kidding about it being yellow. I love it! Thanks for a wonderful lecture last night. I enjoyed it so much.

Janice said...

You were not kidding about it being yellow. I love it! Thanks for a wonderful lecture last night. I enjoyed it so much.

KathiP said...

What's her name - Bessie the school bus FTW??? Awesome job on the decals. She looks wonderful.

Beth said...

She looks amazing. Bet you can't wait to see her and give her a test drive.

judy crumpler said...

I luv her& foot pedal

judy crumpler said...

I luv her& foot pedal

judy crumpler said...

I luv her& foot pedal

judy crumpler said...

I luv her& foot pedal

QuilterLaura said...

Oh my gosh, Bonnie, your son Jeff is exactly like my son Brian. I do have a son named Jeff, but he DOES call and tell me he loves me. But Brian, who went off to college 3 months ago has only texted me twice. He is a man of few words and would totally say he loved me 3 months ago and if he changes his mind, he would let me know. My only solace is that he has a steady girlfriend whose mother I am friends with and SHE calls on a daily basis if not more often. So I know through her, that all is well. I just read your post to my son Jeff who is at home today and he said it was totally Brian! As Jeff left to go to the IMAX with his friends today, a couple hours away, I reminded him to let me know he got there okay. He said "Mom, I'm alive now, if that changes I'll be sure to let you know." We've created a monster< LOL! P.S. LOVE your machine!

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Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

She's just gorgeous !

Carla said...

Love the Yellow. I think your son is right though she does remind me of a school bus. LOL