Thursday, March 15, 2018

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:

My UFO began this year as three pre-constructed 12" red and cream blocks from a mystery quilter.

A couple of weeks later I added to my collection 4 more pre-constructed red and cream blocks from yet another mystery quilter. With the first batch of blocks, there were numerous precuts so I constructed more 12" blocks. 
And then there were 8.

In the meantime, my bid won on a discontinued Moda wildflower jelly roll from a certain online auction site. In that roll was the right colored "red" for my sampler blocks. I also wanted to tone down the block brightness and focus attention away from the lighter cream colored blocks.

I was struggling with this quilt and I knew it. Here I went and committed to this project for this hop and I was doomed. A bed-sized quilt it would never be. 
I even photographed it upside down (see the house block)
One practice of mine is to include in my current project a bit of my most recently thrifted fabric. Last month, I purchased some secondhand preprinted panels, wolves howling at the moon, and the Lord's Prayer. But this wasn't just any Lord's Prayer, it was a horse, and descending doves and paradise. It was kitsch, every inch of it. 

My first thought was "Noooo," but then I saw the possibilities. Once you go Kitsch, you have got to fully commit to it. The panel coordinated with the material used on the front of the quilt. Another aspect of a pieced backing is it requires a lot of fabric so a big panel helped fill in that gap. 

Now I've grown to love it, in all of its awkwardness. Moral to the story, you can use other quilter's blocks but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. Kitsch Quilt is NOT part of the giveaway but there ARE giveaways in this hop, they are:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Aurifil Grunge 10 Spools 50wt - 50.00
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Quilters - if you happen to have UFOs, WIPs or fabric orphans you would like to adopt or give away, visit Cynthia at quiltingismorefunthanhousework for the Quilty Orphan Adoption Event now through March 17th.

Stay tuned because next month will be all about Blogging from AtoZ April Challenge. I'm back with the gang, linkylist and all. The challenge theme reveal post will go live on Monday, March 19.

Friday, March 9, 2018

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" and qualifies for finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts.  The panel remnant was part of some secondhand fabric scored thrifting. I used a William & Morris museum-inspired print for the backing. The two seemed cut from the same color palette. 

I was pleasantly surprised when this piece fit the space perfectly, I hadn't measured it. I enjoy using fabric to brighten up my work space. I call these cubicle wall covers because the quilting is so minimal, the panels preprinted. 

Upcoming Events:
Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop begins March 15th.
Blogging from A to Z Challenge begins April 1st.
Art with Fabric Blog Hop begins May 1st.

How do you display your mini quilts? 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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 panels in the bundle at the far left. The middle fabric bundle will soon become another cubicle wall cover, an elegant William and Morris museum print.

Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop is coming up. If you want to visit the participants now, here is the list:

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Upcoming Event: begins in April. Signups are open now.  

Instagrammers - I am currently participating in the #IGQuiltFest posting as tamaschen. Tons O Fun!

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Too Cold to Quilt!

We've hit a cold snap in Northern California. While my sewing room is cool in the summer, it is downright cold in the winter. 

I have two works in progress. I was able to piece together the beginnings of this baby quilt top. I need both border and backing fabric. This was from an entire bag of thrifted remnants, the four-patches being precut. 
Baby quilt top
I have downright stalled on this red and cream sampler. It too needs supplemental fabric before I can quilt it.  
Linking up with Em at: 
Lean pickings in thrifting this week. I did a circuit of 3 shops on Saturday while one of my favorites was moving into bigger digs. 

Posting my trio of ceramic rabbits, we are ready for spring to bust out all over!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I went to Ladybird's Thrift Town

The Del Paso Heights Thrift Town is a favorite of mine. One of the best of that chain in the Sacramento area. It is in a sketchy part of town but then most of these thrift stores are. They do have the nicest staff, I'm one of their regulars.  

I took my son to see the Ladybird, the 2018 Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture. While I love Sacramento, my family not so much. They tend to stick around the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He didn't understand the movie, course it is more of a chick flick. I laughed, I cried, it was great.

Because I have lived and worked in Sacramento for some 20+ (coughs while saying it) years, I was the only one in the theater that loudly guffawed at some of the lines.

Here was one such exchange:

Christine McPherson: I hate California. I want to go to the East Coast. I want to go where culture is like New York.
Marion McPherson: How in the world did I raise such a snob?
Christine McPherson: Or at least Connecticut or New Hampshire where writers live in the woods
Marion McPherson: You wouldn’t get into those schools anyway.
Christine McPherson: Mom!
Marion McPherson: You should just go to City College. You know, with your work ethic just go to City College and then to jail and then back to City College and then maybe you’d learn to pull yourself up and not expect everybody to do everything.

There were many others, but the one above in particular was a gas since I am a Sacramento City College graduate (with honors!) and haven't landed in jail yet ...
The director Greta Gerwig nailed it for words and phrases typical to some East Sacramento residents. 
Sacramento used to be known as the City of Trees but someone in their infinite wisdom renamed it America's Farm-to-Fork Capital. I guess food being more interesting than foliage.

On to thrifting news -

On this TT visit, I scored three sweaters, two of them cashmere *sings the word* and some yardage for $15.  But not just any yardage, this particular fabric fits in perfectly for borders and sashing on my current WIP, a red and cream sampler for the Quilt Qwazy Queen's blog hop next month. 

