Archive for April, 2013

Thrifted Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging

April 24, 2013

Thrifted Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

It is another one of those….I just can’t pass this up pieces.




I picked up the opal glass dish too! For $1.99. I have a cup that goes with it.

IMG_1571Here are the rest of my treasures! It made for a really fun morning.

Galleries 101 to 200

April 19, 2013

I love the Galleries feature on Flickr.

I am making an index so I can get to them easier.

101.  Fabric for Spiderweb Quilt

102.  Nazar

103.  Journals

104.  Egg Cups  I started my own collection!

This cactus is growing wildly. I am supposed to plant it outside and it makes me nervous.

105.  March Spider Bee Blocks

106.   Stacks of Quilts II

107.    Scottie Dog LUV

108.  Swinging Landscapes

109.  Easter Quilts

110.  The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

I have the most fantastic vintage quilt top I thrifted!

Here is a capture of the quilt

111. Chicken Scratch      and some chicken scratch I thrifted!

112. Houses and Walls Made of Stone 

113.  Gingham

114.  Vintage Sheets and Pillow Cases

115.  White Space in a Quilt

116.  Kantha

117.  Mosaics and Stepping Stones

118.  Quilt Wraps II

119.  Sunflower Quilt Inspiration. Keep Me Motivated

120.  Chair Luv III , II and I and then IV  and V

121.  Sunbonnet Sue and Farmer Sam – Overall Sam – Country Sam

122.  Golden Yellow Sunflower Luv  Quilt with sunflowers or all yellow in color.

123.  Color Wheel Quilts over 700 views

124.   Silks and Made from Ties Luv

125.  Crazy for 1 1/2 inch Strips

126.  Hand Quilts

127.  OWLS III

128.  Machine Quilting Luv II

129.  Segmented

130.  Calendar Fabric Luv

131.  Floral Bouquet

132.  Patchwork Clothing

133.  Spider Web Bee  Each person in the Bee picked out their own fabric color scheme.

134.  Scouting

135.  Prairie Points

136.  Spiderweb Quilting Inspiration – now that the top is finished I need to figure out how to quilt it!

137.  Not Your Grandmother’s Flower Garden

138.  Aprons

139.  Autumn My Favorite Time of Year

140.  I want to travel   Quilts with fabrics from all over the world.

141.  It’s All in the Quilting

142.  Sunflower Inspiration II

143.  Can You Name This Block

144.  Children Are Our Future

145.  Ileene

146.  The SPIRIT of Christmas

147. Chair LUV IV

148.  Lion Quilt Inspiration

149.  Butterfly Embroidery

150.  Inspiration for 2011

152.  Redwork

153.  Vintage Linens

154.  Mondo Bird Quilt Inspiration

155.  Patriotic Quilts II

156.  The Luv of Orange III

157.  Quilts With Words II

158.  Quilt Repair

159.  Quilts From Clothes II

160.  Sheep Luv II

Ok, I had to go get the family together.

161.  Felt Tree II

162.  T-Shirt Quilts

163.  Quilts Similar to One’s I’ve Started

164.  Chair Luv V

165.  People Quilts II

166.  Applique on Pieced Cream Background

167.  Segmented II

168.  Color Wheel Quilts II

169.  Memories

170.  I Want Some Spiders On My Quilts

171.  YoYo Quilts and Things I LUV II

172.  Cathedral Windows

173.  Chester  ( Squirrels and Chipmunks)

174.  Sunflower Inspiration III

175.  Owls IV
















Basket Weave

April 18, 2013

Basket Weave

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I am in an Add A Border group. This is a block I made and submitted to the group.

I had never worked a basket weave before. I didn’t want it to be exact because a lot of the AAB blocks are wonky or hand pieced or just simply creative in nature not with rulers and rules.

Carol did the second round. She kept with the relaxed methodology that I began with.


She didn’t feel a need to match up the corners. She allowed the patches to run right off the ends. I love this. It has that Gees Bend feel.

The third round by Ed brought back the basket weave. I like that both Carol and Ed added patriotic fabric.

Basket Weave by theresa@quilted thrifted, ladybug and cattails (Ed Hart)

I had one red fabric with stars but otherwise there was no true patriotic direction in the first block I did.

There is one more round to go unless Ed decided to keep the block and continue with it himself.

One of the rules of the AAB group is that if you are working on a block and absolutely fall in love with it you can keep it.

When any of us make a block we need to go into it realizing most likely the block will not come back to us….maybe…but….

I had every intention of making many blocks but have only submitted 4 and received 4 back to work on. I have 3 I have here to mail back in and one more I have the direction I want to go on paper but got side tracked with taxes and other projects and set it aside.

