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The Stupsi joins her sister and mystery box of fabric

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This looks so Voodoo The Stupsi doll in the center of the image of the unintentional voodo-like display had to be purchased since I found her sister the week before. Her old-fashioned costume and beaded bag make me think she is mambo. I am photographing inside and my thrift shop finds of paper tiki towers, the doll, summer print fabric, a batik kit and More Quick Watercolor Quilts , including a couple of CDs, totaled less than $10.  Heading into 100+ degree heat this weekend. It is an energy zapper. I feel like I should be downstairs working in my studio creating quilt-related things but it just isn't happening. Think I'll cut fabric for some Bento box blocks.  As promised, here are the contents of Mystery Box of Fabric I bought online for $30 as a birthday present to myself.  This was a small quilter's stash from Wichita, Kansas. I bid on it sight unseen, I figured there would be some fabric uglies I couldn't use.  Laundered and folded Surprisingly, ther

Happy birthday to Me

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Hello internets - tooday is my birthday! Inspecting the birthday cake This is one of many 35mm slides I am scanning to my laptop. Preparing a slide show for my next mom visit. The quilting is done in a flip flop pattern I had entertained the thought of doing a cubicle wall hanging just for summer but have two bedsized quilts queued up for quilting. Weekend thrifting gifted me this sweet summer wall hanging made by a First Tuesday group of quilters from Amador and Calaveras County .  It has found its forever home. Too bad it isn't dated, there were signatures I cropped from the image While I used to pass up linens on my commando thrift runs, it is on my list now. I look for unfinished quilt tops and blocks, finished quilted pieces and quilts.  Dolls are another area I routinely check. A certain thrift shop has dropped gems such as boxed Madame Alexanders, a bag of Storybooks and this Stupsi with tag.  For stuffed animals I am on the lookout for Steiff ( fo

Summer Socials

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Cameron Park Hospice Thrift held their Summer Solstice Event this weekend. There were Hawaiian shirts, beach items and kitsch galore. For just a few dollars, I picked up the flamingo tissue centerpiece, a souvenir ukelele, two strands of painted beads and a pink sarong. We have a summer social coming up next month at work and these items will jazz up one of the treat tables.    The shopper checking out in front of me purchased over $100 of truly amazing party goods - one item I didn't think to snag was a large ceramic conch shell, you could fill it with anything.  My birthday is on June 25, so I treated myself to a mystery box of fabric purchased from one of my favorite online retailers. Course, I tried to convince myself I didn't need more fabric but I have been showing restraint at the thrift shops, not purchasing everything quilting cotton. I will catalog the treasures inside the box. Hoping it isn't a box of uglies.  A log cabin square done in pinks and blues pee

Hippy jeans and media access

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At $2.50 - who cares if it was mass produced? Did my route of 4 secondhand shops and found yet another item on my thrift shop bucket list, a pair of embroidered-leg jeans. Coldwater Creek brand, reliable and well-made. Thrown in for good measure was a small painting, a Charter Club Hawaiian print shirt and some quilt blocks. Grand total spent - $12. Thrifting treasures I learned through another Sacramento blogger that, as bloggers, we could apply for media badges for early access and entrance into the California State Fair. I was all over that. I am more than curious to know where my quilted wall hanging the-encounter-abstract-in-fabric  will be displayed.   I have a long history with fairs - I can't hide the fact that I love them! I love the smells and the energy. Cotton candy and scones are my foodie downfalls.  1962 Seattle World's Fair My mom had this slide marked as "Poodle for Miss Peep Show" I'm the little gal next petting the poodle, my b

Curved piecing and other observations

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This pre-cut kit of batik fabric is my entry into curved piecing. These fabric pieces are even notched and mystery quilter left detailed notes along with the instructions.  My sturdy 457 is good for piecing but not for quilting. Course, I have been pushing it by using a standard foot and other sewing machine transgressions.   Picnic quilt is in pinned basted stage but I am waiting until my Brother machine is repaired and tuned up.  My attempt at abstract in fabric was not a state fair acceptance. *shrugs*  I don't regret that it sports matchstick quilting. I will use that technique again for another quilted wall hanging.  Update to post: So I believed all weekend that my entry wasn't selected, come to find out it earned an honorable mention. I'm in the fair after all!   Pregnant doe captured on trail cam

Every Quilter Needs a Rack

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How's that for a post title? A quilt rack had been on my thrift shop bucket list for some time. Sturdy and well-made it will hold three full-sized quilts. There are heart cutouts on each side. Hospice half off day meant I scored that and the following items: Priced at $8, I paid $4 Another fun, obscure thing I collect are fortune teller toys and Tarot cards. Muffy on the right joined Fortune Tellers Barbie and M&M Back to the quilting aspect of the finds, quilt and other books, fabric and looks to be the beginnings of a doll quilt. What I am now calling the picnic quilt with pineapple and My Little Pony backing is in the basting stage. I am patting myself on the back for using less than $20 in retail fabric and the remain der from my stash.  This quilt is destined for the spare bedroom/fabric stash room. Next on my list of things to find secondhand - a quilt ladder.