If you happen to pop in to Thrift Town on El Camino Avenue, then grab some chow at Beto's Taqueria right next door.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

40 Things About Me

These 40 things posts are so much fun - one of the bloggers I follow posted her so let's take a whirl at mine.

1.  Do you like Blue Cheese?
Yes! In fact, a wonderful memory associated with that salad dressing is having it at the Anaheim Disneyland's Plaza Inn.

2.  Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
Yes, and still do if I can get away with it.

3.  Do you own a gun?
I do not own a gun but the Mr. does. We live in a deeply rural area so a gun is a necessity, mainly for critter control. He found a rattlesnake in the garage last week. 

4.  What flavor Kool-Aid?
Not so much Kool-Aid as Tang with strawberry Kool-Aid. Total and complete sugar overload.

5.  Do you get nervous before a dr. appointment?
No, no reason to be.

6.  What do you think of hot dogs?
Not a big fan, but if I do eat one I go for kosher Hebrew National.

7.  What is your favorite movie?
For some odd reason, it is Die Hard. I have watched it over and over again when it comes on TV.

8.  What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Coffee, hands down. I am a Seattle native after all ...

9.  Can you do a push up?
Maybe one or two, I'm not known for having core strength.

10.  What's your favorite piece of jewelry? 
Right now, it is a custom set diamond ring my mother gave me. (NOT a hand model)
11.  Do you have a favorite hobby?
That one is apparent - quilting and all that is related to it.

12.  Do you have A.D.D.?
Yep, I readily admit it. 

13.  Do you wear glasses?
Yes, and I buy a new pair each year, this year's being a Lindberg.

14.  Who was your childhood idol? 
Hmm, I watched A LOT of cartoons as a kid, so it would have to be

15.  Name three thoughts right now -
What treasures will I find thrifting today? How will my interview go tomorrow? When will I be able to go on vacation? 

16.  Name three drinks you consume regularly.
Coffee, Diet Coke, and Cranberry/Pineapple juice.

17.  Current worries.
Mr. VZ and Zipper VZ (our dog) health problems.

18.  Current hates.
Discourteous drivers. One just had to get in front of me on a merge so we could wait in line at the light for 15 minutes. Why?

19.  Favorite place to be.
At home. I live in a beautiful setting studded with oak trees and a 360 degree view.

20.  How did you bring in the New Year?
I was asleep.

21.  Where would you like to go? 
Paris, Chile, heck pretty much anywhere in first world countries.

22.  Name three people who will do this questionnaire.
Anyone who wants to repost their own answers to questions, please link in the comments. 

23.  Do you own slippers?
Yes, and I am partial to Haflingers. 

24.  What color is your shirt?
A tan cashmere sweater.

25.  Do you like sleeping in satin sheets?
No, not a fan of satin.

26.  Can you whistle? 
Yes, and loudly just between my teeth, without having to put my fingers in my mouth. 

27.  Where are you now? 
On my break, at work. 

28.  Would you be a pirate? 
Oh yes! I would be a baddass wench of a pirate, skilled in saber rattling and teeth nashing. 

29.  Favorite candy?
Cotton candy which I only treat myself to once a year at the county fair. 

30.  Least favorite chore.
Vacuuming. I just hate it. I can't stand the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

31.  Favorite food.
Grapes. Hands down. I eat them nearly every day.

32.  What's in your pocket?
I wear pocketless pants ...

33.  Last thing that made you laugh?
I laugh easily and often, it was probably something posted on Facebook.

34.  What is your favorite animal? 
Hm, I am both a dog and cat person. Guess I will have to opt for a cat since I've sang the praises of my Maine Coon many times. 

35.  What is your worst injury? 
Would have to be when I impaled my index finger on the sewing machine, then had to pull it out because the machine froze with the needle imbedded in the first digit.

36.  How many TVs in your house? 
Just one that is gigantic.

37.  Worst pain?

38.  Do you like to dance?
I love to dance - any form, any style. 

39.  Are you parents living? 
My dad, rest his soul, now gone over 15 years. My mom just celebrated her 90th birthday on the 8th. 

40.  Do you enjoy camping? 
Camping, no. Glamping, tolerable. 

So that's my 40 Qs and As. Join in the fun, do a list of your own and linkback here in the comments!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fabric pieces and free books

I made the rounds of my usual thrift shops and spent about $5 on fabric remnants. 
Some actual yardage
Quilter's cut pieces for patchwork
This is how the fabric pieces were packaged, so it is always
a surprise when I get them home.
The small ziploc in the front contains some lovely yellow pieces I am going to incorporate into my YELLOW block for March for the #2018MonthlyColorChallenge.

To add to my thrifting happiness, these three books were freebies. I am a cartoonist so I will read How to be a Successful Cartoonist. The craft book images will be shared on my Countdown to Christmas - these are the types of retro books I look for those posts. The Splenda cookbook will be a great reference. I already cook with that product because the Mr. struggles with diabetes.

Posting a Pattern of the Day from 1974, the same publication year as the Holiday Decorations book.

Finally, here is a link to a site with Vintage sewing patterns.

Working away on a red/cream sampler for an upcoming Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop.