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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pure thrifting to prepare presents

I am on a fabric and quilt-related "roll" when it comes to this month's thrifting. Hospice thrift produced these items for $6.75.  Batting ($1), mystery bag of fabric ($2), Christmas paisley 3 yards of fabric ($2), a bag of lemon/verbena soap ($1.50) and mystery bag of cut fabric squares ($1), the lot at 10% off.

Mystery fabric of pre-cut solid squares solved the binding problem for my brother's retirement quilt (to be revealed when finished), the WIP is on my Instagram feed under tvonzalez. I am going to chain piece the squares together.

The $2.00 mystery bag of fabric revealed this sunflower collection. I am sorely tempted to bump my Halloween quilting project to make a small sunflower creation.

Pattern of the day presumed to be one from the 1940s, undated Simplicity 3553. I had to leave the thrift shop sticker price on it because it lifted off the image.

One of the items on my thrift shop bucket list is a retro dress form. I passed one up a couple of years and have been kicking myself ever since.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Monsters and Mugshots

Pokémon Go players - my newest discovery is Incense that lures wild Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes. While it didn't attract any rare or unusuals, I did throw pokeballs during my lunch hour while sitting on a park bench. 


I hatched a couple of eggs, earned some type of 3 egg hatching medal but still don't know what to do with it.  I also powered up and evolved a few of my Pokémon. Again, I don't know why, just seemed like the thing to do. 


On to Instagram, as noted in my previous post, my newest social media move. Having completed an incredibly fun challenge with a quilting group, my next group of daily prompts originate from thesitsgirls.com beginning September 15th.

While not the most inspired prompts, it will be interesting to see what the other participants come up with. Maybe I can throw some mischief into the mix and create an uproar.


Ending with baby doll mugshots, because sometimes you feel like a train wreck by week's end.  These three inmates are currently offered for sale on shopgoodwill.com.



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Now I get it, why Instagram is so much fun

The reason I think Instagram is so much fun is you can distill an idea into one image, post with a hashtag and discover all of the others in that category. This is the latest one I have posted to participating in an IG contest hosted by theb***hystitcher. The prompt for Friday, August 12th is #mysewingroommascot and she has joined my clan.

I spent less than $5 for the lot at hospice thrift of the doll (missing one arm $1.50), clip-on earrings on her sunbonnet ($1.50) and Disney salt and pepper shaker bells ($1.50).

If you want to join in, her next prompt will land on Monday, August 15th and continue through Thursday, August 18.

Photo contests are tons of fun. I was having a tough time finding a group to share images through the blogging world, Instagram has saved the day!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Paper piecing and Pokemon Go

Now that I have lurked around rectangles and squares long enough, it is time to take a stab at paper piecing. Those not in the know about such quilting techniques, it is using paper, freezer paper to join all those little fabric pieces into a glorious material mosaic.



I am preparing for an upcoming blog hop in October with Marian at www.seamstobesew.com. Signups are open until September 6th. I hope to show off some of my newly acquired paper piecing skills (or lack thereof).




Pokémon Go update: New tips from fellow players.


When the Pokestops are sparkling that can last for about 15 minutes and it attracts Pokémon. While eating my lunch on Friday, I got to catch them little buggers. 
My own sound effects include saying "boink" when I land a pokeball on a Pokémon's head. 
You can use raspberries for easier capture.
You can hatch eggs - what happens after that, I am not quite sure.
Gotta catch them all!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

In a blue sort of way

I have been in a mood for fashion and for things to refashion but have been finding more fabric and sewing items.
This quilt top utilized blue checkboard squares, summer squares and kitty print panels. Since I was repurposing the fabric squares, I knew it would take more measuring to square them up.
Ty Aurora and a Florida souvenir plate joined my collections.
Thrift shopping had it all sewn up with finds of a $5 sewing basket filled with goodies and $2 bag of fabric squares.
Contents of the basket included thread, buttons, needles, thimbles, pin cushions, scissors and lace. I was one happy thrifter all afternoon. The volunteer told me it had processed through the shop on Tuesday and I found it that Saturday.

Pattern of the Day from 1971 picks up the blue and yellow in my checkboard quilt.

Because this was a scrappy project, I am linking up with Leanne at www.shecanquilt.ca and I'm beeeing social with Lorna at sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Where have all the fashion bloggers gone?

In answer to my own question, they have moved over to Instagram. Have to admit I was one of the holdouts.  I am on IG now too (as tvonzalez). I so love the blogging format and it isn't as restrictive as Instagram, such as not being able to post a link in comments and the image needs to originate from your phone (I still utilize my digital camera for some photo shoots). My work around for the latter is to go to my blog, save the image to my phone and then post on IG. It makes sense for the fashion bloggers to utilize Instagram. They can post the OOTD (outfit of the day).
The fashion behind the getting ready image is a $3 JonesWear plaid summer suit (with coat length jacket) purchased at Thrift Town for the 50% off clothing day.  With a different pair of heels, this will be my go-to interview suit.  

For those interested in my thrift shop finds, read on:

Sutter Creek's Interfaith Great Finds was my go-to thrifting spot during the latest heat wave. I purchased the bright orange woven piece and a $1 mystery bag of fabric along with a quilting book, two necklaces, a yellow frame and flower magnets totaling less than $9.
Contents of the mystery bag of fabric were varied and colorful. I popped them all in a washable lingerie bag so they would be freshened up and fray less as they washed. Too bad I didn't think of that sooner - there was a lot less fraying.