Here is the blog link to Rosie The Robot block I worked on. It finished the fourth round and if I ever get to a fourth round and she is still available I could get her back!

The second block I worked on is Leftovers Again blogged here.

Galleries 1 to 100

April 11, 2013


I have 247 Galleries on Flickr

1. Owls,   Owl Luv II #41,

2. Quilt Wraps I

3. Chair Luv     see also #57 I hope Lucinda writes a book!

4. The Luv of Orange    see #83 for II

5. Quilt Ladders  I want one so badly!

6. Button Luv   see also  #55

7. Trip Around The World  inspiration for my own quilt

8. Words on Quilts inspiration for the words on the back of Leah’s quilt

Leah  and  Ben

9. Quilted Furniture – I have some footstools I want to cover.

10. Fabric Cats  I made my Goddaughter a Cat quilt top. some day I will make some cats to go with it.

11. Quilted Christmas Ornaments 2107 views.

12. The Best Scrap Quilts  2535 views.   I could make every quilt in here and still have scraps left over!  see also #62

13. Hearts I Adore I made these two quilts after seeing Sewz5fun’s quilt.  2nd Gallery #33     See also #100

Heart Doll Quilt 2009

and then I started this one for a friend.

Another row sewn on

14. Hand Quilting At It’s Best

15. Potting Table

16. Stripes in Quilts I want to make one out of old shirts!

17. Photo on Fabric  I have not done this yet. My sister has wedding photos on a quilt. My SIL made a grad quilt for my niece.

18. Square in a Square

I made a quilt top like this before they became so popular. It was from a bag of scraps a quilter gave me. Never photographed. Have to find it.

19. Old Fashioned Quilting Frames.  I have 3 of them now. I just got a free one at a yard sale last year. The other two were my grandmothers. My mother’s mother and my father’s mother.

Quilt Frame

20. Alternative Christmas Trees. You see fantastic items like these you have to make a gallery to go back and look at them over and over!

21. YoYo Quilts

22. Spools

23. Quilts on Beds. Just a fantastic Gallery

24. Sunflowers in Quilts. I started a Sunflower quilt with the encouragement from Jude Hill in the group Crazy Quilting Revisited

see also #35, #43 Inspiration, #64

25. Patriotic Quilts my only quilt to go in a quilt show.

Patriotic Stars given to my older son

26. House Quilts and Blocks  I want to make a house quilt with doggies in the window and doorway for a niece.

27. Butterfly Quilts and Blocks  The first vintage quilts I ever purchased were butterfly quilts. I am not comfortable with applique. I figure it is not a design I will ever make myself so I will enjoy someone else’s labor!

28. Folk ARt I Want to live with. There are not enough hours in the day to learn all the craft skills I would like to.

29. Wagon Wheel. It is such a fantastic design.

30. Postage Stamp Quilts. I love vintage quilts more than anything in the world! This is my favorite pattern.

31. Tree Quilts The Tree of Life is on my TO DO Bucket List!

Pictoral Quilt - Barefoot Earth Tales

Here is a tree quilt my son and I started together.

32. Quilted Pillow Animals.  The first antique purchases I ever made were Teddy bears made from vintage quilts.

33. Hearts 

34. Crochet, Lace Doilies in Art

35. Crazy Quilting Buttons and Stitches  Ideas of what I would like to do on my Sunflower quilt

36. Rick Rack Luv

37. Red and Black Quilts  Motivation to work on Leah’s Music quilt

My niece Leah's quilt top

38. Mushroom Luv

39. A Quilted Halloween

40. Handmade Dolls  I wish I owned all of these!

41. Owl Luv II

42. Faces Stitched 

43. Sunflower Quilt Inspiration

44. Seashell Quilt Dream  I am happiest by the ocean. I wish I lived nearby. I am happiest when I am swimming. I want to swim in the ocean.

45. Sheep Luv     Quiltmakergeli made me a sheep and sent it to me from Germany. I enjoy it so very much. See her sheep in this gallery.

46. A Homemade Christmas

47. Machine Quilting Luv   The only machine quilting I have ever done is in the ditch! I need to challenge myself…soon!

48. Inspired

If any quilt will epitomize me, someone will look at it and say “Theresa made this”. This is the quilt.

Done for the to football

49. People Quilt    I participated in the group Sarah and Molly’s Free Piece Study

20% done!

50.Wonky Stars  I partricipated in the Bush Fire Quilt project. It was an amazing experience. These are some of my favorites!

