Finally Finished My Silk Throw

This is some of the first quilt shop fabric I ever purchased.  Back 15+ years ago it was extremely expensive, at least to me.  It came in a little metal can and was $99 for 15 fat quarters.  I was so excited by the colors.  However that weekend I took it to a quilt guild meeting and was heartbroken.

Every women there told me oh that’s silk you will hate it, you have to fuse interfacing to the back of it and it still stretches, it ravels, etc.  I was so disappointed and knew I’d never do all that for something that would look terrible.  I ended up packing the box away.  That little metal container has moved with me twice and I always pack it in a closet.

Well this month I moved something and there it was.  I decided it was time to sew it or toss it.  Nowadays it’s pretty standard to spend $100 on the fabric for a quilt but back then it was a lot of money so I decided to sew it.  Oh I will not lie, it was a pain to work with and the raveling was on everything I owned, but I got the top put together.  Next up was researching how much dupoin silk shrinks compared to cotton.  Not much info so I decided to order a silk backing as well.  I then ended up ordering silk thread and a silk/bamboo blend batting.  I even soaked the top careful in cold water to see if it shrank.  It didn’t but Lord the wrinkles.  I must have pressed it 10 times to get it normal again.

So here she is, 15+ years later.  I wish it was a better picture.  My camera seems to weird out on the silk with the flash.  A friend took a better picture of the ladies basting it for me so I will include that also.  The ladies are my friends Marilyn and Pam.

I am so glad I didn’t toss it.  I did use a cotton border so I hope that works out but I’ll stick to washing by hand so hopefully it won’t be an issue.  The colors are such vibrant oranges, browns and fushia and the back is a really pretty chocolate silk.  I really do love it.   The picture with the ladies shows the colors much better.


White 659 Sewing Machine

Writers Note Added:     After some research from Juki I found the machine was likely made in the mid to late 50’s not the early 1960’s as I stated.  It was made bu Juki for White.   Her threading system was invented by Juki in 1954 and is termed a rotary needle thread take-up system. 

After some searching I had to write a little more about the White sewing machine I was gifted.   I have to admit it was the first machine that had me stumped.  I can’t remember how many times I have said to people “they all pretty much thread the same”.  Damn was I wrong.

I played with this machine when I got home from Ohio and she ran so smooth.  I hadn’t even oiled her yet but she didn’t make so much as a squeak.  I was lucky enough to get the manual with the machine so I pulled it out and checked the thread diagram.  Yeah it was a bit different.  Only one I’ve seen that had 12 steps listed to thread it but I got it done.

I guess it wasn’t that simple as she wouldn’t sew.  No matter what I tried.  I changed the needle, changed the bobbin, wound a new bobbin, changed types of thread 3 times and still just knots.   I posted in the vintage White groups but no one had the same machine and they all suggested things I had already done.  Well as I’ve said in the past, you can learn everything you ever need to know on Google.  Problem was, even the manual doesn’t list what model she is.  So after some research of photos I finally found 2 people that actually posted a picture of the same machine although both were years ago.

She is a White 659x.  One video I found only showed you how she looked sewing so that wasn’t helpful but, I finally stumbled across a blog that had the same threading issue and he had located someone that provided him a photo with red lines added explaining the thread path.  Thankfully he included that picture on his blog.  I couldn’t wait to get home and see if that was her issue.  Never have I seen a machine that the thread runs to the front then doubles back over itself and goes to the back.

WOW.   The minute I walked in I fed the dogs and tried to thread the machine.  Magic happened.  She needed a minor tension adjustment but once that was done and she was threaded correctly, she sews like she did brand new and I haven’t even oiled her yet. I am thrilled.

So this weekend she will get a spa day with a nice layer of oil, a new needle, new bobbins, a quarter inch foot and she will be as good as the day she was born.  1960-1961 from what I can find researching her.   For 57-58 years old she is a dream.  SHe even has a knee lever so I can use her when my feet are acting up.

And although I have posted her prior, here she is – – – – – Ms. Barbara.  (named after the original owner)

Next up.  Get that Brother Festival defrosted and try to find a left homed quarter inch foot.



