Stash Busting 101

I like the sound of STASH BUSTING.  In other words get busy making something simple and easy to help get rid of some of that fabric that is laying around collecting dust.

Why something simple you ask. My answer is why do everything you make you think has to be National Competition Contest. In other words why do you think your quilts or projects have to be masterpieces.  Some of the best ever quilts I have are just your run of the mill average quilts.

We can’t take them with us. So why do we make them put them up and only bring out when someone comes over to state to them how long it took to make, how much money it cost and the value it as appraised. Ok every quilt I own has a value to me. Priceless, whether it took months to make or days . Whether it was in a competition or just in my home for me to lie under it  love it and feel secure when I am using it. You get the point.So get busy STASH BUSTERS!

I found this quilt on this page and I am going to start today right now printing out the quilts and sites they come from so I can start STASH BUSTING January 1, 2015 .  Did I just say 2015?  Time is flying get to busting.

http://www.incolororder.com/2010/09/plus-quilt-tutorial.html

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Lasagna Quilt Pattern

I found this really cool picture and tutorial on how to make one of these quilts out of a pattern called The Lasagna Quilt Pattern. You will have to click on the link to see the actual quilt.

Here is the link to the page http://thetiltedquilt.blogspot.com/2012/03/lasagna-quilt.html

I can’t wait to get started on mine.

Look go to Google and in images put in Lasagna Quilt Patterns Images. You will see thousands of examples of these quilts.

 

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Free Quilt Patterns Site

I stumbled across this on Facebook this morning.  I signed up.  Cost nothing and I have already found the instructions for a T-Shirt quilt. I have been wanting to make one of them but was not sure how to. Now I know.

http//www.favequilts.com

I love the Internet. It is a wealth of information.  If you make anything off this site which is 1000’s of patterns please send me a picture at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com . I would love to post it.

That is another idea. If you have a website, a place you love, free pattern site, knitting, crocheting, items for sale. Send me a private email with something in the subject line like “knitting project”  or “quilting project”  so I will know it is not spam. I would love to feature you here.

If you like tiny pieces of art and would love to be a part of my Trading Fabric Postcards.  Check that out. Really easy and we have so much fun.

www.tradingfabricpostcards.com

Hope to see you there. Blessings.

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Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon

Gator Bait

There are very few times I read fiction. I prefer quilt books, autobiographies, history those kinds of books. I stumbled up on the Ghost-in-Law Series of books by Jana DeLeon and now I am HOOKED on her books.  Gator Bait is now available.

I think any of you who are uncertain about her writings should start with the Ghost-in-Law Series and after that. Well you’ll be a big fan.

Here is a list of some of her series of books

The Miss Fortune Series

Louisiana Longshot

Lethal Bayou Beauty

Swamp Sniper

Swamp Team 3

The Ghost-in-Law Series

Trouble in Mudbug (read first) then go down the line.  You do not need to read the Helena Diaries until last.

Mischief in Mudbug

Showdown in Mudbug

Resurrection in Mudbug

Missing in Mudbug

The Helena Diaries

Standalone Books

Rumble on the Bayou

Unlucky

Reading order for Harlequin Intrigue books:

Emerald Series

The Secret of Cypriere Bayou

Bayou Bodyguard

Mystere Parish Series 1

The Reckoning

The Vanishing

The Awakening

Mystere Parish Series 2

The accused

The Betrayed

The Reunion

Standalone Books

The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou

I may have missed some and maybe if I did Jana will correct me. I give my word YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY becoming a fan of her books. I enjoy them so much.

 

 

 

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2014 Blount County AL Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Well for a long time now I have not blogged. Building a new home, moving, getting organized then summer comes along and grass cutting and all those kinds of things I have not felt like talking.  I am back hopefully.

Today I along with my Aunt Jan (Deara) went to the Blount County Quilters Quilt yearly show. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the stories as much as I did taking them and thinking about all the beautiful works of art.

 

The entrance to the park was as lovely as always.. I was driving and my sidekick was admiring all the beautiful scenery and I did not get a shot of the inside of the park but it is gorgeous. This is Palisades Park, Blount County, AL . Oneonta to be exact. Visit this park sometimes. You will love it.DSCN0213

 

As always the show was full of beautiful quilts. It is a good thing they did not ask me to judge there is no way I could have made a decision on all these beautiful quilts. Well too I never have seen an ugly quilt either. I love them all.  From the master pieces to the scrappy ones not so perfect they are rate excellent in my book.DSCN0214

I am going to be forced to take my better camera with me when I go places. I am not the best photographer but I did try to capture something of each quilt. I loved these little squirrels.DSCN0215

I am a big fan of Red Work. I must get some pieces started here at home. You know you could do black work, green work, yellow work. You do not have to do red. I must look up how that got started doing the pieces with red thread. I am sure there is a story if not we can make one up!DSCN0216

I loved this patriotic quilt. It was very pretty in person and I see I got it sideways. Let me see if I can fix it..  Oh well just turn your head.. It will be in another shot.DSCN0217

I love love love these precious little lovebirds. I am a bird fan in any project.

