Monday, May 2, 2016

Estate sale goodies

 I had an opportunity to go to an estate sale today.  A lady is 95 years old; never married, no children, and a quilter and antique dealer all her life.  She had to go into assisted living recently, so hired a team to clear and sell all the items and antiques in her home.  Earlier in the sale, there were hundred + quilts and quilt tops for sale, from the pictures. Almost all were gone, but I found this one today.
 It is a snowball variation, right?  It is completely hand pieced.  Not too old, based on some of the fabrics, and the back is  meticulously pressed, every seam in the blocks pressed open. Quite well done. The price?  $9.00.  Crazy, huh?  It was 75% off day, today...off everything, and the house was still full to the rafters.  Lots and lots and lots of Haviland china and sterling silver.
 This chair is old, old, and quite small.  $16.00 for it...
 And this is a butter press!  She had tons of these...and I loved this one, so got it too.
 $4.00 for it.
And I also got this, which I do not know what it is, but I liked it anyway...it is hand carved.  $1.00.  Does it have something to do with tatting??


Dear husband got a solid silver pot for $4.00.  Ridiculously low.  It says on the bottom, "Sterling silver"


All these prices are mentioned, because it was just so sad to see all her life's collections and treasures going for almost nothing.  She had entire rooms full of dolls, and entire rooms full of display cases of china and crystal and what-not.   I guess we should just enjoy each day to the fullest, and use up that quilt fabric, friends!  The fellow that was running the estate sale said that she had a room of fabric, full top to bottom, when they started the sale three days ago!!!  My guess is that some quilters had a wonderful time clearing out that fabric.



Have a great day all, and thank you for letting me share the estate sale goodies!

Julie

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"The Cheerful Quilt!"

 I have been working on these applique borders, for the Cheerful quilt!!
 This quilt began as a quilt-as-you-go quilt that I had hatched in my mind, and ended up stuffed in the closet in a wad of disgust.  Recently, however!  This quilt begged to come out and be something else!!  So I took all the hand quilting out (I know, perish the thought, right?), and put the blocks all together.  This is an old block pattern, of which I do not know the name, but I know you will!  And then??
 The quilt just begged for an applique borders!!  All right, ALL RIGHT!!  You may have applique borders!! (just for you, silly cheerful quilt!)
 And it just kind of snowballed from there.
So here is where I am, so far.  I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii several years ago, and loved the Plumeria flowers...mostly pink with yellow centers.  All of the Plumeria flowers had five petals, however...so these are Plumeria flowers in multiple colors!!


So I am having fun with it, anyway!!!



And I hope you are having a fun day too!!!


Julie

Monday, April 25, 2016

Little things!

 Just a wee flower wall quilt, here!!  I used scraps, obviously, little strings for the border...I love that part!
 Should I do the same for this block?  Or maybe yellow/golds???
And I am working on some bookmarks, to give away as gifts...just some little things, this past few days!





Have a great day, everyone!


Julie

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Adding flowers to the mix!

 Well, I have been busy appliqueing these vines down.  The vines are mostly done, so I could not resist adding some flowers, just to see what is would look like!!! I found all the pieces and parts of this quilt in the never ending quilt closet, set them all together, and have been working on the vine...it is all my design...and that feels great!!  Needs a lot more work...but eventually?  It will get done!


Happy beginning of the week!!


Julie

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Something new...

 Norma Whaley, of Timeless Traditions, inspired this little pillow...well, it is not a pillow yet, but I am working on it!!  The blue string border is for sky...
And the green border is for grass.  It is a long, skinny pillow, and this is just the top.  I look forward to having it completed,  to put on my bed, someday!!!  It is made from wool and wool felt on cotton.  Something new!!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!!

Julie

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sister's choice!

 I have the binding on this quilt and hope to finish it soon.  Scrappy, as are almost all my quilts, this one too reflects a period of my quilting life.  I love all the variety of fabrics!!
 A closer view...
 A small variation, with three inch nine patches...
And my latest and smallest version.  This may or may not be a swap quilt!!!


Have a wonderful day, everyone!


Julie

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tumalo trails...blocks are all complete!

 All the blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Tumalo Trail quilt are complete!  Whoop!!
 I still have to cut sashings and cornerstones and get them all sewn together, but at least the blocks are complete.
 The whole kit and caboodle!!
A thick stack of blocks...53 pieces in each block, and 48 blocks all together.  Fun, and lots of pieces...and piecing!


Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Splendid Sampler!!! and some winners!!

Well, I think I have fallen over the edge, y'all!!  I made a start on the Splendid sampler (remember, I have startitis really, really bad)...made the first five blocks...and they are just gone.  I think the blocks maybe got thrown away by mistake, or something, for I just CANNOT FIND THEM!!!

What is a girl to do, when she really wants to make this quilt?  I started over!  This time...pinks and blues...that is all I am going to put in this quilt.  Hope I have enough to do the whole thing!  I am behind on a few blocks, but oh well...here I go!!!


Winners of my giveaway!!


Paulette!!  (quilt pattern)

Scrap and Quilts!!  ( charm)

Threadcatcher!!  (quilt pattern)

I have contacted each of you...please stay tuned for more giveaways, soon.



