Archive for May, 2009

Cats ‘N Dogs Quilt

May 21, 2009

Here is a capture of the quilt – the last two rows have a different color green on the border!

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

There is another row on the top and a half row on the bottom. Thrift store find.
$12.99 less $5.00 off coupon!

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I  just get so excited when I find a quilt like this at the thrift store!




Some of my quilts I have worked on for 30 years! There are so many different fabric styles in one quilt. This one has fabrics from on time period.



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I can’t believe I got this for $7.99



IMGA0281-1 This photo shows the front and back on the quilt. It seems like the quilter did not intend on putting a backing over the embroidery stitches.

It would be a summer weight quilt.



I think the back looks just about as cool as the front!


The ladies were over last night and we looked over the quilt. We talked about turning the edges inward and putting rik rak around the edge of the quilt. The only thing is this thing is gig-nor-mous!


I don’t know what is up with the bottom half row. The last two borders of green are also a different color. I am going to put the quilt on our queen size bed and see if it needs the length on the bottom. If it doesn’t I will take this half row off.

IMGA0267-1 This stripe fabric is so great!



It’s a treasure. There is no question about it!





If these ears were just a little bit longer she would look like our Buttercup!



Batik Fish Quilt Top

May 20, 2009


Batik Fish Quilt Top

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I won these blocks probably 5 years ago at a quilt guild meeting.I purchased the batik fish to go with the quilt squares I won. This is the completed top. I finished sewing the top together last summer. Now I need to find fabric I like for the back.



There are 9 different fish blocks in this quilt.

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I worked really hard at staggering the blocks through the quilt top.

IMGA0230-1 IMGA0231-1I do like this pink block quite a bit!




This is block #9 which is really block #1 because it is located in the upper left corner of the quilt.

*** Oh I really need to get some backing fabric for the

***I have 3 rolls of batting here at home for my next 3 quilts.

IMGA0238-1 He had his work cut out for him keeping the quilt from flying into the lake. He also had a chance to ham it up a little bit. That’s my boys!





I don’t have many batiks in my stash so winning these blocks allowed me to work with fabrics I normally would not have chosen myself. I love each one. I really enjoy quilts with a large variety of fabrics. It would have been so expensive for me to have purchased 1/4 cuts of each of these fabrics.

IMGA0284-1I think this photo show a good shot of how the 3 patches were sewn together as light/medium/dark. It took some work to not get too many really bright lights next to each other. I also didn’t want the darks on the bottom row to blend in with each other. This is a good example of when to look through a red piece of glass to see the color value.

IMGA0286-1A moose block dedicated to my sister-in-law. She likes to collect moose items!

IMGA0287-1 The golden star fabric and the dots below it are a favorite!

IMGA0288-1 This fabric with the plants has great movement.

IMGA0289-1I was a little concerned about the fish fabric with the fish batik squares but it works.

IMGA0290-1I just can’t lose with the golden tones. They are my overall favorite!


It is now 2 days after we shot these photos.

The quilters were to my house tonight. We were only missing 3 of the ladies.

It was a nice night. I got to do show and tell with a great find I made yesterday!

I will try to photograph it tomorrow.

I got a call tonight on my cell phone with an unidentified number. I called my sister to see if she knew who it was because it came from my home town. She thought maybe it was one of my niece’s. I called the number and turns out it was a member of the booster club from my high school. I have been selected for my high school athletic HALL OF FAME! They will have a celebration at the football game on September 18th.  It’s quite an honor.

IMGA0233-1 I have my 30 year class reunion this summer. The school is just a little over 40 years old. Tomorrow is the senior athletic banquet so the booster club wanted to contact me before the banquet because they will be announcing it at that time.

My younger son said. “But Mom you’re not an athlete anymore”. They have no clue that at one time in my life all I lived for was sports.  My whole life was swimming, gymnastic and track…as well as German club, marching band, jazz band, pit band, NHS and just about anything else I could join. I was even a cheerleader for a few years for basketball and football and occasionally a wrestling match!

I guess one of these days I should pull out an old yearbook!

He wants me to write up my favorite athletic memory. I’ll have to think about that one. I was the first female athlete from my school to go to state in a sporting event. I went in the 100 freestyle. It was a very major event for me and for my coach.

Off to dream land. I may be doing the uneven parallel bars in my sleep tonight!

String Pieced Tulip

May 18, 2009

String Pieced Tulip

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I just love these string pieced tulips. I have seen photos on some of Flickr as well. I fell in love with this quilt at an antique store.

You won’t believe it but there are strips of cream colored paint going along with quilt in various areas. I think someone was using it as a drop cloth! Really I do.

There are also stains here and there.


The worst damage came from a dog we used to have. Her name was Buttercup and we loved her dearly.

She was a cocker spanial and we got her as a puppy.

One day I came home from work and she must have gotten caught underneath because she chewed her way right through the center of the quilt.

This was already 10 years ago.  I was afraid she was going to be sick with all that batting in her tummy.

She was just as playful and happy as ever. Sometime I will do some repairs of this. Right now it reminds us of her.

