Happy Halloween

I wonder when Pac Man will become cute vintage?
Happy Halloween.

Finished the one homemade Halloween costume. Feeling quite proud because it wasn’t too bad and turned out cute. Will post pictures next time.

Halloween preparations

This quilt is an old standby. That is now part of our Halloween tradition. There is much about it I would do differently now, but it’s not one I’m going to do over. Just going to enjoy pulling it out each October.

And I need to get off the computer and finish Halloween costumes. Fortunately I’m only making one, but I really should start it.

Going to be a gorgeous Halloween here. My favorite kind where we enjoy walking around our neighborhood, visiting with friends and not freezing to death. I’m sorry for all of you in snow boots! Snow on Halloween stinks! That’s the scariest Halloween of all.

What I need to be doing . . .

I have the lovely opportunity to work Saturday afternoons at a local quilt store. I have been doing this for 5 years now. (I can’t believe it’s been that long.) It is my once-a-week sanity-break. :) It’s so nice to have a little bit of time each week to brush-up on my adult-conversation-skills. I am SO grateful for the support of my husband in making this possible. I have had my last two babies during this time and after each was born I thought I would probably have to quit, but my husband (being the wise man that he is) realized that I was a much saner person when I had a set time to leave the house alone each week. Not only is it a dream-job to get to pet fabric every Saturday while talking to other nice quilters, but they even give me money to do it! Amazing!

I also get to make quilt samples for the store, and because this store specializes in kits, I also help put together the kits for the quilts that I make. This is an interesting process. Most of the quilts I make are out of fabric that we have that is not moving fast. I like this challenge. Maybe it’s the hidden pioneer-woman in me, using only what I have on hand. (Except this fabric comes from big bolts of fabric with words like MODA on the ends, instead of worn-out clothes.)

Anyway, this is a recent quilt and I need to finish the kits. The main cause for the creation of this quilt was the large bolt of the clown fabric we had. So I decided to make a baby quilt with some of the other fabrics from the Anna Griffin line and include some of the popular Amy Butler Midwest Modern line to make it more appealing. Then we put the clowns on the back.

This is one of the funniest quirks about selling fabric. We almost always put a fabric on the back of a quilt that is either not selling or is down-right not cute. And guess what? It flies out of the shop. It’s hilarious. So, don’t be sheep folks. Pick a fabric for the back of your quilts that you love, not just what the quilt-shop used, because chances are, they’re just trying to get rid of it. :)
As much as I love doing this, it explains why I don’t always have time to do what I want to be doing.

Gettin’ my thrift on . . .

I told myself I was going to the thrift store for Halloween stuff, but it also meant I had to stop and look at the sheet selection. Thanks to lovely blogs like this one, I have been turned on to vintage sheets. (This kind of grossed-out my sister when I told her about it.) But old sheets are awesome!!

First of all: they’re cheap.

Second: they are so much nicer than current sheets
– they stay heavy and smooth and they don’t get all “pilly.”

Third: They are cute.

Fourth: they are great for cutting up or for quilt backs!!
(Esp when the back of a quilt can run around $40 and I bought these for $4.)

Look at these fine specimen.

(I put the spool with the first one for size perspective.)

This one, I think I may make into a summer dress or skirt for my girls. (I like the thought of cute, light, but durable, fabric that doesn’t need ironing when I’m making clothes.) And it will probably get cut up for quilts.

Found these while I was there. Pyrex. Nice and orangy which speaks to me right now, esp this time of year.
And this vintage Merrimeko pillow case. (Still cracks me up that the 1970’s is now vintage.)

Have I actually cut-up any of my new little stash? Um, no. But now I think I’m ready.

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Modern kids with farm animals or more poetically: “Ode to Peas and Carrots”

We had our fall break from school this past weekend. Not much sewing accomplished, but we had some fun outings. Including a working farm. A new place for my kids to visit and the best part: it was FREE! Second best part: it was a perfect fall day. So here is our ode to the Peas and Carrots quilt below.

A very old, and well used, looking tractor.
Unfortunately the pictures of the 10-day-old pigs did not turn out well. Wow. They were cute. I could totally see why Fern wanted to keep Wilbur. The baby pigs’ mother: not as cute.Not entirely sure what this is -probably some kind of tractor implement – but it looked pretty cool (and possibly dangerous.)Another tractor. Couldn’t get enough of them! Even vintage tractors look pretty charming.

Reproduction fabric

Okay. I am finally writing a post about quilting. I love lots of quilts, but I especially love OLD quilts. They are my favorite. So scrappy – not because the maker thought it would be ‘cute’ but because she was using what she had! And yet the artistry in so many old quilts is amazing. This is how I gained my LOVE reproduction fabric! I have collected a few old quilts, but I’m pretty careful with them because they’re so fragile. So I love to make new ‘old’ quilts. And there is so much great fabric out there right now to create that look. One of my current favorite designers right now is American Jane for Moda.This was a quilt made last summer with her Peas and Carrots line. I wasn’t necessarily making it for myself – mainly as a sample quilt for the quilt store where I work. But when I was finished I fell in love. So I made another one for myself. I love the blue gingham that sets off the blocks. And I love even MORE the scrappy patchwork fabrics that go with it. So 1940’s vintage-farmhousey-looking.And in other good news I discovered a fabulous website this week: ReproDepot Fabrics. How did I not know about this before? Well, actually it’s probably best that I didn’t. It’s a dangerous place. And, as is the case with every fabric store, they already sold out of the fabric I loved most the very day I decided to go back and buy it. If you want the Peas and Carrots panel of the cute kids playing with farm animals, they still have it here. But if you fall in love with it, get it soon as it will probably be gone when you go back.