Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Scrap Basket Finds ~

I like to pick up the snippets of fabrics I find here and there, at yard sales, the vintage markets or thrift boutiques. Mostly they will go into a smaller scrap basket and I challenge myself to make things out of the basket.


 In keeping with making out of the scrap basket  ~ I found these already hand-sewn together with a couple of extra cut out. I only need to sew one end to finish the set and I will be making a little's quilt with it.

The fabrics look and feel vintage, they needed squared up, fashioned into some kind of arrangement and stitched together. The chosen sashing and border is a coordinating light turquoise used to increase the size.
If you have any special ideas to help me use up those tidbits in my scrap basket journey, let me know!
I will be sharing my finish soon!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Aurifil Designer of the Month ~ Hanalei Garden

Working Strictly from the scrap basket...no yardage, no fat quarters - no stash! I am sewing up the 2019 Aurifil Designer of the Month. You can read all about the designers and get the Free patterns at the link.

This month's designer block is called Hanalei Garden by Natalie Barnes, and here is my scrappy version.
There are a couple of snippets courtesy of Brooke Sellmann at Silly Mama Quilts

Visit and enter your Works in Progress

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Quilted Cat

I love re-purposed items, saved from the depths of the garbage dump. This collection of quilted items are just darling. Spotted at the Spencer Antique Mall in Spencer, WV. That old pump organ... to right at the back of the setting... only $50 !!! Can you believe it! Visit the store only until February 28th then closing their doors.

Monday, February 25, 2019

February OMG ~ Madelyn's Quilt

Surely Enough, the quilt was gifted without a full size photo! But..... here is a cute little photo of the stitching. I used loopy loops and stars all over, with some fun words written into the quilting. Encouraging words such as dream, live, love, hope, be yourself... What little girl wouldn't sit and day dream of future self with such inspiration! 


Linking up my finish with Patty at Elm Street Quilts








Sunroom SunShine

No Sewing Involved ~ This needed to be done for quite some time now. The cushions were covered with old vinyl and were falling off, the chip board inside was rotten. It just needed Done! I searched for a before photo....none that would show the serious mess of a shape they were in, but the final outcome? Gorgeous!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dust Off A Quilt Book Just in Time for Spring!

Today is my stop on the hop for  Dust off A Quilt Book Blog Hop Challenge with Bea at Beaquilter.  Easy - find an old quilting book,  Not so easy - decide which book and make a project from it! I've been wanting to do this for quite a while now and so glad that Bea offered us this challenge!

In a previous post I shared that my project would be in anticipation of Easter and Spring, I chose Country Quilts for Friends by Margaret Peters & Anne Sutton - Published by C&T Publishing, 2004.


I decided upon a lovely Spring quilt with a bunny in the center. And it has bees, I love bees! The fabrics chosen are  

             Flora and Fawn by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs 


So Pretty! The quilt is going to be used as a wall hanging for Spring, then maybe gifted to my sweet little grand daughter.


I free motion quilted on my domestic with just randomness, some outlining and little flower drawings. See the bees in the quilting?
And I blanket stitched the binding on, I enjoy the vintage feel that a blanket stitch provides. Complete with some pretty, flowery pink fabric for backing.

And a GiveAway in Honor of Old Books
I'll be giving away one of my "old" books,  Designing Patchwork. Let me know in the comments below "How many quilts have you made with bees on it and the name of the pattern?" Give away will be open until Monday Feb 25th.
Winner of the Drawing from the comments section is Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks!!!!

 

And a Bonus, I used up more of the fabric from the bundle for a a Sister Quilt! I used Pat Sloan's Oh My Stars! pattern. This will be used in my recliner. Wink! It still needs quilted and binding added, so that will become a March Project OMG with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.
                                                         March Link Up
 
Amazingly there is still lots left over with this fun bundle, about 3/4 of yard went to my grandbaby for some adorable bibs! I can't wait to use more of this! It is definitely a win for Spring! Thanks for joining me at Dust Off an Old Quilt Book!

And don't forget to visit everyone that has put in so much effort spring cleaning at the hop!
Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing
Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Anita at Domestic Felicity (you are here!)
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Monday, February 18, 2019

Practice! Practice!

For a long time now I have been trying to get this free-motion quilting on your own domestic machine technique down pat. I must admit, it has been more than frustrating but I do believe perseverance is Winning!

These are the latest two free-motion attempts and I'm willing to actually display the photos.

I used a cuddly flannel for each of the backings to make them more appealing to the recipients as there are still quite a few fumbles in the quilting...but as the quote goes.......     Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance!

