vintage quilts

If You Want to Collect Vintage Quilts…

Texas Antiques Week is the place to find them. Over the course of the last three weeks, the bi-annual Texas Antiques Week has been a happening place. I was able to attend this past Wednesday and had such a great time I can’t wait until the fall session. I shopped and walked the equivalent of a two block circuit and by the end of 2 ½ hours I was so exhaustipated that I couldn’t shop any more. I arrived close to 9:30 am and by noon my head was swimming and everything was beginning to look the same.

What is Texas Antiques Week you ask? It is actually three weeks of one of the largest antiques and home decorating flea markets in the country. Spanning roughly 8 miles between the Round Top and Warrenton communities, it is a picker’s heaven. If you are into DIY, antiques, home decorating, quilting, or collecting anything imaginable, then you need to travel here and plan to spend a whole week.

In the short distance I was able to shop, there were antiques, vintage linens, vinyl fabrics, yard art, metal art, gorgeous hanging baskets, homemade soap, local wines, specialty lighting, quilts, glassware, military ephemera (read bomb casings ), and cast iron cookware.

Below are a few pictures of vintage sewing items that I found while wandering. The prize was a large Coat’s Thread Case in the shape of a giant spool. It was sold and wrapped in protective plastic wrap. I spoke with the vendor, Rick Coffin of Country Folks Antiques, and he’s been dealing in antiques for over 30 years and it was only the 2nd one he had ever seen. I wish the pictures were more clear, but you get the idea. This same vendor had several wooden thread cases in pristine condition. He told me that most people use them as end tables. ACK!

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I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see more vintage machines. The ones I did see were horribly rusty and every one of them was missing the bobbin case. Below is a photo of a treadle base that had been powder coated and a new top put on.

Of all of the tents and booths that I went in, Vintage Lace & Linen of Kerrville, TX was my favorite. With a very feminine shabby chic feel, the displays were warm & inviting. I was awed by the darling handmade children’s garments, the chandeliers, and lace. Janyce Karcher, the proprietress, was so sweet and patient while she answered my questions. This was the shop’s 10th year at Antiques Week, and I will be back in the fall.

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With as many wonderful things as I saw in Warrenton, I only found two to purchase. The first was a small train case in impeccable condition. I plan to make a traveling quilting kit with it. The second item was The Complete Book Of Sewing: Dressmaking and Sewing for the Home Made Easy, copyright 1943. For me, this was a gem because it has information on altering clothing and making slipcovers. And the bonus was a section on teaching your daughter to sew.

If you are interested in attending the fall show, it will be September 28 thru October 3, 2015. I hope to see you there!


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Raw Beet Salad and Homemade Dressing

The flu was rather brutal on this household this month. I spent 10 days in bed and began to wonder if I was ever going to be able to breathe without chest pain again. When I finally made it back into the kitchen, I knew we needed something healthy to purge our liver and fresh that didn’t taste like chicken noodle soup. My husband was hankering for fresh beets, so this is what I chose to make.

Raw beet salad

What you will need:

2 medium beets with greens scrubbed and rinsed
1/2 small head cabbage
2 carrots, scrubbed
1 avocado
1 bunch green onions, cleaned and chopped


1/2 c walnut oil (or oil of your choice, unrefined coconut does not work well)
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Salt to taste

For the dressing, simply whisk all ingredients in a glass measuring cup and let the flavors blend while preparing the salad. Pour into a cruet or simply leave in the measuring cup to serve.

For the salad, first, chop your beet greens into bite size pieces and lay them on a plate. Using a food processor and a shredding blade, grate cabbage, beets and carrots, layering them on top of the beet greens.

Then cut your avocado in half lengthwise around the pit. Twist in two. Using a knife, and holding the first half of the avocado, gently slice through the avocado meat. Use a spoon to scoop it out of the shell and place on top of the grated carrots. Repeat with the other half.  Sprinkle green onions on top. Serve

Makes 6-8 servings as a side dish.

