Monday, July 29, 2013

Fun finds! Sew-in & July NewFO's

Since I'm headed out of town in the morning (have to drive youngest son's stuff back to college), I won't have time to write separate posts about all I've done.  Sorry.

Thursday was the regular sew-in day at the LQS.  I worked on my Harry Potter blocks, getting them ready to embroider.  Boy does it take a lot of time to transfer title names, and pick out thread colors for each book!

After sew-in, I stopped by a few thrift stores.  It was a very Harry Potter day!  Here are three of my big 'scores' for the day.

Harry Potter musical water globe from the 2nd movie
 My son wanted to take my Harry Potter tie I found a while back.  I told him that it was for my collection, but, that I'd keep my eye out for one for him.  Well.....
Gryffindor tye, with original tags
 I have a set of Dessert Rose dishes, that were 'salvaged' from the trash pile.  They had belonged to hubby's coworkers grandmother, and coworker didn't like them.  (set of 6, plus lots and lots of extras included).  Well, I do have 2 different platters, but, look what I found for $1.99.  Not a chip on it!
Dessert Rose platter
Friday evening, hubby and I went to the Oswego Antique Market.  After a supper of a yummy lobster roll, and a shrimp roll, I found a Singer oil can in great shape for only $5.  I've been wanting one for a few years now, but, I was unwilling to pay more than $5. 

my new (to me) Singer oil can
Saturday was the Pride of the Prairie sew-in.  I got lots of 'NewFO's' started.

some of the ladies at the sew-in

more ladies at the sew-in

7 preemie quilts cut out and pinned, ready to be stitched
The preemie quilts are due to be finished next Monday for my other guild.  Not sure if they will get done by then or not.  I forgot to take pictures of the 'outsides' of the quilts. 

I've also been asked by another of hubby's former coworkers if I can 'duplicate' the baby quilt I gave to her youngest daughter.  Now, I did NOT make this baby quilt, I cheated and bought it. 

baby quilt that has been 'loved' to death
Here is the stack of squares that I cut out so that I can duplicate the quilt.

squares to duplicate the 'loved to death' baby quilt
Yes, there are WAY more squares than I need.  I figured that while I was cutting, I could cut enough to make more than one quilt top. 

Here are some of the projects that some of the other ladies at the sew-in were working on.

trying to use up her patriotic fabrics

Maria's hexie quilt blocks
One lady brought these cute 'goodie' bags for everyone that came to the sew-in.

You Don't Have To Spend a 'MINT' To Have A Good Time!
I keep saying that I'm working on my Harry Potter blocks.  I have finally finished a few of them.  Here is proof.

embroidery finished

Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean & Spiders & Their Habits

finished embroidery

Madcap Magic for Wacky Warlocks & Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches

Magical Drafts & Potions by Arsenius Jigger & Intermediate Transfiguration
embroidery finished

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them by Newt Scamander &            Flesh-Eating Trees of the World by Hugh G. Forrest  

An Anthology of Eighteenth Century Charms
Trying to figure out what titles to use for each book (and fabric) can be difficult.  I am having fun, though.  Hopefully I'll get back to paper piecing new blocks soon. 

The only other thing I've been working on lately (other than machines) is my string quilt for Quilts of Valor.  I keep forgetting to take pictures of it.  If I get a lot done at the sew-in next week, I'll try to remember to take pictures of it. 

So, until next time.....

"So much time, so little to do!  Stop, switch that!"

(Willy Wonka)


  1. Glad you are keeping busy and not sitting around being bored! lol - you are one busy girl! Have a safe trip tomorrow - how can it be time to take stuff to college already?! The summers go faster every year! ~Jeanne

  2. Lots of great buys and I love the roses platter. You are doing a great job on the Harry Potter quilt.

  3. The Harry Potter blocks look wonderful! And I love the vintage oil can . . . great find! :)

  4. Wow, you're still so busy, but it all sounds fun. I love the names of the Harry Potter books.

  5. I love your HP book titles!!!
    I'm having a ton of fun watching your progress on this quilt. I wonder if you're keeping it when you're finished. I don't know how you could ever part with it, but maybe you can put it in a show or two.

  6. Good for you! Embroidering the titles took me FOREVER!! Much longer than making the blocks did.

  7. Love the book titles! You are doing a great job on the embroidery, too. Sew many books, so little time.

    My HP wears an unauthorized tie that I made from a fat quarter of the appropriate striped colors. (It was made over 5 years ago, so that "print" probably isn't available any more.

    Your little baby quilt stacks of fabrics look great. Is that Minkie I see in the back? MMMMMM Minkie!


  8. SO productive! I love the book titles.

  9. Wow, you have been busy sewing, thrifting and quilting! OMGosh that platter...what a find. Loved the Flower Garden blocks...I have one as a forever WIP...LOL!!! Thanks for sharing all your projects. Can you believe July is gone and now August will probably go just as fast. It's hot here in Texas, so that will be okay with me for Fall weather to get her sooner than later.

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Cousin Lucy and Husband Sock

  10. Love your books and titles. What a fun project.

  11. I love that platter! I have a set of dishes that are probably from the same company. Mine is vintage apple ware from California. Can't believe the lady didn't want the set : (
    Lucky you

  12. Love the oil can. The baby quilt should be a fast one.


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