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Thursday, May 22, 2014

1970's Revisited

While going through, sorting and organizing my scrap heap recently, I came upon a whole lot of double knit!  It came to me with my grandma's fabric/scraps that I got when she passed away a couple of years ago.  

I'm not a huge fan of double knit. *cringe* But I do love the colors! Lucky for me, she had already sewn them into 9-patches. :)

I figured I should send them on to a life better than the one they were living in a box on my shelf. So I sewed them into a top. These 9 patches were made out of small rectangles rather than squares. I like the not so square look.

Pretty bright right?  I'm thinking these are scraps from my grandma and my mom making their own clothes in the 60's/70's.  I actually think I remember a couple of these prints from my mom wearing them in the 70's.  I looked online for patterns to see if I could recognize any of the ones my mom made, but didn't find any.. but I did find these. :D  I remember my older cousins wearing some of these styles.

Good old double knit. ;)  You can't beat it.. esp. with some 1970s TV. hehe Do you remember these?

I don't know what I'll back that quilt top with, I might see if there's a big enough piece in my grandma's scraps to back it with. I'm not sure it needs batting. The fabric doesn't really breathe so it's pretty warm.

Then I found these gigantic 9-patches at the bottom of the box. 12 of them.  So I sewed them into three separate baby blankets and backed them with minky.  

I think my mom definitely wore that lighter blue one with the white circles/flowers in it.  With her Dr. Scholls. :)

I backed one of them with an orange minky remnant that I had and the other two in white minky, which looks a lot better. The orange isn't my favorite, but it's super soft. 

I think these will be winging their way to the PNG Quilt Collective, and hopefully into the hands of a mom that needs to keep her baby warm. :)  

You can read about the Papua New Guinea quilt project here if you're interested in sending a baby quilt.

P.S.  This is the kind of car my parents bought in 1970. :)  They don't make 'em like that anymore.. the trunk is practically the size of a NYC apartment. :)  OH, and congrats to Wendy K. for winning my Sew Mama Sew giveaway!  Your fabric will be on its way!

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Giveaway Day!

Happy Monday to you! It's Giveaway Day again over at Sew Mama Sew. :) If you're visiting from there, welcome! A special welcome if it's your first visit.  I hope you'll have a look around and come back by anytime! Now, for the reason you're here.. :) 

How about a fat quarter pack? A while back, I found two FQ packs at my local Tuesday Morning store.  So I've decided to share one of them with one of you. :)

Our Tuesday Morning store has since closed down. :(  I guess it couldn't survive in my town, but I sure do miss it.  Esp. after I discovered that they had quilting fabric!


This particular FQ pack is MOD by Annette Lucas for Free Spirit.  It has 24 fat quarters.  

This giveaway is open to anyone and I will ship internationally. Just leave me a comment, any comment and you will be entered. :)

For optional extra entries, you can leave a comment for each of these, but totally not required:

1. let me know if you are a blog follower/how you follow.
2. let me know that you follow on facebook.
3. let me know that you follow on instagram.
4. let me know that you follow on twitter.

That's a total of five possible entries.  I will pick a winner by random number generator on Friday May 16th at 5:00 p.m. PST.  Thanks for coming by and good luck in the draw!  :)

Happy Blog-Hopping/Contest Entering!


P.S. Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for organizing the party!!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A different kind of Fabric Stash

..and a fun finish. :)

It's not the fabric stash that consists of heaps of fabric on shelves or in bins or displayed (piled) artfully (randomly) around your sewing studio (spare bedroom+computer room)..'s Fabric Stash, the quilt. :)

It's 60x60, and made from the Geekly Chic line from Riley Blake. I love the little mustaches on the fabric in the Geekly Chic line..

 but I especially LOVE the polaroid fabric. It's so fun!

I used the white small mustaches for the binding and here's another pic of the polaroids. I love the Smile! and Say cheese! captions on the polaroid fabric.

Pat Roche quilted it--she's so good!!

And look.. I should have played the lottery the day this happened.. a weird randomly matched seam.. on something super tiny.. see that mustache with the one curly end that's a different color in the middle of the pic? And the red one below it? That is a seam! Freaky! What are the odds really?  If I had actually tried to match them, it wouldn't have been that close.

I used Triangles on a Roll again, too b/c they're so easy and fun! And fast! (and I'm lazy? hehe) There are a lot of ways to make HSTs out there but Triangles on a Roll are still my favorite because you only cut them once, no trimming.  Once you cut them apart, they are done! Then you just remove the papers while you watch TV or something. ;) And suddenly you have 50 of them all exactly the same size and it only took you maybe half an hour. :D  Here they are in my big yellow tupperware bowl.  See, instead of eating popcorn while watching TV, you could do this instead. Way more figure friendly. ;) I may or may not reward myself with chocolate at the end though.. which negates the figure friendly part.

I pieced the back together out of leftover tone on tone dots.

Here is Fabric Stash the pattern cover.. I just put it up on Craftsy, and (fingers crossed that they don't change their mind) the quilt is in a crate on its way to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh with Riley Blake.  Squeee!!  It might be hanging in the Geekly Chic section of their booth.  Pinch me.

And now that it's finally up on Craftsy, if you or someone you know would ever like to whip one up for any mustache wearers or lovers that you know, you can view it here. It goes together really quickly and it's a lot of fun to piece. I have another one started for a gift.

My next goal is to get this Rainy Days and Mondays quilt top quilted and finished.  I've posted about it so many times, and it's still not done.  :/  

I'm definitely keeping this one for my own personal couch quilt, as it's my most favorite fabric line ever in the history of my fabric obsession. The umbrellas and the colors are so happy. :)  

Hope you're having a great week!


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