1930's Hexagons

Hexie Progress

It’s been a slow couple of weeks for me, but I did manage to create some more hexagons for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Our household was hit rather hard with the flu this month and I spent several days in bed watching Poirot on Netflix, surfing Pinterest and just plain sleeping. But the end result is a bowl full of hexies.

Quilting Hexagons in a bowl

This is a project that will take me quite some time to complete. I have dozens and dozens of white hexagons to make as well as the green ones to make the garden path, but it’s a good start.


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Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale and Pony Club Update

This week I finished block “Fishing Boat” from the Pony Club Sampler. This was such an easy, simple block and it was so nice to be able to put six of them together so quickly.

fishing boat quilt block

Fishing Boat

This week’s mail call also sent me “Home Treasure” & “Girl’s Favorite” which are pictured below.

Pony club Quilt block Swap

Home Treasure & Girl’s Favorite

One of the members of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Swap Spot demonstrated a method for keeping her blocks catalogued and in order. How to File Quilt BlocksShe simply used clear plastic page protectors and a 3” binder. Such an easy concept, and I just happened to have those lying here in my yard sale pile. So I dug them out, found all of my squishies (a squishy is a package containing either swapped quilt blocks or quilting fabric) that were sliding off my desk, grabbed some scissors, a stack of 3×5 cards and a pen and spent two evenings sorting blocks and filing them in the sleeves.

In other news, the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale has been experiencing significant growth this week. Apparently Facebook has been putting the QVYS in quilter’s side bar as a “Might Like”. Sales over all have been tremendous and I was able to de-stash much of my overflow this week.
What is the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale you ask? It is a Facebook group that I formed in September of 2013 to help clean the excess “stuff” out of my sewing room. QVYS started with about 30 members, just “Friends” that I added to the group, and it has grown to well over 5700 quilters. Free to join, you aren’t under any obligation to buy, sell, or trade. We are a drama free group whose number one rule is no commercial business practices. There are a few other rules/guidelines to help everyone have a favorable experience, but not so many that the group isn’t enjoyable. Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I get rid of all this extra fabric?” or “Where is the best place to destash quilting supplies?” That’s what the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale was designed to do. So if you have extra fabric, scraps, thread, machines, or anything to do with sewing, feel free to join. DISCLAIMER: I try to screen new members to weed out clinkers and spammers, so if you don’t have anything quilting related on your personal page or if your privacy settings are too high, I probably won’t add you. Send me a message to let me know who you are and I will add you. Just look for the logo!

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Linking up with Mel over at The Quilting Room.

Next week is spring break so I hope to have lots more to show you!

Melissa aka Nakeytoes Quilting

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Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop 2015 Quilter’s Roundup

The Texas quilting community has recently experienced a new phenomenon called the One Stop Shop Hop. It is a combination indoor shop hop and quilt show all rolled into one. And I had the great fortune to attend one yesterday in Waco called The Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop and the Homespun Quilter’s Guild “Airing of the Quilts”.

First, let me say that I almost didn’t go. Severe winter weather hit 80% of the state and that’s saying a lot because Texas is so BIG. North of the I-35 split received 1-7” inches of snow, which is major snowfall here. On top of that the entire affected area received ¼ to ½” freezing rain/ice. So when I woke up Saturday morning, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. I live roughly three hours south of Waco, and east of I-35, so all I had to contend with was drizzly rain. And having grown up in Michigan, I learned to drive in wintery conditions. I wasn’t worried so much about my abilities, as that of the locals who don’t have the same experience.

My quilting sisters advised me to stay home, not risk it and sew all day instead. And that’s what I had decided to do. But as the morning wore on I kept thinking of all that fabric, all those gadgets and racks upon racks of patterns. Finally, about 10:00am, I made up my mind to try it. I figured I would drive as far as I could, and if the roads/bridges were icy that I would just turn around and come back home. Well, the bridges were salted really well and the roads were DRY! Woot, woot! I made it up there without any problems, and saw several southbound vehicles covered in snow and ice.

