Spring Flowers and Minnesota Sewing Machine

I spent some time working in the garden today.   I fertilized the lawn, did a bit of weeding and planted a few annuals.   Teddy watched .

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Things are starting to grow.

Here are a few garden pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I got another new sewing machine.   This one is a Minnesota F.

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Minnesota was the brand name for Sears Sewing Machines (other brands used by Sears over the years were Franklin, Acme, June, and Eventually Kenmore)  Minnesota Machines were made by The Davis Sewing Machine Company of Dayton, Ohio. With a few exceptions, Davis would become the sole supplier of sewing machines to Sears until about 1912 when Sears began to slowly phased out sales of Davis sewing machines in favor of models made by Domestic, Free, White and other manufacturers.  Davis would eventually go out of business about 1924, having become dependent on supplying Sears with sewing machines over the previous twenty years for its main source of income and unable to make up the loss from other sources.

It is a smaller machine.   The base measures 12″ x 6″ Here it is in front of a full-sized Singer.

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I spent some time cleaning it up and oiling it. (I didn’t get before picture to show how much better it looks )   It is in pretty good shape.    I will have to do some modification to one of my treadle bases to fit the smaller size so I haven’t tried it out yet but I can tell it will work great.

It takes huge needles (Davis long needles) that aren’t impossible to find but aren’t made anymore either so they cost a few dollars each.   The machine came with a box of attachments and there were 2 extra needle in that.

In this picture the needle on the left is the needle for this machine and the right is the standard Singer needle

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Now back to hand quilting

Tim

 

Updates

I made some progress on the Mackintosh Rose quilt.

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Teddy wanted to pose with it today.

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The forecast is for rain the next few days so I took a bunch more garden pictures today.   Things grow pretty fast at this time of year, many buds that will be flowers soon (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Spring

Tim

 

May Day

May Day, May 1st.
In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver; if caught, a kiss is exchanged.
Here is a May Basket quilt. (or at least one that reminds me of may baskets)

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you can read more about how I made it here  https://timquilts.com/2014/07/06/liberated-baskets-finished/

Spring is in full swing and there are daily changes in the garden.   here are pictures from today (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy May Day

Tim

Garden Inspection and a Pattern

The weather is beautiful this morning so Teddy and I inspected the garden and  I took some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The garden is mostly buds at this point but I will post lots of pictures in the future when they bloom.

When ever I go out in the garden I find so much more work that needs doing.   The weeds never stop growing 🙂     I have given myself a gardening nickname:   Seymour, because I can always see more weeds.

Yesterday I posted some vintage quilt top pictures.    This one got a lot of attention.

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When I purchased the top I made a tracing of the design and a PDF file of the pattern.   If you would like to make your own here is a link to the pattern https://timquilts.com/2012/07/07/sunbonnet-duck-pattern/

The other favorite was the cup and saucer

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I will do a pattern for that soon.

Happy Quilting and Gardening

Tim

 

Next project

A few weeks ago I finished this top

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I ordered some backing fabric for it.

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And today I bought the batting.

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I have used it before and I really like it.   I will post pictures when I get started on it.

It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.    When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.

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I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.

Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)

I said I was done working on the Mackintosh Rose ….but I did a little more

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Happy quilting

Tim

Sunday Update

Teddy and I are working on getting this quilt done this weekend!

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It was sunny this morning so I took some pictures of the garden….slow to get going this year because of a hard winter and a cool spring….

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Back to hand quilting

Tim

Dogwood Blossom Quilt Top

A new vintage quilt top today.  The pattern is called Dogwood Blossom

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This top is 70″ x 83″  and mostly hand pieced.

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The piecing is not the best work but I will do some adjusting on that.

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Click to enlarge these

And here are a few garden pictures

I should be finished with the rings quilt tomorrow

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Happy Quilting

Tim