Saturday, September 07, 2013

Going Old School!

Isn’t this vintage car a beauty?

Margaret and I passed him ((slowly – I was trying to get a decent picture through the car window!)) on the way to this morning’s workshop.

Gotta love 1950s automobiles….classic lines, all curves and angles---meant for sock hops and malt shops and drive in movies – and drag racing!

I always envied my mom’s era – She graduated high school in 1959 and all of the cool cars, great music, fabulous movies, great fashions were all in HER era.

The sewing machines of the 1950s followed along with the cars of the 1950s…..great colors, cool styling, fashion appeal…..I think they appealed to the MEN who were buying them for their wives as much as for the wives themselves..

Take a look at this one, found on Pinterest:


Now THIS is a Cool Cat Sewing Machine!
It matches the car we saw!

I don’t have a red machine in my collection.  I’m keeping my eyes open --- Even though this looks fancy, it is still a straight stitch machine, gauging by the presser foot and the dial.  No place for cams or levers, I don’t think this one zig-zags ---

In class today we had another “Blast from the past”  How many of you remember THESE?!:

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I LOVED These rulers and had them all through school.

I remember tracing the stencil to mark my notebooks and folders with my name.  Mine was yellow!  Did you have one of these?

I’m stitting at the Dallas airport waiting for my 9:30pm flight --- just browsing email and trying to get the inbox a bit better in order – it’s gone wild over the past couple of days.  I’ll arrive in Abilene by 10:30pm if not sooner --- I hope to be in bed by 11pm – because tomorrow…

We do it all again with the Abilene Quilters Guild!

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  1. I have one of those rulers--mine is white and I use it all the time. Bonnie, did you see that neat rolling tool chest Mickey Depre posted on her blog yesterday? I think we'll be seeing a lot of those in quilt classes!

  2. You are a real trooper, safe travels and have fun making everyone
    happy in class tomorrow.

    Happy Sewing

  3. LOL we have one, car that is... can't say I've ever seen it driving down the road though. maybe some day DH will get it running.
    We love to go to a 'cruise in' in Milford, Ohio, on Friday nights spring through first frost.

  4. OMG!!!!!! I'm old enough to be your Mother. I, too graduated High School in 1959. My brother had a Chevy like the one you saw, only his was a convertible. Way cool. Then someone stole it out of the driveway, and totaled it in an accident. BooHoo,
    Kitty in cool Syracuse

  5. I have this sewing machine and just love it. It was a anniversary present last year.

  6. That would be a 1957 Chevy Belair. My dad bought one off the lot in beautiful green. Her name is Ethyl and he still has her. She can really go FAST!

  7. I graduated in 1970, but drove my grandparents old Chevy, a 1957 two-tone blue. Wish I had it today.

  8. Anonymous2:07 PM EDT

    Have to laugh, you cut off the back of the Chevy in the first picture and I could not see if it was an impala or a belaire - then the next picture is a belaire of a different sort. My brother had my grandmother's belaire for decades. Mostly came out of the garage for driving to family picnics.....

  9. Enjoyed your workshop Bonnie, thanks so much for sharing!


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