Monday, March 18, 2013

Pinterest Inspired

 Recently, on Pinterest - my favorite time stealer - someone used an open cabinet as a display for their quilts.  It looked great at the end of their bed.  I remembered that we had a pair of cabinets that were originally used to store videos - back in the big TV days.  DH and I measured, and they would fit perfectly at the ends of the sofa in our family room.  Finally, some quilt display like I've always wanted!  No pic of the other cabinet.  It is identical except it houses computer equipment.  Thanks Pinterest!

Hope everyone had a fun National Quilting Day on Saturday.  I spent nearly the entire day in the sewing room, and read Betsy Chutcheon's dynamite new book.  All three of her books have great reading, and wonderful patterns and photos.  They are books that I've gone to again and again to look at and dream.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Got Nothin'

Not much sewing progress lately, but I have been looking through books.  I love the simplicity of this quilt.  Jan and I split a bolt of unbleached muslin last fall (which I haven't dipped into yet).  I have 25 yards at home, but none where I'm spending the winter.  My buddy Jan sent me a 1/2 yd so I can get a start.  I'm on vacation next week, so maybe I can make some progress. 


Hubby and I were browsing through an antique shop and look what came home with me!  The detailing is in great shape.  I think the machine is from the 1930's.  It's a portable, but heavy.  Only thing that would make it better is if it was in a wooden base - this one has the canvas type fabric.  The machine runs great.  This makes up for the featherweight that got away (and this one was half the price of the featherweight - so win, win).

I went off the grid a couple weeks ago and ran away to the Mt. Dora Antique Extravaganza - what fun and the weather was perfect!  What do you think this contraption was used for?  A fabric pleater.  Heated rods were inserted in the channels, a turn of the crank and, voila, pleats!  Looks like a pasta press.

This row of aprons has to put a smile on your face!

And if the aprons don't make you smile, maybe these crazy orchids will!