Sunday, May 01, 2016

Flea market Sunday

This was a busy, busy junk weekend. The vintage market days market is in town and the regular flea was today also. Plus we are working on the porch and replacing the water heater (finally!).

I forgot to take a pic of a restaurant ware marmalade jar too. 

Okay, onto the stuff!

Chicken wire cloche.
Handmade duck.
Old cake topper. The bottom of this one is fragile, but I never find these anymore.
And a second one. 
Tole candlesticks.
Little wire pot stand.
Feedsack dolls.
A single adorable kids placemat. And more napkins. These are my favorite napkins, we use them everyday.
A horrible photo of the cutest kitty appliqué in progress. I will finish this up and make a pillow for Sammi. (It's been so rainy here!)
Coat rack. I need to figure out how to tighten the pegs somehow so we can use it.
Denmark honeycomb daisies.
Quilt one.

So sweet.
Quilt two. Lavender wedding ring.
Even sweeter.
Quilt three. I looked up this pattern (i finally invested in some quilt I.d. Books), it's called rosebud. It's rough in the center, but the quilt market here continues to be flooded with dirt cheap quilts. So, I'm still buying while the buying is good.

Happy Sunday to you! (Hopefully this water heater thing doesn't end in a 12 hour disaster.) 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Doggone cute puppy quilt

My latest quilt finish is the doggone cute quilt. This was a gift for my cousins new baby.  It was a ton of very, very tiny fidgety little pieces. I thought I might have to pull all of my hair out! 

There are eight different styles of dogs, each dog had to be cut and sewn one at a time. The eyes START as 1x1 inch squares before you add four 1/4 inch seams!
I am so glad I perservered though. The result is adorable. And this was a good quilting lesson in several ways. One - I can do pretty complicated quilts now. Two - rip and rip again. Three - I learned a serious amount about how pieces go together to make shapes and how to line up seam allowances.
I had the perfect tiny dot for the binding and it really felt like it tied it together.
The quilt has one very special dog, his bow tie is made from her daddy's shirt. He passed away last year and I saved every scrap after I finished a memory quilt knowing they would come in handy for other quilts.

When Sammi saw the bow tie block she said, " mommy, this is a very nice doggie quilt, but why does one have a ribbon and the others don't?" I told her it was a piece of someone's daddy's shirt. "Oh! When she sees it she will think of him! "  

Smart girl.

Doggone cute (pattern available at sew fresh quilts)
Made March, 2016
For baby Lane

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fruity placemats

The other day we were looking at old photos and Jack said - hey! We used to have placemats! I hD screamy bought this berry fabric on impulse at Joann. While waiting on a service man I just roughly cut them out and quickly quilted them. No measuring or rotary cutting because the kids will just soil them.
They sat there for four days while I tried to figure out how to quickly bind them. I ended up zigzagging on some vintage bias tape. It got easier as I did more if it, but note to self - place the cut edge to the front! It seems backward, but it goes on much nicer. 
Next up - a low volume quilt for me!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Paper pieced snail

My kids are crazy right now. There is so mugs fighting, crying, screaming , tantruming and other assorted nonsense that I'm losing my mind. 

I'm trying to keep calm by sewing all the things. 

Yesterday while waiting for the plumber I made a paper pieced snail. He's not perfectly lined up, but I ripped it once and gave up.

Pattern is free, forest abstractions by violet craft, found on 

I quilted it and turned it into a throw pillow.

It's a fun addition to the living room! 

Today's project was placemats, hopefully finished tomorrow.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Flea market sundays

Man, flea market season was in full swing today! I bought a ton of stuff plus I spotted my first singer featherweight in the wild. (It had been at an estate sale a few weeks ago, but my kids were off school  so I could go. Now I'm wondering how much it was there, because it was $450 at the flea.)

What did I buy?
Apple core quilt top.
The sweetest vintage puppets ever.
Freezer baskets for the pantry. I left two behind and as I turned around to change my mind they were gone. Dumb move on my part. I am using them in my pantry.
Winking Jack treat bu me and spun cotton heads for Halloween.
Silk bindings and a sterling pin cushion.
Super sweet baby/doll quilt.
Orphan quilt blocks.
Random linens.
Cutest pull toy ever.
Fun chalkboard.
This is no piece of technical quilting mastery, but I'm so smitten with its charm.
Gorgeous star quilt.

Which won me over with these three little pigs fabrics!

A happy Sunday indeed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Man, the flea market/junk scene hasn't been good to me lately. Despite hitting an estate sale, the flea, ten garage sales...I bought nothing. 

I did thrift a few winners though:

Old sleeping bag with best floral print ever. Hello new picnic blanket!
A $3!!! Bernina. This was a thrifting dream come true. I've looked at every thrift store sewing machine for ten years hoping to find a Bernina. This is a cheap model, but perfect for the kids and Dave (since I won't let them touch my quilting machines!)

And a gorgeous pile of vintage fabric scraps. 

I have been so, so, so tired lately. Dead tired. I don't know if something is wrong with me or what, but I am barely functional lately. Ugh! I need it to pass NOW please.

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Sammi is starting to read! Mom this says big bru...big what? (And no, we are not having a baby. I'm cheap and it fit and was in the thrift when grant needed bigger shirts.)