Fabric Jackpot!

A friend of a friend of my dear hubby asked him if I’d be interested in some fabric from an estate sale.  Well, sure, I guess (hoping it wouldn’t smell musty).  How much?  $30 for a “Tupperware bin.”  OK – let’s go for it…  Well, how lucky am I?  I’ve hit the Fabric Jackpot!!!  A true bonanza of goodies, packed in a giant bin and two boxes.

Here are some of the piles….piles-of-fabricLots of pretty reds.  How cute is that western fabric with the boots and hats?

redsBeautiful batiks.  Love the green with the pretty splotches of color:

batiksLots and lots and lots of flannel for baby quilts.  Most of this I will donate to the JPS Charity Baby Quilt group at our guild.

flannelsThere are some odd fabrics, upholstery fabric, apron panels, etc. that will go on the free table at the next guild meeting:

miscellaneoousBut also very pretty blues:

bluesAnd purples!!! I bleed purple so this is perfect!

purplesA few fat quarters of civil war fabric:

civil-warA wonderful selection of greens and oranges:

greens-and-orangesHow about this scrumptious selection?

pretty-combinationThere is some serious yardage here, y’all!  At least 2 1/2 yards of the teal paisley!

A little bit of yellow.  I’m guessing this was not her favorite color, although the bumble bee fabric is super cute!

yellowsA little bit of Christmas:

christmasSome neutrals and browns:

neutrals brownsBlacks and grays…

blacks-and-graysEven this wonderful Japanese fabric!

japaneseA bunch of bright and pretty florals too!

floralsHere is some fabric that I can’t decide if I love it or hate it!  Swirly colors are pretty, background color not so much… What do you think?

swirly-fabricHow about this sunflower panel?

sunflower-panelAnd then I came across a big pile of log cabin blocks – 31 thirteen inch blocks!  This was one serious project left unfinished.  As I looked at her stash I realized some of the fabrics I had sorted into different piles belonged with this project:

log-cabin-fabricsHere are a few of the blocks on the design wall with possible borders….

log-cabin-projectThere are several possibilities.  Wish I could have known what she planned.  I think I’d like to finish this project.  Hopefully someone will help me finish a few of mine after my big quilting estate sale!

Oh, but wait!  There’s more!  A Quilting Frame!

quilt-frame-boxDear hubby and I put it together.  All the parts were there although some of the parts were coming apart.  Not sure I’ll ever use it but it was a fun discovery…

quilt-frameAll of this for $30!  And, no – it didn’t smell musty at all!

Now I call that a Fabric Jackpot!


BOMs, BOWs and Blooms

While I was on our wonderful bee retreat this week, I worked on several projects including the Carol Doak Scrap Scamble Block of the Month (BOM), a new Barbara Brackman Block of the Week (BOW) called Austen Family Album and a very bright flowery churn dash quilt.

First – the Scrap Scramble BOM.  Actually, it is once again more than one block – but very cute and scrappy:

AprilThe Barbara Brachman Austen Family Album just started this past Sunday with the first block called Bright Star for Jane Austen.  I decided to use Barbara Brachman’s  Modernism line of fabric.  It is simply gorgeous and I love that she has brought us so many BOMs and BOWs with thoughtful related historical context.  Here is block 1:

Block-1---Bright-Star-for-JAnd, now for something completely different – this churn dash quilt made with a Kanvas New Bloom layer cake:

cookie-bloomsThe pattern came from a Better Homes and Gardens publication called Perfect for Precuts.  It was such fun to work on each of these blocks during the retreat and put them up on the design wall for all to see.

I also worked on some hand applique and a new quilt using my hand dyed fabric, however, neither of those are ready for any kind of sharing – yet.  Stay tuned!

On the way home, I had to stop and get a picture of this hillside covered with bluebonnets – spectacular!

bluebonnet-hillHave a great weekend, y’all!

Blooming Blog

This past Tuesday, we made the trek over to the Dallas Arboretum for Dallas Blooms.  It was a little bit cool and Spring is a little bit late this year (ok, a LOT late) but it was the perfect time for the tulips!  They were simply gorgeous!

PathwayThey were everywhere!  And in every imaginable color… yellow and orange:

Yellow-and-Orange-TulipsPurple and White:

Purple-and-White-TulipsPinks galore:

Pink-and-White-TulipsHere is a close up of a few pink tulips.  Doesn’t that just look like Easter?

More-TulipsOther flowers as well.  Many bright yellow daffodils amongst the tulips.  And these were in containers at the entrance.  I think they are peonies.

PeoniesThere are two large “peacocks” with fabulous “feathers”….

PeacockAs well as these mystery yellow flowers – maybe lilies of some sort.

Yellow-FlowersEven the hyacinth are still in bloom:

HyacinthSo, if you are in the North Texas area, be sure to check out Dallas Blooms!

Happy Spring, y’all!

Building Barns, Bali Stars, Blooms and More in Mt. Calm

I came home from the JSS Quilt Retreat at Compass Centre about four days ago and I just now feel like I’m caught up on my sleep!  What fun we had!  I was so busy sewing, eating and laughing, I didn’t get much blogging done.  But now that I’m caught up on some zzzz’s, I can share some retreat moments.

