August 2013


I moseyed over to my favorite flea market last week to mark the first day of school.

It’s usually what I do when there’s a ringing in my ears because the house is just too darn quiet!

Ever get that?

I know, I had lots to catch up on and lots more to do, but…

some things just can’t be helped!

I hadn’t been there in over a month, not exactly sure just how long really.

Well, I came out with just a few treasures, least of which a new bed!

I didn’t even know I needed a bed.

That’s my favorite part of going to flea markets, and tag sales.

I never know what I need until I see it!!!

Well this bed could practically fit into my back pocket.

Mini Bed

Instantly I knew I would have to make a quilt for it.

Actually as soon as I saw it on the shelf I knew that I had the perfect idea of a quilt for it.

I already had these:

VP mini trimmed corners

Ordinarily these would go right to the trash as soon as I trimmed them from the flying geese units, but for some reason after I had a neat little pile of them I got the idea that maybe this is the quilt that I will actually make something with those snippets.

The eternal optimist.

So, as I trimmed each flying geese unit for this particular quilt last week, I put all the little pairs of triangles into a baggie.

Last night I emptied that baggie and started sewing.

Girl on a mission.

Mini hst's

Some of them could have been trimmed a bit straighter, a bit larger…

That’s an inch grid marked there, so they’re pretty small to say the least!

This morning I cut them apart then pressed them open.

It was hard to do, but I ignored the inconsistencies of sizes.

I did not square them up.

That was tough, but I knew if they were trimmed perfectly square I would have to throw a lot of them away.

I wanted this to be as large as possible

and literally scraps from making the original quilt.

I next sewed all the tiny half square triangles together,

added a border,

did some quilting,

Mini VP quilt tag

then slipped a selvage tag into the edge before finishing the binding.

Mini VP quilt

At 8″ x 10″ I’m pretty sure it’s the quickest I’ve ever hand stitched a binding in place.

Now I must get back to work!

Until next time,

Susan

At the beginning of the year I told you here that 2013 was going to be a fun year for me

and not just because 13 is my favorite number!

Along with new patterns & books and traveling to new & exciting places,

I’ve designed my first fabric collection!

VintagePlayinTruck

It’s called “Vintage Play” and it is being produced by Red Rooster Fabrics.

(cute little handmade truck was found in an antique store while we were in Astoria, OR this spring after quilt market)

It has taken a year to get where we are with the collection.

The folks at Red Rooster have been great to work with!

My yardage to create samples came a couple of weeks ago.

Boxes of Vintage Play

It’s not every day that I receive packages from Korea.

Pretty exciting happening…

Pile of Vintage Play rolls

This is where they first landed on my garage floor.

Me & Vintage Play

I called my mom and told her she needed to come down. She hopped in her car without even knowing why she should come…better than Christmas morning!

I made the first sample in record time,

VP sample 1 pieces

These are all the pieces for the top.

My quilter stayed up all night to quilt it so it could be shipped to New York for photography. Tamara, you’re awesome, thanks!!!

The collection has 19 pieces and I used all but one for the quilt.

Fun!

Vintage Play rolls

The free pattern will be available to shops later this month.

I can’t wait for you to see it.

This is where they now reside as I take turns cutting pieces off of each one to make my new pattern samples.

Vintage Play at home

Neat & tidy, just like soldiers.

Wait until I get pressed for time, they won’t look so neat & tidy then…

VP sample 2 pieces 2

These are the pieces for sample #2.

The blocks are sewn, and waiting for borders to appear,

but for now they must wait.

School starts Thursday and I have more important things to attend to.

Come Thursday morning when the bus pulls away though,

I’m all about “Vintage Play!”

Until next time,

Susan

Well, let me tell you…

First of all it’s summer.

  Need I say more?

Our house seems to have a revolving door.

As one leaves another is coming home. I never know how many to cook for. If I cook for three, there will be five, and vice versa.

I’m constantly shopping for food, yet there’s “never anything to eat around here.”

David’s garden is supplying lots of tomatoes, my personal favorite! There are also cucumbers, black berries, green beans, zucchini (yuk!) and we’ll eventually have pumpkins, cantaloupe & watermelon.

Our trip to the Rocky Mountain Sewing Expo in Colorado was fantastic.

We met so many nice people.

If you’re one of them, thanks for coming out to see us!

My Cobblestone Courtyard class was great.

Cobblestone Courtyard Class Denver 2013 Liz, Joan, Birdie, Opal & Nancy,

thanks for being so prepared for the class and for being such good participants.

It’s been almost four weeks. Are those quilts done yet?

Don’t make me come back there!!!

(Actually I’d love to!)

Booth set-up was a breeze with my helpers…

C&C Denver set-up

OK, it took all afternoon & most of the evening.

Denver booth end of set-upBy the end of the night all we wanted was Chinese food delivered to our room,

but I think the booth looked great!

Denver whole boothWe were able to display so many quilts.

The Merchandise Mart in Denver was very nice & so was the staff of Rusty Barn Shows.

Denver booth center

Daisy Baby Buggy captured many hearts..

Denver booth runners and baby corner

Pumpkins in the Patch & Bunnies in the Grass were popular too.

Denver booth Christmas corner

We sold lots of my Ginger Bliss pattern.

Denver booth In Season corner

I explained my Quilt-as-you-go technique at least a million times!

Denver booth long back wall

And of course, my “A Pretty Package” quilt pattern was our best-seller for the week!

Have you made one yet?

If you haven’t, you should. Everyone else is making one!

Denver booth w the girls

We met so many nice people offering advice of where we should go and what we should see while we were in Colorado.

One evening we drove to St. Mary’s glacier

then ate at Beau Jo’s Pizza in Idaho Springs.

BeauJosPizzaIdahoSpringsFantastic pizza!

The next night we drove to Mount Evans.

Denver Mt Evans

At 14,265 feet, it  is the highest paved road in North America.

Also, according to Clare, one of the scariest roads in North America..

BeauJosSign

It was getting pretty late for dinner that night so we decided if we could make it to Beau Jo’s in time we would eat there again.

We ended up eating there three times!!!

We weren’t sure with the wildfires & then mud slides what might hinder the rest of our sightseeing.

We were able to go up Pike’s Peak on the cog Railway.

That was fun and interesting too.

Denver cog Railway at Pikes Peak

I used the panoramic option on my phone for this photo. How cool is that? I’m impressed that I remembered to use that setting while we were there and not a couple of days later…

Spectacular view from 14, 110 ft.

We also saw the Garden of the gods close by.

The last day we ventured over to Breckenridge to eat at Daylight Donuts!

Have you had their donuts?

Denver daylight donutsWorth the trip!

I found this in a vintage shop.

Denver cart at BreckCan’t wait to show you my next post & what’s in store for this little gem…

Something pretty exciting there!

I’ll end with this,

Denver quilt at McDs

hanging at McDonald’s in Hayes, Kansas on our way home.

I don’t think I’ve seen any quilts at McDonald’s previous to this…

How smart of them to encase it in glass.

It would not look good with ketchup or mustard on it!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our Rocky Mountain Sewing Expo & side adventures.

Until next time,

Susan