Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!/Dresden Plate

December 25, 2008


I woke up this morning with a very nice memo…

Schmap: Houston Photo Short-list

  Hi Theresa,I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the sixth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide, to be published mid-January this link will take you to a page where you can:
i) See which of your photos has been short-listed.
ii) Submit or withdraw your photo from our final selection phase.
iii) Learn how we credit photos in our Schmap Guides.
iv) Browse online or download the fifth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide.While we offer no payment for publication, many photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and link to high-resolution originals at Flickr.Our submission deadline is Tuesday, December 30. If you happen to be reading this message after this date, please still click on the link above (our Schmap Guides are updated frequently – photos submitted after this deadline will be considered for later releases).Best regards,Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Has anyone heard of this company and have any words of wisdom as far as giving permission for them to use my photo below.


It is a very nice photo. I love seeing the back side of an antique quilt.
There is such a story in each stitch  and possibly in each fabric.

We had Christmas brunch with a sister-in-law and her two daughters. Mara is doing a report on Oprah Winfrey and she said that her Grandmother made dresses out of potato sacks. These fabrics could easily be feed sack fabrics….or a potato sack fabric. I explained to her how women chose the grain and potato sacks often by the fabrics that pleased them or were needed for a dress or apron they were sewing.  That most likely would have been the 30s or 40s. Here is a little history and pattern on the Dresden Plate.

      When I was young in the 60s I remember the potato sacks were gunny sacks made of burlap they would hold 100 pounds of potatoes.  We used them for gunny sack races at birthday parties and family reunions!

Waxahatchi Quilt Top #1

Full shot of Dresden Plate purchased at a quilt shop in Waxahatchi, TX while attending the Houston International Quilt Festival a few years ago.  I purchased four antique quilts during the trip.  Three of them including this one are tops. The fourth is a full finished quilt.

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted


Holiday on 44th

December 12, 2008

Holiday on 44th

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

Roasted marshmallows on an outdoor open fire pit, horse drawn carriage ride, hot chocolate, magician, balloon creations, rapture program, glow sticks,carolers in the street, trying to throw snowballs at your Mommy! Note: If you look carefully you can see the marshmallow sticks held over the fire.

We even had chestnuts that were roasted on an open fire…..I haven’t had those since a trip to London back in the 80’s. I think it may be time to make another trip! I did get Mstr 7 Year old to try some of one nut…he is my fussy fuss. He spit it out…to be expected!!!

It has been a good week. Work is slow….which gives me a little time to write this.

My older son is home from college….and has a job this weekend encouraging folks to use a credit card at the local mall….it  pays money so I won’t complain. I don’t want to encourage anyone to use a credit card! His “g_ _ _ friend” found the job on CRAIG’S LIST.  It is a new world out there isn’t it!?!?!

I successfully put up my (artificial) tree last weekend and then broke the stand. I was lucky to find the exact stand at a thrift store in the area during the week. Last night I finally got the tree off the broken stand and into the new/used one. The lights are on but no decorations yet… I would like to put more lights on the tree!

I found some lights at another thrift but I plugged them in and they got really hot….oh it is so scary! I did not buy them. Some things you have to be careful about. I will go with minimal lights this year and get some new ones on closeout at the end of the season.

My major thrift purchase this week was a second artificial tree! I put it down in the TV room in the basement. I want to decorate it with vintage bulbs and homemade decorations. There are more spaces between the branches. This tree has a completely different look from the one on the main floor. Boy does our house feel small with the trees up! Last year at an antique store I purchased the metal bulb reflectors. I want to get some larger indoor bulbs so I can use these. Another time in my life where a little planning ahead would be ideal! It just never seems to happen in my life.

I spent last weekend sorting in my quilt room in order to make space for sorting through my holiday decorations…what goes up and what goes back into storage.

I can’t find my German Advent Calendars…the kind where you have a number for each day up to Christmas. I didn’t find them last year either! They may have been filed in the circulare file accidently. I hope not!

I have a list of things I can’t find…am I the only one out there who has this…

#1 Advent Calendars

#2 Happenings book

#3 My Head!!!

For Halloween I had the decorations out in the garage and of course could not locate the garage door key. We have two garages and this one is more for storage. Of course, I found the key the day after Halloween! I don’t have that many decorations, but….I drives me crazy! I have too much stuff and I believe I am such a perfectionist that organizing is done micro style and never gets completed!


Owl Candle Holder

December 6, 2008

Owl Candle Holder

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This is sooooo funny! I was at my sister’s last weekend and clicked on a site and there was a picture of this owl! Right in front of me on the desk was the same owl….except my niece’s has more holes! I placed it on a quilt in the room….you know me and quilts!
The link shows the photo that was on the computer and my photo shows the owl that was next to the computer…same same….but different!…