Shop in your own basement

When the fabric becomes more expensive than you want to spend, what do you do?

Shop in your own basement, that’s what! 

That’s what I did nearly 9 months ago when I started on this Double Irish Chain quilt for my own bed.  The quilt we’d been using has been on there for almost 12 years, and was used nonstop as both the bedspread and a snuggle-under quilt through the night.  It was really showing wear and tear, so I decided enough was enough and decided to make a new quilt.  I had about one-third of a bolt of solid mossy green cotton from back… oh gosh, probably 1980.  Might as well use it, since our bedroom walls are almost the same color.  I also had a light colored print that I liked.  Probably about six yards total.  That was just as old as the green fabric! I did go out and buy the brown fabric, and in playing around with placement, decided this would work just fine! 

Double Irish Chain 4

So far, I love how it’ turning out, and I hope to have the top completed soon.  The picture below shows it lying on top of the old, worn out string quilt…

Double Irish Chain 3

Pardon me while I return to the basement to sew.  More blocks are calling my name!

Double Irish Chain Progress

I spent some time working on the new quilt today; it was cold outside, so it was a good day to work on this.  However, my sewing machine is in the basement, and it was chilly down there, so I didn’t stay too long.  These two sections need to be sewn together in the middle, but a hot cup of tea was calling so that didn’t get done. 
It was warmer sitting in front of my computer, so I played with the colors on my blog’s background, and inserted a new blog header image.  Those are the fabrics for my next quilt (after the Irish Chain).

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Here are more  4.5  inch square  blocks from the Yes We Can, Jane quilt that got hand quilted this week:

Block by Carrie Dominguez


Crooked Creek by Nancee Marchinowski
An adorable block with lots of tiny pieces… Amazing!


Battlefield also by Nancy Marchinowski
Wow, Nancy must have used a magnifying glass to sew these two blocks!


Star by Theresa Wells


Pineapple by Sue Mohr

Back to stitchin’…spoolneedle

Double Irish Chain and Short Yes We Can, Jane Update

I’ve been meaning to make this for a couple of years now… my bed needs a new every-day quilt.   So I started a Double Irish Chain.  Here’s the first block…


I’ve had the lighter fabric for YEARS and YEARS… lots of it!  So I was determined to use it somehow.  Our bedroom is green, and the furniture white and brown.  The brown fabric is a textural blender… light and dark areas.  The green is a cotton that I bought a bolt of back in the mid-1980’s.  I’m trying to use it up!  I think I might have enough of these fabrics to also make a pieced backing, which should be fun.  Time will tell!  The Woodworker just wanted to be sure that the quilt wouldn’t have too much pink in it.  I think it will be fine, and I ‘m going to quilt it with a tan thread.  So one (15 inch) block down, lots more to go!  But they go together fairly easily.

Yes, I know I have a pile of clothes on my chair!   This picture is several years old.  There are different clothes on the chair today!   LOL  Anyway, I’m not going to hand quilt this quilt.  It will be quilted on my mid-arm machine as a practice piece.  It’s going to get daily wear, so machine quilting will be fine.

I’m still working on the Obama quilt.  Here are a few more blocks:




I love this little block made by Linda Starkey!  I didn’t want to put too much quilting on it, as I wanted the star to stand on its own.  Teeny, tiny piecing in the middle!  Have I told you that these blocks are only 4.5 inches square?






This block was still in the hoop when I took its picture…It’s called Buckeye Beauty, made by Holly Sweet.  Isn’t it… sweet?   (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)












And another red one!  This picture makes it look crooked, but I assure you that it is not.  It’s also in the hoop.

Adelaine’s Apron Strings, by Kathy Timmons.  Love her choice of fabric for this!  Very elegant!

That’s it for now!