Plans Change

My name is on the line for two last swap packages, both mini quilts.

One is complete, but the other is not.

Honestly, I found I lacked inspiration on the second one.

I was aiming for a pattern that was…….time consuming.

My first idea was an Orange Peel in beautiful

Anna Maria Horner fabrics {that’s the swap theme}.

After timing myself with one block, I knew I was in big trouble!

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This single block took me 20 minutes to applique.

In a swap, there are deadlines, and if I sewed

each block at 20 minutes a piece, I was not going to make that deadline sanely!

I needed a new idea, and I turned to a simple flying geese pattern.

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While these geese are small, finishing at 2 inches by 4 inches,

they are not time consuming!

The top is finished, so now it’s waiting for some quilting inspiration!

What’s not to love about rainbow order?

Vintage Pincushion Tutorial

This “new” vintage pincushion was inspired by the many beautiful

vintage planter pincushions I’m seeing around the web!

They’re being made out of all sorts of lovely things,

to include egg cups, vintage planters, and jello tins. Fun stuff!

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while.

I went to several different places, and found some little,

inexpensive dishes at Pier One.

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Then I made up a cute little hexy flower about the right size!

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But something was off with it…..it looked too new.

So, I resorted to some bleaching!

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The bleaching did the trick, made it look older than it was!

From here, I took my piece of fabric and cut it into a circle.

I took a long running stitch all the way round my circle, stuffed it, and sewed it closed.

With the help of some epoxy glue, the two items became this lovely pincushion!

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I hope this inspires you to look for some small vessel in which to put a tiny pincushion!

Happy Thrifting!

ps. I’m linked with Raising Homemakers and

A Wise Woman Builds Her House!

A Hand Quilting Project

I don’t often hand quilt these days.

I whip a quilt through my machine faster than you can say,

“How should I quilt this?”

But that machine is in the shop

for an indefinite amount of time.

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I’ve resorted to hand quilting for two very good reasons.

First, I want this quilt to be finished.

Second, it gives me a quiet project on which to work while

Mr. Wonderful works on his master’s classes this summer.

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It’s a simple, large crosshatch design,

but it should be pretty when finished!

Goodbye Gilbert

Jonathan Crombie passed a few weeks ago.

He played a beloved character, Gilbert Blythe,

in one of my very favorite movies ever.

Given the fact that the movie series is completely sold out on Amazon,

many other people must love it as much as I do!

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Each of the characters in this movie had something to teach me.

Anne was continually positive in negative situations, and used her imagination to ease heartaches and loneliness.

Gilbert was a stubborn fellow, but in a persistent, good sort of way.

Both were studious and competitive.

Matthew was stoic, kind, and spoke the truth in love when he did speak.

He very rarely voiced an opinion, but spoke meaningful things when he did!

Marilla was given the task to reign in poor Anne’s wild side,

which she handled with grace and dignity.

Marilla’s hard working attitude, and simple determination

are inspiring and worth emulating.

Those are just the main characters!

There is so much depth to this story, and so many good characters for a young lady to use as role models.

I’m thankful to have watched this movie and read the books several times as a young woman.

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If you’re luck enough to get your hands on this movie series,

it really is good television!

The Quarter Inch

In 2010, my Mr. Wonderful bought me a Bernina.

Incidentally, this blog was started at the same time,

and I made the switch to modern quilts and quilt shop quality fabric.

It was a good spring!

Berninas come with a quarter inch quilt piecing foot, so it’s easy to get accuracy on them!

Before my Bernina, I thought I was sewing with a quarter inch seam.

Turns out, I was not, and my accuracy suffered.

Fast forward to this month, while my Bernina is in the shop for an extended time.

I have a small Singer Featherweight, 1951,

and I want to still be able to make quilt blocks!

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See the painter’s tape?

It marks a quarter inch for me on this machine.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your quilting,

achieving an accurate seam allowance will do the trick!

When I’ve taken the time to measure, sew a test piece, measure, and then tape,

I’m able to get pointy points and nice intersections!

