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Happy May Day

May 1, 2013

Happy May Day

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

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Plant a Seed – Feed a Bird


My version of a May Day basket.[GML2A1] When I was in girl scouts and a little girl we made May Day baskets and took them to the nursing home and handed them out.  I will never forget the experience.

It was the only time I have ever seen someone with hydrocephalus or “water on the brain”. We sang songs to all the residents and walked around and chatted with people. I remember all the smiles on their faces like it was yesterday.




Yesterday I wrote about the box of linens my aunt gave to me. They were her mother’s. This was at one time a lovely curtain. I suppose in a kitchen. Unfortunately something burned a hole through it and there are stains on it.

I am not certain what I will do with it yet. It is lovely as a backdrop for photos. GML1


I thrifted this pretty little plate a few weeks ago. Any time I see a quilt motif on something I am bound to get it!


My lilies outside are cold. It is raining and then a moment later it snows a bit and then it rains again. I could see my breath when I walked outside this morning.


I haven’t pulled the weeds away because I heard it was supposed to snow again and be in the 40s for about 3 days.

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This small applique pillow belonged to my friend Jan.


One of Martha’s aprons. I love the vintage fabric!

When I woke up this morning I was thinking of taking pictures of the many baskets I have. Baskets like the one above with the quilted kitty in it.


I then thought I would go through some of my quilt books and take pictures of basket quilts. I bought this book for only $1.99. It is one of my favorites. The quilt ideas are fantastic!

IMG_1829When I saw this pink basket quilt it dawned on me I do have a vintage flower quilt. I would say they are either in flower pots or in flower baskets!


I thought this linen piece of Grandma Martha’s looked like fruit. L2 The name of the pink quilt is Fruit Baskets.


Flower Quilt


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I like the outside border on this quilt. I looked at all the flower blocks and only a few even had pots/baskets that had any fabric remaining.


The fabric is pretty intact on the pots on the lower right side of the quilt.
This is the area with the least wear and tear. Literally!


IMG_1871   I like this block because the center circle wore off and you can still see the true colors of the original fabric. note the difference between the petal area that was exposed to the elements and the part that was under the circle.


I would like to make some basket quilts.


Martha’s Embroidery Work
This is the 3rd piece I pulled out of the box.



Sunflowers Linen #4

There are some buds appearing on the plants outside.


The forsythia in my front yard.


There are three peony plants




This was two days ago. Do you see the little rascal! He has been chewing on my tulips. He is just to the left of the bench.


Once they open it is going to be glorious out front!


In the back the lilac bushes look like this. I spent part of my weekend cleaning out under the bushes. They run the entire lengths of the back yard so I only got about half done! I don’t get much help in this area!

IMG_1766  I had put my metal shelf with soil outside for 2-3 days but had to bring it back in last night.

The lettuce is starting to take off. I am going to try and transplant it into the planter boxes and have them up on the deck railing like last year….to keep the little critters from eating it all!


Basket Signature Quilt

Signature Basket Quilt click on photo to go to Flickr


Kitty pillow cover of Grandma Martha’s #5

Tonight as I was putting the box of linens away I counted

there are 106 different sets of linens. I’ve shown parts of about 10 of them here.


She loved linens almost as much I as do!

Lucky for me.

Thanks Kay for the wonderful gift.

and just to say…

Happy First Day of May Mrs May!


April Thrift Haul

May 1, 2013

Quite a few things have come into the house the past two weeks

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I have managed to accumulate quite a few things. It motivated me to gather all the clothes our son has grown out of. He had three pair of snowpants that no longer fit him! I now have six bags and boxes of items. Two I took to the thrift store tonight.  Tomorrow I will try and sell some children’s clothes at Once Upon A Child. I will then make a large box for my niece’s girlfriend’s son who is a few years younger than mine.


This little box was only 39c. I like to decorate for Memorial day and the 4th of July. I have a large hat box that is circular I would like to try this paint and stencil technique on.


I picked up my second Pyrex Container.



Pyrex container and the Corelle dishes I picked up at a garage sale.


I stopped at Bibles For Missions thrift store and picked up this cool jug.
I want to hang it in one of my flower beds.


I picked up this single Correlle dish. It is the pattern that I acquired from my dad.

Pyrex canisters are now on my love list - 1 qt Store 'N' See container "Wildflowers"

IMG_1774  Last Thursday I stopped at a garage sale and picked up the Hermoine doll and accessories. She cost $2.00.



I also got an owl necklace for only 10c which is cool because I just gave another owl necklace that I really liked to my niece for her birthday two weekends ago. You can see part of my owl collection here.


I also picked up a small baggie of these fabrics.


It was for a dollar or less. I don’t have any of them in my stash. The yellow ones will go in my Sunflower quilt.


