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I’m working on a quilt for one of my sweet granddaughters!

The fabric is so cute!

I’ve had it for years and when I found it this past week, I realized it would be perfect for this quilt!

I love the colors, the fabrics, (they’re so soft!).

I just love how the all look together!

 


I didn’t want to cut the squares into tiny pieces,  so I sewed them onto 2″ strips.

 

I debated which pattern to use and decided to make it simple and just framed the 5″ squares:

I finished the quilt top and now am getting it ready for quilting by hand.  I would do it on my sewing machine but I like the look of hand stitching and I have a hard time quilting something that large on my machine.

I can’t wait to finish it and give it to my granddaughter! 😊

Have a great weekend!

Daisy

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Quilt Show!

 

Last week was Quilt Week in Daytona Beach, Florida!

 

I don’t often get to go to Quilt Shows – especially one this large,
so I was pretty excited!

 

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Oh, it was so much fun!

I think I smiled the entire time I was there!

 

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So many beautiful quilts!!

 

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I think I learn new things,
just by looking closely at each quilt!

 

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Did you see the pretty hexies?!!

They are tiny but add so much to the overall look of the quilt!

 

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There was a “Winner’s Circle” where the different categories
were displayed with a beautiful work of art!

 

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Some of my favorite quilts,
believe it or not,
were the ones displayed on the
different vendor booths.

 

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I love this one with the campers!

So much fun to make one like that, right?!

There was a pattern for it, to save you all the time.

 

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This vendor booth had my favorite mini quilts!!

It was Schoolhouse Quilt Shop, from Canton, Ohio.
I talked a little bit to the owner, and she said she made all
these herself, mostly by hand!

I spent a lot of time in her booth, just admiring all the cute little
mini quilts and doll quilts.

Here’s a close-up of one of the squares.
She took the trouble to fussy cut all the little squares!
So cute!!

I bought a bag of these “I spy” style, Aunt Grace,
and I can’t wait to use it for quilts for my granddaughters!

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This is my favorite quilt from the larger size quilts:

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Oh, I wish you could see the details, and the fabrics here!

All I had was my cell-phone, so I couldn’t capture it like I wanted to.

 

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In this picture, you can see some of the details, the quilting,
the different 3-D materials used.

I just loved it!

Probably because of the scene it depicts, too.

 

This is the quilt the won Best In Show Award:

  When I came up close to it,
I could not believe all the detail!
It was astounding — there were 27,000 svarowski crystals
sewn by hand!!!

Every time you moved, the lights captured the crystals
and the quilt would “twinkle” and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up of just a small section with the crystals.
The camera really doesn’t capture all the sparkle.

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The threads used were a variety of different kinds,
including metallic, which gave the quilt a whole other dimension.

 

 

 I didn’t buy too much, as you can see.

Oh, it’s not that I didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff…
I was trying to be frugal,
and I did get some new fabric for Christmas
that I’m planning to use in a quilt very soon.

So I was good, and just bought these cuties:
*A fat quarter to make a pretty little something for my daughter
(maybe a zippered bag)
*A fun, mini hexie ruler to make a doll quilt (can’t wait!!)
*3 primitive-era fat quarters
*A bag of 25 squares of 1930s fabric to make
my own “I spy” quilt for my granddaughters
I had such a good time, walking around, getting inspired
by all the beautiful workmanship and colors and fabrics…!!

As soon as I got home,
I wrote down some ideas of things that
popped into my head as I walked around the Show.

There were tea towels, aprons, bags,
travel zip bags, …so many other things…
not just quilts.

If you like to sew or quilt,
or if you like art in general,
you won’t be disappointed
at a Quilt Show —
especially one that’s as large as this one!

Have fun creating!

Daisy

 

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

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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…

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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.

 

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(BACK TO QUILT STORY…)

Then one day
(yesterday)

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

 

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

 

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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…

 

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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?

 

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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!

Daisy

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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

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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

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

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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.

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

 

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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.
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I’ve made some bibs, tiny dresses, bonnets, blankets…
can’t wait to share those with you in the coming days.  🙂

Happy sewing!

Daisy

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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:


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

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

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Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile.

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Can’t wait to make something pretty with them 🙂

Have a blessed week!

Daisy

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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…

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

 

 

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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!”

 

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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…

 

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The individual fabrics have beautiful details and color.

I can’t wait to use them in a quilt!

 

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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!

Daisy

 

 

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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.

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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!

 

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

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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:

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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″)

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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!

Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Quilt

I’m either very late or
very, very early…

I’ve been working on a quilt I started at the end of last year.

I bought Christmas fabric at 60-75% off!
It’s been a lot of fun piecing these squares together.
It goes fast!

Here’s a few of the blocks I’ve pieced together:

 

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I haven’t trimmed these yet, and
keep in mind
I’m only a beginner.
Not all the points are perfect,
but I figure that in the large quilt,
it won’t be too obvious.  (I hope!)

I am hoping to have this one done
before Christmas this year!   🙂

Happy Quilting,

Daisy

 

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Notebook Cover

I’ve been busy making Christmas gifts for family & friends…
I’ll be posting them the next few days,
In case you could use some last-minute ideas
(Click on photos for a closer look)

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I made several notebook covers for friends. The above photo is the outside front cover.

Below is the inside…

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This is the outside back.
As you can see I put a little piece of elastic to wrap around the button on the front and provide a closure.

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This is the finished inside,
With the notebook placed inside.
I had fun making some bookmarks,
And other scrapbook-style goodies.

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Did you notice I also included
A small piece of chocolate?
I think that’s probably the first thing
my friend will notice 🙂

Happy crafting,
Daisy

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Small Book Cover

This is a small book cover I made for a little Bible I have. The cover was badly worn but the size is nice and compact, perfect for taking to church and on trips.

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I put a little notebook in the outside pocket for taking notes or writing thoughts.

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This is the inside. I put in two pockets, one on each side for pencil, highlighter, bookmark, and whatever else I need.

It was a fun and quick project.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Daisy

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