That friend also requested to send me a parcel and start a penpal relationship of sorts :) I said yes!
She lives in Tasmania, Australia and travels avidly as well as gardens and sews as well. She sent me this lovely package of fabrics and a rain hat and a button and a card of interesting things from her area down under. I am now curating a package for her in return... this is SO FUN!!! I love enhancing friendships and learning more about others cultures and ways of being as well :D
At the start of the week I was very focused on bringing Cleo into the fold of my machines. I shared the waiting for her with you last week...
Cleo is short for Cleopatra... such a dramatic name... and one I want to research more but Cleo she is for certain! I went onto Singer's website and found the W beginning serial #'s... and there she was... one of 1.5 million made in 1954. I also read there were 1500 workers in this Connecticut plant of Singer's ... it was originally a Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine making plant! Sew interesting!!!
My honey rewired her as she had had that done wrong... changed the pedal to one I requested ... cleaned off excess oil and oiled places he found that had been missed and greased the cam stack she has in place... ooooh ... she is soo awesome!!! We got some automotive paint in gloss black and he touched up a few boo boo spots too!!! I am soooo blessed y'all!!!!
Here is her first photo with her in her new dress... a trapezoid Singer case...
And here is a photo I plan to hang in the blank spot over Cleo.... the 2 that got together to surprise me with this smooth stitching machine !!!!
Here is the back of the finished wall quilt I machine quilted on Zena as her final act of service for me.
She is now stored safely in a closet of our home waiting for her next purpose in life... helping my daughter learn to create when she is ready!!!
The binding is the diagonal striped fabric I shared a swatch of last week. It came one day and this little quilt was hanging the next day! Here is the photo of it hanging behind our little Christmas tree :)
Her next job will be to make my honey a new wallet as the wallet I made him a few weeks back is going somewhere else to be re-homed... he requested a few revisions for his personal taste... so I will accommodate those requests on my new Christmas present Cleo!!!
We added some new ornaments to our stash of Christmas displayed ornaments this year... the star at the top is new as well!
We got a Santa glass blown ornament with glitter accents from the year we got together...
Finally are my 2 favorite shots... lights on ... and lights off on the right... I love Christmas twinkle lights for sure!!! <3
I got several rounds of fabric in this past week as well... here is some fabric for replenishing my Christmas stash a bit...
And here is my first focused work...
Now I am to sewing the buttons on over the junctions... and this is my hand sewing focus today... so I am linking this slow stitching progress to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE! Kathy is quilting on a many year old ufo with great pleasure today! She and her grand dog are :D Go check out her blog post and other linkers posts too!!!
I have made some other slow stitching progress earlier this week but due to lots of things the end of the week no slow stitching on the quilt Stars Among Us has happened... Monday starts a new week though :D
Here is a close up of my progress this week... I went from the border to the mid point of this row...
I acquired these things this week...THIS blog post.
Here is a close up of the 40 different fat quarters I picked up for about $33 all together
And our Christmas cactus we picked up earlier in the week is doing GREAT!! It gets good sun in the sewing room window :)
So it has definitely been a BUSY week at Daisy Meadows :)
How about you... have you been busy this week and if you have is it because it is December and you are tying up loose ends or because you have just been busy or has it been holiday related???!!! Inquiring minds want to know!!! lol
For now I wish you a Happy Holiday season and a very Merry Christmas to come. Thanks for visiting <3