Wow!! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged huh? In my defense, I am a teacher in my real life world, and this time of year is absolutely CRAZY!
I’ve been sewing, but not as much as I should. No new (to me) machines either. 😦 BUT!! This past weekend I went to the North East Texas TOGA! If you’re not sure what a TOGA is, it stands for TreadleOn Gathering and Academy. Basically, it’s a get together of people who like, use and collect people powered sewing machines. There are various TOGAs around the country (world?) but this one is located in Lone Oak, Texas. I went last year and had a blast so had to go again! (as always you can click on any picture to enbiggen)
They do a block swap, and this was my first time participating. My blocks are on the left, and the ones that I got back are on the right. I did all mine on my 1913 Singer 128K Handcrank.
There’s always lots of pretties to look at. Isn’t that Frister & Rossmann gorgeous?? And a purple Featherweight?? **swoon** There are Doctors on call to work on machines, I had my 128K looked at and Dr. Snow determined that my shuttle was just completely shot, so I got a new one and we’re all good to go now. I’m fairly good at working on my stuff, but sometimes I get a problem that stumps me. It’s good to know that the Doctors are there to help!
There’s always some sort of competition with the machines. Last year they just had categories (Prettiest, most feminine, most masculine, etc), but this year they had a design a float contest. There was a lot of creativity on display here!
The TOGA is free to attend, but of course there are costs to holding it. In order to offset these costs, the organizers (in addition to donations) hold a “raffle.” Everyone brings things they no longer want/need. You buy tickets and then after dinner (which, by the way is awesome BBQ!) they start calling out names. They do it rapid fire, and you have to go up and grab what you want. You know what they say…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! That pile up there is a combo of my stuff and my mom’s. There’s lots of laughing and joking around and just lots of merriment. They have a raffle quilt as well, and I managed to not snag a photo of it, and I did not win it. DARN!!
If you see a TOGA posted in your area, I really recommend that you go. It’s one of the highlights of my year.