All these patterns were donated by Julie of Me and My Stitches fame.  Please see her blog HERE!!!  Thank you sweet Julie, so much!!

http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/

Julie also has a website, here!


http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/

I hope each of you has a wonderful day!!!


Julie




Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tumalo Trails...ongoing!!

 This is how far I have progressed with the Bonnie Hunter quilt, "Tumalo Trails".  I am to the point of having all the half square triangles completed, and I have almost all the nine patches completed. I thought I was finished with nine patches, but there are more required than I figured!!
 Blue bonnets are so pretty here in the spring!!  I truly love their cheerful, colorful blossoms waving in the breeze, and truly love the deep blue purple, lightening to cream on the top of each blossom. So pretty!
These are a weed that is growing in my yard.  Each spring, they spread, and look somewhat like Blue Bonnets, yet they are not.  I wonder what they are?  I do not mow them down until they are finished blooming.



I wish each of you a wonderful Easter, if you celebrate this holiday!!!


Hugs, Julie

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tumalo Trails start!


 I have started this quilt too!!  Tumalo Trails, another Bonnie Hunter quilt!  I have all the 1/2 square triangles sewn, and all the sections of the nine patches sewn.  It will be quick progress from here on out.  The reason this quilt came about is because...I had all the 3.5 inch strip bin out.  It was quick to cut all I needed for this quilt, as I was cutting for the previous quilt.  Do you cut multiple quilts out, sometimes, together too?
 Lovely flowers, a treasure!  Thank you, DH!!!
A lovely orchid too...This one is so different...I do not have one like this!!  Smells heavenly, too.  These were for Easter, and I love them.




Happy Easter to all!!


Julie

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Triangles!!!

 I have just been sewing triangles like crazy!  And cutting out more...The intention was to use all my triangles up.  I did not have enough of two inch ones, or three inch ones...so I am cutting and sewing more.
 What do you use your mixing bowls for?  LOL!!  These bowls are being used to sort out triangles.
 You can see which one of these nine patches just HAS TO GO!!  For a little fun quilt project...
 And guess what??  I got to meet Julie, of "Me and My Stitches", at the Dallas Quilt show!!  Whoop!!!!
Julie has generously provided some patterns for giveaway...and I bought one of her famous charms, to give away on the blog, as well.  It is a heart charm, and just so darling...but I cannot get a good picture of it!!


Julie is as nice in person as she seems on her blog...this is where to visit her website!!

http://www.meandmystitches.com/



So, please leave a comment and be entered for one of these three prizes!!  and stop by to see Julie's quilt jewelry...it is splendid!!





Have a great day,

Julie


Monday, March 14, 2016

More 1/2 square triangles!!

Playing with hoarded 1/2 square triangles here...1 & 1/2 inch and 3 inch ones.  Just another idea for scraps!!!

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1/2 square triangles...

 Well, in that never ending closet...was this quilt top.  It was in pieces...I guess I meant to quilt it a little at a time, hand quilting.  I found it recently!!  And ripped out the quilting that I had done, put the whole quilt together...and the white borders just begged me for applique.
 This vine is a start...I will add flowers and leaves and other stuff as it comes to me...or the quilt dictates.
 I have saved about every single extra half square triangle I have ever made...and it it time to use them up...or not have them anymore.  Yep!!  Have to do this!!  So I am sliver trimming them to use in a quilt...all the same size, so they will fit together nicely.  Tedious, but important, as I have found out, LOL!!
 Some pieces and parts from Linda O became this little candle mat...I liked doing the binding and hand quilting!!  60 degree corners!!
And last, but definitely not least...a Ortega green chili can.  It wanted  to become a pin cushion...so it did.




Have a great day!!!

Julie

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Civil War-Clara Barton quilt!!

 I was just pondering about what kind of border I should use for the Red Cross quilt.  I have a metric ton of these red triangles already made, and was wondering if I could use them....this way?
 Or this way?
 Plain red border??? (scrap pulled from the scrap basket for demonstration...)
 Mustard?  (ooooo yuck!!)

Ticking??  (wish it were darker...hmmm)

Or Blue?  or another idea...maybe dark grey??


Please oh please, if you have a moment...what would you do??? I am sure you quilters have a wonderful idea...please share???


And on a fun note!!  I recently received some 1 and 1/8 tiny fabric squares.  (Thank you so much, Linda O!)  I am making a series of mug rugs with them, and this is my first one.  Hand quilting these...fun!!



Everyone, have a great day!!!

Julie





Thursday, February 25, 2016

Start-itis, part two!!

So I got the final border on the Railroad Through the Rockies quilt...so can I get a whoop!!?   Yahoo!!
Buttermilk Basin has this cute snowman quilt along going...so I prepped block number two today.  Fun!!!
Splendid Sampler had a new block come out today, so I worked on that one too...
And I received a unfinished block...so I finished it, almost!  I decided to make it into a pillow, and it is very fun.  I believe that this is a Trish design, from Turning Twenty...probably an original.
And I made a cheery, cherry pie yesterday...simple and almost gone by now!!!


Hugs to all, and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Julie