I went to a church rummage sale with my friend Carol and found the little wooden owl on the lower left corner. I think it was only a quarter. I then bought some red polka dot fabric that I didn’t really need but wanted to be supportive of my friend’s church.


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Carol gave me this plant last fall and it has started to take off with new growth in the last two weeks. She keeps hers outside on her deck in the summer.

So will I!

The young man in the photo is my older son. This is one of his high school graduation portraits. It is my favorite.

The blue bottle is part of a collection of blue glass items I have. I’ve been thinking of putting up a display by the front window in the livingroom so the sun will shine through them.

The table in the top photo also has two pillow covers in a blue on white print. They will either go out on the patio or end up on the couch upstairs.

IMG_1779   Whenever I see this Libby’s Gold Leaf glass I picked them up for my sister’s collection. I may just have to keep a few pieces for myself though.

I believe my mom got some pieces like this as wedding gifts back in the 50s.

My sister has so many pieces. She likes to buy off of Ebay. I only purchased a few quilts off Ebay over 10 years ago and it was not the best experience so I haven’t done it since.

I enjoy going to thrift stores so much that I really don’t need to purchase off Ebay.

Maybe some day I will sell a few things though!!!!!


IMG_1778The huge box that you see in the top picture is from my Aunt Kay. It is filled to the top with linens and aprons. I will dedicate an entire post to the wonderful items. We called her mom Grandma Martha even though she was not biologically our grandma.  Two of the aprons are laying on the top of the box! They are just fantastic colors!


30s fabric hotpad



I hope this DVD will motivate me.

There are a few other things on the table in the first photo.

Happy Birthday paper plates 39c

Cat Quilt book

A Spray bottle for ironing.

Two Monkey pillow cases.

A Monet pillow case that goes with my spring bedding.

The green glass bowl that goes with the plates I picked up last week. 99c

this could be a bowl or a flower vase

Yesterday I looked at some skirts for myself. I like spring time for purchasing some clothes for myself. I earned a $10.00 coupon for the thrift store when I took in two bags of donations tonight.

Since so much has come in this month I have six bags and boxes that need to go out!

loads and loads of stuff to go to the thrift store and to try and sell at OUC

The best part of the day was completing the third block to a quilt I am working on and setting up parts of the next seven blocks.

setting up the next seven blocks

Scrap buster - Block #3 Red - Clock

Please stop by this site for other wonderful thrifted items!

[Connecting with Sir-Thrift-a-Lot’s Thriftasaurus Linkup.]

Bird houses my dad made.

April 30, 2011

Bird houses my dad made.

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I set these on the ground in my front yard on Easter. There are two more that need to hang. There was a pile of birdhouses stacked up outside in front of the garage at my dad’s house when we started cleaning. Birdhouses of every shape and size.

I was just surfing favorites and came across this photo from ohmisterfinch and starting writing a comment and realized it was becoming just too long…

“First time to your blog today. Beautiful work. I especially like the moth made from the umbrella fabric. I saw a moth that had fern type leaves on it too. MMmmmm just wonderful. I now have a moldy childrens book that had fallen on my storage room floor over the winter and never picked up. I have looked at it for weeks and do not want to throw it away. The bird house my father made is outside and the shingles have fallen off the top. He died of Pageats disease just almost 3 months ago. I am still processing his death with baby steps. I have to say the book is calling to go on top of his birdhouse. Thanks for this image. These stair look like the stairs in his house we just put up for sale.”

Stairway to heaven.

Please take some time to look at his website.

and to go to his etsy site.

Spiderweb Quilt

January 3, 2010

I have started a second blog. I did this for a couple reasons. I have difficulty figuring out wordpress. I struggle with it and don’t have a lot of time to mess with reading how it works. I still haven’t figured out how to put a header on my blog….not that I have really taken any time to read on how to do it.

I may have to go to the library and get a book on wordpress that I can read while I am coming and going throughout my day.

The other reason is I wanted a blog specifically for my 2010 project. A Spiderweb Bee I have joined.

This is a vintage spiderweb that belongs to my Aunt Kay. It is a rocking chair cushion. I love it! The quilt I will make will be a different pattern.

You can read more about it on my other blog.

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Vintage Christmas Card Basket

December 30, 2009

Vintage Christmas Crafts

Originally uploaded by doublewinky

I just love these crocheted baskets. I just had to start another Gallery on Flickr of the photos I have seen of baskets so far. There is even a picture of directions for making these baskets/bowls out of greeting cards from a vintage Workbasket magazine.

I have one bowl with a cover that my Grandma Lena made. My Daddy’s Mommy!!! I just love it!

I do like the clasp quite a bit. It shows a little more creativity by the maker!

Found my card basket on a Pinterest site 3/11/13

The softest ties ever

December 20, 2009

The softest ties ever

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

“On both of these squares Grandma pieced the fabric together in order for the block to be the right size. Not uncommon in the 60s.”

