Lucy Boston

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring, National Quilting Day, cranky, & a question

Welcome Spring, & Happy National Quilting Day!!!!

Here's the continuation of the story 
of my long, stretched out birthday celebration -
and the quilt shop trip with a friend...

After fabric and cheese and more cheese shopping,
one of the stops on my birthday quilt shop trip
was an antique shop (aka - smoking cat shop,  as it reeked of smoke and every single item in there was smothered in cat hair.)
The smoking cat shop ended up being worth the stop,
because, using up almost all of my remaining birthday$$,
that is where I picked up my cranky:
Happy Birthday to me!!!  Isn't it (or she) a beauty?
A Jones' Family CS, Queen Alexandra, hand-crank model;
manufactured in Guide Bridge, Manchester, England.
(I'll have to come up with a name for it, as that is a mouthful!)

I love it!, though I haven't sewn with it yet, 
as it needs a needle. :(
So, my question is for those who have/use 
Jones CS Family machines:
Does anyone know if (or has tried) the modern Groz-Beckrt dbx-1 needle, 
and is it a compatible replacement on these Jones machines?
(I'd appreciate any insight into using this machine - thanks!)

My weekend plan is to celebrate the beginning of Spring 
by baking some sweets (that must include some dark chocolate :)
&  for National Quilting Day -
by doing some long-arm quilting, playing with fabrics, and 
starting the piecing on the beginning of the needed FIVE baby quilts.

What are your plans?
Are you celebrating the beginning of Spring
and NQD also?
Hope so!


  1. What a wonderful birthday find! Sorry, I can't answer your question, but I will ask my friend who is a sewing machine whiz. I am celebrating National Quilting Day by working the boat show - no fun in that! But I will quilt tonight. Have fun with your new cranky!

  2. Oh!!! I am so jealous! What a beautiful machine. I don't know anything about them except that I want one someday. I've worked on four different quilts today. I trimmed some blocks for a nickel quilt, I made this months blocks for my quilt group, I made up 13 blocks from some applique, and I intend to spend a couple of hours this evening at the quilt frames. A day appropriately spent, don't you think?

  3. What a lovely machine! Several on my Treadle On list have Jones machines, and can answer your questions.

  4. She sure is a beauty! I don't know anything about her, except that she is gorgeous! Enjoy!


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