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Sunday, August 25, 2013

1885 Technology meets GPS!

I love your emails…this one came today and just has to be shared as well.. ((Yes, can you tell I have spent MOST of the day cleaning out my inbox?!))

This one is from Joan who writes:

Bonnie,
I stumbled on this yesterday and I loved it and thought "I have to send this to Bonnie, she will love it" so here it is and I am glad you are home and had such a good time...

Love your blog and quilt cam.
Sew hugs,
Joan



Oh my gosh I am all excited!  Becky’s tractor is GPS guided..and she lives in Eastern Washington State – nary a tree to worry about!

So what does she do?  Uses her old Wilcox & Gibbs hand crank to sew string blocks on top of phone book paper foundations while she drives tractor!  There is no idle time for this Quilter/Farmer!

Becky, you are my hero!

You will find more from Becky on her youtube channel, her nick name is Fiddleybits :c)

I think I have to go string piece something ----

Oh, and plan on Quilt-Cam Wednesday night ---I’m raring to go!

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43 comments:

  1. A few things come to mind after watching this video. The first is, it's mighty bleak out there in the middle of that field. Secondly, aren't you glad that Becky has an enclosed, air conditioned cab to sit in? Did you see all that dust she was kicking up? Thirdly, I learned a new word - rodweeder. Lastly, grizzly old farm lady hands? We, as women, are always ragging on our bodies. As a cancer survivor, I think I can say, be nice to our bodies. If they are healthy and getting us through our daily tasks, they are golden! Thanks for the video. It was great!

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  2. Beautiful video!!! Beautiful hands, Becky! I have a treadle Wilcox and Gibbs and they are such fun to sew with. Almost silent in operation and they do such fine work. I think her sewing machine and her tractor are equally excellent! Thanks for sharing this one - it's a feel good!

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  3. The credits said Becky...just sitting there. Well, not hardly. That is multi-tasking at it's best! I love how the vintage uses the modern technology to it's best advantage. Becky, you are now my inspiration. Those hands are sure doing there share, nothing much more beautiful than that!

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  4. I. Love. This. What a commentary on life...GPS tractor and hand crank sewing; "grizzly old farm lady hands" that know how to create video with music and captions...what an amazing world we live in, and what an amazing woman. Go, Becky!

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  5. SIMPLY AMAZING! I just loved this film. It makes me smile and I don't think I'll ever look at a tractor going across the field without thinking of a hand crank sewing machine. Becky you are awesome!

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  6. This is so awesome - that is multi-tasking at its best. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  7. WOW!!! You rock, Becky!

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  8. And I thought I could multi-task! Wow! Amazing, love the sewing machine! The use of old phone books is just brilliant!

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  9. I wish I could take my sewing machine to work!! Now this is multi tasking!!

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  10. I love it we can always find the time and a place to quilt.

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  11. I love it we can always find the time and a place to quilt.

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  12. I love it we can always find the time and a place to quilt.

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  13. Do you just want to play it over and over? Very special. Thanks for sharing it! kmfosnaugh@gmail.com

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  14. Well, this seems to be more successful than my friend who tried to knit on the treadmill. That did not end so well!

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  15. All I can say is that is awesome!!!

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  16. I loved it! Wish I could get a hold of a hand crank sewing machine!

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  17. I loved it! Wish I could get a hold of a hand crank sewing machine!

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  18. I - - - Love - - - This!!! So fun! And so inventive - and just such an amazing opposites of technology! Go Becky! You're awesome!

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  19. Becky is an inspiration to life first and to the quilt world as well. Would love to sit at her kitchen table and share a glass of ice tea and a chat. She knows the value of time management! Thank you so much for sharing your day, Becky! Bonnie, you should do an interview with her of sorts for the blog. Would love to "meet" her.

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  20. Very cool--thank you for sharing. This is almost my backyard......

