Monday, August 19, 2019

One more machine


Let's just say it's a 7 year itch.  Of course I fully expect it to last much longer. However it's been almost 7 years since I fell in love with old sewing machines. 



This is a 1935 Singer #127, I found on Facebook market place. It was located just 30 minutes away.  I drooled when I saw the set up.

The seller said it had been donated to her church at Lake of the Ozarks and she purchased it with hopes of sewing. She never followed  through on the sewing part.


This was in the drawer. The drawer that locks with the same key that keeps the cover on the machine!

I always like to find out the history on any machine I acquire. I found  Oliver E. Beas (1928-2002) from Washington Missouri served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was an electrician mate third class. This could possibly be the same man?.




The knee bar in the top of the picture is a gem. A lot of times you'll find the old machines with that missing.

This machine actually has two. One can be used when the machine is set down into the table. The other is for table top sewing.



If my counting is correct this might be machine #22.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

If this quilt could talk

My friends, Pat McCarty, Jim McCarty, and Karen McCarty Wright lost their mother December 12, 2018 at 88 years young. Evelyn L.  McCarty, "Dolly" as she was known to friends, was a well known quilter. Not only did she piece quilts, and design them, but she published numerous articles on making quilts. She also was a collector of sewing machines (be still my heart) and fabrics. Unfortunately I was never able to meet her in person.


This is a picture of her on the cover of this April 1986 quilt magazine. Her article inside is entitled Sets and the Setting! a series of three articles that answer the needle worker's lament - I've embroidered a set of quilt blocks - what do I do now?"

When the family was dividing up her quilts, all the quilts and tops were placed on her bed. Each of the 6 children from oldest to youngest were able to pick one piece in rotation. It kept going until all were gone.

Son Pat noticed sister Karen had picked the "anvil" quilt as his mother had called it. Pat said to Karen, "Mom always called that the anvil quilt". You see Pat is a blacksmith.  Karen knew he must have over looked it, so she traded him.

Pat asked if I would finish it for him.


This was a note Dolly had safety-pinned to the corner of the quilt top.



First of all I had to find matching fabric. I asked a friend who deals in vintage fabric where on Facebook I might ask for help. She gave me a link. Two hours after I posted a picture of the fabric, a quilter from Rhode Island came to my rescue. She sent me 3/4 of a yard FREE. I in turn sent her one of my quilt charm necklaces as a token of my appreciation.



The next problem . . . I don't hand applique. However in our circle of blacksmith friends I knew Eileen S. did. I asked her if she was up to the task and she heartily agreed. 


Here it is after Eileen added the 20 leaves. 


Ready for the quilting frame. 


Let's go now!


I wanted the solid off white  blocks to have tons of quilting. This heart design really made it pop!



In the meantime, since Pat called this the anvil quilt (It's really called a flower basket) I figured I could use the pattern to make a quilt for our Blacksmith Association conference auction.


Here it is in Bob and Sheri S.'s  loft. They were the high bidders at the Blacksmith Association of Missouri conference !!!




July 25th we had a gathering of over 70 blacksmiths and their wives at our house and shop for a hammer in. 



I thought this would be the perfect time to present it to Pat, since several members had a hand in its completion. I'm not sure who's eyes were the wettest!


Showing it off to everyone.



Now it's home on Pat's bed. I know his sister Karen is happy that she traded with him. Of course, his Mother is smiling down on it too!


God is Good!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Missouri Folk Arts At Lohman’s landing June 15, 2019

Apprentice Matt Dickson made this garden bench with guidance from master blacksmith Pat Mccarty of Washington Forge in TAAP 2019.


2019 apprentice Keith Whiteside is forging Ozark riverways fishing gigs today under the watchful eye of master gigmaker Ray Joe Hastings.


Ray Jo Hastings, Alex Tappel Lisa Thompson, Bernie Tappel Keith Whiteside, Bob Alexander and Matt Dickson pose for a picture in front of the beautiful iron park bench Matt made.


Bernie and grandson Alex work together. 


Lisa Thompson completed her business sign during a 2019 apprenticeship with master blacksmith Bob Alexander at his Scrub Oak Forge in DeSoto.


Bob Alexander, a real great left handed blacksmith hammers away

Music in the evening. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Visiting with knife makers

Every June we are invited to hang out with some of the worlds best knife makers. They come from other countries after attending the big knife show, the  Atlanta Blade Show. 

To clarify, my blacksmith is not a knife maker. Not that he can't or hasn't, it's just not what he likes to make. 


Spending several days with these men and women is always a learning experience. 




For meals we gather on the patio.




The pizza oven on the left of the patio. . . . 


The pond with coy fish and deer on the back side makes for great entertainment. 


Sometimes there is some work done in the shop. Here Bernie shows Colleen a technique on the power hammer. 


Gudy!!!  What can I say, he is a magnificent knife maker! He is from Holland and is so much entertainment.

Look at one of his hand crafted knives. Can you believe it??   Magnificent!!!




There's always a group to visit with all day long. 


A group under the awning, keeping out of the sun! Ed from the state of Washington, Diana and Darryl from Illinois. 



A group at the shop, Nathan from Minnesota, Hank,one of  our hosts, Pat from Washington Missouri, and Bernie, you know where he's from. 



The pizza oven is always a fun time. Hank makes the huge bowl of dough the day before. Then there were all kinds of toppings and fresh herbs picked from Bonita's door-side garden. 



Bernie made quite a few for the others. He was taking orders. I had a brussel spout and lemon pizza with a homemade white sauce!!



One night Nathan made these delicious chicken legs. He first grilled them, then made a marinade sauce with peppers, onions, morels he dried, and BBq sauce. He then smoked them for several hours.



He also did vegetables. They were also delicious. 



Ed made ribs our last night there. The potato salad is from the fresh dug potatoes we took along. 



We only had rain one day. What a place to enjoy it, their balcony off the upstairs bedroom over looking the pond. PEACEFUL. . . . 

As was our entire week. 

Thank you Hank and Bonita for the food, drinks, fellowships and friendships.




Monday, June 17, 2019

Mid-America Arts Alliance event!!!

M-AAA presented the Missouri Folk arts Program Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and the Blacksmiths Association of Missouri on First Friday in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District. Thanks to Lisa Higgins, director of  of the Missouri Folks Art Program  for getting Bernard, Alex and Mike McLaughlin in this gig!!!



Thanks to Kelly Clark, Curatorial Assistant at M-AAA he took my blacksmith anvil quilt and created the background for these awesome posters.

Bernard, grandson Alex and Mike McLaughlin all members of BAM were so impressed by the displays!

Kelly shows the guys around.


Alex's smile tells it all!


Grandpa's smile is good too!


All three men demonstrated across the street from the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, showing their techniques and some of their wares.




Lisa and I walked the area to see the other vendors, food trucks, music and sights and ran into BAM member Bill George. He didn't know we were there. This is him surprising Bernie!


This art work, which included a big table full of items, were mainly made from silverware. It was the most beautiful things!


These guys were creating graffiti which the smell almost overwhelmed you!

It was an exciting event in the art district for us for sure!! 

Thank you Kelly and Lisa for making it work.