Finally Got One Done

Seems like forever since I had a finished quilt to post.  I have about 9 or 10 waiting to be basted and quilted but finally got this one quilted and finished the binding last night.   It’s a you tube pattern called 3 Dudes Quilt.  I love the overall pattern and even bought 2 or 3 more jelly rolls to make one.   Don’t be surprised if you see me posting more done with this pattern.


Updates To The House

While I was gone my friend Kenetha was gracious enough to deliver some furniture pieces her friend offered me for my sewing room.   Unfortunately their mom passed away and they wanted to find a good home for her quilt room pieces.  I absolutely love them and my son in law was kind enough to get them ready for me.

I decided to put the shelving unit in the living room and had a wall it fit perfectly on.  Needless to say it is also the perfect place to store my overflow fabric.  That’s fabric that doesn’t fit into the fabric cabinet.  Yes I have one of those lol.

I can’t begin to tell you have much I love the huge cutting table.  The drawers are an added bonus where I can store a lot of odds and ends that normally get left laying around.

I may stencil the one in the living room or paint it eventually as it’s very white next to the antique machine cabinets, but maybe not.  I really like it as it is.  I love how nice the tweed baskets look with my grey sofa even though you can’t see it in the picture.





Life Seems to Fly By

I’ve been so busy lately and I don’t think I even know doing what.  I literally work and take care of the house and the dogs.

I did get to add a couple new sewing machines.  Only one was planned on.   Jill, my amazing sister, picked me up a Minnesota A treadle in a parlor cabinet in Ohio right before the Covid 19 quarantine and other a client brought me after his aunt passed away. I’m pretty sure my collection is done unless I find the elusive red machine.  I do have a salmon one you haven’t seen yet as I’m waiting to see if she can be repaired.

This White is simply beautiful and looks like she just came out of the factory.  She had a bit of dust on her and needed a drop or 2 of oil and WOW.  She even has her manual.  I really love that she’s in a smaller cabinet also.

The second pictures are the Minnesota Jill and Mark picked up and stored for me until I came to Ohio. Can’t wait to learn to use a shuttle bobbin.   She is absolutely beautiful.




I Learned Something New

During our month of working at home, I got to play a little more than usual with some of my vintage machines.  I posted about a beautiful New Home I was recently given but it’s been driving me crazy.  I bought a 1/4 in foot for it and I can’t get it lined up.  I had pretty much decided that the needle bar was somehow damaged and/or bent.  I finally put it away and figured I’d give my blue Brother a spa day and sew with it some.   It’s a totally awesome blue machine my amazing brother in law gave me for Christmas 2019.  Who else can say I have a blue sewing machine that came from Coolville.  Yes, that’s a real city in Ohio.

Being the same type of machine, I thought ok I can use the 1/4 foot on this one.  Damn if it doesn’t work either.  If I take off the foot that came with the machine and replace it, the needle hits the new foot.  I finally decided to leave them till I could take them to my repair guy and see what happened.  So 2 weeks later what’s the chance one of the ladies in my online quilt group posted about her “left homed”  machines.  Turns out my machines aren’t damaged, they just work a straight stitch with the needle to the left of center.  I would never have known that.  She lucked out getting a couple of machine feet but even the person selling didn’t know what they were.

What was the luck that right after I found the issue she would post a comment about it on our group.  So while I know I’m not crazy, looks like the quarter inch will be marked with tape.  I’m not holding my breath on finding any left homed feet.

Be blessed.  Vicky

Trying To Catch Up

I have had a terrible issue with gout in my feet and been unable to sew almost the entire month of April and May.  I’ve tried to hold off sewing but there is no way I can not sew at all, so I’ve tried to limit it to just a few minutes a couple of times a week.  Thankfully they seem to be letting up this week so I can sew more.

I was able to do the binding on this one while I was not sewing and it was delivered to one of my daughter’s co-workers.  I think after 4 or 5 more I might have gifted one to all the employees at Planned Pethood.  Pethood, not parenthood.   Everyone seems to read that wrong.   This was my first attempt at octagons and I decided to mix octagon blocks and 4 patch posey blocks together.   I really like how it turned out.  So much so I have another one in the works.  I hope the owner enjoys it.



