Posts Tagged ‘Fabric’

Once upon a time,
long ago and far away
while on vacation,
I started this quilt…



I diligently sewed these little squares together by hand
(I didn’t have my sewing machine with me).
You can tell I was a beginner because some of the squares don’t line up!

For years these nine-patch blocks sat forgotten…



The nice lady who owned the cabin we stayed in gave me a bag of scraps
from her collection.  She was an avid quilter and had lots & lots of fabric.
I was a beginner and just wanted something to do at night while on our
restful vacation.  (There was no TV, radio, internet, or signal).
We liked it so much there that we went back several years later, Btw.

They were random scraps I probably never would’ve chosen,
but I was just happy to have some fabric to sew together.




Then one day

I “found” them and said, “Oh!  Alas!  The forgotten blocks
from that vacation long ago and far away!”




I decided to bring those blocks together
and begin the process of finishing this neglected quilt.




I didn’t over-think it, I just sat and sewed the blocks together.

I had been thinking about putting a black border around the sides
to make it big enough for a lap quilt, but…


What do you think I should do?
What color border do you think would look better?
I thought maybe two borders of different widths & colors might be better?




Or maybe I should just make it a table cloth with a nice border around it??
I could take it on picnics…

Any suggestions?

And so… the Forgotten Quilt will soon be finished and
forgotten no longer.
The End
(for now)

I’ll post soon with the finished look.

I’m linking with Freshly Pieced and with Sew Fresh Quilts.
Go on over and see what pretty things they’re working on!


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I’ve been sewing lately…

Tiny little garments for my two granddaughters…  so much fun!!

Today I wanted to post about one of the easiest projects I’ve done so far–
Burp Cloths


It was fast, easy, and I think they turned out cute.

I bought some flour sacks at Walmart,
I think I paid $5 for this set of 5:


They were large enough to cut in half and it still turned out to be a generous size for a burp cloth.

That means I got 2 burp cloths out of each flour sack towel —
so you can make 10 out of that set of 5!


I cut a piece of quilt batting the size of the center of the burp cloth.
After I measured it and cut it, then I placed it on the center of the flour sack towel.


Cutting the flour sack towel was easy because the fold lines were exactly on the center–
I didn’t even have to measure it!


Here’s a picture of the flour sack towel cut in half – the one on the left is done,
and the one on the right is just ready for the batting & fabric piece.


As soon as I cut the flour sack in half, I serged the long edges.
The shorter edges were already hemmed, so I didn’t have to do anything there.
I serged the edges of the print cotton fabric I was going to sew
in the center of the burp cloth,
Then I centered it on the flour sack, right over the batting,
I pinned it down,
and sewed it down each long edge:


Then I sewed 2 lines down the long edges,
just like the store-bought burp clothes have.

I wasn’t too picky about it.
I did pin the edges down before I sewed
and that kept the fabric & batting down nicely.



I tuned down the short edges and sewed a hem very close to the edge.
I ironed it once everything was sewn.






My daughter chose the rose fabric from a stash of fat quarters,
but it wasn’t long enough so I added a coordinating fabric at each end.

I thought it looked even nicer than the other burp cloth because the two fabrics
looked so nice together.




Because of the large size of the flour sacks, these burp cloths turn out
larger than the store-bought ones.
That was something I really liked.
We’ve used them already and it worked well because of their larger size.
It was a quick project and I look forward to making more like these.
I’ve made some bibs, tiny dresses, bonnets, blankets…
can’t wait to share those with you in the coming days.  🙂

Happy sewing!


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Quilt Show

I recently went to a Quilt Show with my daughter.

It was so much fun!

There were lots of fun things to look at.
This cute pin cushion was just one of many different kinds.


There were lots of small quilts and wall hangings.
Some whimsical, some traditional, some modern.



I just had to take a picture of the sign above the doorway into this room…

Did you see the name??



There were vendors and quilt stores selling so many beautiful quilts and fabrics.



I just loved the above quilt hanging.
I had to stare at this one for a while.


Lots of quilt stores had brought baskets full of goodies for the raffle tickets,
and there were many tables with these baskets for all of us to ooh & ahh over.

For a total of $3, you got 25 raffle tickets to put in the slots in front on your favorite quilt baskets.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win any.

Maybe next time?


The display area was huge and there were many beautiful quilts to admire.
It wasn’t easy taking pictures because there were a lot of people doing the same things we were doing!  Ha!




