Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sewing, Knitting, Quilting and Fabric Love

I was tired of looking at the standard black Featherweight sewing machine box.  Boring!

I knew that I wanted to do something 'different' to make it my own!  Decoupage, hmmmm?!  I didn't know if I wanted to decoupage with paper or fabric until I saw this...and, this!

And, came up with this...

I still need to add grosgrain or some sort of ribbon to the handle, per suggestion of my online crafty friend, Rita!  You gotta go check out her Etsy shop here!  Still have more to do, but so far I'm pleased with my box!

Next, on the creative agenda, was this laptop bag for my daughter!  All of my thrifting and garage sale shopping, left me defeated in finding a laptop bag that would fit "today's" laptops.  Most of the ones I came across were for retro laptops!  I'm talking about 5" thick from the 90's and shorter in width!

I'm also knitting a cowl for a dear friend!  Found this easy and cute pattern by Madelinetosh!  She's on Ravelry, also!  Beautiful patterns!

These blocks are from a Block Exchange via Treadle On.  For the love of vintage and antique people-powered machines!  Rules for this block exchange, this block design and colors be sewn on either a treadle or hand crank German manufactured machine!  Here's the machine I used!

Here's a center medallion block I made in March.  This is one of my WIPs!

And, I've been feeling the urge to splurge on some fabric!  The budget was tight, but my neighborhood fabric shop had a great sale!  (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)  So, I picked up these fat quarters!

I'm sorry I didn't have any Junk Love for you!  Maybe, next week...we'll see!  For now, I need to go over homework with the 2 youngest children and work on my assignment, due Monday!

Until next time...


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Luggage, Knit/Crochet, Embroidery, and Bargello Junk Love

I actually acquired this vintage luggage for skates through Freecycle.  It's perfect for MORE fabric stashes!

Bag of these lovely knitted? or crocheted? scarf and squares in cotton!  I think they're crocheted.  I love collecting projects from unknown artists (quilters, crafters, sewists, etc.)!  The challenge is to find out what they might have been creating and making your own version!

Vintage cross-stitch and embroidery transfer patterns.

Vintage apron sewing pattern.

My husband found this one.  He's heard my conversation on Bargello quilts, however, this book is about Bargello needlework!  Interesting book.

Now, back to school work for myself and the children...

Peace and Junk Love!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Here are the newspaper clippings to purchase the patterns also, in the envelope...

Here are the actual patterns still intact...

I have found many of these vintage patterns by mail.  Mainly clothing, some dolls and some purses.


Peace and Junk Love!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

WooHoo Wednesday! Junk Love

I will have to say that this has been a crazy week!  I've decided to go back to school, after twenty-something years.  I am so excited and nervous ALL at once!  The children go back on August 16, so I'm prepping for their return, as well!

Everyone knows when my hubby returns from working out of state, we have a garage sale, thrift store 2-day extravaganza!  It was cancelled to help a friend!  However, we just went 'looking' on the day he was to leave.  It was meant for us to 'look' on this particular day!

We got a deal...4 walnut vintage chairs for our dining room for $20!  That was hubby's find!

Housecoat for $1.  This pic does not do it justice.  The colors are so vibrant and the flowers are 'poufy' and raised.  I'm thinking...refashion!  Not sure what, yet!

Pair of pants (still with original tags) for $1!  I love this print!  This will be a recycle project...a 'Pinwheel' or 'Broken Dishes' baby quilt!

This Christening gown for $1.50!  Some stains, but love the embroidery work!  Not sure what recycle project this will become.

a closer look of the detailed work!

Now, one of the best things I found rolled-up in-between boxes...only $5!

This vintage full size bed quilt!  All hand sewn!

I took very special care in cleaning this beautiful quilt by an unknown quilter.  Now, it is on my bed!

I also found several vintage sewing machines!  Did not purchase...yet!  Our friend and neighbor who owns one of the local thrift store, just so happened to be making room for new inventory and that's how we all got excellent prices for our finds!  You know I'll keep checking on the sewing machines, periodically!

Until next time,
Peace and Junk Love!