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One Week’s Progress :)

I have tried to keep up in blog world but may not have managed to visit all my regular stops as I have been busy stitching!!!!

I finished the bottom row had started last weekend… and now I am on the BORDER of this large queen quilt 🙂 

Finish date is the 28th and I think I am on track to have the border finished and the binding on and washed and photographed by then… we shall see!!!!

Here is my progress on the border design I finally decided on..

They are CIRCLES!  I used a bowl and Bohin colored chalk to mark my circles on the border.


And since I have finished the bottom border now I know it takes THIRTY (30) circles to fill a border on each side.  So I have 90 circles to stitch this week!  Plus I am basting the binding edge as I finish a border side so I am ready to bind as soon as the borders are all done!!!

The chalk washes off easily (what little remains you can see in the stitched pics) with a spray bottle of water and paper towels to wash away the colored chalk! 🙂  Always TEST your plan for marking on the fabric you will mark to make sure it will be removable though 🙂

Also this week we did a major fix of our van and have it ready to pick up my bestie at the airport Monday.. she is coming for a visit from Tennessee 🙂  Yippee!

And I am excited this cute 301A found a home with my new friend Judy!  She picked up her new machine this week and so far they are enjoying getting to know each other 🙂  Yippee!

So I will return to slow stitching quickly to finish up this great quilt for my brother and his family.

Keep my fingers and sweet stitches in our prayers please!  And also safe travels for Connie!

I am linking this post up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching… where I showed my progress last week! 🙂

Have a blessed week!

Gloria is here! WHOOP!!

There is a new vintage sewing machine I just got for a deal on eBay.. I am just soooo excited!  I am sharing this Whooping post about it over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict with Sarah right HERE!

 I got a 1956 Singer 301A!!! My honey bought it for me actually and it was such a funny story how I came to get this beautiful two toned machine!  Also abbreviated LBOW (for light brown/oyster white) for her paint colors 🙂

You know my honey buys, services and sells featherweights.. he acquires them several ways but looks in many places … one of his fave searches brings up all singer machines..  that is when I fell in love with the 2 tones version of the Singer 301.  I love that some were assembled in Anderson, South Carolina and are designated 301A’s… so I looked for one of them 🙂  This is the first Slant-o-matic machine Singer made and they made them in 3 batches total.  Some are bisque.. a slightly darker light brown than Gloria.. and there are also black ones.  These machines are sometimes called a Featherweights “big sister” too!  Gloria weights 16 lbs by herself.  So nice and light for a full sized machine.. and with her gear motor she can sew ANYTHING with me !!!!

I learned to sew on a Singer Golden Touch and Sew when I was young and used that machine until a house fire took it in 2008.. then I sewed on a Janome occasionally.. but entering a new phase of my life I have fallen in love with vintage machines… they are quiet and do their job well in general! 

Fiona has always been my main machine since I started liking sewing machines about a year ago.  I even sold my nice Janome to better utilize that money since she never got any action! lol  (I bought fabric with that money!) ha 🙂

Now I think Fiona may have competition… but Fiona doesn’t suck up corners/threads either and Singers are NOTORIOUS for working this way.  I will say that in playing around with Gloria she is a gem of a machine and I was very blessed to have found her at a time when my honey was feeling generous with his profits! lol

So Whooping that accomplishment today!

I am steadily working away on the pieced backing of the Byrum family quilt currently… and waiting for binding fabric to come in so I can have that decided 🙂

Moving along on goals I set for the month… Will you be ready to link up your progress end of the month???  Don’t forget to write a post… link it up .. and PARTY with me 🙂

Linky Loot will be amazing this month as I am really getting to know my stash better!  And how things ship the best too! lol 

So link for a chance to win something specific to YOUR goals 🙂

Thanks for reading along and have a blessed weekend!