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Well this should have shown up at the end but I’ll go ahead and tell you about it. This lady Debbie is smiling because she won the give a way quilt. This quilt was worked on for months by the ladies and hand quilted. This year they had one in Alabama colors and one in Auburn colors. Debbie as you can tell by her shirt picked the Alabama colored one. I loved both. Another tidbit she won Best of Show today!DSCN0317

Another view of the quilt.DSCN0316

I was in hiding!

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The front of the Quilters Cottage. It is an awesome place to quilt. If you live in the area and a lot do not and want to learn to quilt this is the place. The beginners would be 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. The first year you pay $18.00 fee for the entire year. After that you pay $12.00 a year. WHERE IN THE WORLD IN THIS DAY AND TIME CAN YOU GO TAKE QUILT CLASSES GET HANDS ON PERSONAL HELP TWO TIMES A MONTH FOR 50 cents a class? That is what it amounts to.  Linda Wade is a wonderful teacher. I have seen ladies join that did not know what end of the needle to thread and they ended up turning out masterpieces.  If you would like more info just email me at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com put quilting classes in the subject and I will get you information.DSCN0314

Just the side view of the cottage. I love it.. Did I mention you do not have to bring your own sewing machine if you do not want to. There are machines at the guilt for you to use. I always did bring mine because I like sewing on my own machine. You can just bring fabric and your pattern and get to work. You will be amazed at your hidden talents.DSCN0313 DSCN0312

That lady on the left with the Trick A Treat Shirt on .. TROUBLE.. Oh how I love Linda Wade.. She has been a wonderful friend to me from day one. She is the Saturday teacher. Some of you may remember her from Hancock Fabrics in Roebuck. I think we all went there all the time to just see her and then we ended up with a truck load of fabric we purchased and my sewing room proves it. I have tons of fabric I purchased from there. Linda will work with you and in no time you will have a quilt to put in next years show. She is a very good teacher and knows how to do anything. To have a brain like her. You can asks about a pattern and if she does not have it with her you can bet she can put her finger on it when she gets home. She must have some massive inventory system (brain)DSCN0311

I was so longing to hear “Chris Wheeler” and I stood up by this quilt  got my picture made and was able to take it home. Oh well.. It did not happen but you know I’ll live!DSCN0310 DSCN0309

Let me “splain” Aunt Deara.. AND YOU HAVE TO FEED HER.. She gets in the car worse than a child “Where we going to eat.” So if you take her anywhere just plan on that! She is going to get me for saying that so if you all do not hear from me in a few weeks call Word Press Police and report me missing!DSCN0308

She loves her “cocoler”  Coca Cola.. Country pronunciation CO COALER !!!DSCN0307

SHE IS GOING TO GET ME!DSCN0305

This looked painted. I inquired to one of the ladies and they said it was a Halloween panel. Ok if any of you see this let me know where. I want one of these panels. It was wonderful!( Linda just hung up the phone with me.. She said “Hancock Paducah”  I tell you the woman is a walking genius.DSCN0304

A very simple but  very pretty nine patch. Like I said. I have never found a quilt I did not love. DSCN0303

One of the sides looking at the row of quilts.DSCN0302

This was a very nice quilt.DSCN0301

I liked this. I am not sure what to call this quilt but it was very pretty. Is it a Jacob’s Ladder?  I have forgotten a lot of the names.DSCN0300

This was very pretty in person and I loved the quilting on the quilt.DSCN0299 DSCN0298

I could only think of my friend Jess in PA.. Tyedyed Jess.. She would have loved this.DSCN0295

Jess is probably drooling now over these chickens. She has live chickens and they all along with her kids are always in adventures. Jess makes me laugh all the time.. I just love her and her shenanigans.

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Jess do you have any chickens in your yard that looks like this?DSCN0293

These were so cute and the quilting was so nice.DSCN0292

Another one for Jess.DSCN0291

This one reminded me of a pumpkin.DSCN0290

Look at this Jess. So beautiful. It made me think of you every time I passed by.DSCN0289

