Posts tagged ‘Flea Market Fancy’

Busy Little Hands

Here she is in her new natural habitat.  Isabel has been asking for me to sew with her for ages and I wasn’t sure that she was ready to be safe with needles, iron or machine.  But, I could not put her off any longer and so off we went into the WIP pile, along with the scrap basket.  As you can see above, she is learning to press open the seams.  Check out the look of concentration on her face;  She loved it!

This is a very old UFO which has not been completed since I cannot make up my mind what to do with the strips.  Hop, Skip, Jump quilt?  A version of This Quilt?  Isabel says she is thinking about “What we make whid it” and she’s going to let me know what she decides.

Her first thing to make was a mug rug for daddy’s coffee cup.  She carefully selected some scraps and she sewed this together with very little help (and intervention) from me.

Clearly, we have a quilting prodigy on our hands.  ;p

 

 

February 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm 4 comments

What I See When I Sew

Oh bother.  I haven’t been a very good blogger once again.  And I’ve also been quite a slow quilter as well.  All of my good intentions of finishing my UFO’s have been cast aside lately by the business of every day life.  My Single Girl quilt sits on the chair feeling very neglected and sad.  Out of anger, and also knowing how the curved piecing has me a bit undone, it taunts me.  I think I can, I think I can…Single Girl, I will conquer you.  Next week, maybe.

So, let’s just have a photo-heavy post on my little sewing room, shall we?  Yes.  And then perhaps my next post I will have something to actually SHOW you.

With a slight bit of guilt, I took over a room in our small house for sewing.   The sewing corner I once had was growing and carving out more and more room out of the living room and was generally bugging the fam here at the cottage.  I reasoned with the two girls that they hardly ever actually played in the playroom and before they could answer, I had turned the playroom into this…

That’s some fancy cinder-block, isn’t it?

Some of my Kona solids, chambrays, shot cottons and Essex linen.  I love my solids together in one spot.

A shelf just for Flea Market Fancy.  Because I love it that. much.

A rack from a garage sale that holds thread and perle cotton just perfectly.  The pincushion is one my mom made in 1941.  The pumpkin is circa 2006, made by Suzannah in kindergarten.

Little chair with even littler birds.  See the Liberty Tana Lawn behind it?  Sigh…

A little needlework I did in 1991 before I ever got the nerve up to think that I could ever make a quilt of my own.  I gave this to my mom for mother’s day.

Everyone has one of these, right?  Ye olde scrap basket.

And last, but definitely not least, my Christmas gift from Mr. Cottage.  My Rowenta DA 1560.  See that pointy tip?  Totally rocks.  When I’m piecing blocks, the compact size and shape is just what a quilter wants.  I recommend it whole-heartedly. That’s the sewing room here at the cottage…I’ll be back soon with what I’ve been sewing.  It’s not quilts by the way….

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

Want To Win Some Flea Market Fancy???

An auction between friends.

To help the victims of flooding in Australia.


I am donating 1 yard of green posies and 1/2 yard of the green/gray vines.  Penny is  donating a fat quarter of each:  blue leaves, pink seeds, blue bouquet, and red leaves. These fabrics are very hard to find, and the money raised from this auction goes 100% to charity!

Just to be clear, upon payment, the winner will be receiving two packages.  One from Penny for the fat quarters on the left, and one fromme for the two fabrics on the right.  The bidding will end on Monday 24th at 7am. 

Bidding is over at Penny’s blog  http://www.sewtakeahike.typepad.com

How this auction works:

  1. Bidding will start at $50(USD).  You can place a bid by leaving a comment on this blog post with your bid amount and email address. Please make sure that your bid is higher than the previous bidder.
  2. Your bid must be in whole dollar increments.
  3. This auction is open to everyone, we will happily ship internationally.
  4. The auction begins NOW and will END on Monday, January 24th at 7am, 2011 (Mountain time).
  5. At the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (please make sure your bid comment includes your email address). ALL bidders must have an active PayPal account. The winner will pay the winning amount directly into the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal and send me proof of payment via email.

    READY, SET, GO!  And good luck!

    Penny and Tina

    January 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm 1 comment

    The Neglected Flea Market Fancy Quilt

    This collection of Flea Market Fancy blocks is really where we get into Big Time Neglect. I started this quilt with true verve and excitement, having just seen Malka Dubrawskys fabulous,  modern sho- fly quilt. I had been saving and hanging onto my grey and orange Flea Market Fancy fabrics for just the right block, and I knew this was just the right one. Simple, bold and graphic against the Kona Coal…the combination really pleased me.  Paired with Alexander Henry’s Farmdale Blossom print for a backing, I was even that much more excited.

    Silly me, I have only 3 more blocks to go.  But this quilt, like the others, has just sat waiting to be pieced and made into a quilt.  This UFO and the others are part of my commitment to finishing what I’ve started in 2011.  Whether you call them WIP’s or UFO’s or just call them “that project sitting over in the corner”  join me in geting them done!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am 1 comment


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