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Rosie Armstrong named winner of Tables Envisioned

By Staff | Oct 14, 2016

Rosie Armstrong was named the winner of the People’s Choice for the Tables Envisioned contest.

Tables Envisioned was held October 1-3 at Heart of America Library. The Rugby Lions Club hosted the event, and participants paid $25 each to show a collection. The showcase was open to the public for a $5 door fee. There were 16 collections total, some of which included place settings, dishes, tea cups, cake stands and more.

Armstrong showed her collection of toy sewing machines.

“I’m a quilter,” she said. “I do all of my sewing on 1938, 1940 singers. I have toy sewing machines from the 1930s and ’40s that are just fun to look at.”

At the showing, Armstrong displayed two Singer Featherweight sewing machines, one from 1938 and the other from 1940. She also showed a 1950 Singer Trio.

“The Featherweights are about 11 pounds, and they sew like a dream,” she said.

Armstrong decided to enter the Tables Envisioned contest after Barb Welk, leader of the event, asked her to take part.

“I’m thrilled [that I won],” Armstrong said. “I didn’t expect it. I’m just shocked.”

Armstrong has been sewing since the early 1970s. “I made my first quilt [back then], and it has evolved over the years. I have always loved it,” she said.

Barb Welk led the event, with help from Ashley Berg, Shelley Block and the Rugby Lions Club.

“I think it went really great,” Welk said. “I think that opening it up to people’s collections, instead of just dishes was a really good thing. People are really interested in other people’s collections. It’s nice to look at.”

The Lions helped work the event, as well as provided refreshments for all who attended.

“It was a lot of fun. I’m hoping that we have that kind of participation, or even that it grows bigger, next year. It’s a really great event,” Welk said.

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