51. Silent Night  The holiday season came around again. My second winter with Galleries.

52. Stacks of Quilts  A fascination of mine. A couple photos have dropped off. I guess that happens when people delete their Flickr acct.

53. That Great Quilt Find

54. Quilts From Clothes  – some day I will make one!

55. Button Luv II

56. Scarf Luv

57. Chair Luv II

58. Keys to My Heart 

59.  Vintage Suitcases  I own 3 of them. My vintage linens are housed in them

60.  Sweater Quilts  These fascinate me.

61. Pom Pom Luv       see also #97

62. The Best Scrap Quilts in the World II

63. Quilts similar to one’s I’m making

64. Keep Me Motivated Sunflower

65. Christmas Felt Button Trees plus  ***** most visited Gallery 5499 views

I think it is because of Pinterest

66. The Spirit of Thanksgiving

67. Contemporary Design

68. Oh Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)

69. Tinsel and Feather Tree Luv

70. One Patch Quilts

71. String Quilt Luv 

pg 15

I finally started the Heart quilt in 2013. I have been looking at it for years!!!!

String Heart Quilt in progress

72. Nine Patches Forever

73. Quilt Mosaics

74. Mosaics on Furniture

75.  Fabric Weaving

76.  Couching Threads

Sunflower Quilt Block

77. Postage Stamps in Artwork  My grandfather was a Postmaster General. I have alot of stamps!

78. Knitting Nancy Luv

79.  Snowball Quilt

80. Spiderweb Inspiration

81. Pillow Talk

82.  I need to finish those Scrapbook pages

83.  Luv of Orange II

84.  Backs of Quilts  I love two sided quilts. These are really fantastic ideas!

85.  Ikea Kitchen Rack views 2863  My racks hold part of my Pyrex collection. I change the display every month or two. Here is Autumn.

Thanksgiving display

86.  What about a Color Like This 

87.  Photo Shelf  We love surrounding ourselves with photos. I would like some shelves.

88. Carving Stamps   I have to do this at some point in my life.

89.  First Advent  views 1516

90. Double Wedding Ring Quilt    here is my Grandmother DWR I blogged about

91. Crazy Quilt LUV

92.  The Baby’s Room is Pink and Brown OhLeah

93. Log Cabin Luv

94.  Waggas

95.  Vintage Quilt Blocks     Here are some I have Lady with Balloons    and some Tulip blocks

96.  Vintage Greeting Card Baskets. My Basket ended up on Pinterest

Robyne made a great tutorial

97.  Pom Pom Gallery II

98.  My dream studio

99.    Circle Quilts

100.  The Spirit of Valentines

Galleries on Flickr – I just love this feature!

April 11, 2013

My first Gallery was this one on OWLs. I suspect there was a photo by Jude but it is no longer there. I love her work so much. Maybe it will show up in a book. I hope she writes one.

I have a small collection of Owls I keep on display. Blogged about here.

I like my owl home too!

I have 4 bells as well but no recent photo. (see below added photo 4-24-13) Here is one of them. My MIL collected bells. I don’t buy bells at all unless they are owls.

owl bell

My second Owl Gallery has quilts, wall hangings and other owl items.

Some day I will make something with an owl theme.

Here is one of my S&P Owls. I love it because it reminds me of my grandma’s collection. There is S&P in the 1st gallery above.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

JAN 1 2012

The third Owl Gallery is mainly owls on fabric there is a bunting that is fantastic!

Owl Luv IV again quilts, pillows and ornaments.

I guess I love owls. They are pretty popular right now.

Here is a necklace I purchased. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a rubbing of this on fabric and then embroider around it.

Owl Luv

When I go thrifting I always keep my eyes open for Owls. I don’t like everything I see. There are just certain items that call out to me.

Update: 4-24-13

I added another bell to my collection. I also gave the metal owl necklace above to my niece for her 16th birthday. She likes owls too!

I now have five

This owl Christmas ornament started a whole new fascination.

Owl Ornament

This wooden one is really nice.

Owl Ornament

I now have at least  10 glass owl ornaments that go on their own tree. I usually keep it on a dresser in my bedroom.

New owl from my son

I like the glow of the lights and the sparkle off the tree.

I bought her last year - one for me and one for my mom.



Farmer Sam Pillow Cover

April 11, 2013

Farmer Sam Pillow Cover

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I have always had a fascination with Sam! I have four Sunbonnet Sue and Sam quilts that I adore.

here is an orange quilt I picked up at the thrift.

Thrifted quilt - Sunbonnet Sue/Farmer Sam

Another shot of the same quilt

My Farmer Sam Quilt

and then a second quilt with a Fishing Sam

I have to get this quilt out and take some better photos.

