Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Teapot Tuesday

It has been a long time since I've posted a teapot.  Here is my newest (to me) teapot.
I found this at an Estate Sale on Friday.  I didn't know that there was an Estate sale until I turned onto the street, headed somewhere else.  This teapot has a card in it that says:
"Happy Anniversary" on it.  The new owner of the teapot added a few notes to the card.  She wrote that they received it on 5/28/1980.  The teapot plays 'Tea for Two'. 

When I was growing up, my daddy would have tea parties for him and me.  He'd make cinnamon toast (his cinnamon toast was the best) and brew Constant Comet tea in a teapot that played 'Tea for Two' that my Aunt and Uncle had given my parents as a gift.  This teapot brought  back nice memories for me. 

When I showed some of the goodies I found last Friday on the last post, I forgot to show one thing.
This needlepoint is DONE!  I paid fifty cents for it.  I am thinking that it would be a nice center for a mini quilt.  It does need a small bit of the black details to be finished, but, I think I can do that part.  I'm not familiar with needlepoint, but, I've done a bit of cross stitch before.  The kit does include the directions and extra thread.

Today is hubby's 50th Birthday.  Youngest son is off from school today, while the younger kids have testing, so, we're headed to take hubby to lunch.  I'll be taking him out to dinner with friends this evening.  We're having a big party on Saturday.  Oldest son is doing his best to get moved to his new dorm room (have to wait till the occupant moves out) so that he can drive in for the party. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paper piecing & some finds

I took a class on paper piecing Tuesday night.  I've been wanting to learn how to paper piece for a long time now, and, winning the great paper pieced squares from Terri at QuiltNCards was the final push for me.  These are the blocks I won from Terri:

potion bottle
I want to make the Harry Potter paper pieced quilt from Fandom in Stitches one of these days.  Here are the two blocks that I made Tuesday night.
first block

second block
Now to find time to make more blocks.

I went to a rummage sale and a estate sale yesterday.  The rummage sale was wonderful!  I scored lots of goodies there, and didn't spend much.  I'll show what I got at the estate sale on Tuesday.  Here are just some of the goodies I got at the rummage sale.
rummage sale goodies
None of these items cost more that a quarter each.  The envelope in the top, left corner has about a dozen quilting stencils in it, including a whole set from Georgia Bonesteel.  I scored two books, 'Bicentennial Quilts' and 'Quilts and Other Comforts Catalog No. 6'.   Bicentennial Quilts has some quilt patterns that I've never seen before, including "Lady in the White House'
Lady in the White House block
I think this would make a great 'Leaders and Enders' project.

In the Quilts and Other Comforts Cataloge No. 6 were lots of pictures of quilt blocks.  You could order templates for the blocks.  It even tells you how to make metal templates and how to 'quilt-as-you-go' with pictures.  I found kits for 'Star Quilts' that  the star is 70" across.
quilt kits
Can you believe a kit was only $16.95 each?  Boy have times changed!

I also found a bag with all these Halloween goodies in it.  The black fabric is a yard piece, and the orange is 1/3rd yard.  The skeletons are earrings.
Halloween fabric & 'other' stuff

cute ghost pin

cute little mouse
I just loved the cute little mouse.  He is currently sitting by my sewing machine hand crank.  He is only 1" long.

I also precut double knit hexies.  Some were already sewn, and turned into something, I think pincushions.  I'm not sure.  I have my hubby's aunts double knit hexie quilt that I need to repair, and these double knits will come in handy for that. 
double knit hexies
I also found some sewing machine zig zag disks.  They say 'Deluxe Zig Zag' attachments.  I don't know what machine they will fit, but, I'm sure I'll find a home for them one of these days.  They were only a quarter for the whole set. 
Deluxe Zig Zag attachments
I'm still sewing on my son's graduation/dorm quilt blocks.  I'm close to having the blocks done.  Then to finish designing the rest of the quilt.  Trying to find sewing time around here lately has been hard.  It won't get any easier for a while, either.  Hubby's 50th Birthday party is next weekend, and oldest son comes home from college for a week then.  Cooking and cleaning (and putting all my sewing stuff away) takes priority.  I wish I had a sewing room so that I didn't have to put all my stuff away.  I lose stuff each time I have to take it to the basement.  Not everything gets brought back up.  My basement area is so disorganized, and I don't have time to mess with it until after youngest son graduates.  Oh well. 

Have a Great Weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Travleing Stash Winner!

After Dancing with the Stars (I wonder who will be voted off this week???) and Castle (come on Castle and Beckett, just kiss already!!!)  I had the drawing for the traveling stash. 

14 names in the bucket

Dear youngest son drew a name.....

The Winner!
I would love to have the box. I need a few good books and have some nice fabric to add in.

Angie has two blogs, *Sew Scrappy Quilts* and  Stash Bee (with other quilters, too).  Check out her blogs.

I'm off to contact Angie!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Traveling Stash Giveaway!

I won one of the Traveling Stash boxes from Terri over at QuiltNCards.  Thanks for drawing my name out of the hat (literally).  It has been crazy busy here, so, I took longer than I should have to pick out what I wanted to keep and figuring out what I wanted to put into the box.  