I thought this quilt with the birds was so cute!



This quilt (below) won the award for Best In Show.
It truly is a work of art.

We got so many ideas and felt so inspired after being there.


I was able to buy two little charm packs (42 squares, 5″ each).

This one (below) is called Whitewashed Cottage:

It’s a beautiful collection of soft pinks, yellows, greys, and blues.



The other one is called Miss Kate
and is a combination of bright colors & cheery fabrics:



Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile.


Can’t wait to make something pretty with them 🙂

Have a blessed week!


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Quilt Shop

Earlier this year, my husband & I were in North Carolina,
and while we were walking around one of the historic downtowns,
I found a cute little Quilt Shop…



It was in a town called Black Mountain,
it was a very pretty area
and the town was surrounded by…
mountains.  🙂





The store had some beautiful quilts for sale.
I asked the lady at the register if I could take a picture
of these quilts that were up on the wall right behind the counter.
I was so happy she said, “Yes!”




The store didn’t have fabric for sale like a Quilt Fabric Shop…

It only had Quilts for sale.

…So I was very surprised when I saw these Fat Quarter Bundles!





The fabrics in these bundles are usually $12-15 a yard…

Normally, these bundles cost $10-$12 each…

But these bundles had $3 on the price tag.

I thought it was a mistake, so I asked the kind lady behind the counter…
She assured me it was correct.

I was so excited.
Disclaimer:  This was before I had decided to use up my stash
before buying any more fabric.




The fabrics are so beautiful…
they are also very soft, silky,
…and colorful!




I would never choose these, but together they looked so pretty
…and I am trying to break out of my blues/greens/yellows
into a more adventurous territory…




The individual fabrics have beautiful details and color.

I can’t wait to use them in a quilt!




So even though this store was not a quilting fabric store,
I got to see some very beautiful quilts,
and I did get the unexpected pleasure of buying some
pretty fabric for a fantastic price!

Now if I could just find time to sew!  🙂


Have a terrific weekend, everyone!




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Fun with Fabric!

This week, there’s a great sale going on in one of my local fabric stores (JoAnn Fabrics).

I think of Birthday and Christmas gifts all year long…
(whether for me or a loved one)   🙂
and when sales come up,
I take advantage of them.


This (above photo) is a group of coordinating fabrics
that I think will make a very nice quilt!

These stacks are sometimes over $100 if you buy them as a set.
But I’m too much of a tight-wad —
(it sounds nicer when I say “thrifty” so that’s what I’ll say from now on)
— to spend that much… why, that’s just plumb crazy!


I chose a pretty fabric that I thought was cheerful and fun…



and then began choosing coordinating fabrics that looked good together.

They’re going to be living together forever in this quilt,
so I have to make sure they can all get along, right?

Choosing the fabrics is so much fun for me!!
Looking through all those pretty colors & prints…
it’s actually therapeutic…
I hadn’t been feeling well, but by the time I finished choosing all the fabrics,
I realized I felt much better.
Some of these prints just make me smile and “ooh” and “ahh”
so I guess that takes my mind off everything else.


Here’s a close up:




And here’s the stack.
I bought a yard of the background fabric,
but all the others are half-yards.

In those $100 stacks, they’re only fat quarters (18″ x 21″)


All these fabrics were 50% off, so
I ended up spending only $17.75 for this entire stack!

That’s a whole lot better than $100!
And now I get to either use it in a beautiful quilt,
or give it away for someone else to have fun with quilting.

Happy quilting, folks!









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My daughter & I recently took a trip together.
It was so much fun!

We wanted to make it a history/quilting/sewing/fun trip.
We planned to visit historical places during the day and in the evenings
we’d quilt or sew.   (We had to go up & down on steep mountain roads,
so we decided we’d rather not do that while it was dark!)
Can you tell we grew up in the city?!




We were able to stay in a friend’s cabin up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Close to the cabin was a beautiful waterfall.  It wasn’t easy taking a “selfie”, but here we are.  🙂




The third day we were there, it snowed!!
We were in a cozy cabin, with a nice fireplace, so we were happy, quilting…

It was kind of like going on our own Quilting Retreat! 🙂



It wasn’t a lot of snow, but it was beautiful!!
The mountains in the distance and the woods all around us were
covered in a nice blanket of snow.
We were inside, cooking, quilting…
I felt a little like the frontier women of the 1800’s…
quilting, tending the fire, roasting a nice chicken in the oven.  🙂

Thankfully, I didn’t have to kill the chicken myself.
Some of the modern conveniences I am totally ok with.



