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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

This week we took a much needed vacation to the beach. I don't know how much resting we did because it was razor clam digging time. I cannot stand the smell of those creatures but I love to dig them. Ernie loves to eat them. So to earn good wife points, I dig, help clean and cook them. I cashed in a few of those good wife points at a thrift store and brought home a new to me machine. (More on that in a different post.)  We didn't spend much time in the hotel, it was a beautiful week at the Washington coast. Sunshine and warm with very little wind. We drove around looking at property, went in to several thrift and antique stores where I only bought a few men shirts and the machine. I found lots of pretty glass that I wanted to bring home and several old quilts that were priced way too high.  We went into Boardwalk Quilts and looked around. I bought a few fat quarters to add to my neutral stash and drooled over all the pretties.

At one antique store, I asked the man if he had any old sewing machines and he told me a story of taking treadle machines apart, throwing the machine away and making tables. I almost cried. He asked me why in the world I would want those old relics. Mean, mean man!!! So we bought nothing from him! I doubt I ever go back there.

I took my old relic of a featherweight with me to do some hotel sewing. I spent the drive to and from knitting on a sock. Not one hand stitch was sewn until Saturday evening at home. It was time to finish this Castle Wall block. I believe it is number 14.  Number 15 has been started and is the last block kitted up.

Today I will take my slow stitching time to finish round one-the squares onto the octagon-and then I need to kit up some more blocks.  It takes me a while to decide which fabrics to put together but once that is accomplished, the tracing of the templates and cutting happen pretty fast. This is a good project to work on during the Daytona 500.

I'm excited to see what everyone is working on at Kathy's Quilts today.


Quilter Kathy said...

So glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday. And warmth!! Enjoy stitching your castle wall blocks today!
Can't wait to hear about the new/old machine!

Suzanne said...

Warmth and sewing together...sounds heavenly! The block is beautiful.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

My daughter lives in Kirkland Wa near Seattle. She and her family went to some island and played on a beach last weekend. They seem to take advantage of every sunny day this time of year. I can't believe that man was throwing those machines out! The quilters in heaven may have something to say when he shows up at the pearly gates! LOL

Deb A said...

Sounds like a great holiday. Beautiful block.

CathieJ said...

How can the proprietor of an antiques store not appreciate the beauty of an antique sewing machine and its cabinet. Shameful.

Angie said...

What a wonderful holiday! Beach time with sewing, thrifting and antiqueing - what could be better?!

Diane said...

I wanna go to the beach wahhhhh ;)
Love your block and the vacation sounds wonderful. Minus the smelly clam thing and treadle murderer