She is no longer with us. It’s a long story. We certainly enjoyed her although she had chronic ear trouble. If you are ever considering a cocker make certain you have the time to keep their ears clean and properly cared for.

 I miss going for walks with her in the evening.  We went on wonderful walks with her. We went to obedience training as well. It was an interesting time in our life.


We most likely will never have a dog again.  Mainly because we love to travel and with the boys in sports we are hardly ever home.

I have thought about being a foster family on weekends for the Animal Shelter.  With a 7 year old in the house he would have fun running

a dog over the weekend and we all could get more exercize.  I did start teaching the Tiger Cub/ Boy Scouts how to his a tennis ball.

We have a court that has a wooden wall behind it and it is a perfect place for  the children to his the ball around.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see a photo of Buttercup stop by again. I will add photos to this post once I get them scanned into the computer.


Saying Goodbye

May 16, 2009

Jan’s daughter invited the Tuesday quilter’s over to the house today.

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

She wanted each of us to pick out some of her things. Her cherished items are kept by her daughter. She had tagged the items she was keeping or had moved them to rooms with closed doors. There would be items at the end of the day that would go to good will.  All eleven of us from the Tuesday quilt group went to the funeral. There were over 56 of her quilts over the back of the pews. They were all completed quilts. This was just some of the quilts at her house.  There are 3 times that many  and more that have been given to family and friends over the years. It was a beautiful service and well attended. I took photos with my cell phone but I need to get a USB cord to download them to my computer.

I think all of us except two were there this morning. Jan’s daughter had tagged everything she wanted to keep and asked us to take everything else. She encouraged us to take as much as possible because the rest was going to be donated.  The first thing I chose was the candle stick holders and this tied quilt.


I love this little mini quilt. I chose it  because I just started a Tied Quilt Flickr group and this will be an absolutely perfect addition to the pool.

I have loom sticks that go with these candle stick holders. These have been on Jan’s fireplace mantel in front of her favorite Amish portrait. The portrait had a yellow tag on it. We all hoped it would. Jan treasured that picture.

I left the other small quilts there for others to choose from. When I walked around again an hour later there were still some small quilts there so I chose another.

Sunflower Wall Quilt

You won’t be surprised to know it is a sunflower quilt. I have it already up in my diningroom.

I did get a few pillows that will go well with some that I have collected over the years.

Pillows made from vintage quilt remnants

The quilt below these pillows is the Bulls Eye pattern. It is my quilt but there are many blocks of Jan’s and the other quilters in this quilt. It was one of our group projects one year.

We each made 12 blocks at least 10 times and then exchanged with each other. We ended up each having the same blocks in each of our quilts.

Everyone finished their’s off a little differently. Most of the other quilters sent their quilts off to a professional machine quilter to finish. Mine is still in the top stage in hopes I will find my quilting foot for my Bernina and get it done!

We all had so many country color tones in our stash I don’t think any of us had to buy fabric to do this project. It actually is a great project to use all your uglies because once it is all together it looks absolutely spectacular!

I just love these vintage pillows. I will photo the ones I have collected over the years and post at a later time.

****************************************IMGA0129-1 This little butterfly pillow is the size of my hand. What I like so much about it is that the back side is quilted as well as the front. This is how I think all quilted pillows should be.

IMGA0128-1I have 3 butterfly quilt tops I have collected over the years. I also have a number of vintage butterfly blocks and pot holders I have purchased from antique stores and thrift stores. Jan always had her pillows in large baskets in her livingroom. It made the room so cozy.

The largest item I have is an antique ironing board and iron. I told Jan’t daughter that if she ever wanted anything back I would have it there in a heartbeat.

IMGA0122-1 The chair is mine but don’t they look just absolutely perfect together!!!

The lever on the iron seperates the handle from the base.

I don’t know how long Jan has had it or where she got it. Her daughter said  was back in the corner of the basement and had quilts draped over it. The first thing it did when I got home was start shooting some photos of quilts over the ironing board.


I walked into the bathroom in the basement and no one had taken any of the items.

My main bathroom has been cement board unpainted around the bathtub for 5 1/2 years. Really. It is a sad thing. We got stuck because we can’t afford to purchase tile and I am not certain how to finish the edge between the tub and the cementboard. Of course we don’t use the shower but I do use the tub.  Maybe now we will finish it off.



IMGA0082-1These items will look wonderful in a finished bathroom!


Sometimes I just can’t figure this computer stuff out!

Jan is the second quilter from our group to die of breast cancer. The founding member of our group Wendy died a number of years ago. I received a quilted Angel from Wendy one year for Christmas. Now I will have an Angel from Jan as well. They have both been Angels in my life. It is a comforting thought to know they are now guiding me from heaven.  Believe me I need all the guidance I can get.


Who knows sometimes why some things call out to us. This little jug did.

It has a cover and I think this week I will write down ways to be good to myself on little slips of paper and put them inside.  Every once in a while a reminder to be good to myself is important.