Once inside, the Waco Convention Center was nice and toasty. Enough so that I could remove my coat and shop comfortably. Admission was only $3 for the shop hop and $3 for the quilt show. Very reasonable. Once you paid your entrance fee you were given a coupon book that, in my opinion, was worth well more than the price of admission and the gas to make the drive. Each shop had at least two coupons: one for shop hop purchases and one for in-store purchases to entice you into visiting the shop. For example, Fabric Fanatics of Plano, TX had a shop hop coupon worth a FREE fat quarter with purchase AND 15% off any purchase over $50. Their in-store coupon was worth the same with an expiration date of December 31st, 2015. You can bet your bippy this coupon book is going in my quilt shopping bag and staying there!

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Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop Coupon Book

There was plenty of space to shop without bumping into other shoppers, adequate room to stand and converse with friends, and aisles wide enough to push a stroller. The shop owners were warm and friendly and busy enough that they couldn’t converse for long.

Shop Hop View of Aisles

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There were fat quarters galore, quilt kits aplenty, and more patterns than hours in the day. And I wanted to bring most of the quilt samples home with me. For a woman infatuated with fabric, color and texture it was such a happy place. If I had done my research before the show, I would have taken my scissors with me, because there was a gentleman offering sharpening services. I will keep this in mind next year! The only negative thing I can say about the booths is that I wish there had been a larger presence of rulers and thread, specifically machine quilting Aurifil.

There were 41 shops total, and each was decorated with a Western Round-Up theme. Each attendee had the option to vote for their favorite booth. I didn’t take the time, because there were so many wonderful displays that I couldn’t make up my mind. They even had a photo booth of the back end of a covered wagon that my little girl took full advantage of.

The caterer who provided sustenance for the shop hop had reasonable venue pricing and offered a lovely cranberry chicken garden salad, chicken salad sandwiches, and turkey & cheese with lettuce and tomato in a sun-dried tomato wrap. Fresh fruit cups, cookies and potato chips were the side options. I can’t comment on anything but the fruit cups (which were delicious!) because I am unable to eat several ingredients due to food sensitivities. But it all looked wonderful.

After shopping til my shoulders couldn’t carry any more, I decided to tour the quilt show downstairs. The show is a non-judged event, and right up my alley. The quilts have so much more character and you can feel the love emanating from them. These quilts ranged from 12” art quilts on up to queen size traditional quilts. And every one of them was such a joy to view.
My little girl fell in love with a wall quilt titled “Cat in the Night”. The photo doesn’t do this piece full justice. The window was blinged out with “stars” which twinkled merrily in the light. Thank you, Dawn York, for your permission to share this fun example.

A Quilt by Dawn York

Cat in the Night by Dawn York

I took plenty of pictures, but without written permission, I don’t feel that I have the right to share the rest of the photos with y’all. I was, however, able to track down a couple of the maker’s and I’m working on obtaining their okay.

I stayed until almost closing time and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’m looking forward to next year’s event and maybe I’ll even meet some of you there.

And for you readers along the Texas/Oklahoma border, there is a similar event happening in your neighborhood. If you get a chance to attend the TEXHOMA One Stop Shop Hop in Wichita Falls, TX, please let me know. The dates are March 27 & 28, 2015, Cost is $5 and the grand prizes are a Babylock Melody Sewing Machine valued at $1,799.99 and a Cameo Silhouette Cutter valued at $299.99 You can visit their website at


Quilting Fun vs. Quilting Drudgery

So we are in our sixth month of swapping Pony Club blocks over at Farmer’s Wife Quilt Swap Spot on Facebook. And I am five months behind. Yes, FIVE. I can hardly believe it. One thing led to another and here it is February and I’m sewing like mad (my backside is screaming) to get 70 blocks made. I have managed to get half of them finished and I’m tickled to show you pictures today.

October White on White (7) – Christmas Tree: This block was created using an OOP reproduction from Moda. An easy block to make, I really do wish I had more of this green fabric.

