Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

........Spring is coming......and I am so ready!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Anything Goes Easter Swap ~ My Goodies Arrived!

I signed up for Sue's Easter Swap this year and was super excited. This is the first swap that "you make something" to swap that I have participated in. I was a bit nervous, but decided to join in on the fun.

My swap partner was Astrid from Fab and Thirty Something.....Astrid lives all the way in Canada!! I mailed her swap package the day after she mailed mine and well, I don't think she has gotten hers yet. Oh, I get so frustrated with Customs sometimes. The post office said 10 days...and today has been over 10 days....I am crossing my fingers it makes it tomorrow.

This is what was waiting for me on Thursday...what a cute package!!

And this is how my package looked when I opened the box. Astrid really out did herself....the contents and packaging really out shined my attempt!

My package  had the cutest little bunny pin cushion...oh, so darling.

I also received this wonderful vintage hanky with the most delicate details and flowers, and stickers and trim. The card is as cute as can be!!

The only thing I had on display for Easter at my house this year was that little white bunny, so he needed company with my new goodies!! That chocolate bunny is sewn from fabric as well as those adorable and super creative carrots. Astrid also included some chocolates in shapes of bunnies, lambs and chicks, but as you can see, those did not make it in the photo shoot!

The Easter tag that was with my basket is just adorable, and this looks so cute sitting in my living room.

Thank you Astrid, for being such a fantastic swap partner and for all my very special goodies. I needed a festive touch for Easter and everything you sent fit that bill perfectly!! I am crossing my fingers your package makes it on Saturday! Happy Easter my friend, and a special thanks to Sue for hosting such a fun swap!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Vintage Market Kitchen Towel

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday

If you have a love for vintage things, have come to the right place. We have a really good time each and every week!!!
If you are new to this party, please take the time to
read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions. Please only ONE link per week. Lastly, if you link in, LINK back to my blog, so everyone can see all of the vintage goodies on display that day. If you don't link back here, they won't know who to visit......thanks so much.

I have several kitchen towels that I don't use. In fact, they are safely tucked away for someday...for what? I am not sure about the what part of that, but saved for someday none the less!

I found this one at an estate sale. I loved the market scene on the towel, it reminds me of a scene that you might find from Paris.


It was a great buy and I purchased it and brought it home. I liked that the signed name was the same first name as my own. I guess you can see why I brought it home!

Have a great Vintage Thingie Thursday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jubilee Quilts - A Timely Finish......or Not!

The year I turned 50.....the year I decided to make a Jubilee Quilt. Well, not just one Jubilee quilt, but two actually. I started working on these a couple of weeks after turning 50 Last March, and worked on the blocks following the Barrister Block Sew Along each month. I know I have mentioned this fact about my quilting before, but I so love the actual construction of quilt blocks, one by one. However, it is in the actual construction of all the blocks into a finished top where I lose focus.

I posted about completing this top back in February. To date, it is still not off to the long-arm quilter. I fully intended to have it quilted and bound by today, but alas, it just did not happen.

I really do love the Farmers Wife blocks and this is a favorite to date of mine. So once this one was finished, I started working on the layout of the second set of blocks, which were all Christmas fabrics.

This is what I ended up with on the setting of the blocks. Using Kona Snow, these are set a bit differently that the other quilt. The blocks finished up at 9 inches. It is hard to imagine that the same blocks, using different fabrics and a different setting can make such a drastic difference.

In all actuality, I was on course to finish my goal of completing these two quilt tops by today, my 51st birthday, but life seemed to have different plans. My husband was hospitalized the first weekend in March and was in ICU. He is better now, and doing much better, but things certainly came to a screeching halt around here. And all that really is not as important as you think they are  has been sorta put on hold.  

I told myself this morning, that in truth, I did not start this process until about two weeks after my 50th birthday so if I want to look at it that way, I still have about two weeks to get the top put together. That is, if I can stay focused, remember I said I have a problem with that step of the quilting process.

I have had some bricks cut in the same Christmas fabrics with the intention of using them in another quilt. I think those are going to be turned into the outer border followed by a 2.5 inch border of Kona Snow to finish this top up. I really love how this one turned out as well and so glad I kept up with the process that took a whole year to complete...ahem....almost complete.

Side-note: I know I have been a bad hostess the past month and never got any links up for Vintage Thingie Thursday. I will try and have that back starting next week. I have just not been up to blogging at all....and that is really not like me to just leave ya with no explanation.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Garage Sale Saturday: Quilty goodies and links

***Please note, I have turned on word verification for a few days. I don't like having that on but the spam comments have been so bad lately, I decided to turn it on again for a short while. I know it is a pain..but it is a bigger pain trying to delete all the spam comments. Ugh. When will they learn their own blog platform and stop worrying about what I use?? Is it really that hard??

It is the first Saturday of the month and you know what that means...Yard Sale Saturday!!!

I am hosting Yard Sale Saturday again this month. Bonnie Started this last year and I am still filling in for a little while. The rules are easy, if you have anything quilting related, it may be fabric, scraps, tools, books and patterns or machines, feel free to link up here and display your goodies and maybe sell a few things. Do you have any unwanted quilt blocks, or vintage quilts just sitting around, how about listing them here and making a little cash?? Just remember these prices need to not be retail...yard sale prices!

Remember, each seller sets their own requirements, some use etsy, some use email contacts and paypal. Be sure to read each one in the links below, each one will or may be different.

I myself am working on Saturdays for a while, so I list all of my stuff in my etsy shop.

*** By clicking on the price under the pictures, it will take you to my etsy listing for that item. More descriptions of the fabrics are on that specific listing, sorry more information is not in this post, but I was running short on time and had to get to I could go to work... :-(

Vintage Quilt - Cute houses - Click HERE  $ 32.00 - SOLD

Vintage retro floral fabric 1/2 yard - Click HERE  $ 5.95

Egg Fabric- 1 yard  - Click HERE  $ 4.00

Odyssea by Moda charm pack  - Click HERE  $7.25

Papillon charm pack by Moda - Click HERE  $ 7.25

Martinique charm pack by Moda - Click HERE  $ 6.95

Free Spirit Freshcut Jelly Roll - Click HERE  $ 27.00

Mens shirt bundle boxes - Large Flat rate Full of shirt parts - Click HERE to see listing  $ 45.50

Vintage sheet fat quarter bundle.  click HERE  $ 8.50

Martinique by Moda Jelly Roll - Click HERE  $ 23.50

Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundle - click HERE  $ 10.00

 2 yards bird fabric - click HERE to see  $ 8.00

Please take a moment to look at all the other fabric options I have in my shop. I combine shipping and some are still in the shop from the last couple of sales.  Thanks for stopping by and having a look! Be sure to check out the other is always fun to shop others stash they are getting rid of!! I know I enjoy it!!

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