At home today working my way thru the second dose of new gout meds.  Back to work tomorrow.  My boss was kind enough to say stay home another week or two if you need to so it goes away completely, but I think I’ve got to leave the house soon or become a hermit.

See you all soon.  Hope to keep my blog current but my life isn’t all that exciting.  This should bring you current though.  Be blessed.



I’ve tried to keep this pandemic hysteria out of my blog but let’s face it, it’s become a big part of daily life.  I refuse to listen to news and TV that plays us all the doom and gloom but once the shut downs started it was hard to ignore.  Because of my lupus, I spent most of March just going from work to home and having Shannon get groceries or having them delivered.    Once Florida shut down, it’s been 5 weeks of just sitting at home.  While hard for most, being single it is interesting to say the least.  Been 4 weeks of me and the pups.  My niece came last week to help during a gout attack and it was nice to have company besides  barking dogs.    Thankfully the Lord has kept this virus away from my family.

Had to tease my niece when the new masks and scrub hat came in.   Kathlyn, one of the lovely ladies in my online quilt group, made them for my daughter.  They were so pretty, I decided to keep one set for myself.   She was cleaning so I “geared up” for working at home with company.   Amazing what’s funny when you haven’t left the house in weeks.


Haven’t done much during this shut down but mostly because I’ve spent the last 22 days of it working thru my worse ever gout attack.  Left me barely able to do much but stay off my feet.  I did get a few things done.  Not much as I do still work online most days, but I was able to start giving my machines spa day.

This one was given to me by my amazing brother in law for Christmas last year.  I sat down last week and gave her a nice coat of oil, new needle, new bobbin and adjusted everything so she sews nicely.  I think I will use it for my paper piecing.    Changing machines is going to be easier than changing feet and settings on my main machine when I want to do something different.   I love this machine.  Color is amazing and it came from Coolville Ohio.  How often can you say that?  Also check out that Longaberger basket.  My friend Kenetha sent me a few last week as she was cleaning out closets.  I LOVE them.


This machine just kind of fell in my lap.  My new groomer came to the house and brought her husband.  He didn’t mention anything about my machine collection but 2 days later I got a call.  Heidi said they were moving mom to assisted living and would I like the machine she had as he didn’t want it going to charity or sold.   He wanted it to go to someone that would use it.  So here she is, named after her owner, Wylene.   1971 New Home with every cam and accessory found in the drawers. Gave her a drop of oil as a precaution but she runs like scissors thru silk.    Beautiful machine that has been well taken care of.    Hard to find nowadays as most just let them sit in the attic or garage.   You can’t see it but she has a new Longaberger basket on her table also.

new home

I also took a few hours during stay at home order and drained, cleaned and refilled my hot tub.  Now just to make myself use it.    So other than that a a very minimal amount of sewing, I haven’t done much during Covid 19.

hot tub


It would be hard for me to explain how impressed and encouraged I am by my sister Jill.  She has overcome so many medical issues and still deals with so many today but is so positive, so giving and so loving to literally everyone she meets.   If someone asked me what I wanted to be once I grow up, my answer would be Jill.   She is simply an inspiration.  She never forgets a birthday, always makes a call when you need to hear from someone, never misses sending a sympathy, Christmas, birthday card.  If you need help she is always there, even 900 miles away.

That being said, I have to brag on her.  She came last Thanksgiving and I know they were likely bored stiff as half way thru the visit I got terribly sick.   They were kind enough to stay and help me and we were actually able to fit in ONE crochet lesson.  After an hour or so of learning a crochet stitch, she went home and a few short months later I received this amazing shaw.    I can’t imagine how hard she studied and worked to make this with one single lesson.  I LOVE IT.  Perfect weight for a cool Florida morning to sit out with the pups or head to work.


I have to brag a little more.  Again on what she has accomplished with only about 2 days of sewing lessons a couple of years ago.  She has made a few beautiful quilts, pillows and runners but I was really impressed with her recent finished one.    No pattern, no fabric directions, etc.  She just saw a picture online, drew out her pattern and made this beautiful cat quilt for her friend named Cat.  Don’t you love it?