Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thrift Thursday: Vintage Churn Dash Quilt Top & Snail Trail Quilt

Aside from quilting, one of the things I enjoy doing is sourcing for my eBay business.  I found this vintage quilt top on one of my sourcing trips to the Goodwill outlet.

It's obviously damaged and very poorly constructed, but I just couldn't leave it behind.  It cost about $2 so I brought it home.

I'm guessing it's from the 1950s and was machine pieced, but the seams are huge and there are puckers throughout.  Obviously, pieces were cut by hand without the benefit of the tools we have today.

Who was the maker?  Was she elderly who struggled with the piecing?  Or was she a young girl just learning how to quilt?  They obviously used whatever scraps they had one hand.

And, what is the story with the burnt hole?  Was it caused by a cigarette?  Or was it burned by an iron?  Oh, the stories this quilt top could tell if it could only speak!

I found this small vintage Snail Trail quilt on another sourcing trip to the thrift store outlet.  

It is also obviously damaged but it didn't cost more than $2. I think it's machine-pieced but it is hand quilted. Someone put some effort into making this cutie so I had to bring it home.

I didn't make an effort to remove the stain lest I damage it any more.

 I just fold it on a chair and you can't even see the stain.

It always makes me sad to see these precious textiles end up at the thrift store, or worst, the outlet clearance center, even if they are damaged.  Someone lovingly made these quilts and someone else didn't appreciate it enough to care for and keep it.  That's okay because I'm here to rescue and give them a new life.

Remember, the best things in life are quilted!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Seuss Quilt Top

I've been working on this Dr. Seuss quilt the past few days.  As I was trying to figure out the layout, I discovered that I actually did not have enough sashing strips and cornerstones.  I kept miscalculating the number of strips I needed so I had to dig into my limited dark blue stash several times so the sashing strips are scrappy.  But I finally figured it out!

The top has 42 blocks in a 6 x 7 layout.  Now all I need to do is sew it all together.  I decided not to add a border and will bind it in the same "Sam I Am" red fabric in the Sawtooth stars.  Can't wait to get it finished!

And, earlier today, I added the inner border to my Frolic Mystery quilt.

Not a lot of progress, but little by little I'll get it finished.

Until next time, happy quilting!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WIP Wednesday: Frolic Mystery Quilt Plus Quilts For Kids

I spent the past weekend sewing all the sashings and rows on my Frolic Mystery Quilt top, and here it is!  I love it!  I'll do the inner border and then I'll take a break before I tackle the outer border.

I am so glad I decided to join this time and regret not having joined in previous years.  Luckily, all the mystery quilts are available on Bonnie's Quiltville website for purchase.

I can't believe it's been almost 10 years since my last post about the Downy Touch of Comfort. Quilts for Kids and their kits.  Back then, I had decided I was going to change my focus and return to Project Linus which I had been involved with since 2001.

Apparently, I had a change of heart because last October, when I was organizing my quilting room, I stumbled upon 2 kits from Quilts for Kids.  They had been stored away and forgotten.  One of them even had a packing slip from 2013!

And, when my DD left in 2018, she left behind all her quilting supplies and fabric.  As I was packing them for storage, I stumbled upon a kit I had no idea she had ordered. Now I had three quilts that needed to get done and returned as soon as possible.

These are so fast and simple, they really take no time at all. I've already completed 2 tops and should finish all 3 of them soon.  They ask that we return the completed quilts within 4 weeks so I think these are way overdue! 

I also found this Dr. Seuss work-in-progress quilt top that I think I may have started in 2016.  There are 21 completed Sawtooth star blocks plus alternating squares. And, the 1-1/2 inch sashings and cornerstones have all been cut so I just need to sew it all together and add the borders.

I was planning to make it for DGD#3 but I think at 18 years old she has outgrown it.  So, I'll just donate it to Quilts for Kids.

That's it for now ... Happy quilting!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy New Year! Celebrating Another 10 Years of Quilting

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that 20 years have come and gone since we celebrated The Millennium!  I started quilting in 1999 so I am also celebrating 20 years of quilting.  And, I am looking forward to and am excited about a more productive decade! 

Having said that, I decided my first quilt of the decade will be Bonnie Hunter's Frolic Mystery Quilt.  This is Bonnie's 15th online mystery and my first ever mystery.

The introduction and first clues were posted last year in October/November, but I was busy with the quilts for my DGD#1 and her friend that I couldn't start until this month.

I was behind by 6 clues but thought I might be able to catch up if I worked on it every day.  So once I gathered my fabrics, both from my stash and fabric store, I got busy cutting.  

Except for this one picture, I didn't take pictures of my progress to post on social media.  I was too busy cutting and playing catch up!

I worked on this pretty much every day and I couldn't wait to get to the point where I could make a block.  And, when I did, I was so jazzed.  I loved it and it motivated me to keep going.

Once everything was cut out, I started sewing like a madwoman so I could finish all the blocks.  I was trying to catch up before the final reveal, but I was one clue behind when Bonnie posted the reveal last week:

Wow!  The quilt is amazing and I am so excited to get mine completed.  Here are all my blocks laid out and I love, love, love the design! 

