Sunday, September 29, 2013

Slow Sunday Stitching & Sunday Stash

Tonight's project is to hand stitch down the binding on on this quilt.
I bought this wooden tray at Goodwill for $4.  It has two drawers in the front.  Gibson loves it - - it contains all of his furriness quite snugly.
I fell in serious like with the Michael MIller kitty print fabric when I was out shopping yesterday.  The French General solid (sorta) is a much better match than this photos shows.  I have no plans for this - but it was cute, it was on sale .... so I got two metres.  I'll make something cute out of it someday.

While I was out and about in Waterloo...

Still having several hours to kill while Hubby was at work, there was no need to come straight home after the quilt show.  I needed a fabric to finish the piecing of "Plaid Obsession" - so it was off to Elmira and the Quilter's Nine Patch.

While in Elmira, I FINALLY found:

I admire everything about this thrift store.  Try to picture everything you imagine about the Old Order Mennonite way of life - and apply it to everything you know about thrift stores.  Neat as a pin, organized into categories, visible signage, large coloured price tags, appropriately priced, quiet.  When I walked in, a sign indicated that all  red and orange tagged items were half price.  It seems that this building may have been a restaurant at one time - because there were a number of "rooms".  When I got to the books - which I thought were a smidge more than I like to pay for second hand books - I happily saw a bin with a sign clearly stating that books with green tags were 50 cents.  Perfect!  Magazines for a quarter. Yes!  I also bought some plates, brand new with the original price tag still attached - $1 each.

I didn't think I'd find any quilting treasures, since the Mennonites of Waterloo County are famous for their quilts - but look what I did spy:

No - I didn't buy one - but it was good to know where I can find some denim patches, in case I do want to make a comforter one day.  You can sort of see there are some quilts folded on the shelves below - - about a dozen or so, but I didn't examine them closely.

Heading home, I realized that I was just a stone's throw from St. Jacobs - so I stopped in at Reichard's. I was surprised to see that they are closing! 

All fabric from the bolt with a .5m min cut 35% off
All panels and pre-cut fat quarters are 35% off
All books, patterns and notions 15% off
Store Samples 25-40% off
All store fixtures are for sale. 

I did buy a little fabric. The selection was still very good - so I would recommend to any bargain hunters who have a quilt project in mind, or perhaps need to purchase backing fabric - make the trip.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quilt Show in Waterloo

Hubby started a new job recently.  Unfortunately, it involves some weekend hours, so I was on my own today.  Why not go to a quilt show?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Sleepy Slightly Stormy Saturday Sew-In - Swapping Shirt Sections

I finished the applique block from last Sunday, and I'm getting another one ready for tomorrow.

But today is about getting two more backs pieced.  This time, I'm using thrifted shirts.  Goodwill had a 50% off sale on Monday, and I loaded up on some stash.

Now, I had a thought - - would anyone else who is a thrifted shirt quilter be interested in swapping 1 front & 1 sleeve, for the same, in order to mix up the old stash a bit?  If you would - just leave a comment, and I'll email you back privately to make arrangements. Better have rules, eh?  The shirt must be quilting quality, 100% cotton (flat cotton - not woven or flannel), man's size, and long sleeved.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Some thrifty stash

Hubby and I stopped in at the local Goodwill last week - - I found something weird.  Three ziplock bags - each containing 10 two-sided squares of good cotton fabric.  My first thought was napkins???  Each side was a contrasting print, and top stitched on all four sides - about 12" square (more or less).  I have no idea what the maker had in mind.  Most of the pints were polka dots - but there were a few cute prints - elephants, owls, flowers - and some not so cute (into the scrap bag to be donated somewhere else).  I simply cut off all four edges - and I suppose I will cut them down to charm square size.  Total cost: $3.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Some slow Sunday stitching...

I dug this old UFO out.  I can't find the book that the pattern came from - hopefully it will turn up!

I believe there are nine blocks all together - but I had enlarged the pattern by 200%.  The look is very "folk-arty" and I'm using CW repros.

Solved "the cat problem"

Gibson is a "helper".  He likes to be on top of whatever I'm doing - and I mean this quite literally.  He likes to be ON TOP of whatever I'm doing.  I was doing some cutting the other evening with my big 6"x 24" ruler, and accidentally poked Gibby in his fatness with the corner of my ruler.  He immediately bit a rather large furrow into the palm of my hand in retaliation.  

For the record, this isn't unusual behaviour for Gibby-doo.  He's a biter.  And I've often been bit whilst at my cutting or sewing table if I nudge, poke, or otherwise jostle him.

I took up my spray bottle (which I keep on hand to spritz when pressing fabric) and gave him a shot or three of water.  He hasn't been atop-table since.  But he still likes to hang out.  Here he is on Itty Bitty's unmade bed (who returned to university last week) keeping an eye on things.

I have spent much of the week piecing the back of another quilt.  This photo shows a back - folded in half - all in country blues.  I wish I could take a photo of the whole thing, but I don't have enough hands to help me anymore.

The reason I'm working on all of these backings is because I'm on a push to finish a stack of quilts.  You see, I was invited to present at the local quilt guild for the December meeting, the theme being thrifty quilting (which I do consider myself quite an expert, if I do say so myself!). I took three to my long arm quilter on Monday, and have another three to take over to her yet.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Piecing backs

No photos today - just spending the day piecing together backs for quilts that I NEEEEEED to get quilted.

There was a post a while ago on Quiltville, where Bonnie was piecing together all of her old Dusty Rose prints.  I'm doing Hunter Green.  Ah, the 80s/90s!  Lots of Thimbleberries and VIP Cranston and Jinny Beyer  prints.  It's definitely dented a stash drawer.

I could do a couple of Country Blues backs too, I bet.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Pocket Caddy

Inspired by a photo on Quiltville I created this caddy to hold hand sewing tools using a 5"x7" clear plastic picture frame.  Mine is a little different - there's a 'pouchy' pocket in the front to hold my Clover wonder clips and thimbles.  I used a little bit of 1/4" elastic to keep the pouchy part closed.

I added a little flap at the base on the back to use as a pin cushion.  I was worried that there wouldn't be enough "heft" in the caddy to hold it solidly standing upright, but this is not a problem at all.  It's plenty sturdy.


Proud as a Peacock!

I had the opportunity to try out several new techniques in this project: needle-turn applique, applying a zipper to the back of the pillow, making my own piping.  I couldn't be more pleased. And to think I only paid $2 at the thrift store for the complete kit tickles me even more!  I just need to purchase a pillow form, but it's Labour Day today, and nothing is open.

My eyes were nearly burning out of my head by the time I finished the echo quilting last night - - there was no way I was stopping until it was DONE. Hubby took a look at the finished pillow today and asked "is that all hand stitching?"

Yes it is! sat next to me for HOURS and HOURS while I quilted this.  I sang the praises of the Clover Desk Needle Threader that you bought me six or seven years ago in Florida, but had never been used before (let alone been out of the package!).  You watched me mark the quilting lines with my Clover Water Erasable Marker, and wanted to know why I was drawing on my

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Some Slow Sunday Stitching - Hawaiian Hand Quilting

Just sitting around, watching Alfred Hitchcock movies on TCM, and remembering what I like so much about hand quilting.  Ahhhh....  With my big mug of tea, which my dear Hubby made for me.