Thursday, November 30, 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
The food bank raffle quilt top is now completed. My first creation utilizing all new Catsville fabric. When I began patchwork piecing, I used secondhand fabric. It is a good thing I did because it is a deceptively complex craft. It takes a lot of practice, and a dose of patience. If you buy fabric at retail prices, it can get pricey. I spent approx. $150 in fabric to create the last two quilt tops.
This one didn't go as well as planned. In retrospect, I realized I used blocks I made from the previous project but had rejected because they were cut short. This caused all sorts of trauma when I got to the quilting part. I bought a beautiful orange/golden thread that went well with the top and backing. My son's quilt is queued up to bind, my daughter's quilt will be created from the Lava Lamp pattern. Here is the first fabric pull. I have sooo many cute sewing patterns to list - but first up has to be yarn! 🧶
50 percent off at thrift the day after Thanksgiving meant I gained a lot more sewing patterns. They were all of the specialty ones. My best finds are when the items are just rolled onto the floor or in the bins. It truly makes me happy. 😀
Hello to new visitors to this blog. I had another rush of a few thousand visitors over this holiday weekend.
Ending the post with the best of the trail cam. The year date is off, it was taken in 2023.
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Jello molds used to be a big thing way back when. Treating you to these images from a 1941 Knox Gelatin publication.
I process through a lot of sewing patterns, and I have seen all kinds of quilt designs. When I saw this one, I knew it was a keeper. I have just the right type of remnant fabrics for this type of project.As might be expected, my interests on YouTube tend toward sewing pattern sellers. I first discovered Stephanie Canada through a now-intermittent-posting Thrifting podcaster. I think she is a delight.
The backing and all of the blocks have been completed for the donation quilt to the Sacramento Food Bank gift basket raffle. This weekend will be spent completing this project.
I had considered buying an electric rotary cutter for fabric but me + machinery = 💀
Friday, November 17, 2023
Commission quilt completed with first Tiki Tami Products Label! 💥🌠🎉
These king-sized quilts are behemoths! Even though I didn't have to quilt it, I decided on hand sewn French binding. Total time spent just binding the quilt? 10 hours. I plan on machine binding all of my upcoming quilts.
Here I am proudly displaying the quilt with the mini-quilt behind me.
My tiki bar quilt listed on Etsy is the only one of its kind. I am curious to see if it will sell - with best chances coming in December with gift purchases.
eBay seller update: Yarn has been moving in sales these past couple of weeks. It only makes sense, if someone has a project or has requested a certain color or certain yarn. These sales make room for my church rummage sale yarn haul. Still in tubs and bags, they have to be the first listing session in my queue.
I always have sewing patterns to list. Here are those waiting their turn.
Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching. I opted for a lunch reservation with a few of the kin at a local restaurant. I added up the cost of hosting the dinner at the house, and it would have cost MORE in money and effort. The effort cost being cleaning and decorating the house, setting the table, preparing the meal, serving the meal, cleaning up after everyone.
This weekend, the focus will be to work on the food bank donation quilt. The backing is nearly complete and many of the pieces are cut for the blocks.
Until next time,
Sunday, November 12, 2023
The tiki bar quilt has now been listed on Etsy. This is not really my style, as I prefer low volume and shy away from bright fabrics. I envision a tiki bar as dimly lit, so bright fabrics and bold graphics were needed.
It measures 34-1/2 x 40-1/2. The quilt was bound with the backing. The tikis and cocktails were raw edge appliqued. There are remnants from men's Hawaiian shirts and some batik fabric.I had to talk myself out of keeping it. My eye is on the prize of creating a tiki-themed competition quilt for the county fair.
A quilt currently in progress is for the raffle basket donation to the Sacramento Food Bank. I stumbled on this clearance kitty print fabric at Wally World. A yard and a half for $3.50. Here is the planned backing. Those character-heavy fabrics are tough to match up with a companion fabric.
This is going to be the piece de resistance in our work team's gift basket. Last year, I made a larger-than-lapsized quilt with a funky cat print fabric. Here is a corner of last year's donated quilt. Our basket received the highest bid - around $200.
I don't pay much attention to Pinterest, and I should. Seems the numbers for that site are up☝ CNBC reported an 11% increase in sales on that site pinterest-pins-q3-earnings-report-2023 I have been posting images to that site for over 10 years. www.pinterest.com/thriftshpcomndo/ Most of my boards are for my own amusement, some of them link to cute sewing patterns I have listed for sale. There are the Countdowns to Christmas beginning in 2013 to the present.
When you post a pin, you receive a message "Warming up the Pin Machine," which I think is amusing.
My next few quilts will be giveaways for friends and family. I hope to have the donation quilt finished by month's end.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
This tiki quilt top came together quickly, after I figured out how to place the tikis. Nearly all of the border fabric was precut from my two previous tiki quilt projects.
This was the first iteration and was about to cut down those side borders until I decided to applique the mixed drinks detail. I was looking for fabric with liquor bottles but I think there might some licensing issue with using those brands in a quilt.
I rarely label the quilts I give to friends and family. For this specialty line of quilts, I have purchased fabric labels - Handmade by Tiki Tami Products with my logo.
I may add borders and am trying to decide on the binding and how to price it. It is one of a kind and the fabrics I used were one offs. It will be "lightly" quilted, just enough to keep it together.
If I wasn't swimming in fabric before, I am now. I drug the $9.99 thrifted plastic tub to my truck and heaved it up onto the seat. One third of the fabric was batiks! Just the type of fabric I need for my projects. I kept another third and then thrifted back the last third.
I doubled my donation this year through Our Promise for state workers. I continue to contribute to the Sacramento Food Bank and added a refugee aid organization. I do believe that when you give, you receive many blessings in return.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Last month, I picked up a couple of bags of fishing items at thrift. I can't resist these retro lures. In one bag was a 1960s Shakespeare Criterion fishing reel. The Mr. seemed pleased with it.Seller update: I continue to cull my non-performing listings on eBay. This time my attention turned to CDs. The one problem with deleting listings is sometime a random one will come through that I have to cancel. It has also happened with a sewing pattern I was sure I sold earlier, then it sold again. I could not find the pattern anywhere, and had to cancel that.
This cutie pattern was snapped up last month by a buyer.
Countdown to Christmas begins on December 1. Be sure to visit each day for fun and unique holiday posts.