These baskets were beautiful. It reminded me of French Country.DSCN0288 DSCN0287

This was a bit of this and that and I loved every inch of it.DSCN0286

Now how did this get out of order? DSCN0285

At one time I had this same identical quilt. It was from a kit from Hancock Fabrics. Gary and I donated it to a children’s center for a raffle. I hope the person that bought it loves it now as much as I loved making it. It was very hard for me to give it up. But it was for a good cause. Do you know I am emotionally attached to all my quilts. I know that sounds silly but I am. There is a lot of work that goes in quilts. I get so angry well not angry but kinda disgusted sometimes when someone says “My grandmother mother could have made one of those for $25.00.. Well yea back then when she was making a quilt fabric was not $10.00 or more a yard like it is today and it takes a lot of yards. The backing alone take a ton of yards.  Then your work. You have to cut out all the pieces, work them to fit and sometimes they do not and you have to cut again.. You have to be very careful if you do not have a lot of fabric of one particular piece you need one cut wrong and you could be in a mess. Then you spend weeks and sometimes months putting one together, getting it quilted either by you or a professional. That is sometimes a good price to pay. Then people expect you to let them have  it for $50.00  Everyone on earth that feels that way needs to make ONE in their lifetime and you will have a different feeling about paying for one. Sometimes you are getting ONE item that only you own. I never can make two alike if I tried. Something will always be different so you can truly say you have one of a kind no one else on earth anywhere like yours.  (I did not mean to write a book)DSCN0284 DSCN0283

This made me think about another one of my friends Montie.  She is a stained glass artist. DSCN0282 DSCN0281

I loved this reminded me of a kids windmill .

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Plain and simple but yet beautiful.DSCN0279

Stars everywhere I saw stars all day long .. I just loved this.DSCN0278

I want to say someone’s grandmother made this in the 40’s. Don’t quote me on that one but I think that is what I read.DSCN0276

THIS ONE IS FOR MY DEAR FRIEND SONYA THAT CAN’T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS ONLY TO GET COAL IN HER STOCKING! I HAVE READ OVER AND OVER SHE WANTS TO PUT UP HER TREE! I must have a talk with this young woman!! No seriously this Christmas quilt was very pretty and it made me think of Sonya.DSCN0275

One of the dear sweet ladies that is a charter member of this group made this. She is one of the nicest ladies on earth. Miss Virginia.DSCN0274

Cross Stitch. MY EYES WOULD HAVE DISSOLVED. But I did love it. I do not see well enough to cross stitch.DSCN0273

You have to admit, it is beautiful.

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Now here comes to mind a friend of mine from school growing up Rena. Her mother LOVES covered bridges. I am trying to get in touch with the lady that made this to see where in the world she got that awesome pattern. This was Peggy’s quilt and she used to work at Hancock’s with Linda and I bet a dollar Linda knows. I have to tell you a tale about Linda. She is like one of those old traveling Watkins dealers. You can say “I need this pattern” she goes out to the trunk of her car and out comes fabric, patterns and you name it and most of the time she has it but if she does not have it in her CAR WILL TRAVEL WITH QUILT ITEMS she has it at home! She truly amazes me. There will never be another Linda.  Lord let us keep her for a ton more years, we need her! The county I live in, Blount is famous for its covered bridges. Well the ones we still have that the heathens have not torn down or defaced or tried to destroy by burning and you name it. Is it not a shame  that we live in a time no one much values anything anymore? ( My phone just rang and she is saying .. YOU SHOULD KNOW WHERE SHE GOT THAT PATTERN.) God love her I know I do.DSCN0271 DSCN0270 DSCN0269

On this picture this quilt looks big but it is not. It was real tiny like a miniature about the size of half a baby quilt. Miss Blanche AKA Job because she has the patience of JOB does the most beautiful handwork ever.  Take a look she had to twist and turn a lot of ribbon. Yep has the patience of Job.DSCN0268 DSCN0267 DSCN0266

Mrs. Blanche is absolutely the Rembrandt of quilting.  This was some tiny gorgeous work.DSCN0265

I liked this very much. My camera does not do justice to these works of art.DSCN0264

Another beautiful patriotic quilt. They had a class on this particular pattern.  I love it I asked Linda of course where I could get it and she gave it to me only to come home to find out I have had it for FIVE yes FIVE YEARS! I need to take inventory at my own home!DSCN0263

Now by no means am I an Alabama Fan but even if I am NOT a fan I have to love this.  I could see this pattern in some beautiful African fabrics. I just loved this.DSCN0262

Meet VANNA uuhh I mean Deara.. She was the spokes model. The lady that made this quilt was messing around with her embroidery machine. She said she just sat down cut her out some fabric and started embroidering. This truly was beautiful. Deara looks pretty good herself.. She is my Aunt Janice but I call her Deara. Sometimes when I go places she rides “shotgun.”DSCN0257

So cute on the Halloween quilt.DSCN0256 DSCN0255 DSCN0254 DSCN0253 DSCN0252 DSCN0251 DSCN0250

I am about to tackle this, southern for making this quilt.. It is for a special friend Janus and her husband. Well the quilt is not for them but they are taking it to a meeting of Ray’s unit when he was in Vietnam next summer and they are going to raffle this. It is going to be an honor to make this quilt to know that is will be going for a good cause. Because men and women fought in wars I am able to be in a free country and do what I want to. Yes as everywhere we have our problems but you will not find another place on earth to live as good as the USA.. We have it made.DSCN0249

