Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Antique Spool Holder

I had planned to use this auction find - an antique spool holder - beside my sewing machine to store my go-to thread, but today's long spools wouldn't fit. So, I dressed my holder up in vintage wooden spools and a pincushion made from some vintage patchwork squares. Looks awesome setting on my antique Singer treadle sewing machine. Love it even more now!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dance of the Water Lilies

My quilty friends found a beautiful fabric for me last summer on one of our Row by Row Experience excursions. I was looking for the perfect fabric for my first One Block Wonder quilt. Although there was not enough to make a large quilt, there was enough for six repeats and a little extra for a border. And it was only $3.00 a yard. Perfect for my first attempt!

Well after six months at the quilter, I finally have it back and bound! So, of course, I have to share. I just love the colors in this quilt. I named it "Dance of the Water Lilies". Fitting I think.

Now, I'd really like to cut into one of the other four fabrics I have purchased for OBWs since this first fabric, but I really do need to try to finish up some of those UFOs.....I mean, I did make that my New Year's Resolution after all.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Auction Finds - Sew Excited!

I spent the day at a farm auction with the hubby. Wasn't expecting there to be much that I'd be interested in so I took a quilt that I'm binding along. But among the farm tools piled on flatbed trailers were a few prizes I couldn't pass up - much to my husband's dismay!

I've never seen a thread spool holder like this so I couldn't let it slip by. I think it will work perfectly by my sewing machine to hold my favorite neutral colors of thread.

And the auctioneer was even surprised when they uncovered these gems. I scored not one, but TWO Singer Centennial featherweights, circa 1951. One has all the attachments, books, case, etc. while the other one is just the machine and case. What a way to celebrate National Quilting Day!

I uncovered a few other goodies on those flatbed trailers - an old wooden folding ruler, a metal jadeite green floor dust pan, some old books and an old typewriter. All great items for DIY upcycling projects! I feel a crafting day coming on:) The ruler and typewriter keys are destined for some fun necklaces, while I think the dust pan would look awesome with some spring flowers spilling out of it. And the yellowed pages from the books will make some great art journaling paper - a new obsession I want to pursue.

You just never know what you might find at a farm auction. Needless to say the binding didn't get put on that quilt!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Yardsticks & Scrabble Tiles Sign

I love yardsticks. The old ones that have a painted or varnished finish. And I'm starting to have quite the collection thanks to my junking trips over the last few months. So today I decided to make a sign for my sewing studio.

With just a few yardsticks and some scrabble tiles that I've also been collecting, I headed off to the barn.....

And in an hour this is what I ended up with!

I love it and it looks SEW good with the letters on my wall.

Stay tuned as I have bigger plans for the rest of my yardsticks!