Now I need to add all the sashing and start sewing the rows. Stay tuned!

Remember, the best things in life are quilted!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Weekly Finish #39-#40 and the End of a Decade

A year ago, just before Thanksgiving, my DGD#1 moved to California from Tennessee. I had not seen her in over three years so it was a joy to have her and DGD#2 (her sister) with us, especially since my youngest DGD#3 had moved out-of-state with her family.  

But sadly, nothing lasts forever.  In June my middle DGD#2 moved out-of-state to be with her family, and now my oldest DGD#1 is moving back east, where she found a great job opportunity and living expenses are much more affordable.  She and her roommate/friend are driving there next month and will be getting their own place.  They are very excited to start their new adventure.

Ombre HST Quilt Pattern - free online pattern from Sarah Goer Quilts

Of course, I told them I would make each a quilt to take to their new home.  This was in October; and since they weren't leaving until mid-January, I thought I had plenty of time to finish both quilts before they left.

This free pattern is 4-Patch Slice by Inspiring Creations.

My DGD#1 picked the pattern and colors for her quilt.  Her friend also picked her colors but the quilt pattern was selected by DGD#1 and was a surprise. Once I had this information, I started purchasing the fabrics.

Before I knew it, the Thanksgiving holiday was upon us, and DH and I were leaving for the Philipines the following Saturday.  Somehow, I managed to pack for the trip and sew the 4-Patch quilt top by the holiday.  We were on vacation for almost two weeks; and when we returned just before Christmas, DGD#1 told me they were now planning to leave right after New Year's Day.  

Oh no! I still had one more top to sew; then I'd have two tops to quilt and bind.  Somehow I managed to get it all done by Christmas day.  We spent the holiday at my sister's home and I was able to gift the two quilts.  Both DGD#1 and her friend were completely surprised as they didn't think the quilts would be done before they left.

The smiles on their face and the hugs I received were priceless.  It was all well worth the time and effort to get these done for Christmas.  Two more quilts for the finish!

In the blink of an eye, another ten years have come and gone.  I've now been retired 11 years and the years have FLOWN by.  I remember how the months, weeks and days before I retired seem to drag forever.  I also remember thinking about all the quilting I was going to get done when I retired.  Boy, how wrong I was!  I found that there were so many other things that needed my attention.  Even so, I still managed to finish 50 quilting projects in the past 10 years:  37 projects were done in 2010 (12 are finished flimsy tops), 9 were done in 2015, and the last 4 were completed this year.

I hope the next 10 years will be more productive, as I have a whole lot of quilting projects to get to.  Just look at my sidebar!

Remember, the best things in life are quilted!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Weekly Finish #37-#38 Halloween Quilts

And those Halloween quilts?  Well, they never got finished until this year.  As I sat at home on Halloween night, thinking of my DGDs, and missing them, I decided it was time to finish those tops I've been posting about for such a long time!  And now they are quilted and bound.  Two for the finish!

I'm also thinking of the other quilt projects that have been sitting on the back burner, just waiting to be finished. I can feel the excitement build and that itch that needs to be scratched.  And now I have the time to quilt.  I miss my DGDs but have also missed my quilting and am so glad to get back to it!


Monday, October 28, 2019

I'm Back After a Four-Year Gap

I can't believe it's been four years since my last post! And yet it seems it was only yesterday. In 2015 my daughter and two teenage granddaughters came to live with me--and my quilting (and blogging) took a back seat. 

In 2018 my DD and DGD#3 moved out-of-state, but DGD#2 stayed with me while she attended the local community college. Then, in late 2018, DGD#1 also came to stay with us.  I was thrilled to again have 2 of my 3 DGDs with me.

But DGD#2 missed her mom and family; and when the semester ended in June, she also moved to be with them. Although DGD#1 still lives here, she has moved to her own place.  

Although I miss them all very much, I find that I now have extra time on my hands for quilting and blogging.

I also went from having no sewing/quilting room to having 2 vacant bedrooms.  I now had so much room that I didn't know what to do!  All my quilting stuff and stash had been put away for the past four years, and I was excited to finally have it all in one room.  But I had gotten rid of most of my bins and drawers, and I felt lost when it came to organizing it all.  So I did some research and found some great ideas on Pinterest.

When my family asked me what I wanted for my birthday a couple weeks ago, I told them I wanted IKEA gift cards because I found this great IKEA hack using two bookcases for a cutting/storage table:

DIY Sewing Room Cutting Table IKEA hack from A Bright Corner

This past weekend my DH put it all together.

I also bought some drawers and fabric bins.

I found this great idea to hang my rulers with Command hooks also on Pinterest.

I originally was going to get casters to raise the table for easier cutting but then the light bulb went on! I had an old dining room table that I was going to get rid of, but I realized that if I removed the legs then attach the tabletop it would be the perfect height. It was also the perfect width and length.

You can see in the above picture that I've been busy organizing everything ... and keeping DH busy with hanging quilts!

This is definitely a work in progress but I already love it!  

Happy quilting!