Tag Archives: 1930’s reproduction fabrics

Rhubarb Pie, Serpentine Stitch & a Drawing

In mid-February I walked away from the job I held in the fabric department at Hobby Lobby in order to fulfill my role as housewife. Before y’all go feminist on me, it was MY decision, not my husband’s.  While working I didn’t have time for anything. Housekeeping, cooking, mothering, “wife-ing”, and quilting all took a backseat and my life became endless days of constantly running.

I was fulfilling the part of me that needed adult interaction, and the parts that needed to teach and to learn.

What I was losing, though, was precious time with my family. And I was losing my creativity. Weeks would go by without me touching my machine. For a Creative, that generates discontent, frustration, and angst.

It seems like forever since I have had a finish. I don’t have one this week, but I am making Pile of Rhubarb Pie Quilt Patchesprogress. Sunday I managed to stitch four neat little stacks of 2-patches for the beginnings of my Rhubarb Pie quilt. One of the Facebook groups that I used to Admin had a swap for the pinks and greens needed. You can purchase the pattern here at Bella Rose Quilts (I have zero affiliation, they were the first one that popped up with the pattern).

Last Saturday was our monthly Sit & Sew at my friend Jan’s house. She graciously allowed me to use her long arm frame to baste some quilts. I’m really terrible about getting pictures. However, I did manage to get three smallish (larger than crib, smaller than twin) quilts basted in about six hours. Go me!

Jan discovered this wonderful thread from Superior called Vanish Extra. You can purchase it directly from Superior or through Amazon Prime.  Vanish Extra is a water soluble thread that stitches up just like regular thread. Toss your quilt in the wash, and voilà, no more basting stitches. A word to the wise: Don’t lick your fingers to moisten the end of the Vanish Extra when trying to re-thread your needle. Haha.

Wednesday ended up being a sick day for Junior. She’s been fighting allergies and a nasty cold, and it finally settled in her ears. Poor tyke. So while she lounged around in her jammies reading on her Kindle, I had some unexpected free time to quilt. Wooohoooo!

19030s 4 patch with a little helper for Nakeytoes QuiltingAt some point this winter, I did have some free time to whip up this top. It was fast AND easy. A wonderful combination for someone who was missing their sewing time.

Detail of Serpentine Stitch in Variegated Thread by Nakeytoes Quilting 2016It’s just a simple 4-patch made with some 1930’s nickels that I had purchased online. It measures roughly 63”x81”. I had seen a picture on Pinterest and knew that I had to make it. Check out Mama Spark’s blog to see the original. I love the simplicity. And serpentine stitch is my new favorite quilting stitch. Throw in some pastel variegated thread, and you have quilting bliss.

As I said, it’s not done. By a long shot. I still have endless rows to achieve the look of the one in the photo. But I’m working on it. And I’m quilting. Finally.

As a side note, I am trying to grow my Facebook page Nakey Toes Quilting. Like, Share, and Comment on the pinned post to be entered in a drawing to win Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart.

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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

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!
Melissa

 

Merry Christmas!

I hope this holiday season finds you hale, hearty and full of good cheer. May your lives be blessed with peace and plenty.

The last couple of months have been busier than usual so I haven’t touched my sewing machine as often as I would have liked. On the upside, I did get some time with my new serger in order to make my daughter a princess dress.

What I did finish this month are these beautiful Pony Club blocks . They still need squared up and the papers torn off, but I love, love, love how they turned out. In fact, I wish I had more of the fabric because I would make an entire quilt out of them. The fabric is a retired Moda 1930’s reproduction print.  I found it a little quilt shop in Shiner, Texas a couple of summers ago. The owner had gone to Moda’s clearance sale and scooped up dozens of OOP prints.  Moda was cleaning out their library because they were running out of room. They decided they only needed a yard of each print in their library and sold off the rest.

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

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

I’m writing this post Christmas Eve morning and I have several things planned today. Some celebratory, some not (like cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, UGH). There has been a picture floating around Pinterest and Facebook this season showing a Christmas Eve activity box. I decided to do one spur-of-the-moment. Yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and found this chest on sale. Perfect!

Christmas Chest 1

Since it was spur of the moment, and not planned well, I had to make do with a few things I had on hand. But the contents include:

Christmas Eve Activity Chest

Christmas Eve Activity Chest

I have decided to include in my weekly Finish it Friday post a link back to a Pinterest board. Because it’s Christmas, it was rather obvious what it should be. Enjoy the pins, and I hope you’ll follow me.

https://www.pinterest.com/mllitz/christmas/

Merry Christmas and may your New Year be filled with happiness and peace!

Blessings!

Melissa

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