Friday, February 08, 2019

All the things I've bought everywhere

 How about all the things I've bought everywhere in one big post? yeaup.

 This is old wallpaper, the first time I have ever found any that old in the wild!

Thursday, February 07, 2019


Near the end of January there is a big garage sale event in Springfield Missouri. Dave and I go without the kids. We hit the yard sale, then we hit the fabric outlet (both locations!). This time we also had the BEST lunch at the Black Sheep. The best.

 This year was the year of quilts. Usually I buy everything but quilts, but not this year.
 Love the visible mending here.
 This was a quilt in a quilt. The top looks okay in the photos but its really very, very worn. So I removed it.

 I knew something was hiding in there.
 A lovely ocean waves was hiding in there! It's pretty worn too.

 This one was cut off on both ends. Maybe I will keep cutting it. Maybe I will sell it. Maybe I will just stack it up. LOL
 The fabric outlet was AMAZING this year. I wish I could go back. It was loaded with Denyse Schmidt and was like the best treasure hunt EVER.
 I bought so much fabric. eeek.
And a few quilt blocks and a pillowcase too.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019


 The quilt collection is overflowing again. These are few recently thrifted bits.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Goings on

 At some point Dave got the itch to redo the playroom. The kids have really outgrown most of it and its used for watching tv and playing video games and such mostly now.  So, we've spent a few weeks switching things up.  I put all my fisher price toys together instead of spread everywhere.
 We are still working on this area, but this is becoming a library for book loving Sammi. The fireplace will go on the other wall and there's a chair for her to sit in.  The cubes make book organization SO MUCH EASIER. And it's helped clean up a lot of the excess books in her room.
 Poppet is still kicking. Some days are better than others for her.  19 years old now!
 The not twins are still not twinning.
 I was starting to get DESPERATE for color! this display at Fresh Thyme was wonderful.
 And so were the tulips they sold me.
I had a little fun playing with them and the new camera.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Still making - baby quilt and coordinating doll quilt

 I still REALLY have the urge to make ALL the quilts right now. I had cleaned out the linen closet at some point in January and decided to finally part with a very much loved, but completely worn out quilt my grandma had given me. I cut a chunk off (it was a mass produced quilt), reinforced it and made a quick pillow. I love being able to see it every day!
 After I made the baby quilt below I had some left over pieces on my sewing table still. Sometimes it's fun to see if you can use up every last piece, so I made a doll quilt with them.

 I thrifted a bag full of the sweetest baby embroideries in December. I wanted them to be in a quilt stat!  I had the perfect jelly roll that had been lying around a long enough time.
 This really turned out to be perfection in a baby quilt.
 I have tried to sell it, but no luck yet. I am pondering putting it on etsy.
 It needs a sweet baby to love it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Repurposed quilt top - sugar loaf triangles.

Way back in October I bought this star quilt top at the flea market. Stars are always wonky, you can see how it overlaps itself laying there.  There are some really great facebook groups and books where quilters reimagine vintage quilt pieces, so I decided to take the plunge with this one. After a short period of pondering I cut it up into triangle sections.

Getting it together was a challenge, because, well, wonky!

I have lost a few points here or there.

Then I had a GIANT disaster.

For some reason the backing fabric I bought at Joann would not adhere with my 505 spray.  I didn't realize how big of a problem this was though until AFTER I had quilted it!

I had to rip the ENTIRE quilt apart and do it again!

Then when I was taking these snowy photos I realized it has the same problem I have had once before - for some reason the fabric I used to put it together has discolored and has light and dark patches. I still have no idea what causes this.

What a giant disappointment that is.  This quilt is intended to be a gift and I am still pondering what to do with it.

Had it been all new fabric I would have honestly thrown it away after the first problem that required all that ripping.

So, for now, it sits.

Sugar loaf
Started Oct 2018
Finished Dec 2018
Vintage quilt top blocks
Cotton batt

Machine quilted
Blocks were hand pieced by original maker

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sewing - doll quilt and duvet quilt

 As soon as Christmas was over I was DYING to finally get my desk cleaned off. I had not been sewing for months and things were piled up everywhere. In November I bought a box of fabric pieces that included these teeny penny sized scraps of late 1800s fabrics. On Christmas eve I hand pieced them into 9 patches (there were two completed in the box, so I stayed with her plan) and then I whipped them into a doll quilt.
 How satisfying to turn penny pieces of fabric into a useable little quilt!
 This duvet quilt has been in my head forever. I am always grabbing vintage duvet covers, but they are always too small to use. Adding some batting and quilting it altogether makes them into SUPER dreamy small quilts.
I cannot wait to make more of these.