I am scrappy in my life. I laugh and say “I am just and old Raggety Ann living in a Barbie Doll World! I love colors and I love scraps.. I truly loved this quilt. Is it Raggety Ann or Raggedy Ann?? Well you get the point.DSCN0248

This is a Gordian Knot. I have made many. I never have tried to make that pretty border. That will be on my list of to do’s. MY VERY LONG LIST OF TO DO’sDSCN0247

Hold on to the seat of your pants. This quilt won Best of Show.. I can see why. It was a Halloween quilt but look closely at the work. This lady put a lot of time in this quilt. It was one of Deara’s favorites also.DSCN0246

There’s my spokesmodel again pointing out the Best of Show Ribbon. Notice the T-shirt quilt next to her. Alabama quilt. Made of old T-shirts. I liked it. Deara is an Alabama fan. She looks pretty good here herself!  Oh wait.. Deara did you make this?

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I just want you to look at this work. The lady deserved Best of Show.DSCN0242

I tried to back off and get a bigger picture. What I wanted to do was take the quilt and run! I LOVED IT. They would have caught up with me before I got to the car.. I can’t run. I never learned how to run. Another day another story.DSCN0241 DSCN0240 DSCN0239

This is pretty and a lot of work. Patience is a virtue and this person is a person of virtue!  These were tiny blocks all colorful and nice. DSCN0238

I loved this one also.DSCN0237

This woman was all over the place. Here she was trying to fool me in to knowing who she actually was!  The lady who made this t-shirt quilt really did a great job. I would like one in another team but I have to admit I like this also. I am going to try my hand at making some t-shirt quilts. I have been saving the shirts. Deara looks pretty here.DSCN0236 DSCN0233

Hold your britches again!!!  A seven or eight year old took her crayons and colored all these ladies. Her grandmother then color set them with an iron.  Put them together in a quilt and they decided that the quilt needed some bling as all our lives do and they doctored this quilt up with jewels and other items. I wanted to take this one and run also This is truly a treasure and I foresee a quilter coming up in the future!  Deara loved this one and I told her I’d get her some Crayola’s for Christmas.DSCN0232

COLORED WITH CRAYONS.DSCN0230

It was just beautiful put together.DSCN0229

Help my time when I saw this the first thing I said was “Gary will go looking for his undies and there will not be any.” (snort laughing) Isn’t this so cute!.  The person that made this quilt took different fabric and made it in to blocks of mens shorts. I thought it would be cute for someone to save their child’s clothing over the years and then make them a quilt and give it to them at graduation.  Just so cute.DSCN0228
This was a lot of appliqué’ but worth every OOHH AND AAHH it got from me.. This was truly a beautiful quilt. VERY GORGEOUS!

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Got any hankies? if so you can make them in to a quilt!DSCN0226

My heart just gets happy when I see these old time butterfly quit. Something about your granny, her couch and you covered up watching Saturday cartoons.. I just love vintage.DSCN0225

Another scrappy that won my heart.DSCN0224

This truly was a lot of work.. So beautiful.DSCN0223

Sunbonnet Sue took a fall.. Now what she did to cause this I don’t know.. But I did like this quilt.DSCN0222 DSCN0221 DSCN0220 DSCN0219This was a Hexagon along with appliqué on the side. GORGEOUS.. and time consuming.

THE END.. well for now!

 

 

 

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MUSE

What is your muse?  Below is the definition.

As a verb, to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration.

In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration. Often filmmakers talk about a certain actor being a muse — meaning the actor inspired a movie. Writers, painters, musicians, and other artists have muses. Muse can also refer to thinking deeply. If you muse about something, you’re giving it serious thought. You can’t muse in five seconds. People muse on certain ideas for years.

I am giving some thought to who my MUSE is or what it is !! You?

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BOO-TIFUL GHOST WALL HANGING…. Free Pattern.

Quiltbug.com

If you do not have this web site in your favorites you are missing a lot.  There are gorgeous fabrics and patterns. Some you have to pay for and some are no charge.

This one is a no charge they offered.

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Here are the instructions they provided http://quiltbus.com/boo!-ti-ful_halloween_wall_hanging.htm

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Free Wizard Of Oz Quilt Pattern

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Quilt from Carter Quilter Files

While searching the Internet this morning for a Bargello Flag Quilt Pattern for a full size or queen size quilt I did not find one I wanted, but I found this awesome Wizard of Oz quilt pattern.. AND IT WAS FREE!!!

I am thinking about making one and replacing the yellow with the Yellow Brick Road fabric I have . When my supplier was selling the fabric I bought bolts of the entire collection.

Here is the link.

https://carterquilter.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/wizard-of-oz-quilt-revised.pdf

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