Archive for January, 2013

German Marionette

January 31, 2013

German Marionette

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This marionette is part of a collection I have.

My mother purchased him for me.

He is carrying a backpack. Rucksak!



and has the rosiest cheeks.












He reminds me of the song

“The Happy Wanderer

I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track.

And as I go I love to sing, my knapsack on my back!

I love to wander by the stream that dances in the sun.

So joyously it calls to me:  “Come join my happy song!”

I wave my hat to all I meet and they wave back to me.

And blackbirds call so loud and sweet, from every greenwood tree.

High overhead the skylarks wing, they never rest at home.

But, just like me, they love to sing, as o’er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die.

And may I always laugh and sing, beneath the clear blue sky.


Val-deri!  Val-dera!  Val-deri!  Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Val-deri!  Val-dera!  My knapsack on my back.

IMG_0101and in German…

Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann,
Und mir steckt’s auch im Blut;
Drum wandr’ ich flott, so lang ich kann,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.


Faleri, falera, faleri,
Falera ha ha ha ha ha ha
Faleri, falera,
Und schwenke meinen Hut.

Das Wandern schaffet frische Lust,
Erhält das Herz gesund;
Frei atmet draußen meine Brust,
Froh singet stets mein Mund:

Warum singt Dir das Vögelein
So freudevoll sein Lied?
Weil’s nimmer hockt, landaus, landein
Durch and’re Fluren zieht.

Was murmelt’s Bächlein dort und rauscht,
So lustig hin durch’s Rohr,
Weil’s frei sich regt, mit Wonne lauscht
Ihm dein empfänglich Ohr.

D’rum trag ich Ränzlein und den Stab
Weit in die Welt hinein,
Und werde bis an’s kühle Grab
Ein Wanderbursche sein!




January 28, 2013

Picked up framed miniature quilt today for $1.99

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

Picked up the framed miniature quilt today for $1.99. It is hand quilted. You can see the stitches in the photo below.

Hand stitching

The fabrics have a 1970s look to them. I am certain I have some of the pink plaid in my stash. I am not a big pink person but I did go and pull my pink Pyrex out of storage. The pie pan was already on the piano.


When I started collecting Pyrex the Pink Butterprint was one of the first pieces I found at a thrift store. They are very difficult to find. It must have been beginners luck!

I haven’t been thrifting in a long time. I was sick with the flu last week. I had a fever, sore throat, fluid on lungs, coughing and then currently am dealing with fever blisters. Needless to say I am tired of being sick and need a little cheering up. These two little guys and 99 cents each did the trick! I love them.

Thrifted Sheep

They go well with the sheep I have already.IMG_0061


I got a new camera for Christmas so I played around a little with shooting pictures of these guys.

IMG_0067IMG_0071I went to a few different thrift stores to see what I could find and to just get myself out of the house for a little bit. I couldn’t find any Pyrex at all. At least not in the area where it usually is. In the display shelves toward the front of the store on the bottom I came across the Pyrex dish in the cradle with the etched lid. It was for $6.99 which is on the higher end of the prices I usually pay. I thought since I have been so sick and haven’t been out of the house in an entire week I’d say I deserved it.  It is a beauty. I found out on the Pyrex Love Flickr group that the lid can also be used as a pie plate. It makes sense.

IMG_0064I am very pleased with my finds.

IMG_0047With pretty work like this on the cradle handle it just brightens my day.

Went to a Bon Voyage party

January 18, 2013

Went to a Bon Voyage party

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This quilt is hanging at a friends house. I snapped a picture at her daughter’s “off to study in Europe party”. A few days later while sorting through bins of fabric I came upon an unfinished quilt piece. See my Flickr site for January 18, 2013. I think it is strange that I came upon this piece so many years after making the quilt with Marie. It may have been my attempt to make a scrappy back and for some reason I bailed on the idea. It may have been my remembrance piece documenting the fabrics I used in MArie”s quilt. I simply can not remember.
I am going to make wonky stars like the one’s we made in the Bush Fire project. The stars will help make the top piece wider. I also will add for eye spy fabrics. It could have been another reason I started the scrappy yellow rows.