The gals that participated in the Bali Star class made great progress – ok, it may have felt slow and tedious, but the results were tremendous!  Early on Peggy and Sarah show off their “melons”:

Peggy's-Bali-Star-Start Sarah's-Bali-Star-StartBut soon, these parts were put together:

Bali-Star's-Start-to-take-s Peggy's-Bali-Star-ProgressAnd eventually entire blocks adorned the design walls:

Bali-Star-BlocksI know these quilts will be simply beautiful! As the Bali Stars were being created other projects were also well underway.  Barb finished quilting this beautiful hand pieced baby quilt.

Barb's-Baby-QuiltAnd she worked on the blooming pansies for a bed runner for her mom:

Barb's-Periwinkle-Octagon-QSee the spot on perfect hand piecing?  Barb is using the Inklingo method with the Periwinkle Octagon shape collection.  Check it out … so pretty … so tempting!

As Barb built blooms, Suz built row houses:

Suz's-row-housesThe fabrics are simply to die for!  Cherrywood Hand Dyed fabrics.

And I built more barns with chickens to go with them:

Barn-Block-4 Barn-Block-3 Barn-Block-2Chicken-BlocksIt was all about the livestock out there in the countryside!  These will all go together as part of the Little Red Barns Quilt.

What would a retreat be without a little bit of “Getting Goofy” with funny hats and silly straws!  Tiaras for some…

Barb-in-her-tiara Cindy-sews-in-a-tiaraFunny hats and mustaches (or …uh… uni-brows) for others:

Suz-in-funny-hat-and-uni-brAdd in a very silly straw and a glass of wine to send us all over the edge into hysterical laughter!Pam-with-funny-straw-and-fu We certainly had a lot of fun!

Let It Bee

Last Thursday was JSS Bee Day and I really had a wonderful time!  We were hosted by the gracious and ever vivacious Kay and her two wonder dogs – Dallas and Bailey.  Here is Kay and Bailey – I don’t think she can pick up Dallas since he probably outweighs her by kazillion pounds.

Kay-with-Bailey-the-DogThank you, Kay, for hostessing!  Your home is beautiful and I particularly like the new addition to the dining room – the 2012 brown bag masterpiece made for you by Jules:

Brown-Bag-MasterpieceWe started off with some chat and chow!  Sue and Karen chat with the Mom’s:

Sue-and-Karen-with-the-MomsLynn, Cindy and Kay chat and nibble:

Lynn,-Cindy-and-Kay-chat-anAnd Suz breaks into a box of cookies – including some very powdery sugary ones – I know because I ended up with a tell tale trail of powder sugar down my front!

Suz-with-a-box-of-treatsSoon we gathered to talk about the Block Exchange.  Suz, Sally and Lynda gave their forms a final once over:

Suz,-Sally-and-Lynda-reviewAnd Judy had a few more past block exchanges to share.  This one was a patriotic Christmas Star block exchange:

Judy-shows-block-exchange-fI really liked this block – but them I’m kind of into snowmen right now:

patriotic-snowmanJudy also showed her JSS bag which has been blinged up with fringe and a golden thimble.  Judy's-golden-thimbleSomething about how this golden thimble was related to a past block exchange – Barb’s name was mentioned and the sad fact that you shouldn’t iron gold lame fabric.  Maybe the JSS’ers can comment with more detail…

Peggy had this pretty Line Dancing quilt for show and tell.  She made it for a Kansas City girlfriend who teaches line dancing.  I’m sure she will love it!

Peggy's-Red,-White-and-BlueThe time came for the Block Exchanges forms to be collected and Judy, Peggy and Jules ascended into Kay’s Mike’s man cave to work through the sorting and dividing.  Apparently, what happens up in the man cave stays in the man cave – just sayin’..

Meanwhile we actually had some stitching going on!  Sue was working away on her Tumbling Blocks – Lynda and Sally wanted a closer look:

Lynda-and-Sally-inspect-SueAnd then, of course, we all had to see:

Sue's-Tumbling-Block-One-WaIt was interesting how different the three dimensional block appears when the quilt is held one way and then the other:

Sue's-Tumbling-Block-the-otNancy was also working on binding these cute little penguins:

Nancy's-PenguinsNancy – they have no eyes and you have no face!

Nancy-and-her-penguinsThat’s better.  Nancy also showed us the contents of her “to go” bag – what she takes to work on while waiting on kids and their activities.  A pretty welcome quilt – watch out Nancy, I think Lynda has her eye on that one!

Nancy's-Welcome-QuiltAnd these blinged up houses:

Nancy's-Super-Cute-HousesWe paused the show and tell to grab some lunch even though the Block Exchange workers were still hard at it up in the man cave.  What were they doing up there anyways!  We were getting hungry!

After a wonderful butternut squash soup, lots of yummy salads, some to-die-for guacamole and the best peppermint brownies ever, we were no longer peckish and ready for more show and tell.  Our own Homecoming Queen Lynn had two fabulous show and tells – this cute watermelon quilt and her super cute hair cut!

Lynn's-Cute-Watermelon-and-Karen showed us this bright and happy quilt:

Karen's-Bright-&-Happy-ShowThe pieced back makes it twice as bright and happy and reversible too:

The-back-of-Karen's-Bright-Judy, Peggy and Jules finally joined us and distributed the block exchange bags.  We all took a minute to look through the block exchange forms we received.  There may have been a bit of trading here and there but everyone was excited to see what they’d be making and for whom.

Many of us spent some good quality time talking – a little bee therapy session.  Many words of wisdom were shared and it was a special time.  It reminded me of the Beatles song “Let It Be.”

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And that was JSS Bee day!  Have a great week y’all!

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