It really does make a big difference!

Happy {Accurate} Piecing!

From the Barn

I love these farm girl Fridays! They remind me of plenty of fond memories!

My grandfather had a farm, which we visited often, and my husband grew up on a farm down south.

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A few years back, my sweet Mother-in-law was helping a friend clean out a barn where things had been stowed away for ages. The older lady who had passed was a quilter, and had plenty of fabric things in the main house to destash. However, the true treasure lay in the barn. My MIL found twelve metal trash cans full of vintage fabric and quilt tops. You know the kind of trash can with the tight fitting lid? See, down in rural Georgia, it gets hot and sticky and muggy. If you ever want to preserve your fabric stash, I hear metal trash cans are the way to go! Many things predated the dear lady who had passed, and some things were not in great condition probably when they were put into those trash cans. My thinking is that the departed quilter had inherited those things from other family members as they passed. The widower said to my MIL, “No one’s going to want those things!” My MIL thought of me, and gathered a bushel full of fabric, blocks, and quilt tops. Among the spoils she passed on to me was this red fabric. It must be from the late 60’s, early 70’s, as my own mother made a quilt out of it when I was very young. There are yards and yards of it, which makes it perfect for my Vintage Farm Girls quilt! I’m so thankful my sweet Mother-in-law thought of me when she saw those things! One of these days, I’ll show y’all the rest of the goodies she found!

Vintage Quilt Along

Have you seen “Farm Girl Vintage” yet?

It’s a quilt book, written by Lori Holt, over at Bee in my Bonnet.

In honor of her book release, the fabulous Ms. Holt is hosting a quilt along.

I was on the fence about participating,

until I started seeing the cuteness of these blocks.

Last Friday, she even gave away a free pattern on her blog for the adorable pincushion!

I tell ya, I haven’t been this gone about a quilt pattern

or fabric collection in quite a while!

The vintage-y cuteness just got ahold of me!

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Incidentally, the tiny pedestal my pincushion rests on was

also Ms. Holt’s idea! She used a thrifted plate and candleholder.

I found a vintage plate with curled edges at Goodwill,

and the candleholder is from the dollar store!

A little epoxy-type glue, and pinning is elevated to a new level!

Check out Bee in my Bonnet for lots more information, patterns, a link to buy the book, etc.

And, if you’re playing along on social media,

you can use the hashtag #farmgirlfridays to see other people’s projects and be social!.

Happy Vintage Sewing!

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Ode to a Sewing Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up!

As I think about my mom, I remember her patiently teaching me her craft.

At the tender age of 5, my mom taught me how to use a needle and thread.

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I learned how to sew a little cross stitch with a beach and a sunshine. I was adamant that I would make my own pattern. (Haha!) I’m sure I learned how to sew other things like buttons and such at that age. By the time we taught my girl scout troop, I could already cross stitch pretty well! At about nine, we sat down at the sewing machine to learn how that contraption worked. Well, I remember having to do some things over once or twice! It wasn’t as easy as it looked, but my mom stuck with me. She let me play in her scrap bin as a child, too. Maybe the beginnings of a quilter? Now, as I teach my daughter how to sew a jean pillow, or my son how to paint a piece of furniture, I’m reminded of the good heritage my parents have handed down to me. It’s my turn to teach, to show patience and enthusiasm for their work. Thanks, Mom!

Low Volume Background

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In recent years, there’s been a modern trend towards what is called “low volume” fabrics.

These are fabrics that a traditional quilter might call “neutrals”.

They have an antique look to them, which makes them either really traditional,

or really modern!

To cut through some of the confusion surrounding low volume fabrics,

here’s a photo of some texty backgrounds

I happen to have out for a project!

These are obviously just a small sampling of what low volume might look like,

but I hope it helps define the term!

What I’m Sewing Lately

Since I can’t show you yet what I’m working on, specifically,

I thought I’d show you what I’m working with!

This box of goodness took me a while to cut,

but oh the fun I’m having using these bits of fabric!

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I promise, I’ll share with you the minute I can! =}