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam

click on the photo above and you will see some closeups. Blogged here

This one is also just fantastic…. I think it is the most I have ever paid for at quilt $74.55 after a discount.

Price Tag is still on the quilt

This one does not have Sam on it but is an Signature Quilt in excellent condition.

Sunbonnet Sue

If you want to see more Sam quilts take a look at this Gallery I created on Flickr.


Thrift Store Quiltie

April 5, 2013

Thrift Store Quiltie

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I couldn’t pass this up!
I got this for $1.69. I may make it into pillows for out in our screened in patio.


I have always fancied quilt projects that have lace,  doilies or hankerchiefs in them.


See why I like this so much!!!!

IMG_1212They both wintered outside and have a very nice patina to them. I keep them in the screened in patio.


It was definitely a beginning quilter that made this wall hanging. You can really tell by the back.

IMG_1201I don’t think the piece was basted at all. It looks like they may have started from the sides and worked toward the middle.

It was a labor of love and I know we all have a learning curve. Don’t we?!?!#*^/\^


I like these colors together. Green and purple. It will be like the lilac bushes in another month.


I ran a dowel through the sleeve and put it on

the door going into my quilt room.


     It will stay there until the

     weather warms up and we can get the patio furniture out.

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Pretty soon the pots will have flowers in them. I hope to spend a few weekends out on the deck working on my scrappy bargello!

The first link for the scrappy bargello was back in 2008. Here is how it looked last September.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a note if you stop by for a visit. I would love to hear from you. QT

I think this was a shower curtain. It will be my picnic tablecloth!

April 4, 2013

I think this was a shower curtain. It will be my picnic tablecloth!

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

When I picked this up at the thrift store I started giggling. It looked really great with another tied quilt they had there but I had to limit my purchases.


They do look really great together. The tied quilt was $9.99. I left it behind but will be able to enjoy it in this photo. The smaller piece I think was a shower curtain because it has grommets on it.


I came back to add some close-ups and to show a few thrifted items I picked up along with this curtain. 4-5-13


The fabric almost has the weave of flour sack fabric. I am certain this was manufactured and not home made. Maybe it was made during the time flour sack fabric was popular???


I got the water bottle for 99cents and it is still in the package. Every single one that has been in this house has disappeared! How does that happen? You can see a wall hanging in the next post that I also picked up during this thrift run. Luv it!!! I’m singing!!!!!!!!

It was in one of these bins I found the…

April 3, 2013

It was in one of these bins I found the lamb!

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I spend a lot of time looking for things. Just today I thought the paperwork for the tabs to my car was on the piano. It wasn’t there. Before we left on Friday for Easter I had packed up a bunch of paperwork that I had been trying to sort through and put it back in the bins. I had to go through 3 bins before I finally found the tab form. I did find it but I wasted at least a half hour looking for it.  I have this room in my house that is totally out of control. It is where everything goes that is out of place.  I try to sort through a box here and there and get overwhelmed. I would rather be working on a quilt project or playing a board game with my son or reading a story with him.
I have read books on organization. It motivates me to do something but then the mail comes and paperwork piles up and it gets tossed in a box and pretty soon there are 11 boxes. Seriously.
I have a storage area in the house that I can barely get to. I love to decorate for the various seasons. It is a trait I have picked up from my mom. The hoarding of things comes from her mother.
I have some time now to make a little progress on getting through some of the stuff.

On January 13th I read an article on organizing your fabric and by the 14th I had sorted quite a bit of fabric into 11 different bins by color or fabric style. I already had the bins they were just filled with “everything else under the sun”.

Organizing Fabric collected for almost 40 years

It has worked well. The bins are not so deep so they do not get so heavy.

At Christmas time I hurt my back getting out the bins of decorations. It wasn’t only the weight of the bin but getting it through the mess I have in the room next to the storage area. I don’t have a pathway wide enough to easily move things around.

What bothers me is I can get so into sorting the colors and getting them into the bins (a bit OCD) but I have all this other “stuff” I need to deal with to maneuver around the room better.

I drive my family crazy with my inability to follow the rule “Everything has a place and everything is in it’s place”. Or, “If you haven’t used it in one year get rid of it”. I am far from that one ever happening.

I had organized my first two bins back in June of 2012. After reading the article and seeing a picture of what one person did I was able to go the next step and get the 11 bins organized and stacked in one area.

Two thrifted bins mean more organized fabric!

The inside of the bins look like this. It really is wonderful. Now if I can do something similar with the rest of the items in my studio. The “everything else under the sun” items.

