Showing posts from March, 2018

AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal

This year's theme will focus on thrifting, quilting, and sewing with occasional fashion posts.  Reprising my AtoZ-themed posts from prior year's participation will include: Weird and Wacky in the World of Thrift Yarnbombing Zipper Von Zalez ( my German wirehaired pointer closes out the month-long show ). One new post this year will be " Things I didn't buy, thrift shop finds." I might throw in a Pattern of the Day. 1968 Simplicity 7709 And a recipe or two ~ My thrifting and quilting go hand-in-hand as evidenced by this weekend's thrift shop finds. $17 garnered camoflauge Build A Bear and tons of fabric. I know I have some Build A Bear clothes squirreled away somewhere.  The green batik fabric you see in the forefront is the one I will be working with on my green quilt block for May for the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge. April's color block orange will be revealed on my "B" post for the A to Z April Challenge.  Quilt Qwazy Q

Quilt Qwazy Queens and the Kitsch Quilt

Flimsy backing Celebrating International Quilting Day, Marian at  seamstobesew is hosting the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop. This is my second year participating in her event with last year's submission here . This year's participants are listed below: Thursday, March 15, 2018  |  Quilting Queen Online  |  Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats  | |  Melva Loves Scraps  |  The Quilted Snail  |  Friday, March 16, 2018 |  FunThreads Designs  |  Elizabeth Coughlin Designs  |  Quilting with Vanda  | |  Life in the Scrapatch  |  Thrift Shop Commando  | Monday, March 19, 2018 |  Just Because Quilts  |  MooseStashQuilting  |  Pumpkin Patch BC  | |  Quilting Affection Designs  |  Ms. P Designs USA  | Tuesday, March 20, 2018 |  Words & Stitches  |  Sew Many Yarns  |  Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog  | |  Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc . |  Adventurous Applique and Quilting  | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 |  Kathy’s Kwilts and More  |  Seacoast Quilter  | |  DesertSky Qu

The 457 Find and a Fast Finish

Having joined the creative crowd on Instagram for a March #IGQuiltFest, one prompt was "machine" and that ranged from vintage treadles to complex longarms. I was eyeing a mint green vintage sewing machine when my persistent thrift shopping uncovered this 1969 Singer Stylist, Great Britain manufacture for the grand sum of $9. I was so excited to begin sewing on this machine but when I tried, there was no tension, a spring broken, not surprising for a 49-year old machine. Very clean, I am guessing it had been stored inside, covered for a long, long time.  She is in the shop for repair. One of the employees at the repair shop said he preferred older sewing machines. He explained that they were constructed with steel rather than plastic. I am beginning to appreciate them more and more.  After she is fixed, I will be back to some free motion quilting, as I have been straight stitching along for a few months now. The Quilt Fest also prompted me to a "Fast Finish"

Yellow block the pineapple way

Being intimidated by my pineapple trim tool ended with this being my first block. I've had the tool for some months now and realize again why I bought it - love the look of this block! I am kicking myself that I don't have more of these remnant particular fabrics. Participating in the #2018 Monthly Color Challenge with the March color being YELLOW .  Sacramento public art graffiti in the background.  Pineapple block to pineapple pin! This vintage beauty was a $2 thrift shop find last month. It has all of its jewels and inside is stamped " Alice Caviness ." Finding this made my day! I have been on a pineapple kick for some time now, here is a link to a post in December 2017  abbey-choir-and-pineapples  and December 2016  pineapple-express . That same thrift store produced these Folk Art publications ( I snapped those right up! Tami eye candy. ) They are keepers. Rounding it off with fabric remnants and my mini daffs in bloom. There are some nice preprinted