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It's a Material World

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One of the things I enjoy about buying secondhand fabric is learning how "old" they are. Most of the time the dated selvage is either missing or the fabric unlabeled. Not so with my last batch, which had not one but two labeled remnants one from 1999 and the other from 2002. In addition, there were three fabrics selvage labeled as 25th Anniversary Special Edition Country Florals.  After I finish my last WIP, a Christmas lap quilt, next up is plaid! My plaid remnants have been ever growing and when I saw this quilt, on quiltinspiration.blogspot.com  by Sally Socolich, I thought it perfect for my skill level. It is described as a deceptively easy block. And another by Mabry Benson, ( image below ), I am itching to start one of these. It took some looking but finally found this pattern called Storm at Sea. http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/storm-at-sea-quilt.html I've bookmarked a YouTube tutorial. I love that there is no talking, just the procedure is shown.

Back with Mrs. Brimble!

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With just a few days remaining in September, I am finishing up my month-long Instagram challenge as tamaschen with #septtextilelove (share your love of textiles) and beginning an October challenge - back with Mrs. Brimble! She has posted two challenge prompt groups to further entice participants. http://mrsbrimbles.blogspot.com/2017/09/october-photo-challenges.html You can mix and match, do one or both. I have settled on the Boo Daily prompts.  My favorite month of the year is nearly here!

Basting without Borders

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This weekend's finds were fabric remnants nothing of note but good quantities and basic colors that will quickly find their way into one of my projects.  Preparing for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, I have adjusted my basting technique. Banned from the man cave and relegated to outside, I located a workbench even though dusty and dirty. I utilize long boards and wrap the fabric around them - the picture better illustrates it. With each quilt I try to improve my technique, from using spray basting to pin basting or the real thing. This time I opted for pin basting and used a fabric stabilizer spray. No puckers or smuckers, as I like to call them.   Important business going on in the man cave. I have nominated myself CEO of Basting without Borders. Basting on buses, basting in the wild, basting should occur spontaneously. Do you baste and do you seek out new and exciting places to do it? 

Repost for entry into Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017

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Reposting this quilt for a second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 hosted by Amy at amyscreativeside.com.     Because we are so close to Halloween, I thought other bloggers might like to see what I put together last year. I called it a lap quilt before but with all of the pebbling, it is far from comfy cozy, def a wall quilt. If you would like to read more about my process, go here. Working away to finish my Art with Fabric Blog Hop creation. Quilt reveal will be on October 10. Recent thrifting scores included more material and some Singer sewing machine parts ($1). In the past week, I have spent around $20 for secondhand fabric and have enough to make a bed quilt front and back. Are you working on any fabric art projects that are Halloween-related?

Blessings and the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017

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After quilting for 3+ years, I have finally finished a bed quilt for myself, partially revealed on these posts  here , here , and here .  I am absolutely delighted with it. At first I questioned my use of certain fabrics but when it all came together it was perfect. My bedroom is something of a challenge as it is painted splotchy green with pink and green wallpaper borders where the walls meet the ceiling. 1980s revisited.  I am participating in the Blogger Quilt Festival 2017 hosted by Amy at amyscreativeside.com.   My original intent was to piece a quilt entirely with vintage fabric but I didn't have nearly enough just for the four patch in the center of the blocks. The purple and turquoise print fabric running down the sides of the quilt are from my Hawaiian shirt hoarder stash - the best of the best of that material. The quilting was done by me, what I like to call squiggly line or "organic." Vintage four patch is a queen sized bed quilt. I feel blessed with fi

Quilty Orphan Adoption and National Sewing Month

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First up is my Vintage Fabric Quilt ( nearly finished binding) .  Shown as a finish - not up for adoption. This creation was prompted after months of working on dark, Christmas fabric and I needed a change, a drastic change and this was the result. First began here , where I questioned the use of pre-basting and am now a convert, esp. with bed quilts. No puckers, smuckers, wayward fabric lines. The back of the quilt is the correct use of a large scale fabric. Later on this post you will see the incorrect use of a large scale fabric (and it isn't pretty ...) Sometimes the binding is one of my favorites aspects of a quilt and this time highlights it exactly. When I found this thrifted yardage over the weekend, I just knew it would fit in with Vintage Fabric. My nod to mystery quilter aka multi-crafter for sending this into the Great Thrift Shop Beyond. Celebrating National Sewing Month and linking up with Cynthia at quiltingismorefunthanhousework . Also linking up with Ama

Thrift effects of the recent heat wave

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If I ever get around to doing a Master's Thesis, my focus would be societal shifts and how they are reflected in thrift shop donations. For example, the thrift shops have been inundated with donations the past month. My theory it is directly correlated to people being confined indoors with the heat wave.   I had also noticed over the years a lot of big heavy furniture donations. At first, I attributed it to the recession and people moving into smaller places.  But what I have read is as boomers are downsizing ( or dying ), their kids and relatives are less likely to snap up large pieces of wood furniture. I happened to land at a thrift shop in Jackson, California that was filled to the brim with items all 50% off. I could tell they had received donations from a "multi-crafter." There was a spinning tower filled with fabric of all types, skeins of yarn, patterns and rubber stamps, etc. I picked the best of the cotton yardage and precuts. As is my practice, with my n

Singer Stylist 513 Score

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I was finally able to venture up country to a couple of my favorite thrift shops. The first I can usually rely on for fabric and today's find was material for a baby quilt. These prints look reproduction to me, I still love them! In addition to the material, there was batting (score!), interfacing, a frame and a 1978 publication on Ikebana. Thrift shop stories. There is something about thrifters, most are easy to talk to and some will share the story of why they are buying what. That was the case this weekend, one lady was in line with scads of ties and a tie rack. It turned out she was buying them for the boys in a music ministry in the Phillipines. On my second stop, as I was walking into hospice thrift, I overheard someone at the counter say, "Does the sewing machine work?" That was music to my ears, I immediately headed over to the sewing section and snagged it for 1/2 off day. Price at $18.50, I paid $9.25. At first glance, I thought it was a Singer 300 or 40

Textiles and thread go together like ...

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I have learned to appreciate the difference in thread quality. I went through my 6 large vases that hold my thrifted thread, culled out the partials and barely woven ones. I keep the spent wooden spools, sentimental reasons, I guess. Maybe a Pinterest project in the making ... I post on that website as Tami Von Zalez . I am currently quilting with a Mettler brand and used that thread to quilt the patriotic quilt. I am choosier with thrifted thread. I think it was a good idea to rely on thrifted thread and material for my beginning quilting years. As I improve, I want to use better quality fabric and thread to highlight my work. I would have hated to make mistakes on expensive fabric. And I have made some doozy mistakes. My last project, intended to be a quilt, turned into essentially a table runner. If I don't pay attention to block construction, I end up with hit and miss matchups. Changing gears - I have read that some Baby Boomers try to recapture their childhood by co