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  21. Ooh Becky! I think you have beautiful hands and love your hand crank! How awesome you can multiply task and one of them is sewing! Love it! Keep up all the good work with the tractor and the sewing machine! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  22. This video was fantastic! She's so awesome! And I'm in love with that Wilcox & Gibbs! What a hoot Becky must be! I want to be her friend! LOL

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  23. Well Becky is my new hero as well! Isn't that just the coolest? Bless you, Becky, and your beautiful hands!

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  24. You GO Becky! This is so kewl!

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  25. Didn't know that there was any place this flat in Washington.
    That was awesome.

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  26. Hmm, wonder if that was Becky on the tractor last spring I saw going across one of the amazing stretches of field in our fine state. Will make me wonder now every time I see a tractor if it's Becky inside. Way to go girl. You definitely rock.

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  27. Now the next step is to make a sewing machine that has a GPS. So we can multi-task while it takes care of the sewing on its own.

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  28. What an INSPIRED use of your time in the cab of the tractor, Becky! I am so impressed! No down time for that woman :D

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  29. How amazing!! What a way to make a boring job so much more enjoyable.

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  30. So much fun. I wish I could do my work and sew at the same time, it would make the day so much fun. Speaking of work - off I have to go.

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  31. so jelous! I'd love to have a job where I could sew and earn a living at the same time. I guess running a farm doesn't leave you with all the time to sew that you would like, multitasking is the way . Love it.

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  32. I LOVE it! I wonder if she ever gets so wrapped up in sewing that she misses the end of the field. (like I burn dinner)
    I used to have a customer who would hand piece in the cab while her dump truck was being loaded.
    So much for little grey haired ladies sitting quilting.

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  33. Oh, that was just unbelievable... :-)
    In Norway in older times, the girls was knitting when going to summer place with the cattle, but this was a new dimension.
    Have a nice week.
    regards Ingrid

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  34. Just catching up on the blog - I love this video. Never underestimate the ingenuity of women! She should get together and swap stories with the quilt teacher, Augusta Cole - she power walks and sews hexies at the same time and sews a few seams while her car is warming up in the winter!

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  35. WO HOO! can't believe it but hey makes sence to me! Awesome video too, very talented person!!!!

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  36. I loved this, it is just amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Gosh folks...I'm speechless!! My internet was blown out for over 16 hours last night when a huge thunderstorm came through, so it wasn't until 9:30 this morning that I learned Bonnie had put my little video up on her site!! :-D The response has been overwhelming!! THANK YOU Bon for calling me a hero, but I'm far from it compared to you my dear lady!! Everyone here knows what I mean when I say that!! And, THANK YOU everyone else for all your oh-so-kind comments, too!! I'm so glad y'all enjoyed the video!! The comments about my hands are especially fun...hahaha!! AND, BON, your method of string piecing on phone book pages is the ONLY way I could have done this out on the tractor, so YOU are directly responsible for this video, too!! ;-) You probably flew right over our farm on your way to and from Seattle. AND, I am going to be meeting you in April 2015 when you come to WSQ in Spokane, WA for a lecture and classes. I already signed up for both the classes extra early to be sure I got in, so I'll be there with you Lady!! Thanks again everyone!!! FiddleyBits aka Treadle Toes aka Becky

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  38. This is the BEST!!!! You think this got a good response, Becky, I bet it would REALLY blow your mind to know how many times people are going to repeat this story outside of the internet!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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  39. As a fellow farm gal and aspiring quilter, I have to say I've wondered how I get get away with multitasking like this in the tractor! Way to go! That's farmer ingenuity right there!

    Lots of admiration from the farms of Wheatland, Wyo.
    - Liz
    www.farmpaparazzi.com

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  40. A friend sent me the link to this video. Too fun. The contrast is between the ultra modern and tried and true old school technology.

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  41. Love it! Sadly, our land is too lumpy for GPS guided farming.

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  42. Well, I feel kind of sappy here, but this made me tear up - must've been that Celtic music! This is so terrific - and now I want one of those little machines - wow.
    Thanks a bunch for posting this one. A quilter in Western Washington - on the Pacific Coast!

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