This is the quilt top my daughter was able to put together.
She didn’t get to finish it (she still has to add the borders and quilt it).
But she did get a lot of it done and I think it looks so pretty!
I love the fabrics and colors in this.






These are the two mini charm packs I took with me.
I wanted to make something small, like a table runner.

These little packs were $3.75 each, there’s 42 squares, 1 1/2 in. each.
I got them from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have great prices.
They also have a great daily deal program.




I used the 1 1/2 in squares in strips of four across and then in the border,
I made half triangles for the border using a tutorial.
It made it go so much faster, and much more fun.



I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but I just used what I had on hand.
I like how it turned out and can’t wait to finish it.




We had a lot of fun on our trip
and I’ll be posting more of our “adventures” in the next posts.

Have a blessed weekend,


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It’s so much fun to work with pre-cut fabric!

If you haven’t tried it yet, and you like to sew, I encourage you to try these colorful, beautiful, pre-cut bundles.


They come in endless varieties of color combinations and different sizes of cuts…
… i.e. Charm Packs (5″X5″ squares),
Layer Cakes (10″X10″),
Fat Quarters (18″X21″),
and other variations of these.




This particular one is called a jelly roll.

I know.  They all have fun names.





Jelly rolls usually come in rolls of 24 strips measuring 2 1/2″ X 44″.  This particular one had 20 strips.

You can see the nice bright colors.





Fun fabrics!!




When you open up the jelly roll, you usually find 2 strips of each fabric.

The great thing is that they are all coordinated for you and precut!

This saves a lot of time, trying to match fabrics and find a variety that will go together,
not to mention all that cutting!




I wanted to make a Queen-size quilt, so I added some more fabrics from my stash that I thought worked well with the jelly roll.
I’ll use these for more strips, borders, and binding.


They balance the brightness of the jelly roll fabrics.




I cut some white fabric into same size strips as the jelly roll and sewed 3 strips together…

Some with the white center and prints on the top and bottom…  some with the print center and 2 whites.




This goes pretty fast and soon I had a stack.




It was so much fun working with these bright, colorful fabrics!

The white makes the prints look great!




I then cut those strips into 2 1/2″ strips…




This is what they look like when I put all the little stacks together.

Now, all I have to do is sew them together to make a Postage Stamp Quilt.  I will be working on this in the days to come…

I’ll post on the finished top as soon as I finish it.  🙂



If you’re interested in these precut fabrics, you can get them in many different places now.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Hobby Lobby
Great store!  I always use a coupon when I go.  If you have their phone app you don’t have to worry about cutting newspaper coupons!

Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Great online store.  They have a wonderful Daily Deal special online!

The selection at the store is so much better than online!

Joann Fabrics
Limited selection but you can get a significant discount if you use a coupon. (They also have a phone app available)  I recommend you buy at the store since they don’t have much available online.

There are many other sites but these are the ones I have found to be the most economical… and of course, that’s important to us, isn’t it?!

(I am not advertising for these companies, they don’t know I exist :))


Happy Quilting!


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Quilt on a Budget

I’ve been working on this quilt on & off for a while and finally pieced it together.
It was fun!

I chose fabrics that I had in my stash, most of which I’d bought at WalMart.  I bought some extra to make sure I had enough variety.

Quilts don’t have to be expensive… the most I paid was $2 yard!



It is a bright & cheery quilt with mostly yellows/blues/greens… one of my favorite combinations.

The “pattern” I chose to do is called a “Disappearing Nine Patch”.
It’s great for any skill level.



I sewed the fabrics into strips of 3.  They strips measured 6 in x 45 in.




I then cut the long strips into 6 in. strips, and sewed three random strips together to make a mock 9-square patch.




I then cut the 9-patch block down the center, both vertically & horizontally.




I put together random blocks, flipping them and trying to keep seams from meeting other seams…

Putting different fabrics together is what makes it fun.
The look I was going for was a totally random, unplanned look.



Sewing the squares together and then the strips went quickly.
I enjoyed the bright fabrics.  I love blues.




Here’s a closer look…




Now, all I have to do is hand quilt it!
I picture evenings on the couch, while “watching” TV…


Have fun quilting,
or, if you don’t quilt,
enjoy the warmth of a cozy quilt.


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