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Going great guns

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I was going great guns on quilting the patriotic quilt when my sewing machine went sideways. Actually, I had been having trouble with the bobbin casing with tangled thread so off to the machine shop it goes - with no backup machine at home. Grrrr Makes for a good argument on why one should have two machines.
My ironing board broke and needed to be replaced. I could have gone to a big box retailer and spend about $20 for the board and cover but I opted to buy one thrift. So cool it is not only sturdy but a so-what-if-I'm-orange ironing board ($4.50).
A NWT Hard Rock café t-shirt ($17.50, $2.50) was a delightful find. Peace sign t-shirts are high on my buy list.

My go-to for fabric and quilt books is Interfaith's Great Finds in Sutter Creek. There was a 1930s Milady sewing machine priced at $100, well beyond my budget. This batch hovering around my $8 total per shop visit was fabric and a couple of publications.
Having sent my son's quilt to a longarmer for quilting, I still ne…

IG and me

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I am back on Instagram (as tamaschen). Photo challenges are so much fun! I just finished the 14 Days of Summer 17 and am continuing on with #brimblesummerlovin prompts that continue into the first of August. The challenge details can be found at http://mrsbrimbles.blogspot.com/2017/07/summer-photo-challenge.html

Before I got into a snit and deactivated nearly all of my social media accounts, last October, I participated in a challenge with Mrs. Brimble. It made for some interesting prompt interpretations (by me - such as "conkers") since Mrs. B resides across the pond in the U.K.

A most exciting discovery happened when I was packing mom's stuff for her move to an independent living facility. Each time I would visit her (I live out of state), I would concentrate on one room or one cabinet then clean and organize. I never had the chance to look at what she had stored in her cedar chest ... until now. What was found was a fan quilt top, most likely given to her as a wedding …

The Ides of July

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Hello all, here we are halfway through the 3 months of official summer. I have yet to see a beach or a body of water and I doubt it is in my future.

Earlier this month, I arranged for my elderly mother to move to an independent living facility. While she is still quite independent, she is increasingly unable to walk without assistance. Her 30-year tenure in a comfortable mobile home park has come to end.

Things I would recommend if you are in this position or will be facing a situation like this:

Move quickly. I think the speed in which we made the change was of the essence. Since mom already had the facility picked out that she wanted go to, that was half the battle. Papers were signed and the move went forward in one week. 

She still thinks she can drive. I am most perplexed by this state of mind. My mother is 89 and can barely walk. The car is being sold since she will be transported everywhere by either the facility or her friends.

Once the decision has been made to make the move, …

Doing my patriotic best

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I am hanging with the mamacita up in the Pacific Northwest during this holiday. I decided it was little Ginny's time to shine for this post. She was a thrift shop find last month.

A fabric find from E Street Thrift was blocks, border and more for $1. I have been shying away from buying preassembled blocks because they just don't "feel right" to me - like I should be making them myself. But this packet 'o quilt goodness will turn into an amazing quilt top.

Other sewing-related finds included this $2 basket chock full of Aunt Martha's embroidery transfers, I'll highlight the contents in an upcoming post. 

I am also participating as tamaschen in the Instagram 14 Day of Summer mini summer photo challenge hosted by Our Pretty Little Girls & Wife Mommy Me, #14DaysofSummer17. Today's prompt is "America."

I am circling back around to finish up my patriotic lap quilt that I started in January of this year, on this post.

I so love my country and am …

Permanent ban from the Man Cave

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After I took over the garage man cave a few months ago to baste a quilt on the Mr.'s work bench here, I was permanently banned after that. Too bad that gorgeous work bench is too large to bring into the sewing room.

I had to improvise. I wanted to pin my project rather than spray baste or hand baste. I was able to lay out the material on a open portion of our hide-a-bed. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! That technique did not work out as well as I had hoped AND I should have learned my lesson by now of using a cheaper quality fabric.
The inferior fabric was more likely to pucker so I used a heart chain and stipple stitch to cover up my errors.

Shabby Chic wedding lap quilt complete. I used about $10 of retail purchased material, shown on this post. The rest of the quilt including the backing were all scraps on hand. 

When I make these lap quilts, I am amazed at how much fabric it takes. I have what you could say is a paltry stash, pretty much two tubs of small remna…

Summer bucket list

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What better way to kick off the first day of summer than with a Summer Bucket List blog hop and linkup? Blogger Anne of spygirl-amb.blogspot.com is the host and posted her "clutter crime scene." I first discovered her with her 52 Pick-Me-up closet remix prompts and had fun with fashion posts. Since I've withdrawn from posts of me in thrifted fashion, I was pleased to see she was hosting a hop of another sort.

Grinning donkey was a contender for a Weird and Wacky post but just had to be shared here. This ceramic was so ugly it was cute - I resisted the temptation to buy.

I have usual quilting goals - to finish projects that I started. My college course will begin in August so no rest for the wicked.

Where my heart really lies is in some tropical location, listening to Latin music while people watching, drinking some frou frou beverage and slathering myself in suntan lotion, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, Ray Bans and a bikini I barely fit into.

THAT is my summer bucket list. …

Quilts in Abstract

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After entering the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge, I realized my error in going traditional when nearly all others went modern. Since I have a background in painting, abstracts in particular, it should not be that difficult to translate to the quilt medium. (Do I hear peals of laughter from those of the more experienced among you?) Perhaps quilting abstraction is something that can't be self taught? I will be ready for next year's event and the 2018 color of the year.

I've read that modern quilting is ALL quilting done in present day. I tend to think of modern as breaking out of the traditional block mold.

My newest quilt love is a scrap vortex low volume quilt at wombatquilts.com. This type of quilt would be a quick and easy summer project to complete.

This was the quilt I had in mind that morphed into the shabby chic wedding quilt. Now all of my low volume fabrics are gone - time to replenish the stash!

Visiting the momster in the Pacific Northwest where I left yards and ya…