Thursday, May 19, 2016

It's only four weeks away until our big move to Georgia.

just inside our front door

Having lived in California all my life, this is a huge move for us.

I guess it would be for anyone. But my family, on my mother's side, has been here since 1850.  They came in covered wagons from Missouri. Took them 9 months to come. They are the real deal.

I am finding myself looking for ways to bring my "Californianess" to Georgia without being too obvious. I have found these neat bricks from our local pottery, Gladding McBean.

Can you read the "Lincoln" stamped on them? These are from one of the large kilns used at the pottery, a distinctive yellow clay.

I found them at a local 100 acre ranch in rural Lincoln. I am excited to find a place for them in my new garden.

The problem is I only have five of these bricks.  Do you think my husband would kill me if I got some more?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Oh my goodness. I have been thinking about nothing but the layout of this quilt.  Do you get like that? I just want to change one little thing, and it takes me a few days to figure out how to do it.  Like it's my first quilt. Which was cute, Mary Engelbreit fabric, but a mess of a layout.

I have decided to use a print for both my background and letter. Unlike my first letter A, that has a creamy white background.  I think I might re do that one....

So in using two prints for each block, I have decided to have 1 1/2" borders all around each block. That way each letter will look centered.  And I won't have a huge border going through the middle of each row of letters.

I know this isn't rocket science.  But I have to visualize so much and make sure that I will really like it.  It's like putting together a puzzle for me.  A puzzle that I don't want to have to do over.

Even with the pattern being online still, I am so thankful to have so much quilt (layout) inspiration out there.

Did I tell you, I started another Pinterest board for this quilt. That makes 133 boards, who needs that many?! Anyway.... you will find the links to the letters will be there too.

Here you can see how I added the 1 1/2" border to both sides.  Now I just need to cut down the top and bottom borders.  These shown here are 2 1/2".

This is the block from the Cotton Way blog, where you will find your letter C pattern. I love how she added a little Sawtooth Star!  I must try that in one of my blocks :)  This one is made as a mini quilt. So cute for your sewing room!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Having such a large stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics it's hard going through and picking which combinations I like best for each letter.  I am looking for contrast obviously.  And pattern size. A large floral might be cut up a lot like in my first letter A.  So for the B both prints are of similar size, but there is contrast.

I love how there is a navy in this collection.  I would also like to add more orange to my stash as well. The sashing on this block is also the green background fabric.

Some have done the quilt with a white background, which I do like. But I love the scrappy look, like this one below.

And here is your link for the letter B, from Bunny Hill Designs. Have fun sewing!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Since our family plans for moving to Georgia have been changed to summertime, I got out some of my fabric.  I am starting my Spell it With Fabric quilt again! 

If you remember, Moda first did this quilt as a blog hop. Later they came out with a printed pattern that you can still purchase for about $10.  Or you can still find each letter online. You just have to search a bit.

Here is my letter A. I've already shared the link with you on my blog, so I won't do it again here. You can also look on my Tutorials page for the links. I am using only fabrics from Bonnie and Camille. I love their fabric so much and I cannot resist buying some whenever I see it.

Here is my most recent purchase from Beverly's Fabrics in Rocklin. Usually for a scrappy quilt project like this, I really only need fat quarters or 1/4 yard cuts.  These are all from Bonnie and Camille, Hello Darling.  And you will see how easily each of their collections really work so well together!

If you search using Google Images, there are a ton of other cute collections out there! Here is Fig Tree Quilts. So soft and warm, really a dreamy collection of colors.

But this is the look that I am really going for.  I even see some of my other favorite fabrics in this one.  A little bit of Lakehouse Fabrics makes me so happy to see! Some might even sneak its way onto my quilt.

So I encourage you to look around and get some inspiration. Especially if you have been waiting to make this quilt like I have. Let's get it done!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

tablecloth inspiration

I really didn't know how much I have used vintage tablecloths until I started looking through my old pictures. I love them all!

I especially love this little model :) She was sometimes very reluctant too! But so cute, even if you can't see her face. I love seeing her little hands.

I made these very scrappy hot pads for my mom. A Christmas present most likely. And look at that cute vintage ric rac!

And another apron! I love this one! My sister Judith made a similar apron for my daughter, and I just used that one as my pattern.  This one closes with a velcro tab and I added a cute button to cover the stitching.

Here's another one with a sweet vintage button!

Here is my tiny model again! I can't believe I had fabric left over from the half apron to make a little dress too. I love the soft pink and faded flowers on this one.

I know there is more. Maybe I need to write a book!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

vintage tablecloths

I don't know if you heard.... but my husband got a new job, in Atlanta Georgia!  We are very excited about it, and will be moving sometime in the summertime.

 beautiful clothes line

Right now I am going through a lot of my fabric collection. Mostly vintage fabrics. And specifically a lot of vintage tablecloths.  I love buying them and have a ton! I have used many of them on my kitchen table.  And many I have bought to use as cutters.  Those that have stains and holes. I could never imagine cutting up a perfect one!

If you do a google search you will find a ton of inspiration for those not so perfect pieces.  I have always wanted to use one of mine as a quilt back. Or a quilt front and back!

And isn't this Christmas one just perfect! There is a large red border added to make it just the right size. I just love the contrast of the white thread too.

Next, I'll share with you a little more of what I've made with my vintage tablecloths.