Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Cheveron

I can't believe that it has almost been a year, but it has. I have
proof.....here...silly blog making me all accountable.
 
 
So, if I must admit it, almost a year ago my, then 13yr old,
son requested a new quilt. We found a fabulous fabric
bundle at http://www.fabricworm.com/. He picked it
out and then asked, "can you make it a zigzag pattern".
kehehehe I remember my silly grin as I said chevron
under my breath.  
 
Then life got in the way and the bundle waited.
Other things were made and the bundle,
oh so patient,
waited.
Finally, last summer I cut out the blocks and used
a method I learned at retreat from Jenny of Missouri Quilt Co.
You simply put two squares together and sew the edges,
then cut an X and whoola you have 4
HST's. She has a tutorial on her site.
I talk more of my time with these amazing women
under retreat on the side bar.
So anyway, last Saturday I finished this top at midnight. YAY
 
My sweet, now 14yr old, requested minky for the back and
I hope to pick that up this weekend.
I am sure I will finish it next winter week.
 
I am particularly talented at starting a quilt and then
not finishing for a year or two later. Am I the only one with this
amazing skill set?
 
 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thrifting and other Happenings

 
I live in a small town, I mean really small, I work in a town that is only slightly bigger.
Well and it does boast itself as being the corn capitol, so what if there is
a giant cob of corn in the towns park. Even though I would prefer if
it was the worlds biggest ball of twine. But that town is north of me. Bummer, I
guess corn will do.
In any case there are two thrift stores in the town I work in. I frequent them a lot.
Last week I got a pretty good haul of sewing accoutrements. I am
always on the look out for rick rack...is that a surprise?
I found quite a bit, some for a bargain at .25 cents as the original
price tag reveals more. Others were inflated from the original .15 cents.
 
 
 
I like to imagine were these treasures came from. A beloved grandmother who used
to sew all her children's clothes. An aunt who lovingly made
things for her nieces because she had all boys.
Or someone like me who can't  resist rescuing sewing supplies and
finally cleaned out their stash. (okay like me in that I like to thrift
sewing supplies, not like me in cleaning out part ewww)
 
 
I found a lot of these rings, I use them for hanging quilts or in embroidered menageries like this one.
There were two different kinds, these older ones that read genuine bone rings, 
and the ones below that had the work genuine in quotes but are plastic.
What do they mean by bone and should I be creeped out?
 
 
I think that the peachy dealy bobs are for suspenders but I don't really know. I like them
though. Something about there shape and color. they look old.
 
 
And finally thread. Love the little wooden Coats and Clark spool, it is pure silk, hmmm.
The blue, green, and yellow threads are Mettler's .
 I find these a lot. They look like they have not
been used and it is quality thread.
 
The whole reason I went to the thrift pick up some men's shirts for a cozie order for a guy.
 
 
What do you think? I like them and was inspired so I will be adding some to the shop.
 
 
I made the above cozie as a special order option, I giggle when
I look at the photograph as it reminds me of
cozie meets Glamor shots. It is made from a
rescued sweater and vintage fabric. My sister
snapped it up!
 

The recipient went with the above as
it was a gift for a photographer.
I suppose if the hot pink one
is a Glamor shot collage then this one
would be a boudoir setting. Hehe


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Hearts Day

 
I made this scrappy heart several years ago but being Valentines and all
I thought I'd recycle the picture again. It was and easy and fun
project and I still love them. Just fabric tied around
a Styrofoam heart. I used scraps and when I look
at it, each scrap has a quilty memory attached.
Don't you just love that about fabric.
Sewing and quilting for others is so emotional,
at least for me it is.

 
I was messing around last night after finishing a special order,
and created this slab. The flower fabric is vintage, Yeah Baby,
Oh so 60's. I scored a few yards of it at the thrift, I can tell
it's not 100% cotton but it is really soft. I am not sure if I will continue
making more blocks and create a quilt of it or not.
What do you think?
 
This is all the information I have on the fabric.
It is a happy fabric though!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I suppose it is sad that that saying never gets old to me.
Any who, Audrey from Hot Pink Quilts is
a winner of the cozie.  She said:
 
"I've won a few things. FQ bundles, fabric, and most recently, a 12-pack of Aurifil thread!
Everything has always been so lovely.
I think one of my favorites was a customized pouch. It's hot pink and perfect for me. :)"
 

I recently added an insulated thermos/water
bottle holder to the shop.
 
They have a side handle and adjustable strap.
I use mine all the time and love it.
Plus, I really love the gnomes!
 

 
I must stop posting cozies. But it seems they are all
I have been making lately.
I am really happy with this one.
 
Months ago, I started a chevron quilt for my son
it is just waiting and I must get back to it.
I am thinking I need a list of the other
things I need to finish. Maybe some accountability is
in order here.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

First sale and a Give Away

 
So, in around 2006 or something I opened an Etsy shop, I am
sure at the time I had intended to put things in it.
But I didn't. Not that I didn't still make things,
give homemade items as gifts,
or do craft fairs. I did do that.
 
 
 
But alas, the shop remained empty.
Until recently I decided to take the
plunge and put a few of these
coffee cozies in there.
 
 
I have had a lot of luck with word of mouth
orders, but am often asked if I have an
online shop.
 

Now I can answer yes. I wasn't sure if
I'd ever even sell anything because well, a
shop, open that long, with no sales, does
not actually look all that great
to the consumer. I get that.

 
So you can imagine my excitement
when I received an order. AND
it was from someone I didn't know!!
 
In celebration of this first sale,
I am giving away the coffee cozie, pictured above.
 
It is on a grayish cotton with an appliqued
wool felt heart. The button is beautiful, made of
glass.
 
Because I myself, am a little lackadaisical when
it comes to doing stuff for a give away, I thought I'd
make it easy.
 
Just leave a comment and tell me what
you like to win from blogs. I have won a few things
once it was a gift certificate to an online fabric store, that was
awesome and once some fabric scraps from http://sillymamaquilts-sillymama.blogspot.com/
Those also rocked. But that is about it.
 
I'll pick a winner by Friday so I can get it into the mail.
Be sure your name links to an e-mail address.

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