Saturday, April 9, 2016

Finally finished a quilt!

It is April 9.  It is snowing.  Go figure.  At long last, I finished something.  I made a  reproduction of an antique doll/crib quilt from my collection.  The original quilt dates to about 1870; it has faded over time.  I recreated it with the colors I thought were originally used.

Do you prefer doing reproductions with fabrics that look new or look "aged"?

Friday, December 11, 2015

10% off everything in my Etsy shop

Just a quick update...I am offering 10% off my Etsy shop through Sunday.

I have some beautiful antique quilts for sale at excellent prices.  Email me at, let me know what item you are interested in,  and I will adjust the price for you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And the winners are...

Quilted Finish and Dirt Road Primitives.  Please email your mailing addresses at  Thanks for playing everybody!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Long-Time-No-Blog magazine give-away

I thought once I retired I would be blogging all the time.  I've been working on lots of home and garden projects, as well as doing a little sewing, but not much blogging.  I am busy, but not rushed. It is great not to always be in a hurry to get everything done.

To try to get back in the blogging groove, I have a give-away for two lucky followers.  One of my little quilts is published in the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.

I have two copies of the magazine to give away.  Comment on this post and I will draw two names on Monday morning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

new project

I started a new project, something a little different for me.  I purchased this printed panel from Quilt and Textile Collection here:  I picked the smallest size, 6 inches.

I pulled out some reproduction fabrics that I liked and just started; no plan except that it would be a medallion style quilt.  Here are the first two rounds; very simple.

The next round in in progress, a saw tooth border.  What should I do next?  Hmm...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

whole lot of squares

Sewing, not just organizing, has been taking place in the quilt lab.  Using antique fabric from my collection, I put together this 16-patch quilt.  It is about 24 inches square. Each small square is 3/4 inch finished. I had found bundles of the black and red fabrics on an antiquing trip--there are two different prints--and I wanted to highlight them in a little quilt.  I originally had a large-scale floral border, but found as I was getting ready to quilt, the floral fabric was weak and would rip when tugged on.  I switched to the red and white geometric and am happy with it.

When I make a quilt like this, I cut many lights and darks for the 16-patches.  I lay them out the way I like and usually have left overs.  
 I made four-patches with the left-over squares and set them with yellow  for a happier look.  I used the same border fabric for both quilts.

I listed several new items in my Etsy shop including these patchwork pillowcases.  Start your collection today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Quilt Lab Reorganization and Renovations

I have spent the last week reorganizing, renovating, and down-sizing in the quilt lab.  I got rid of an old dresser where I stored fabrics.  It was not ideal storage because I had to rummage through to find just the fabric I wanted.  I found storage cupboards on Amazon and, with some help from my sons, assembled them.  The cupboards have tons of storage space.  I have reproduction fabrics in one and antique fabrics in the other.

 Here is a stack of little quilts I have made over the years.  I can enjoy them whenever I open the doors instead of having them stashed away in a drawer.

It was also fun to decorate the top of the cupboards.
Here are views of the rest of the quilt lab.
 Vintage sewing box with reproduction velvet strawberries.

Storage drawers under the work table hidden by a shower curtain from Target.  I just loved the colors so cut it down to fit.