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!


  1. Sounds like you're going to be busy, Cheryl.. Great finds at the rummage sale! I love the idea of the 70" star. :)

  2. Wow, what a lot of great treasures. I love finding old quilting books.

  3. I'm guessing the disks (cams) are for a Kenmore(???). Nice quilt blocks!!!

  4. I like paperpiecing,especially for those pointy pieces that are hard to join otherwise. You really scored with those goodies...older books are so much fun to look through.

  5. Great finds! I too have a set of cams like that and no machine for them--and I have machines with no cam sets, so I always snap up cams when I see them.

    Love the paper piecing, and think I will introduce my sewing student to it. We're working on little-girl-dresses, but I like to show her a quilting technique each week too.

  6. Good for you Cheryl, you are doing it - paper piecing - that is. Hope you get to that HP quilt.
    Congrats on your "finds".

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