Mystery solved?

Thank you all so much for all of your wonderful comments on the sewing notions that my mother passed along to me.  They were all so nice!

Mystery tool

Consensus on the mystery tool, in the photo above, seems to be that it’s either a turning point or a finger press. Based on the fact that it has a point, but not a sharp one, and that the rectangle on the end is shaped in a way that seems like you should hold it there, I’m leaning towards the turning point. Though perhaps it was meant for many purposes! Anyhow, I’m happy to have it, along with all of the other wonderful tools.

Meanwhile, one more finished Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt! This one is already accounted for and being mailed off today!

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

Only two more to finish up and then I’m not going to make this pattern for awhile. I’ve had my fill!

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

These little guys sure are cute though.

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!
Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

Hope that you have lovely weekends filled with sewing! I’ve not been able to be in the sewing room much this week with my mother’s visit so I’m excited to get back at it. Oh and by the way yes, she did love her quilt!

My sewing roots.

My mother is visiting right now and brought me a wonderful gift.  Let me explain…

When my great-aunt (on my father’s side) learned that my mother loved to sew, she was thrilled.  She had someone to whom she could give all of the many sewing notions from the family.  So many wonderful tools and items!  Now that I too have picked up the needle and thread, my mother has passed these things along to me.  Needless to say it’s so wonderful to have things that physically attach me to my sewing roots.  Just have a look… so much stuff!

All

Look at all of these wonderful old wooden bobbins.  The colors of the thread are still so bright and vibrant!

Thread

Can you read that? Yes. It says “Pure Silk” for 15 cents!

Silk

Needles in wonderful holders!!

NeedlesClosedNeedlesOpen

Needle BoxNeedleBox2

The prettiest embroidery scissors:

Scissors:

An old pin cushion made from a Chinese child’s shoe.

Shoe

And finally, a beautiful gold thimble still with it’s original case. My mother told me that when she was given this, I was two years old and immediately grabbed it from her and loved it. How wonderful that I now have it!

Thimble

I am going to use all of this stuff! Well, the stuff that I can use… Not only do I remember my mother using it when I was growing up, but it’s amazing to know it reaches much further back into my family’s history.

Oh! And a question for all of you… there is one mystery tool in the bunch. Anyone know what you would use this wooden tool for?

Mystery tool

Spring!

Here in Southern California, there are no weather complains, but it’s officially now spring. That, combined with the fact that I HAD to take a break from the baby quilts lead me to a couple of bright vibrant pillow sleeves!

Pink1BLue1

These are quick and fun to whip up. Remember how I mentioned I needed to explore yellow a bit more? In doing so, I’ve come to realize that I really don’t have that many yellow fabrics. Will have to remedy that with time!

Pink4Blue4

Nice envelope openings so that these are easy to toss in the washing machine!

Blue5Pink5

Both are in the shop!

2 down…

and 3 more of this pattern to go. Hope you don’t get sick of seeing the same quilt, with different fabrics over and over… Some are for friends and some to sell!

These two are both now in the shop.

Square in Square Baby Girl QuiltSquare in Square Baby Boy Quilt

I hadn’t worked with strictly yellow and pink before… I kinda love it. I’m thinking I need to start exploring yellow more in general!

Square in Square Baby Girl Quilt

I worked with 50% Bamboo batting for the first time with these and I have to say, I love it! The drape is really lovely.

Square in Square Baby Boy Quilt

My usual pieced backs:

Square in Square Baby Girl QuiltSquare in Square Baby Boy Quilt

Next I’m gonna try to get a couple of gender neutral ones all done. Hope that you all have wonderful weekends!!

More of the same…

Squares and squares and some more squares!

Loads of Blocks

Three more of the same style tops finished.

BoyGirlNeutral

Hoping to get them all finished for the shop sooner rather than later! That means less blogging and more sewing! Off to keep at it…

Taking the plunge…

Simple Solid Bindings

I’ve opened an etsy shop.  Only these couple of quilts in there for now, but more will be listed  the next week or so!

Baby quilt makin’ machine.

That’s what I feel like these days!

Two more tops finished:

Girl Blocks quilt topBoy Blocks quilt top

Will I ever tire of really colorful baby quilts filled with whimsical fabrics?  I don’t think so!

Cars

I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned how much this new broke my heart.  No more new Heather Ross fabrics??  The preciousness of every bit I own just increased.

Heather Ross close up

While it’s fast and effective to make multiple quilts of the same pattern at once, I’m ready for something that is more organic.  I have three more of these quilts cut out but after I finish those I’m going to have to make something that makes me feel less machine-like. I’ll be due some improv piecing by then!

Pins get an upgrade.

I have always meant to make myself a beautiful pin cushion but have some how never gotten around to it. My pins lived in a ugly little plastic container.

Pin Situation

But no longer!

Megan from Philistine Made is in Block Party with me.  She was so sweet and sent me one of her amazing pin cushions along with her beautiful blocks! I was thrilled! Look how much better my pins are lookin’! I’m loving that this will now be a staple on the sewing table… Thanks Megan!!

Pin Situation Remedied!

Block Party – March

For March of Block Party, Kristen gave us a really great challenge. She posted this photo and asked us all to come up with the answer.

quiltplan

Needless to say, it took lots of thinking before I got started. I knew I wanted to include curved seams but also the log cabin feeling. We’re all making two blocks so I had to come up with the solution to the equation twice!

Here’s the first block that I came up with:

Block Party - March

This was the first time that I’ve ever done curved seams and clearly they aren’t perfect… Things got crazy with me making templates and everything!

Making templates

And the second block that I made:

Block Party - March

To me it kinda looks like there’s a little tv in there. Didn’t do that intentionally…

I’m pretty pleased with them.  Especially individually.  Together I wonder if they “go” but I hope that they will mix in with all of the other blocks just fine!

Block Party - March

Hope that you all have great weekends!

Yet another purse

Recently I’ve been getting a little thrill out of making projects that you can finish in one sitting. Quilts certainly don’t provide that, but cute purses do!

Linen Purse

This one’s from the same pattern as the last red one I made. It’s really a great little pattern. I often struggle with handmade purses looking… well… handmade. This pattern really doesn’t have that vibe to me.

Linen Purse - Inside

I’m going to have to buy more Hello Betty the instant my fabric buying ban is lifted. I really love it so much. To me it’s the perfect mix of modern and pretty.

I’m out of magnetic snaps so I’m improvised by adding a button. I think it’s a cute touch!

Linen Purse - Button detail

I’m not much for linen in my quilts, but in purses?!? It’s perfect. Love. Love. Love.

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