Pattern of the Day is a sassy Simplicity from 1969.

Do you post on Instagram? Have you noticed more people moving over to that site?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pink and Scrappy

With just a day before the deadline of ScrapHappy Saturday with superscrappy.blogspot.com, I completed my summer haitus quilted wall hanging. The goal was to use up hot pink and mint green scraps. I am also linking up with crazymomquilts.blogspot.com for Finish It Up Friday.  I made enough squares for a quilt but I wanted to keep this project manageable. I have a fabric wall in my cubicle, easy enough to pin up this piece to brighten things up.

Since this is a project for my own enjoyment, I used appliques, one being a poodle patch I have kept from a childhood bathrobe pocket. I needed a break from Christmas in July projects that utilize darker holiday fabrics.

I stitched in the ditch with the walking foot using pink and mint green thread. The pale pink bee border showed up much better as a border than as a binding. The bees got lost in a baby quilt I bound it in that fabric. Since we are on the subject of Pink, I am linking up with Beverly at howsweetthesound for her:
Pattern of the Day features a pink suit from 1955.
Hospice thrift shop finds meant I spent way too much money but you have got to grab the items when they appear.
Just could - not - resist this Park House pin. It will reside on my wall hanging. It has a theme of white flower appliques throughout.
$15 for the souvenir plates, basket, book, doll and jar. Look for Steampunk Suzy to be transformed in the near future.
After I found the Knott's Berry Farm souvenir plate, I thought wouldn't it be nice to have a Disneyland one too? Hospice thrift about 30 miles away had just the right one.


Sometimes your wishes come true when you travel to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Alice has gone Steampunk for the Mad Tea Party 2016

It has been a couple of years since I participated in the Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa over at http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/.  This hop is loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
This here is a story about a doll named Alice. She made a journey from the land of shopgoodwill.com but she got lost in transit. (sung to the Brady Bunch theme song). She showed up the day before the Mad Tea Party.
Effanbee had been waiting for Alice.

But Alice had fallen down the rabbit hole again and this time she went steampunk. Effanbee went to look for her friend Alice and she went steampunk too!


When they both returned to the Mad Tea Party, there was homemade strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for them.
Link to 2013 submission and my late submission 2012 edition.  Each year there are some amazing fantastical tea partiers.  Look in the comments section and the sidebar of the blog host to visit those participating.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Sensations blog hop

Summer Dolly Quilt project

Front and back, measures 21" x 21"
In my quest to find summer blog hops, I stumbled onto a blog by Marian at seamstobesew.com hailing from Italy (first quilting blogger I have "met" from that country) who is hosting:

The rules for the hop are -

You must make something new. No old projects or previous projects. If you have a UFO that needs finishing that fits the bill, that’s fine, but please make something new.
Keep it small and fast to put together. In the summer time, most people want to be outdoors, but still like to get in a bit of sewing time. So make us something that you would use during the summer, whether it’s a picnic basket ruffle, cover, picnic items, baskets, placemats.


The schedule for Summer Sensations…



July 21
July 22
July 25
July 26



I chose to make a summer dolly quilt to fit in perfectly for the upcoming Mad Tea Party post (see badge on my sidebar). These remnants were in a bag of thrifted material I believe were combined for a banner. To be able to repurpose someone else's partially completed project is so rewarding.
Here I have organized the fabric. The strips were sewn together for the binding. I cut 4-1/2" by whatevers strips for the quilt. I decided not to OCD-it by fixing the sizing of the units from the fabric pieces that were previously sewn together. This was a quick and easy project I completed, including French binding, one late afternoon.

Sometimes less is more and a simple patchwork will do. I was inspired by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts with her a-simple-summer-quilt. Since this qualifies as a "finish" I am linking up with her Finish It Up Friday. I guess this type of project is also called a "mini" so I also linked up with Kelly at myquiltinfatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

Last weekend hospice thrifting meant snagging this $1.50 mystery bag of fabric remnants.


And what a nice surprise, some pieces that could easily be the major part of a quilt. I will finish those squares and give them a new life.




Part of this hop is a giveaway - the prize is a $25.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop
Each giveaway starts at midnight of the day it's featured and ends at 11:59 pm of the same day.
All giveaways are during the Easter Standard Time Zone.
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Posting a Pattern of the Day from 1954, a romper for this Summer Sensations blog hop!
Hoping you are having a Sensational Summer!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Upcoming hops and events

I am part of the Pokémon Go crowd - well, not so involved that I stampede in Central Park to catch a Vaporeon (players of the game know what I am referring to), link to that video. I walk during my lunch hour and this game fits in perfectly with that activity.


I will be featuring a small sewing project on Friday's post, but in the meantime, if you are so inclined, here is the schedule of upcoming Summer Sensation hoppers:


July 21
July 22
July 25
July 26


In between that sewing, quilting crowd is the 2016 Mad Tea Party on Saturday, July 23rd, that I have linked up with after a two-year hiatus. The hostess has the most fantastical garden and fantasy-like creations - you won't want to miss her and all those that have linked up at afancifultwist.typepad.com.


Fashion linkups will resume when our weather is not so blasted hot. It is no fun layering on the clothes in this type of heat ~