Organizing Fabric

January 15, 2013

Organizing Fabric

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

About half a year ago I started accumulating these 6 inch deep bins. I had many on hand holding paperwork, Christmas and misc. They are 28qt 23inch x 16.75in x 6inch. Some are Rubbermaid, Sterilite and anything else I could find at the thrifts stores for 1.99 or so. I can fold the fabric and get two full rows.
I now have 10 bins
1 white and creams
2 black purple blue
3 cats
4 yellow and sunflowers
5 green
6 plaids
7 30s
8 Christmas
9 reds and patriotics
10 orange brown and leaves
Plus an oddball size bin that has
Music,vintage,homespuns,70s,brights,batik,novelty,polka dots,floral,metallic,flannel,holidays,eye spy,hearts,building material( wood,bricks,stones)
Today I started sorting into small 4qt bins
Solids,and individual bins for the scraps of green,red,orange,blue,yellow,purple,white black/brown and 6×6 inch squares.
After all this sorting I still have 3 66qt bins of scraps that I want to continue sorting by color. I will use one of the bins for vintage blocks, quilted pillowcases I want to make into bears and rabbits for the bed, and works in progress.
Note: I had a lot folded and in bins with labels taped on the outside but then Jean in my quilt group sent this blog article yesterday and I loved the idea of recipe cards on the inside of the clear boxes. Then if I have to split the reds and patriotics into separate bins I just move the card.…

I  have enough 30s fabric to make 3 quilts.

I hurt my back just before Christmas carrying the 66qt bins with Christmas decorations out of our storage room.  The 28qt bins are still heavy but I will try to not carry them very far And I will NOT carry two at a time.  In the article above the woman uses smaller bins. I am going to take a look at them at the store. I think I may even have a coupłe Of the smallest size.

I am really pleased with the progress I have made in the last two days with taking my stash organization to the next level.

My December handcrafted project

January 11, 2013

After decorating

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I have this string of garland I made a while back and I updated it from Autumn/Halloween  colors to Christmas colors.

The Christmas garland I wrapped red and green fabrics around the empty spools of thread. I then just tacked the fabric down  with thread. I alternated the two colors along with spools of green and red thread that were not empty. I did that with the Halloween one as well where I added orange spools of thread.

I will update the garland for Valentines. I think this time I will just add red, pink, and Valentine themed fabrics over the Christmas fabric. Then I will not have to redo the spools once Christmas comes around again.  We’ll see how that works.

I was fortunate prior to Christmas to find 3 bags of thread at Value Village for $2.99 each. They had 14 spools in each bag. I never see thread and I look every time I go there.

I have also been collecting Pyrex for about 2 years now. I have 3 containers that I added ribbon to the top and they are holding some of my spools of thread. The ribbon would have been $3.99 but I was able to thrift it for 69 cents.

New Years Day Surprise

January 2, 2013

New Years Day Surprise

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

My iPad made a bell sounds and I looked Skype notice from Matthias. There I was with my hair pulled up to the top of my head like Susie Who in my Pjs still at 2pm! I screamed to the rest of the household Matthias wants to Skype! Total pandemonium occurred. I ran to the bathroom and wet my hair grabbed the blow dryer and did a quick dry and threw the basics of some makeup on. My MR grabbed sweatshirts and we all threw them on and plopped down in front of the Christmas tree with the lights on. We had a wonderful chat. Soooooooo Fun!

Some of the stars on this tree were purchased in Germany when I went for the Christmas markets a few years ago. The day after I spoke to Matthias I was admiring my tree and looked at the coffee table and it occurred to me how wonderful it is to have a remembrance of that amazing trip right there in front of me.  Matthias had asked if I still quilt and I was able to show him this wall hanging that I have under the metal tree. The next time we Skype we will have Erna with him so we can visit with her as well. They will be skiing for a good part of January so I will “patiently” (ha) wait for their return.