I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts. I have been going back and looking at them. It’s been fun. I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW. Over Ten years. I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the quilts and other quilt related things I discovered in August of 2010.
I had found this Bottle Cap Trivet at the thrift store and bought it. I wanted to recreate one so I saved bottle caps. Making this was so fun. At one point I even made kits to make them and sold the kits. I don’t anymore…
You can find the tutorial for how to make this HERE.
At the time I had just gotten an Accuquilt Go. I was so excited to be able to cut circles with it. I needed the circles for my trivet project.
It was a fun adventure but I later sold my Accuquilt Go and all the dies I had accumulated. Although fun, I didn’t have the space and it wasn’t for me.
I finished this quilt…. It was a quilt along. I checked the links and sadly the blog hasn’t been updated since 2014 and the pattern is no longer there.
This quilt was later donated to raise money for the school music booster club.
I had been to the Iowa State Fair and checked out the quilts that were on display. This was one of them.
I still have this pattern and STILL would like to make it. Oh my word Jo, just do it!! You can see the other quilts from the fair HERE and HERE.
Next I was learning the age old lesson of reading the instructions BEFORE sewing….see?
I was working on this quilt… Schnibble Plan C
But at first didn’t read the directions so the pieces didn’t fit together.
Some unsewing happened. You can read about it HERE.
Kayla was home and was helping me get my treadle going….
You can read about that HERE.
Kayla had dropped off a quilt top she pieced and I machine quilted it for her. Kayla still has this quilt at her house and every time I visit I tell myself I should really make one. It’s made with brushed cottons that I think she bought at Country Threads when the shop was open. No one really sells brushed cottons anymore. Does anyone know of source?
You can read about it HERE.
I finished a Schnibble pattern, Joy Luck. Find it HERE.
I had entered my Hot Cross Buns Schnibble into a contest. read about it HERE.
I ended up coming in second place. That was an honor.
That’s my quilty blog posts from 2010. I love reading through the old posts. As I was writing this I thought, oh my, I really didn’t finish a lot of projects.
Then as I was reading I saw this note:
“Kayla and I canned 33 quarts of tomatoes yesterday and catered the fireman supper. And a roaster full of these meatballs, a roaster full of party potatoes, a crock pot of green bean casserole, a salad, and homemade buns for 50 hungry firemen! It’s my day to cook for the county fire meeting.”
This was from another day, “….2 batches of peach jam, 11 quarts of peaches frozen for pie, 19 quarts of peaches to eat and 19 quarts of salsa later…Kayla decided to tackle the treadle sewing machine.”
We were canning CRAZY.
I think canning had taken over my life and spending time with Kayla…so quilting fell to the wayside. That’s totally okay….but it was interesting that I really didn’t finish many quilts. I’m guessing that once I do a blast from the past for next month, the finished quilts will be there. Stay tuned.
If you’re interested in reading past blog posts, you can find the archive button on the right hand column of the blog….it’s kind of fun to look back and see what I was doing then.
It’s SEW much fun doing this time warp with you, Jo. Thanks for sharing!
If you want some brushed cotton fabric, let me know.
I know I still have a lot of it in my stash.
Most of it will be red or blue.
I would be more than happy to share it with you.
I have been trying to recreate that ISU quilt. It’s in my pile of UFO’s. My son graduated from Iowa State in May, I should finish it up and give it to him!
You might be able to use men’s Flannel shirts from the thrift store in place of brushed cotton for a similar look and feel. I made my husband a quilt from his old flannel shirts and he loves it.
Your comment that you didn’t really get much done that month reminds me of an entry I once read from a pioneer woman’s journal. It was something that was shared at church, intended to prompt us not to be so hard on ourselves and to consider all we get done in our daily lives–although I think it might have had the opposite effect. It went something like this: “Brought dinner to the widow down the way. Did several loads of wash; would have done more but I need to make more laundry soap. Harvested the apples from the lower orchard. Prepared the supplies for canning, which will take place tomorrow. Baby has been sick but he seems slightly better after being up all last night. He finally napped this afternoon, which gave me time for scripture study with the older children. All in all, not a very productive day, but tomorrow I will try to do better.” Reading that made me feel like a sloth–which was probably not undue criticism for me, although I knew several ladies who did an incredible amount of work every day and were still very harsh with themselves, holding themselves to some kind of Super Woman standard. Reading about the canning you got done that August, I’m impressed you made any quilts, let alone a contest winner!
Jo, I remember that bottle cap trivet. I even made one. Not sure what happened to it tho!
Love and prayers
It was funny to read your old post and see your comment about only being able to get the treadle going backwards. My mom has always said that she could never get one to sew forward. I need to make time to treadle again soon! It’s so enjoyable.
Crazy to quilt in cedar falls Iowa
Washtub quilts in Kleme Iowa both sell brushed cotton. Seems like there is a 3rd in NE iowa but I can’t remember where. Good luck with your search.