As I sit and type this I am listening to Christmas music from this site and wrapped in Grandma’s quilt.

It is very nice to have soft music to listen to while typing and reading. The rest of the household is still sleeping. I am finally feeling better. It’s been 8 days since this flu began. I was able to eat yesterday and I feel my strength returning.  We wrapped presents last night. Pajamas….for everyone. It’s a funny thought because I just finished typing on the group I started this year Tied Quilts about this quilt above and was saying many of these fabrics were worn pajamas.

Please take  a moment to look at the quilts in the Tied Quilt pool if you haven’t been there before.

We have been using my Grandmother’s tied quilt this winter season over our beds, cuddling on the couch, and wrapped around us while sitting on the computer reading our favorite blogs, football stats and playing Star Wars and various online games. The quilt has a flannel back and such soft yarn ties and many of the fabrics are worn flannel pajamas. Perfect in every way.
50 members and 286 beautiful Tied Quilts. Every few days I search for more tied quilts to add to this group. I love looking at quilts on Flickr and am very excited when I come across a new quilt using ties made from yarn and embroidery floss.

I was born in 1960. This coming year I turn 50 years old. That is most likely the age of the quilt I am wrapped up in. 50 years. My goodness. I notice the quilt has this softness and warmth to it that many of my other newer quilts do not have. I am hoping that is a description of me too. I know my body is softer. When I think of it I wonder if the Dear Lord made bodies softer when we get older to cuddle with children. I see my 7 nieces and nephews and my two children and my Greatniece and nephew cuddling with Mom and it looks so perfect to me. She adores holding them and rocking the little ones and each of the children give her the biggest and warmest hug ever each time they see her. It’s the long, warm, “I love you Grandma” embracing, back rubbing kind of hugs. The kind I wish for each of you this holiday season and throughout the new year.

My Grandmother Lena was a church quilter. She had a big walk out basement and that’s where the quilt frame would be set up. The ladies would sit around the frame and stitch on the quilts. Grandma had boxes and boxes of 4 1/2 in squares in her guestbedroom closet. I used to sneak into that room to see what was stacked up overflowing from these boxes when I was young. We lived across the road from each other. Our road was 1/4 of a mile long and Grandma Magdalena and Grandpa Joseph lived just across the street. My Dad’s Brother lived in the house next to them. Next to our house was my Mom’s Mom, Grandma Lulu (I’m crying right now quiet tears are falling.  I don’t really know why. Emotional due to the season, having been sick, the holidays, the two emotional movies I watched on the Hallmark channel last night! or the song I am hearing “…a new King born today and man will live forever more because of Christmas day”).

I think we were lucky to be so close to family. If we needed an egg for cooking or a teaspoon of vanilla we just ran over to one of the Grandma’s.  They both would have their aprons on and their hands into the preparation of some meal just about every time I saw them.  I wish for you a relative or friendly neighbor that you can run over to for that egg or ingredient. Today we will celebrate Christmas with my Mr’s  sister-in-law and her two daughters. The girl’s are in their teens now and they will all be traveling to Colorado for a week 21-28th so we will celebrate with them now. I hear the Tv coming on and cartoons. Time to be Mom!

Have a wonderful 4th Sunday of Advent everyone.  Here is a wonderful Gallery I put together on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

Vintage Spider Web Quilt rocking chair cushion

November 22, 2009

Vintage Spider Web Quilt rocking chair cushion

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I joined my first block exchange on Flickr and I am so excited! This is a very old spiderweb quilt remnant of my Aunt Kay’s. It is on the rocking chair that is in her bedroom. The chair and this chair back cushion belonged to her Mother, Grandma Martha.  Kay is not an Aunt by blood. She is an Aunt by devotion. She has lived with my family since I was about 10 years old. She helped with everything….the meals,  bills,  gardening, updates to the house! Everything and anything that has to do with life.  I am convinced without her my Mommy would not be with us today. She makes certain my Mom gets the rest she needs, makes certain she takes her medication on time, does all the driving…..need I say more!

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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!…

Whole Cloth Quilt

October 10, 2008

Quilted with golden thread so the stitches really pop on the green side.


This quilt was given to me by my Godfather Sylvester and Aunt Kay.

She told me it was most likely made by a church group back in the 60s.

She believes my Grandmother Magdalena had a hand in the quilting.

I will cherish this quilt forever. I know that is why Aunt Kay gave it to me.

I truly believe this quilt is museum quality. It is a whole cloth quilt and it is reversible. It has prairie points on the sides.

It must not be on all the sides. I’ll have to take a closer look.

Whole Cloth Quilt

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

Given to me as a gift. Not today on my Birthday. It is a very appreciated gift.