Monday, March 27, 2017

ABC Sampler

Here's our next 2 blocks of the ABC Sampler of Cheri's. Every time I get ready to share our blocks and write a blog post I think  of the song, ABC, 123 by the Jackson 5. This video is only 1 minute and if you haven't seen the Jackson 5 in many years it's worth a look! LOL

N-O-P in one ingenious block!

I'm not thrilled with Santa's face as I resorted to machine applique on the smaller pieces.  

When put together as a whole quilt, he will be just fine!

Take a look at Karen's blocks HERE. 

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vintage Quilt Friday

Here are the last two quilts the woman in Washington state gave me. She told me all of them were family quilts, but I'm not too sure that a family member made them. They may have just had them in their possession. Even though double wedding ring quilts are common they are very sweet. 

 The first one with the bold solid blue. 
 I washed this quilt after taking the photos and it looks a lot better. If you can click on it to enlarge, I thought the quilting was unusual. It is quilted with  a large X in the center of the rings.
 The solid blue used for the binding too. 
 You may be able to see the quilting better in this photo. 

Wedding ring quilt #2. 
This one is very "standard" but so sweet! 

 My friend Michelle and I looked for any duplicate fabrics indicating the same person made these two quilt and we didn't find one piece that was the same.
 The quilting is more traditional on this one.
 And the binding is teeny tiny!

I opened the binding of the crazy quilt to take a peek- nothing in it. The binding was hand sewn 
though. I thought that was interesting.
Here's my Instagram feed for this week.

I've been feeling a cold coming on but I've been keeping it at bay with vitamins C. It finally hit me with full force yesterday. I'll be laying low this weekend trying to get over this quickly. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This, That and the Other...Wednesday

I've been getting a few quilt tops out of the closet to finish working on. This lovely little house quilt was one I made from Diane's book when I reviewed it back HERE. 

I kept the quilting simple, big X's, little X's and some stitch in the ditch. I used Randy's method for machine sewing down the binding. It's going to help me get a few of these done. Recently I've befriended my yoga teacher, Mai, and they have just moved into a cute little house. I thought it would be perfect for her. She isn't a quilter and I'm not even sure she liked it, but that's okay. It was a gift from my heart to hers. 

 I was asked to make this little cake block by two fellow quilters. I wish my handwriting was better! 
It's a fun little block. 
The countdown is on for the "Year of the Rooster Challenge"
Mine is complete! I thought this French General label with a rooster on it was perfect! If you'd like to mail yours to be on display at Two Thimbles Quilt shop you can make arrangements with Lee at the email below.

You can also send her a photo and this information to 

If there are a few people I'll do a linky. Barb and Danice are the only ones I can remember who did it, but Lee at Two Thimbles let me know there were about 6 people that ordered after seeing the blog posts by me and Barb. Let me know if you want to do a linky party. We will do our reveal April 7th. 

We will be sharing our Fall festival on April 3rd. I better get busy on some flying geese!

Have a fantastic day, friends.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vintage Knock-Off

One of the quilts given to me in Washington last month was this "vintage" knock off! After closer inspection I'm thinking it is from the 70's. It has cotton batting and no tag. The quilting and binding construction seems to be the giveaway. 
I did quite a lot of reading on Tim Latimer's HERE. There is some good info here especially if you plan on opening your wallet for a quilt.  This one, along with 4 others was given to me. There isn't anything wrong with having and enjoying a knock-off, there are just too many folks trying to sell them as old or antique.  If this one is from the 1970's than it is 30+ years old! 
This is the first time I was able to open it up and get a good look. I facetimed with my friend Laurie and that is when we came to the conclusion it was a newer overseas made quilt.  It is certainly cheery!

 I washed it to try and clean it up a little and it definitely wrinkled a lot.
 This is actually the backing- I love how that little piece is sewn in there. This is wrapped around the front to bind the quilt.
Here's another view from a distance.

Someone will enjoy this quilt, but it won't be me.

FINAL CALL for the little quilt swap! I'll be drawing names later today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boro Bag Friday

I've been fascinated by French General's woad dying and more recently her Boro bag workshop. 
What's Boro? Well, I'm glad you asked!

Japan's mended and patched textiles are referred to as boro, or ragged, both in Japan and abroad.

Boro t
extiles are usually sewn from nineteenth and early twentieth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton.  The diversity of patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and mending stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker.

 I saw Kaari was putting together kits so I bought one for me and my daughter Rene to do together. It comes with the linen bag, a piece of foundation fabric and batting (you sew the indigo onto the foundation before adding it to the bag)

The kit comes with absolutely everything you need! I can't wait to get started.

Lots of signs of spring in central Oregon this week!

Sign up for the Little Quilt Swap and read all the details HERE. Don't delay! The deadline is just a couple of days away!

Enjoy your weekend, friends.



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