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Friday, April 05, 2013

Smith Mountain Tennessee Style!

This is a study in contrast, and the passage of time!  Here we have our NEWEST machine in the room ((And still under warranty!)) and our OLDEST machine, that dates back to 1876.

This photo represents 137 years of women empowered by the sewing machine.

Can you imagine living without one? I sure can’t!

You’ve come a long way, Baby --- and while there are definite differences, the premise is still the same ---joining layers of cloth together with a lock stitch –two threads entwined through the fabric via needle and shuttle and bobbin.

We sewed and sewed and laughed and talked ----and everyone did such a great job.

We had a good laugh when we discovered that this poor little sock monkey had become a voodoo-doll-pin-cushion.  Poor monkey!

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Sock monkeys – either you love them or you hate them, there doesn’t seem to be a middle road!  

I’m sure you will enjoy viewing the photo album no matter how you get around to doing it.  Remember, this new format is a learning process, but I got an email comment saying that someone with an ipad/iphone was able to download the google app, and then had no trouble viewing the flash slide show ---so do a search, give it a try all you ipad users out there.  I’m not trying to shut you out on purpose.

If you are unable to view the slide show below click the photo to go straight to the photo album:
Smith Mountain Morning, Nashville TN 2013


I’m on my way home to North Carolina this morning.  It’s been a whirlwind this week --- we filled it full, and I hope to come back and do it again some day!

22 comments:

stitchinggrandma said...

Wow; what fun to see those blocks coming together and such beautiful colors. Love seeing the old & the new too! We have 3 old machines, a treadle living in the dining room, a treadle we just collected from a deceased family member and an old singer that was given a new heavy duty motor for upholstery work 20 years ago. I think I will have to get them all lined up and photo them all for my blog! Your machines make me smile! Love that you use them all.
Mary Deeter / stitchinggrandma

Teresa in Music City said...

It was such a pleasure to spend time with you and learn from the best!!! You helped us become better sewers (got that quarter inch seam down pat now!!), and you made us laugh while we played in our scraps. Thanks so much for visiting us here in Music City Bonnie! We miss you already :*D

deelish10 said...

wow what a fun time you had! I think the issue isn't the software but the viewing OS system, as I pad and such do NOT generally have a FULL function OS system. A true computer system should always work, but to rely on a system that isn't a full OS system and complain leaves me baffled about the understanding of the uses of these systems. Have the manufacturers stopped telling potential purchasers of the shortfalls of this? or review magazines not realize this? consider yourself lucky that you can hook up to the net at all or even take pics! not so many years ago this didn't happens. Now you have this blogger using anything that might work for all OS systems, not only does she sew, teach, travel, blog, but also is a software dynamo.

QueenB said...

Thanks for such a great slideshow. I can view it on my android tablet through Firefox. Google chrome does not support the plugin. Just wanted to let you know in case you have other viewers who are having trouble with watching it.
The slideshow makes me wish I could attend one of your workshops, thanks for the lovely pictures, hope those ladies enjoyed it and that their quilts become lovely quilts before long.
Simone in Australis

Chris said...

Fabulous slide show. I viewed it on my iPad. I didn't download anything! The photos were huge and I got to see every detail. This quilt has been on my Must Do list since it first came out. Oh. The way my sideshow works also told me how long ago each photo was updated. So, unless you took a break in the middle it must have taken you FOUR hours to crop, edit, and upload! Thanks for doing so much work for us.

thequiltersshed said...

Great slide show..... always inspires me to start another project. If I have another cup of coffee, I'm sure the feeling will pass. I have too many UFOs.

Betty said...

I cannot imagine living without a sewing machine! Thank you for sharing the antique beauties.
The new slideshow moves a bit too fast for me, not complaining, just saying. It works better for me to click on the photo to go to the album, click on the first photo, then I can click through each photo at my own pace. Maybe this will help others that may be having trouble viewing the photos. I'm using Firefox as my browser on a PC.

Julierose said...

I love looking at all the different colorways--a little gift--sometimes it's so hard to picture blocks in differing colors--at least for me--thanks for the peek into your class--looks like some fantastic sewers there!! Julierose

Liz said...

Great pictures. Looks like everyone was having a great time and the blocks and color choices were beautiful.

Treadle Toes said...

LOVE Faye's neat old treadle! It looks great! AND, it she sewed a perfect block using the old gal! I wish I had been there to give Faye a big hug!!

Material Girl said...

Beautiful Blocks!!

deelish10 said...

sorry people I just had to get on my soapbox. after years of auditioning software for accounting on multiple platforms, remember to breathe, and systems sometimes it took months to make sure there were no bugs, errors, hiccups, etc AND product accurate records. needless to say I still get phonecalls once in a while but I am officially retired now but it still amazes how many people have no idea what it takes to roll out a package seamlessly. thanks bonnie you get the torch now!

purplefiend said...

I loved seeing Faye's treadle, too bad they're so heavy or I'd bring one of mine to classes.

Tami C said...

I love all the different colors. This group looks like they are really enjoying themselves. Of course, the same could be said of every class you teach. One of these days, I hope that I can attend one!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Thank you for taking your turn on the soap box! Sometimes I don't think women know what goes on behind the scenes here ---photo editing takes a LONG TIME!! :) And then to try to get it so EVERYONE can see it ---it isn't easy.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Betty, there is a pause button if you put your mouse over the center bottom of the viewing screen.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

And..if you hit the pause button, you can click the forward and back arrows to view one photo at a time for as long as you want to view it.

Kathy Barnabi said...

Love the slide show, such pretty blocks, and enjoyed seeing them in all the different colors and fabrics!!!

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

Anyone ever consider it is not the electronic equipment and such at fault--possibly operator ignorance??? I am still learning my tablet and have to go back to the manual often! BIG hint for those having trouble!

Vickie Blose said...

I like looking at the blocks and discovering that I have some of that fabric and that one too in my stash

scrappy; said...

The slide show was perfect! Love Smith Mountain Morning block/quilt. It is on my "to do when I get around to it" list. Glad you are home and sleeping in your own bed - there is nothing like it, eh?

Judymc said...

Great slideshow! (as usual!) Those blocks are all so pretty--makes me want to get in my sewing room right now!