   



Friday, February 15, 2019

Antique Quilt Sighting

I enjoy browsing the quilts in antique markets, sometimes taking a photo, mostly not. When I do take a photo, I like to share.

I normally do not purchase either, I am not a collector. I've only purchase two over the years. I do enjoy their beauty and the inspiration they may bring. I hope my quilt sightings give you inspiration to sew and create today ~

This one is from a small South Carolina shop and displayed so beautifully. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Old Books, Old Quilts ~

Join me and all these other fabulously creative minds to dust off one of your old quilt books and actually make something from it! Bea at BeaQuilter is hosting this genius blog hop to encourage us to pull out those old books. 
We will see you next week!

And just for fun, an Old Quilt sighting at a Cowpens, SC antique market.

Made in 1933 for a new baby by her grandmother - Cost is $25, that is a Deal!



Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches


Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew

Friday, February 1, 2019

February OMG - Birthday Quilt

This was supposed be gifted November 2018.
I never got it quilted, and now is the best time to get it done. I am striking off WIP's and UFO's in 2019 and have been selecting quilt tops that are lying around that need to be quilted. Either practicing free-motion or sending them off to my long-arm quilter - they Must get Done!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Glamper Sewing Room Give-Away!

I travel quite a bit for work, so to keep up with some of my desire to sew... One of the "rooms" has been turned into my little sewing world. Currently the drawers and cabinets are filled to the brim and the sofa is piled high, but I want to Glamp It Up! I am looking for suggestions - how could this room be turned into the cutest little sewing room ever?


I am thinning out my small scrap bin and cutting 2.5 " mini charms to give away. They are definately going to be scrappy! To be eligible for the give away, leave me your ideas or suggestion in the comments section and follow me at Domestic Felicity I will close out the give away on Friday, February 1st!

The Winner of the Charms go to Barbara Woods!





Monday, January 28, 2019

WIP Storage Tip

I wanted to share a great storage tool that is a basic staple since I am always on the go with work!
These Poly Zip Pouches are fantastic. I use the Legal size which is a little wider than 10" and longer than 22" with a good fold in them for expand ability.

They are great to place all of your precut fabrics, threads, scissors and even the book or patterns you are working from. They are a great way to keep everything together without loosing some of those smaller pieces. And you can always store the whole project on a book shelf to come back to later without misplacing one single bit! No more worries about where that book went to!


And if you haven't recognized, this is yet another sneak peek into my project for the upcoming Dust Off an Old Quilt Book Blog Hop with Beaquilter in February!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Vintage Quilt Sighting ~ An Update



I've had a couple of questions concerning the super cool quilt I came across and wanted to share a bit more.
1. I surely did not buy the quilt, I enjoy browsing and looking at the wonderful designs in antique and vintage quilts. Although, I am not a collector. I truly want to use the quilts I have on hand and those that I make. I enjoy knowing that there are people who will provide a much better service than what I could by preserving such treasures.
2. I am thinking this particular quilt was for sale ~ at around $875 but I may be remembering incorrectly.
3. I usually don't document which exact shop I find these beauties in: this one was in Cowpens, SC on main street and some of the shops in that area are Eight Gates AntiquesLillies Accessories and Antiques and Sweet Pea on Main. Such a quaint town with a Great Barbecue place too!

If anyone knnow the name of this particular block I would love to know. Thanks for sharing in the adventure with me!

Friday, January 18, 2019

A Flower Bouquet ~ A Planting Guide

When Pat Sloan mentioned a Planting Guide, it reminded me of the adorable Gardener's Journal by Mary Engelbreit that is stuck on my book shelf with all of my other gardener's companion books. I must get that out! The book is full of the most beautiful pictures, grids for planning and lots of gardening tips. You can get one for yourself at the link above or here.

And for the block inspired by a Planting Guide:

Ooopsie!

This was one I just had to get friendly with my seam ripper on! I normally leave my little mistakes but this block screamed at me to make it right!




And for some Summer Flower Love: Photos of My Little Flower Gardens ~



Thursday, January 17, 2019

It Was a Mess - I Must Confess

Always searching and always sorting. I had totes and baskets and boxes galore with no knowledge of what could possibly be in them!

Before Photos. I am so ashamed.
 

And a Work In Progress Photo, this was closer to Day 2 of working in that room!


The room is still kind of cluttered but not a working room, just extra room... and great for storage!
I folded all the fabric of equal width to get a great stacking system. Now I may be able to find Just the right fabric I was looking for!

And All those UFO's and WIPs - Yep, I can be held accountable! Plus look at those overflowing scrap bins! Guess who needs to work on Strips and Scraps?