Posts Tagged ‘Quilt’

String Pieced Heart

February 26, 2017

Every February for a long long long long time I bring out my string heart quilt and work on it. This year is no exception.


We tried 3 times to put the quilt up over the gutters on the front of the house and it kept falling down. Then Master H tried to get it to hang from the tree but the wind was not cooperating. So he held on to it. I was getting a bit of a chill so we did not work on perfection!


I always like to see a picture of the quilt I am working on. It gives me another perspective of the colors and the direction I have chosen to go. I am starting to add lighter blocks to make the red heart float on a lighter background. The center of the lighter blocks is pink and then surrounded by creams and whites with touches of reds and pinks here and there to add sparkle.



Here is the momma sparkle. I love him to the moon and back! We went to parent teacher conferences on Thursday and saw 4 of his 7 teachers and all 4 teachers announced he was getting an A. They also said they wished they had more students like him that it would make teaching even more enjoyable. Not just one teacher said this. All four of them did. Yesterday he pulled up his grades on the computer for the other 3 classes. Two more As and one B+. That’s our boy and this is my proud momma moment!


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

Finishing the way I started

January 17, 2015

This project is going to come to an end soon. I played all week with the design boards. Last night I tried to sew and sat there staring five times as long as sewing. This morning I looked at the last boards with fresh eyes.

This is my original fabric.

The block above this one is green. I am working to blend some of the green into the alternate block below it.


I cut into another one of those vintage fabric scraps I have had for a lifetime.


The squirrel was disigned for a blue square but didn’t make it.


This will be a brown block when finished.


Another yellow and cream background block.


I am thinking the final darker block with be pink. Seriously I do not have many pinks in my stash!


Here is my attempt to find more pinks! Invasion of the mancave again. You have no idea what goes on inside my head when I do this because my man hates hates hates a mess! This is part of my creative process! Ha. He is used to it. He told me last night he is inviting his dad over to watch a game today. That is his nice way of saying “please pick up this space”. It works.

Today I hope to put away Christmas. It is time for the tree to come down. I enjoy the lights so much and my decorations I find it hard to take it down. Those pinks though will go in my string heart quilt as well. It is time for hearts which will motivate me to get the tree down. Enjoy the day!

Spinning round and round

June 15, 2014

I have wanted to start this for so long
I am very excited about a new quilt I started on May 25th – It is an idea that has been in my head for a few years now.


I'd like to focus on lilacs and lily of the valley
I am going to follow the colorwheel with  blue – purple- red – orange – yellow- green – and back to blue

Are you starting to feel dizzy?

Red is the easiest color to work with. I seem to have a lot of red fabrics.  I pulled the orange fabrics I have and tried to sort them by the orange fabrics that were darker with red tones to the ones that have more of a yellow tone to them.
I intend to have the music fabric on the lower side and then on the top.

Really, I do need to get ready for work!

I don’t know if you can see it yet but the top and bottom of the light spiral is in cream tones the sides have more white.

I am hoping this will give it more depth.

A stash find. Guess what I am thinking?

On June 6th I was able to go outside for a while and cut a few more strips of fabrics.

This is so exciting!

It is wonderful to be outside this time of year.



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!

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.

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!!!

Spring is here and it is starting to feel like it!

March 25, 2013

Spring is here and it is starting to feel like it!

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I have joined another online Flickr group called Scrap Attack Quilt-Along and I am excited to say that yesterday I started and completed my first block. I have bins of scraps in yellow, red, blue, green, purple, orange and then a larger bin with white/creams. The green is so full I can not get the cover on it. These are smaller shoe box size bins.

IMG_1064This brown block I am trying very hard to have it be a double nine patch made of 4 patches that is.  I have had to adjust the lights to a medium tan so I get the contrast I will need for the light/dark values.

IMG_1065   I was able to fussy cut the man from the strange clown fabric I have.

I also fussy cut some kittens. IMG_1068

I like all the quilts I see that have word fabric in them. I have this strange piece of fabric with advertisements and clowns.


I am working on 4 patches going across this entire block. This block will also have a large nine   patch you will be able to see from a distance.




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The fabric has a bit of a stretch to it so I backed it with a cloth foundation and stitched around it to stabilize. it.


I did this to these yellow floral fabric as well. I got this from Kathy in Australia. She sent me fabric a few years ago to add blocks to my Sunflower quilt.

IMG_1041I put a shout out to the Babes in my Tuesday quilt group for yellows and white/cream fabrics so I can continue with my Sunflower quilt – which is a study in Sunflower golden yellows!  I feel like I won the lottery!

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam

March 13, 2013

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I purchased this quilt at an antique store years ago because i knew it was unlikely I would do too many applique projects.

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam

Sunbonnet Sue

I like the lace at the bottom of the dress and also the embroidered flowers.

Sunbonnet Sam

The fishing Sam blocks alternate with the Sue.

Sunbonnet Sue

Each block is different

Sunbonnet Sue

On this one the dress is made of a plaid fabric.

Sunbonnet Sue

This one is gingham.

Sunbonnet Sue

Different types of lace were used on the dresses.  I took this photo outdoors so it is a bit clearer.

These photos were taken years ago. When I bring this quilt out this Spring I will take some new photos.

Sunbonnet Sam

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam

Sunbonnet Sam

This little guy today has 540 views on Flickr.

Sunbonnet Sue

and Sue has 18.

It is harder to find Sam on quilts. I made a Gallery of some of the quilts I have found on Flickr.

I do a search periodically of Farmer Sam, Overall Sam and Country Sam

Here is an Orange Sue/Sam quilt I purchased in 2011. It is super fluffy. Orange is so rare. I had to buy it!

My Farmer Sam Quilt

Here is a Sam quilt I purchased up in Northern MN and blogged about here.

Price Tag is still on the quilt - Farmer Sam

It is fun having 3 different Sam quilts. They are so different from one another.

I have a fourth quilt that I purchased that has just Sue…no Sam.

Sunbonnet Sue

My niece Leah’s quilt top

September 6, 2012

My niece Leah’s quilt top

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I had to lay it out on the bed to get a feel for the dimensions. This portion of the top has been done for years. I am adding blocks to the sides so it has more drape.

The nine-patches are complete but not all of them are set in the black or white background. These blocks will alternate in sets of three. It looks really great when I lay them  out on the floor. I have to trim the blocks a little so they fit properly.  It’s all in the math but I am going to eyeball it and tweak it until it looks right. Ah, I may do a little division in the process to center everything.

About three weeks ago I worked on the pieced back to this quilt. I tried something new.  I have been working in strips of ninepatches between solid red fabric.  It looks good but I want to personalize it. More to come.