  • Go for a nice long walk
  • ride my bicycle
  • write and draw in my journal
  • get some hugs from my boys
  • take some quiet time and sew….sew to classical music
  • look at my favorites on Flickr!
  • candles lit during a meal
  • take time to work in the flower beds…moving the soil around
  • plan a trip somewhere …like my trip to Costa Rica…so wonderful


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When I got home the boys were hungry so it was APPLE PANCAKE time.

I used Jan’s glasses for the milk. They are nice and thick. I think if they fell to the ground they would not break. Just the kind of glasses I need with a house full of boys!


It’s been a day of reflection.  The sun is shining but it has been a bit chilly all day.

My dad made me a wooden Uncle Sam.  During  the next few days I want to photograph items I have that coordinate with items of Jan’s. I always loved meeting at her house. I would say to myself how easily I could move right in and be totally comfortable. Our souls were very similar. It is no wonder life brought us together. Isn’t it interesting when you ponder on why certain people have come into our lives. Jan showed me tenderness, caring, sharing, humor. She loved shopping on QVC. She would make so many jokes about her purchases or “almost” purchases. For all I know some of these items may have come from QVC.



I collect blue glass and dishware. I like the way blue glass looks when the sun shines through it.


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Some of the perennials in my flower bed came from Jan a few years ago when she remodeled her gardens.



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The grapevines were not from Jan. They just show new spring growth. It is a good time of year for reflection. There is newness all around us. Jan’s daughter is thinking about selling her house and moving into the family home. She had to let go of some things in order to combine the treasures she and her family truly loved with those that are in her home as well. She will be combining the two homes together and making the family home now her own. It is a lot to think about so soon after the loss of so many. Her Dad died on May 8th 2007. Just two years ago and her brother died shortly before that. We had losses like that in our family too. My mom lost her mother in Sept of 1983 and my brother died in May of 84. My mom’s dad died a week later and one of her best friends and coworkers died just after that. It was a lot of loss to deal with. My children lost their grandmother from breast cancer April 1995 and then their aunt Sharon from colon cancer 4 years later and their uncle from a blood clot that went to his lungs a year after that. They’ve been gone for some time. Mr Quilted Thrifted talks about how much his brother has missed not seeing his two daughters grow up. It makes the heart heavy at time. We celebrate most the time. We have to go on. It just is nice to honor those who have gone before us.


I was able to take some great photos today. I spent the entire day chatting with my children, cooking meals, and of course took my sewing machine outside to sew on the back deck a little and didn’t get to it… because I can’t find my rotary cutter! I am always searching for something.

I talked to my best friend I think six times today. She was shopping…buying plants…trimming her roses….uploading her own photos…. and talking to me!

That’s what best friends are for!  You can see her photo on my Flickr site. She’s the one that looks like my sister!

That’s what everyone says…. even we say it!


If Jan’s daughter ever sees this post I want you to know I will cherish these items for the rest of my life. If you ever want anything back it’s yours. Your Mom is such a big part of each of us in the Tuesday quilting group. We will never forget her. And as Pastor said during her service., “Jan was easy to love”. She has been an inspiration for each of us. A role model. A friend.

Bush Fire Quilt Project

May 16, 2009

Originally uploaded by CampFollowerBagLady

I am so excited to see one of my blocks in a completed top. It has been fun to see the beautiful job Tia has done on those she has quilted herself. What a huge project this is. I did a second block and Barb did 14 others. In fact that is one of Barb’s in the upper left corner. Here is the original photo I took before I mailed them in.


I wish this picture was clearer but sometimes it’s blurry sometimes it’s not. I photograph with an old camrecorder that also takes photos. It’s better than nothing.

Here is a link to the original post back on February 11th 2009.

Where does the time go. I have really enjoyed following Tia’s blog on the progress of this project.  Camp Follower Bags and Quilts.

I made a miniature block back in February and haven’t made another since. I hope to get motivated soon. Now that the weather is getting better I want to do some sewing outside on the back deck over the weekends.

A Tribute

May 6, 2009

Invasion of the 9 Patches

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This is the “Quiltin’ Babes” at our finest! I treasure this photo and now I treasure it even more.

I found out this week that my friend Jan is dying of breast cancer that has metastacized to her liver. Nine years ago she battled breast cancer successfully. This week she went into the doctors office because she felt tired and had shortness of breath. They admitted her to the hospital and we found out last night at our Tuesday “Quilting Babes” meeting that she will not be coming home. We have been meeting every other Tuesday for 15 years.

We made a list of our phone numbers and hours we are available to go to the hospital and sit with her. May 8 2007 Jan’s husband passed away. They had a son who died of a heart attack just prior to that. Now her daughter Susie is preparing herself for another loss.

There are 12 of us in the Babes quilting group and 11 of us gathered last night to sit together. There were tears and stories and sadness and a bit of fear at the quickness and sudden change that takes place in a moments time.

As I am writing this Wednesday May 6 935am I just got an email that Jan died early this morning. She is the beautiful woman on the top row with the blue shirt over the red sweater.








Our Christmas party 2008


 January 2008 Retreat weekend at Lydia’s. I was able to lighten this photo somewhat and the updated version is on my Flickr page. May 8 2009cam-corder-pictures-28591


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May 8 2009.

Jan’s funeral will be on Monday.