Category Archives: fabric

In the Frame and a Finish

I finally finished the top (flimsy) of the garden quilt! It’s the bow-tie pattern with hand-appliqued hexie rosettes. It is now sandwiched, basted and in the frame – ready to be quilted. And here is another Because You Matter quilt. … Continue reading

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Tiny Fabric Baskets

The other day Jenny over at Elefantz posted a tutorial on making cute little fabric baskets. I was immediately smitten and I HAD to make one! No…two! Three! The first one was easy. Too easy. Is there even such a … Continue reading

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Ta da! The Vintage New Look 6510 Shift Dress Part 2

This is a follow-up post on my second vintage New Look 6510 shift dress. You can read all about part 1 HERE . And the original shift dress which I sewed out of a sheet and which turned out very … Continue reading

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Thrifty Retirement Living: how we saved $1,800!

One of the challenges of early retirement is learning to live within a (smaller than we were used to) fixed income.  There isn’t a lot of wiggle room, and making a big purchase means the money has to come out … Continue reading

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Vintage Simplicity 9852 Strikes Again! (shorts version 2)

Remember these shorts? Well, today I made another pair, out of…get this… a curtain that I got for $1 at the thrift store. Yup – a curtain. No pockets this time. Actually, I did make pockets, but I screwed them … Continue reading

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Vintage Simplicity 9158: Shorts!

I do not own a single pair of shorts. Okay. Not true. I actually own several pairs of shorts, that I bought several summers ago after I lost 65 pounds. (Yes I did! Read about it here and here). But … Continue reading

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Flirting the Issue!

I made a skirt today! This is the Flirting the Issue skirt by Anna Maria Horner. You can find the free pattern here! You can wear it with a belt or by itself. I’ve made a sash with the left … Continue reading

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Happy Mail!

Bee blocks came in yesterday’s mail from Shelly (We Bee Canadian block exchange). I had requested mini skinny churn dash blocks. Shelly, feeling generous, sent an entire goodie bag! The churn dashes, PLUS scraps of the fabrics she used… And … Continue reading

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Disappearing 9-patch (Australia Quilt part 2)

Hello again! I thought I would explain what a disappearing 9-patch is for those of you non-quilters out there who check into my blog once in awhile. 🙂 You’re welcome! 🙂 A nine patch block is made up of 9 … Continue reading

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The Australia Quilt (part 1)

In April, 2010, Mr. C and I traveled to Australia. To buy some fabric. Well no, actually. We went so that Mr. C. could fulfill a life-long dream of doing his astronomy thing under the Southern Night Sky. But of … Continue reading

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Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt

This Dresden Plate quilt was given to us by Kelly’s grandmother, Louise Collins when we were newly married, many years ago. Louise was born in 1895. If she were still living, she would be 119 years old! It was given … Continue reading

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Sam finds a basket

Hello, My name is Samson and this is a basket. I found it on the floor. I wonder if my mom hid any cookies in here?Rats…only fabric scraps. Maybe next time she will make one for me, too.

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