Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Family Treasure

Years ago my husband inherited his Grandmother's treadle machine. The cabinet was in horrible shape. My DH put his heart and soul into restoring the cabinet, sanding the metal and then painting it. However, being military with a weight limit and limited space of living my in-laws kept it in their home in California. This summer they put it in the motorhome and we met up in Kentucky. This cabinet now has a place of honor in my living room. The sewing machine is still inside but has certainly seen some better days.

I'm nearly finished with a newer project and will share soon. Today was spent doing a few errands and in with those errands was a post office run. Oh, how I wish I could show the one package sent but if I did the receipient would know it was hers! I really want to surprise her.

Also, it was amazing to me the overwhelming response of people wanting that little Thimbleberries kit. Thank you to all who visited! I just couldn't write a note to all. Even DH was surprised to see just how many of you left comments. Some from other countries, some in other languages and then one comment wanted money! Geez!! I've got a few other TB kits that I will use as giveaways so I truly do hope you will visit and not miss out.

My blog winner is Tam. Congrats to Tam and also thank you for the wonderful shout out on your blog. It is much appreciated!!


Terry said...

What a beautiful piece of family history! I have a treadle machine I bought a while back but it needs a lot of tlc. Guess I'm going to have to learn how to restore the wood and the machine too someday. I still love it even though it's not in the best of shape.

Pat said...

Your hubby did a WONDERFUL job of sprucing up that treadle machine cabinetry and its metal parts. How nice to have this in your home finally! Congrats to Tam on her win, too.

Kathy said...

That is a beautiful piece! Your husband did a great job restoring it. I am so glad that you are now able to have it in your home.

Darlene said...

Beautiful piece! I learned to sew on my grandmother's treadle. When she passed she asked that the machine be passed on to me but my mom intervened and wouldn't let me have it. grrr! Well, now she's decided that I can have it - it's in Texas so I have to make a driving trip to bring it home. Someday!

blushing rose said...

What a beauty. We gave ours away ... sometimes with regret. TTFN ~Marydon

Carrie P. said...

Your husband did a fabulous job restoring the cabinet. He should be very proud.
Congrats to Tam on winning.

Catherine said...

What an absolutely gorgeous piece!! Are you going to use the machine?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations to Tam on winning the coveted prize :-) Love your treadle machine. It looks so beautifully restored.

M. Regina said...

What a beautiful old machine!Hugs from Brasil

Carrie ~ said...

Wonderful heirloom, WOW. Happy Bloggiversary, I missed it celebrating my Anniversary!!!
Congrats on the 129 spoken pieces and Tam, enjoy your kit, its a cute one.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Your DH did a great job with the treadle machine! What a treasure for you and your family.

COngrats to your winner!

Tam said...

Your husband did a BEAUTIFUL job on the treadle machine, what a treasure!
Thank you again for your generous give away and I can't wait to start stitching my new project :D
Thank you all for the congrats too!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Beautiful job on the treadle machine. Congrats to Tam!


andsewon said...

Beautiful piece for so wonderful to have family pieces.
Congrats to Tam!!


Be sure to give DH a hug from all of us "crazy" bloggers for the beautiful job on the sewing machine!!! It is something you will always treasure. Have a great day--Hugs, just, Di

miniaturequilter said...

It's beautiful and a family heirloom too, what a is a treasure!

Allyson in Alaska said...

That is a gorgeous treadle. It must feel great, after all these years, to finally have it out and displayed. I love the little quilt on the wall behind it. Do you have a full photo of it? The border is uinique and different.

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love the antique treadle machine. Secret post office mailing huh, sounds interesting. Maybe the recipient will share a photo with us. Congrats to the winner of your Thimbleberries kit.

Kim said...

Beautiful restoration work on that sewing machine cabinet. Nice that it has found it's way home at last. :o) Very pretty!

Cathy said...

What a wonderful family treasure and your husband did a beautiful job on restoring it.

Cathy ♥

QuiltSue said...

That cabinet looks wonderful. Is DH going to work on the machine inside it now? (gg)

Stina said...

I know how happy you can get with a treasure like this.. Have an old Singer standing inmy bedroom.. and I love it!!! :o)) Enjoy!! :o)

Carol said...

What a beautiful treasure. I got that same comment looking for money...very strange.

Janet said...

Your DSh has done the most beautiful job restoring the cabinet, it's beautiful

Quiltbirdie said...

How beautiful! Makes me want to refinish my mom's early electric White machine in a gorgeous cabinet and feature it somewhere.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What a beautiful treadle machine! Looks so great in the picture in front of the quilt.

Can't wait to see your new project. And congratulations to Tam!

onlymehere said...

My grandmother had a machine like this and I've always wondered where it ended up finding a home. Your husband did a beautiful job on the refinishing work and it truly is an heirloom! Congrats to the winner too.

Candace said...

How wonderful of your husband to restore his grandmothers machine - and such beautiful work! I so wish I had my own grandmothers machine very similar to this - she actually taught me to sew on it, although I had a terrible time reaching the treadle!

Heidi said...

Tam is just a dear lady and I am so glad for her that she won. I love your sewing machine! It is all the more special knowing it was in your DHs family and how he put love into restoring it. What a treasure! I also love the quilt peeking out behind it even though I can only see a corner. And do I spy some cute little blue wooden shoes? Did you buy them in Holland?

Hugs ~

Bunny said...

Wow what a wonderful treasure to have. Wish I had my grandmother's sewing machine. I used to love to treadle on her machine when I was little.

Wendy K said...

I love your treadle machine! My Grandma used to have one 'hidden' behind her couch and when I was a 'wee lassie' I'd hide underneath and sit rocking on the foot pedal ..awww I wonder what ever happen to it. Your hubby has done a wonderful job of restoring it.

Karen said...

That sure is a beautiful cabinet! And, how wonderful to have it with you again.

Wendy said...

How did I miss this post. Your treadle machine looks like it's in just the right spot. You must really love the memories that brings.

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