I know it helps to find some reason to stay motivated. I have an important one in that the studio room still has cinder block walls that have a moisture issue and the paint has peeled and there is molding. I get headaches from the mold and need to dry lock the walls. First I need to get too them! I have to get things organized. I also need to do my taxes and a lot of the paperwork is tossed into my “mess” bins!

#1 get taxes done

#2 organize the rest of the paperwork

#3 get the walls painted

#4 reward myself

Behind those fabric bins are some of my bookshelves. They actually are set up kind of cool. I just can’t see them now because of all the stuff.

Studio Bookshelves

I want to get the room to the point where I can see the bookshelves and enjoy them.

I want my surfaces clean so I can get back into this room and do my quilting in my own space.  I want to be able to get to my decorations and get them out without hurting myself.  I want my paperwork organized so I know where things are!

I have started 3 ring binders but again it is a bit OCD. There are already so many binders I don’t know if I can get it under control like I did with the fabric. I have to try for my sanity and that of my family.

I am pretty certain the photo is Jan's quilt that was in one of the shows.

I have about 3 binders just of quilt patterns and photos.

The binders are for: Football memorabilia, finances, thrift purchases, scrapbooking ideas, the quilting, Christmas planning, my childrens’s school papers,  etc…

I just don’t know how other people stay on top of all this. I don’t want to throw these things away.  The thing is no one else is really going to want them after I am no longer here. They are things I have done that are really important to me only. The rest of my family thinks again that I am crazy for caring so much about it.

I know that trying to micro organize so many items can keep me from the sharing times with my family that are so important. If I could just get on top of it I don’t think it would take up so much of my time. I don’t know.

I do know that we can’t continue living with so much stuff and so much clutter. I have to get it under control to alleviate the visual stress it is causing all of us. Any suggestions would be appreciated. My LUV says to just go through one pile a day. It just isn’t that easy for me.

Mary Ann’s Triple Irish Chain and Many Trips Around The World

April 1, 2013

Mary Ann’s Triple Irish Chain

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

My son and I went to my hometown on Friday evening. We spent two nights watching movies until midnight with my brother. We were all pretty tired Sunday for Easter. It probably wasn’t the best idea.
I did work on Mary Ann’s quilt on Saturday in mom’s sunroom. Oh goodness would it be nice to have a room like this. It is a room that faces East so we watch the sun rise together. I just love it.

IMG_1160   IMG_1156

We celebrated my brother’s 29th (again) birthday and his daughter Mary Ann’s 21st! I had to show Mary Ann I am making progress on her quilt.

I laid the blocks out on the floor this morning. Each 49 patch has one cat fabric in it. I charted where the cat’s are located to see if I had a cat filling each square through out the quilt. There are six areas that do not have cat fabrics. Two areas in the bottom left have 4 blocks with cats in the second column and the third. It is strange to me that the areas where there are no cats is 3 of the corners. I will be moving things around a little to spread the kitty cat love.

IMG_1154     IMG_1155
I have decided I am going to start journals for the kids marking the progress over the years of their quilts! It’s the best I can do since I jump from one project to another all the time.

IMG_1159     IMG_1158

These blocks are only 1 inch finished. It has been a challenge over the years to find cat fabrics on the small scale that can be cut this size.

I like to work on seasonal projects and then set them aside until the season comes around again.


I got 4 alternate blocks finished for the 4th row and then cut out 7 more blocks of the white on white. I have an extra 36 49patches finished over and above the one’s laid out in the photo above. I will be making this similar quilt for my nephew Jon once I am finished with this one. I then have two years to work on Emily’s before she graduates from high school. I am cutting the block’s for Jon’s quilt as I do the one’s for Mary Ann’s.

Many Trips Around The World………………………………………………………………………………



I spent a little time hand sewing on my mom’s quilt. We had finished eating brunch and were watching the basketball playoffs so it was a perfect time to bring out her quilt so she knows I am making slow progress on hers as well.


I am setting in the maroon color 1 1/2 inch squares between each block.

(Do you ever wonder at times where color choices come from?

It was truly a subconscious decision but we lived maroon and gold for 3 years!)


Kite flying at mom’s.


When we got home last night and drove up to  the house I could not believe how much snow had melted in two days!


While we were flying kites yesterday I had to get one kite out of a tree and walked through a foot of snow and some places even deeper! It is weird because mom only lives about an hour 10 minutes North of us.


In past years mom has had a basket for each of us. This year she did one big enormous basket!

IMG_1127My boys!


Birthday Cakes

My sister-in-law made both of these cakes. The one on the left for my brother to celebrate his 29th (again) birthday and his daughter’s 21st (first time) birthday! Easter was pretty amazing at my mother’s house!!!