Here is what I am keeping.
What I took out
I only took out a fat quarter in purple.  I will be taking a paper piecing class next week, and the purple will work nicely for some paper piecing I want to do later.  I also took 7 books and magazines out. 

I am adding more than I took out (if I can stuff all of it back into the box).  This is what I am adding.
8 books and patterns

4 patterns

1.25 yd & 2 FQ's of fabric and a pin cushion
Here is some of the other things in the box.
lots of fabrics

several books, magazines and patterns

patterns and stabelizers

So, here are the rules for winning this Traveling Stash box.

1. You must be a blogger so you can "pass it on" to another blogger and keep us posted about where it's going.

2. You must be willing to ship it on to the next person.

3. You may take anything you like, but for every item you remove, you must replace it with another item.  Items do not need to be new, but if they are not new, they must be gently used.

4. You may fill the box with:  orphan blocks, books, patterns, notions, rulers, and definitely fabric.

5. There is a note in the box that logs where the box has been.  Please add your info and place the note back in the box.

Sorry, but because of shipping costs the box cannot be shipped internationally.

If you want to win this box, leave me a comment below.  For a second chance, you can blog about it and let me know.  You can't be a 'no reply' commenter.  If I can't reach you, then you can't blog about this and follow the rules above. 
I will pick a winner on Monday, April 16th, after 10pm central time (sorry, I can't miss DWTS or Castle): )

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I got Tagged!

Melinda over at Tilda's Twisted Life tagged me.  Click on the link to check out the questions she had to answer.  I've listed my questions below.

Here are the questions:
1. Musicals or plays? And what are your favorites?

I LOVE Musicals!!!!!  I was in the 'Sound of Music' when I was in 3rd Grade.  I played Marta. 

2. Do you have any "hidden" talents that have not made it into your blog?

I cook the Wednesday night meal at church once a month.  I've been doing it for 2 years now, and, people keep coming back.  I like to cook for people who appreciate it.

3. Are you a reader? If so, what are you reading right now?
Yes, I'm a reader.  I am currently reading "Over What Hill:  (Notes from the Pasture) by Effie Leland Wilder.  I usually read mysteries or stories about people from WWII

4. What is your favorite time of day?
Morning.  It's usually quiet here during the morning time.  I can get more done around the house before breakfast than I get done the rest of the day.

5. Do you save the selvages from fabric? Have you ever made anything with them?
I only have a few selvages.  I saved them for a friend once.  She made me a cute stocking with them.

6. What is your favorite quilt you've ever made?
I made a quilt for my best friends oldest son for his graduation & marriage.  I quilted it like and 'I Spy' with the quilting.  It has butterflies, dragon flies, dogs, cats, sheep, flowers, and lots of other things quilted in it.  It was the first scrappy quilt I made. 

7. What color comes up most often in your quilts?  Even though RED is my favorite color, I have blue in every quilt that I've made, even if it is only a tiny bit.  Blue just goes with more colors.

8. Do you play music while you sew? What songs get you motivated?  If I listen to music, it is either country, or, oldies rock.  Usually, I turn on a movie that I've seen before (so I don't have to pay close attention to it) and cut or sew. I also sew during commercials when I watch TV.  When I hand quilt, I like to listen to audio books, mainly Harry Potter books. 

9. What's the worst injury you've ever suffered? 
I sprained my ankle in high school.  I ripped the ligaments, tore a bone, and did major damage.  The doctor said it would have been better if I'd broken it instead of what I did.  My ankle is still weak, and the ligaments grew back tight on the inside, and loose on the outside, so, I have to watch every step I take so that I don't sprain it again. 

10. Do you come from a large family or a small family?
There were 2 parents and 2 kids when I was growing up, but, my fathers extended family is HUGE.  We used to have family reunions every year in my grandparents back yard (huge back yard) and about 500 relatives would show up each year.  Fun!  I miss those family reunions.

11. Have you always lived in your current hometown? If not, how far away do you live from the town where you were born?  I've only lived in Illinois since 2003.  I was born in Texas (Greenville), but, I never lived there.  I grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, then, in San Angelo (West Texas), where I met hubby back in Jr High & church.  Our families are still there.

I am going to tag two lovely ladies with these questions (yes, I'm using the same questions).  Melinda already tagged some of the others I would have tagged.  So...

1. Michelle at ~Life With Lou~

2. Amy at A Quilted Sheep

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NewFO's for March & Giveaway coming!

Barbara over at Cat Patches is having her NewFO challenge.

I didn't get much started or finished this month.  I don't have pictures of the main thing I've been working on, so, I'll list it next month instead.  I made lots of Disappearing 4 Patch blocks during the demo of my vintage machines at my guilds quilt show in March.  I sewed them on two of the machines, the 1959 Singer Spartan (192K) hand crank and the 1896 Singer 15 treadle.

Disappearing 4 Patch blocks

I did get this started as a NewFO and finished, too!  My only finish this month.  You can check it out at this post.
Block Roll-Up

Block Roll-Up
Block Roll-Up

I also won one of the Traveling Stash boxes.  I'm still deciding what to put back into the box.  I'll have a drawing for it next week.  Come back then to sign up for it.  Fun!