Monday, August 31, 2015

Sewing Machine Thingys!

Thanks to Joan Jordan for this educational diagram. Finally, answers for inquiring minds!
I'd like to have an "unobtainium," but you just can't get them! Know what I mean?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gas Fueled Iron

Have you ever seen a gas-fueled iron? It's listed on Etsy for $90 from Wisdom Lane.
You can find the strangest things on Etsy! The iron was made by Coleman in the 1920's. 
Now we've seen everything!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Glamping in a Gypsy Trailer

Vintage Gypsy Wagon Travel Trailer for sale on Etsy from prettyware of Arkansas, priced around $3,500. It has a bed, seating, storage and a cooker. See interior photos in the ad. Vintage cute and clever. Seeing things like this fuels our creativity, don't you think?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Doily Quilts

This sweet baby quilt is featured in the book: Make it Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture by Vanessa Christensen. Nice!

Made by Marlis1 from Tortosa, Spain. She collected doilies from her family and flea markets, then made this quilt. Photo found on Flickr.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lego House

"Top Gear presenter, James May, built a new house in Surrey made entirely out of Lego bricks. This two-story Lego palace, which resides in the middle of a vineyard, has a working bathroom, and is covered inside and out with over 816 million Lego bricks." - Zuza Fun

Thank you to patty a. who told me about this yesterday.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lego Street Art

This painted bridge, embellished wall and tree house remind me of good times with our sons and make me smile. I like happy street art.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lego Wall

Our family is past the Lego phase now, but this clever idea caught my eye. 
I remember stepping on Legos when checking on our sons during the night. 
That's a real eye-opener!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Novelty Fabrics Add Interest

I'm always on the lookout for interesting novelty fabrics like the little red tiger shown above from Cotton and Steel. The branches, the postmark, and the big black dot add some interest too. 
My favorite quilts have a good number of these little surprises. How about you?

The quilt photo above is from the Optimist string quilt pattern

Here are two more interesting prints from Cotton and Steel.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Family Quilt Holder

Haha! I love this quilt photo! Looks like one tall quilt-holder and two little helpers. Sweet.
Nice modern quilt too. This photo was posted by sasikirana on flickr

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spiky Border Tutorial by Tia Curtis

I love how the spiky border adds pizzazz to this scrappy one-patch quilt by Tia Curtis.
 See her spiky border tutorial here and her  Etsy shop too. 
Tia is a quilt teacher and longarm quilter in Kansas.
Nice job, Tia!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Center Diamond Quilt Shop, Oregon

Last week my DH, DS and I vacationed in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Needless to say, I spent some time in this wonderful quilt shop Center Diamond and brought home some treasures too. These friendly people have a beautiful selection of batiks, Oriental prints, beach themed fabrics, Kaffe Fassett fabrics, the newest modern prints, novelty fabrics and more. Lots of books and tools too. And when you're done, you can sip iced tea outside at a nearby coffee shop (and smell the roses).

Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our hotel was a short walk beyond that big haystack rock: Tolovana Inn.

P.S. I had no problem bringing 4" long scissors on the plane (for knitting).