Category Archives: Quilting

Thrift Store Finds

You might remember that last week on Monday I went to Lacrosse to have a needle biopsy done.  Kelli was doing childcare for me while I went to have that done so I wanted to get back as soon as possible.  On the way home Kelli called and said, “Mom, I’m fine here.  If you don’t stop at the thrift store, I’m going to be mad at you.”

Well I decided I’d stop but try hard to make it a quick stop.  I hit up the toy section and the craft section but just did a quick once over on anything else and completely skipped clothing.  I’m so glad I stopped….I found fabric!

Here’s my haul.


These two pieces were 50 cents each.  The white with letters was two yards worth.  The green was left overs from the backing of quilt I think.  There is a yards worth of that but not in a traditional cut.
There was this kit of purple fabric that someone designed and put together.  I says that two more yards of purple are needed.  I’m going to have to read through it carefully and see exactly how I’m going to use it.


For $2.50 it was a deal.  I think it will be fun to figure it out and make it into something…or I might throw the fabric in my scrap bucket and jazz up my scraps with some purple.  It’s a color I don’t typically have a lot of.


These three pieces were rubber banded.  They were “specially marked”.  Two were $1 each.  One was $1.50.
The $1.50 one was two yards…on of the $1 ones was one yard.  The one on the lower left was left overs from a quilt backing.  I think it is about a yards worth but again, not in a traditional cut.

People often wonder if the stuff I get at the thrift store is quality fabric….See for yourself…. Continue reading

River Road Quilt Shop

I told you that when I went for my biopsy on Monday that I stopped at the River Road Quilt Shop in Lacrosse.  It’s only a few blocks from the hospital and clinic so it’s easy to stop.   I’m trying to stay out of quilt shops and not spend any more money than I already have (more on that to come)…but the mystery quilt colors were revealed and I need a few more pieces so what’s a girl to do but shop.


The outside doesn’t look very friendly, does it?  But I’ve been in the shop before and it’s okay so in I went.

I’m doing my mystery in batiks (more on that to come too) so my mission was batiks.  I couldn’t remember what they had for selection…so I went in and walked past EVERYTHING to the batik section.  That takes some will power.

Here’s their batik section….Just the top row.  Shucks.  I can see a trip to Forest Mills Quilt Shop is in order.  The girls there have the best batik selection in my area.

I thought I might as well give you all a little shop tour as long as I was there….The camera on my phone was acting up.  You know how it goes when your phone automatically updates and something isn’t quite right afterwards.  This time, it was my camera.  UGH.

Isn’t this cute…it’s a headband in a braid.  If I had a girl that wore headbands, I would really think about getting this.

Isn’t this bag so cute?  I love the pineapple blocks.  I was so tempted.

I took a picture of the name of the pattern as I figured one of you would love it too.  I didn’t get the pattern.  I reminded myself time and time…I have bags and I only use my very favorite ones.  I don’t need another.


As much as I would love to do the mystery in Civil War prints, I know it’s a no go.  So many of the colors like light blue and the aqua, it’s never be able to find.
Fabrics galore…see? Continue reading

Working Efficiently

I always get the “how do you get so much done” question.  I thought I would do a blog post about it in regards to my hourglass quilt.

I decided to make this one night while scrolling on my phone and looking at free patterns on Bonnie Hunter’s blog.  The next morning I woke up early before childcare and looked at my 2″ bucket of scraps.  See the totes behind this quilt?  They are all scrap buckets.


I have one for Civil War and cream based prints and I have one for brights and white based prints.  So without any work at all, I can pull the bucket and be ready to cut.

Here’s the bucket….

I pulled color families and put them into small baskets.  I set up a cutting station on the kitchen counter and cut for a 1/2 hour for a few days at naptime and cut in the evenings here and there.  In no time, I had the quilt cut out.

I did use my companion angle ruler.  It helps eliminate one of the points that would otherwise need to be trimmed.   If you look in the basket with the greens, you can see that the units are already paired together.  I do that as often as possible.


I didn’t have to pull fabric.  I didn’t have to slice a strip off.  I didn’t have to refold all of the fabric.  I didn’t have to put all of the fabric away.  That is a HUGE time saver.  I did have to do all of that for the neutrals as I ran out, but when I did cut into them. I cut a few extra strips on purpose.  That way when it comes time to make the next quilt, this step will already be done.  My mom used to say, “Use your head and save your feet”.  This is one way I practice that to this day.

In all seriousness, I had enough of this quilt cut out within 18 hours of deciding to make it, to start sewing…and I slept and worked in that time period.

In the evenings I would take a basket like this….

..and turn it into this… Continue reading

Disappearing Nine Patch Revisited

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

This is one of the first disappearing nine patch quilts that I made.  I made it back in October of 2009 for a wedding present.  It was so quick and fun to make….I know you’re looking at it and saying, “Um, Jo, that is not a disappearing nine patch.”  Truly, it is.

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As I was paging through the archives I was trying to find something that I thought you’d all like to be reminded of….this quilt was an easy pick.  I’ve talked about it and others I’ve made using the same technique, disappearing nine patch.  I thought it was a great time to revisit this pattern.

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Still don’t believe me…check out these instructions. Continue reading