Christmas Tree Block from the Farmer's Wife Pony Club quilt block swap

Christmas Tree

November White on White (7) – Cat’s Paw: This block goes by several names, but the most common is Bear Paw. It’s not a quick block as it has 45 little pieces to make all those HST’s, but the finished product is pretty.

also known as Bear Paw

Cat’s Paw

December White on White (7) – Children’s Delight: The end product exceeded my expectations, but I’m still disappointed that I didn’t get to use the cute novelty print I purchased specifically for this project. My mistake, it was far too large for the center square. But the little kitties and blue geometric print look well together. An easy block and all 7 of them only took me a day.

Children's Delight

Children’s Delight

January White on White (7) – Boy’s Playmate: The test block I made for this one was a huge disappointment…I was trying to use up a Robert Kaufman geometric print and it didn’t work. But it will make an awesome binding on another project!. I’m very happy with the final result and it’s simplicity.

Boy's Playmate

Boy’s Playmate

February White on White (7) – Arizona: Not a difficult block, but definitely time consuming. With 45 pieces this one took me FOUR days to complete because of all the little HST’s. Even paper piecing it was time consuming and I managed to watch one and half seasons of Poirot while sewing. 🙂

Farmer's Wife Pony Club Arizona


In other news, I finally squeezed in the time to go to Gerline’s Quilt Shoppe in Giddings, Tx and pick up Junior’s quilt. I am over the moon at how it turned out. I still need to finish the binding, but plan to work on it over the weekend. Then maybe I can finally finish her room makeover.

Have a blessed weekend!


How to Make Mitered Sashing & the First Finish of the Year

Last week I posted a shot of the fabrics that I was going to use for my daughter’s new bedroom quilt. It took me four days to complete the top, but I love, love, love how it turned out. The colors are so bright and cheerful that even on the gloomiest days there will be a spot of color in her world.

Sweet Things Quilt

Full size quilt using the “Sweet Things” Collection from Lakehouse Drygoods

The line I chose to work with is Sweet Things by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Drygoods. I found the fabrics a couple of years ago and only collected what I thought would be enough for a simple throw. Fast forward to December, 2014 and I decided to redecorate Junior’s bedroom as a de-cluttering project. I grabbed the fabrics and started looking at patterns, then discovered that I had nowhere near enough fabric for a full size quilt. Through various online quilt shops (I searched using I was able to find enough of the coordinating fabrics to create the top you see pictured above as well as the backing and any other coordinates I create for her room.

To construct the quilt top I basically cut the panels and sashed them using 1 1/2″ strips cut from various fat quarters. I mitered the connections to give the sashing more movement. I’m thrilled with the overall effect.

Row 3

The beginning of Junior's quilt

Mitered SashingTo make mitered sashing, I cut 1 1/2″ x 22″ strips from several fat quarters. Taking two strips lay one end across the end of the other at 95* angles, overlapping 1/4″ (see picture).

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Using a straight edge (I found a 3×5 card to be an excellent choice), lay it on the diagonal from the top left down to the lower right. This will be your sewing line.

align a 3x5 card along the diagonalLower your needle at the top of the fabric at the edge of your 3×5 card and proceed to sew along the straight egde, being careful not sew the card. You will now have a mitered seam.

The mitered seamUsing either a 1/8″ or 1/4″ Add A Quarter ruler, trim your seam allowance.

Trimming the seam miterPress the seam to one side and you now have a perfect mitered sash. 🙂

Finished Mitered Sashing

It took me hours to pick out a border arrangement that I could live with. I finally decided I liked the look of the floating sashing. I adored the purple print and plan to paint my daughter’s room in a complimentary shade. And I loved the boldness of the outer print. If I had it to do over again, I would lengthen the bold print and scallop the edges after quilting, but alas, too late now. However, some good friends have told me that I can still do a subtle scallop. So it’s off to the quilter’s, and I have my first top finished for the year!

While I’m waiting to get it back from the long-armer, I still need to get her room painted, the full size bed in storage set up, finish de-cluttering, paint end tables, create a reading nook, shop for lamps, a new ceiling fan, storage containers and rugs. It’s going to be a busy month.

Linking up this week with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thanks for listenin’!