Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Vintage Love

December 30, 2016

I would love to share with you my love for vintage fabric as this year comes to a close.


I have an ongoing love of making Triple Irish Chain quilts. I completed the top and back for my niece Erica and based and bound it. I gave it to her at her request not quilted and hope to quilt it some day.  This one I am currently working on is for her younger sister Mary Ann. I am cutting the white background fabrics for two additional quilts. One for my niece Emily and hopefully one for me. These one inch strips of fabric put into quilts has been a signature of mine. img_0050

This white fabric is a little thin. I hope this block holds up over the years. I do love the music pattern it has and I am able to use it in Leah’s musical quilt back as well. img_0052

Look at this beautiful fabric. There is nothing like it!img_0053

At this time of the year I like to bring out my vintage crocheted containers. I thrifted this one this past year at Value Village for $1.49. Ohhhh, I like it so much! img_0055

Look at these fabulous vintage cards and papers used in this box. img_0056

I got a new camera for Christmas which is one of the reasons I have not done a post in a long time. My other camera the lense is not retracting and of course it would cost more to have it repaired than to just purchase a new one. I don’t like this concept of our throw away society. I wish I could find someone who tinkers with electronics and would be willing to fix it just for fun!  I have to thank Scott for getting me a beautiful camera. Look at the detail it catches! Yay!!!! It has been a tough year for me. I have been battling cancer since the end of March. I still have a ways to go with treatments but so far so good. I am looking forward to 2017. I have to thank the 30 plus people who have followed me on Flickr and commented on my pictures this year. So many people have sent me gifts and cards it is sooooooo appreciated. Just when I would feel down I would get a greeting card or gift in the mail. Thank you all so much. img_0057

Block #5

May 2, 2013

Time to Fish  Block #5

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I am really enjoying making this quilt top! I had a majority of this laid out last night but reworked almost the entire thing this morning after I cut out the fish word fabric.  Last night I finished block #4. I took some quick pics but they are dark. I set the two yellows next to each other and realized the one had gone overboard with the brightness!





Garage Sale fabrics picked up last week

There was too much yellow in this block. I took a few of the really bright yellow blocks out and I will add them to another one.  I am swimming in fabric everywhere in my living room. It drives my Mr crazy!!!


IMG_1811Notice the polka dots! I tried to add as many dot fabrics as I could find!


As I was working on this second yellow block I set it along side the red one and worked on running some red into the yellow and lining up some of the blue so the diagonal ran into the next block.  On the next green block I did not do this. I worked in a different area and focused on having the disappearing nine patch. The dark blocks will read as a nine patch from a distance. The yellow blocks will not. This way there will be a diagonal running through the entire quilt. You will see it better as the quilt gets larger.


Block #4 Complete!
The block to the left of this one is red and the block to the right will be blue.

Time to Fish Block #5




IMG_1896       To me these fabrics look like fish bubbles!





Inspired by this quilt!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!