Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Won! Thrifty Finds! and progress!

I haven't had much time to post lately, and won't for the next few weeks.  Youngest son will graduate High School later this month, and, I'm trying to work on some graduation quilts (3 to be made) some secret wedding mini quilts (2 to be made) and getting ready for family to arrive and a graduation party that youngest has invited over 200 people to so far, just by facebook alone.  Whew!  I'm tired just thinking about all of this to be done. 

First, I won the April monthly giveaway over at Chris's blog We Love Quilting!  I got to choose which of the four Gee's Bend quilt kits I wanted. I chose Housetop Nine Block by Annie E. Pettway.
Gee's Bend quilt kit
 Well, Chris included a few other items in the box, too.
great bag with a quilt on it, yoyo maker, mirror, chop sticks, pens, needle info, key chain, nail file, extra bag, book mark, etc.

cool spider plant stick with quilt kit
One of the best things Chris included was the jumbo yoyo maker from Clover.  I purchased a kit earlier this  year that needs that yoyo maker for the finishing touches.  I figured I'd purchase one when the project was almost done (it hasn't even been started  yet).  I also love the spider plant pick.  I put it in the aloe vera plant by my sink.  It's one of the few plants that I haven't killed.  I've had that plant for well over 10 years.  Thank goodness it doesn't need to be watered very often, because, even sitting next to the sink, I never remember to water it.  I'm not good at growing plants, just dust and dog fur.  Oh well.  Thanks Chris.  Check out her blog.  She has a monthly giveaway.  This month it's a surprise box of goodies.  I'm trying to decide if it would be rude to enter, since I just won this giveaway.  I don't enter giveaways unless I think I'll use what they are giving, but, surprise boxes are like Christmas stockings.  Full of great, fun things.  I DO pass on the items that I can't or won't use.

Marilyn and I went to Sandwich, IL on Saturday.  We checked out some antique stores.  Lots of great items, but, most things were way overpriced.  We saw LOTS of quilts, but, I didn't take any pictures, sorry.  I also found a great treadle that I'm keeping my eye on.  I don't really need another treadle (need to find a home for one of my 4 treadles) but, when did need ever enter the picture?  This treadle is a White treadle, and, I need a White base for the lovely White treadle head dear hubby bought for me last summer.  I DID buy a sewing machine....
Necchi Supernova toy machine
I found the cutest plastic toy Necchi Supernova machine.  It even turns!  I need to clean it up, and then, use it as bait for a full sized Necchi Supernova machine.  I also found a jar of goodies.  I purchased it because it had several thimbles in it.
jar full of goodies with thimbles

better picture of goodies from jar
I got 6 thimbles, 3 needle threaders, buttons and LOTS of needles in this jar.  Does anyone use yarn darner needles?  I have 3 packages of them, but, I have no need for them.  I'd gladly pass them on if you know someone who could use them.  There were also 3 packs of vintage Kenmore needles. 

Now for the progress.  I have 3 graduation quilts to make.  My niece has already graduated.  She was home schooled, and they graduate earlier than public schools.  I'm designing a quilt for her, using fabrics I purchased a few years ago, with her in mind. 
I've sewn 42 sets of Triangulations for pinwheels on my hand crank.  I still need to trim them before they can be sewn into pinwheels. 

My large quilt guild is having Bonnie Hunter next week.  I'm taking one of her classes on Friday.  I need to sew lots of Triangulations and 16 patches before the class.  I'm going to use up some of vast collection of Christmas fabrics that I've collected over the years.  I'm afraid it won't even make a dent in the collection.  I have two HUGE plastic tubs of Christmas fabric.  I also have a bag of Christmas scraps that I acquired at some point.  Does anyone need a bag of Christmas scraps?  I have so much yardage and smaller cuts, that I don't need and won't use scraps.  If you want some, let me know.  I'll be adding to the bag in the next few weeks, as I start making this quilt.


  1. Not it will not be rude to enter. I forgot to tell you the chopsticks work wonders for the pieces you have to turn. They wont poke holes in your fabric. I usually write it on the package but forgot.. Feel free to enter and thank you for this lovely post. Chris

  2. Oh, a Bonnie class - lucky you. She has been in my area twice in the past 6 mos. and have not been able to get into the class(es). Share photos.

  3. Good luck with the Grad party, so much to do, so little time. Have a blast at Bonnie's class.

  4. You got lots of goodies, and a nice day with a friend. What's better than that? I have a friend who LOVES scraps if you don't find anywhere to pass them on to. She would love them! Have fun at your Bonnie Hunter class! Love your little Necchi machine!

  5. Good for you! Your toy machine is just darling!

  6. Love your bits from the antique shops. Wish I lived close enough to relieve you of the extra treadmill. If you have leftover scraps, I'd love to have a few. I use everything in my American Hero quilts. =)

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  7. Wow, I had no idea that there was a toy Supernova! Great find, and good luck with you projects.

  8. Hi Cheryl, you ended up with lots of neat purchases. You are right about need not entering into it. Today I bought a little cat jug with a lifted paw as the spout, a cat tea bag rest, a little matching plate and a tea bag holder box with a little teapot handle on the lid. All of Delft pottery. I hope Easyjet allows more carry on weight than Transavia!
    You have your work cut out with three quilts to make. Quilts are such wonderful gifts though.

  9. I love your toy Necchi! (I've been looking for a well working chainstitch toy or a Singer 20 that I could afford for over a year--so I'm very hopeful your Necchi toy will work as bait!)
    Loved seeing you hand cranking on Bonnie's blog!


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