Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

It's Thursday again and time for another vintage thingie! Last weekend was the first Victoria Market Days of 2009, and of course I was there. Wasn't really planning to buy, but sometimes you find something that just has to come home with you...........

This time it was this little vanity bench. The top is covered with an old quilt piece that repurposed into upholstery fabric. Normally, I don't like the idea of cutting up old quilts, but this one is a little threadbare and machine pieced and quilted so I can live with it. This one wasn't a fabulous bargain, but at $20.00, still not too bad. Anyway, it's cute and I can always use it for something (?), maybe to stack folded quilts on........

Visit Colorodolady's blog to see who else is participating this week and happy Thursday!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

No finishes.....

...on my UFO's yet. But I did make some progress on a couple of the BOM quilts. Also have the Mosaic Tiles mystery quilt almost finished, but I had precut some pieces for the border, and now I can't find them! I could have cut more, but I'm thinking that as I make a dent in the UFO pile they'll most likely turn up somewhere. Since I didn't finish anything, I don't have any project pics to post so here's a pic of my two favorite girls (DD and DGD):

BTW, I went to Market Days on Saturday and will have something new to blog about on Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Until then,


Monday, March 16, 2009

2009 UFO List

One of my primary goals for creating this blog was to track my UFO progress (for non-quilters, UFO's are unfinished objects), but I got caught up in all the fun stuff and never did get my hand-written list typed up into a blog list. Another problem was that the list was so long it was just intimidating. Easier to close the notebook and pretend that list didn't exist. In the meantime, things are still stacked up in my sewing room, not much progress gets made, and I dream of new projects I want to start. I decided I'd better get that list posted and commit to some progress before I give in to my natural inclinations to start new things.

Are you ready for this? Nine completed tops need to be quilted, one quilt needs binding (my least favorite quilty thing to do), and I have 20 tops or sets of blocks that I need to finish piecing! One dates back to 1998--that's over 10 years old. I'd say things are definitely getting out of hand! I divided my list into three categories (piecing to finish, tops to quilt, and quilts to bind) with the idea that once I finish piecing the top, I'll mark through it on that list and move it to the tops to be quilted list. That way I can at least see some progress even if a project isn't completely finished. Time to get off the computer and get busy at the sewing machine.

Oh, I forgot to say the list is on the right side near the bottom of the blog.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

March BOM #2

The second BOM for March is called Plaid, and here’s the Quilterscache link:

This is a really easy block with no triangles or partial seams, only squares and rectangles, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Have fun with this one. You can change the colors around to get different looks, but you may want to keep the darker colors running through the middle to get the “plaid” effect. Here's what mine looks like:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Oh gosh, it's Thursday again! I really enjoyed seeing everyone's vintage treasures last week, and even though I'm not really a cookie-jar collector, seeing one participant's lamb cookie jar made me thing of this one:

I don't know how well the pic is going to show up; there's not a lot of light in my house, especially on a rainy day like today. The cow cookie jar was given to me by my grandmother who said she bought it when my dad and his brothers were little boys. So some time in the 1930's. It was always in her kitchen, and I can remember being fascinated with it as a kid (or maybe I was just fascinated by the cookies that were in it). Sorry I don't have a whole collection of cookie jars to show you--this is the only one I own, but I really like it. BTW, here's a little trivia: It was made by McCoy and they made one from the same mold but purple in color. The purple one is quite rare and very collectible. So if you happen to find a purple one at the right price, grab it quick!

Don't forget to hop over to Coloradolady's blog for a list of today's Vintage Thingie Thusday participants!

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

While blog-surfing, I found a blog (Coloradolady) with some cool pics of vintage collectibles. She has invited viewers to join her in Vintage Thingie Thursday by posting pics of their own vintage treasures. I was enjoying seeing what other viewers had chosen to post and decided to post a pic of my own.
The cutest thing about this little washboard is the writing on the top saying it's ideal for silks, lingerie and hosiery. Can you just imagine washing your hosiery on those rough metal ridges? Oh, it also says it's the perfect size for traveling as it fits in a suitcase or small travel bag. Makes you think about how things have changed.........


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March BOM #1

Here’s another traditional block to get March started. It’s Johnny Round the Corner, and here’s the Quilterscache link:

It’s another two-color block and I tried to stick with that this time, but my center is a little different from the other red I used. If you use a different color center, you will need one less of the white-red-white strips and a strip set with your color center in the middle of it.

There are no difficult techniques in this one; if you’ve been doing the previous BOM’s, you won’t see anything different, other than the sizes of the squares and HST’s are a little smaller.