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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2019 :  7:41:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krista,, those are kool! are they made from cotton or fine tulle netting?

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msdoolittle
True Blue Farmgirl

1056 Posts

Amanda
East Texas
USA
1056 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2019 :  08:07:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Here is something else I'm working on (besides my block of the month). I have 16 album blocks that I am freeing from an old quilt top that my husband's great grandmother made. According to census records, most of these ladies were born in the late 1800s and the blocks likely were made in the 30s or early 40s (or so I think because of the fabric). I know it wasn't past 1945, because one of the women died then. It really is neat to see this kind of history! I think the great grandma pieced these much....MUCH later, like the late 70s or early 80s, because the yucky mauve fabric looks like a sheet and that color was popular then. I think she died in 1985. Also, you can see the black stitching that runs across the block. Again, I think she was just quite old and came across these and quickly threw them together. She is the same lady that made a quilt out of a hospital gown. It makes me laugh!

Anyway, now that the blocks are freed (YAY), I will: soak in Orvus or Retro Clean to remove yellowing, carefully press and repair any loose seams, and then I'll piece the blocks with coordinating, reproduction fabrics. My plan is to do them in a diamond shape and 16 blocks works out perfectly. There is one block that totally came apart so I will be completely rebuilding it with new fabric. I will be adding a rod pocket to the back for display.

Gotta love old quilts!!!

FarmGirl #1390
www.mylittlecountry.blog
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12684 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2019 :  09:53:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amanda, that is 'sew ' awesome!

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msdoolittle
True Blue Farmgirl

1056 Posts

Amanda
East Texas
USA
1056 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2019 :  09:58:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lol, thanks, Grace! I think "sew", too! I'm excited about getting it done this year.


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www.mylittlecountry.blog
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2447 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2447 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2019 :  7:52:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How fun Amanda! I have hand-quilted two quilt tops from my husbands mothers family.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
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msdoolittle
True Blue Farmgirl

1056 Posts

Amanda
East Texas
USA
1056 Posts

Posted - Feb 15 2019 :  08:39:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bonnie,

That is so neat! I won't be hand quilting but my mom does free motion quilting and she's going to help me with it. I can't wait to pick out the fabrics for it and see the blocks cleaned. They are very grungy.

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www.mylittlecountry.blog
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3488 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3488 Posts

Posted - Feb 15 2019 :  12:24:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, I choose to go with just cotton. Figured it would be better for my sensitive face!

Amanda, that is awesome. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's completed. You will definitely be busy.

Krista
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12684 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2019 :  2:07:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amanda, glad you mentioned re-working an old vintage quilt.....
Today, on the PBS-Create channel they did a Documentary on Quilts/quilting.. The History of the Quilt, called 'Quilts Matter'.
Quite interesting....


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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2019 :  5:36:53 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have handquilted several table runners. It bothers my hands to do too much hand quilting, so I send mine to a long-arm quilter to quilt, then I finish the binding.

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Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12684 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2019 :  7:59:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Binding is what 'pains' my hands... oh sigh,,, where is a Binding Fairy when you need one? lolol!

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msdoolittle
True Blue Farmgirl

1056 Posts

Amanda
East Texas
USA
1056 Posts

Posted - Feb 18 2019 :  09:47:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, I will have to look for that docu. It would be really interesting! The last few things I have made, I have not done a separate binding, so I am able to use my machine to bind. On two, I used the backing as the binding and one one small project, I just layered batting, backing (face up), then top (face down), sewed the edged and then turned it inside out like a pillowcase. Then I went back and did an 1/8th seam around the edge and quilted it. on a larger work, I would do separate binding, but I would even still have to figure out how to fully machine stitch it b/c of my tendonitis. I am sure it can be done. :)

Linda, my mom started doing free motion quilting last year on her domestic machine (non-longarm). It's really neat what you can do when you drop those feed dogs! I will start doing it this year. Since you are in Lone Oak, do you go to the TOGA meeting? (Treadle On Gathering Academy) It will be April 5th this year. I have never been but since I love vintage machines, a lady I met in quilting class invited me. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Yes, Krista, I will be busy! lol

Last night I started the soaking/cleaning process and it's going really well. I will have to post before/after pics. I did the black/white/grey squares all together, then the mid-range shades, and today I will do the red ones and pray for no color bleeding. I just used a product similar to OxiClean to soak and hot water. The water looked like tea when it was done. Yuck!

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www.mylittlecountry.blog
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3488 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3488 Posts

Posted - Feb 18 2019 :  11:43:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started another corner to corner last night. Even though they are a pain and my yarn gets tangled I am hooked on them. I am going to be making a blanket for myself this time. Just a fun side project. Also ordered another diamond painting! Getting super excited for it to arrive. Hopefully by the end of this week!

Krista
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3488 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3488 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2019 :  12:01:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peggy! Look what came in the mail! And I have already started it! I love these darn things.


Krista
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3067 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3067 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2019 :  12:11:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm working on getting some reading done. Old neighborhood newspapers, newsletters, email, books . . . it never ends.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12684 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2019 :  5:05:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amanda,, yep, I have done the quilt s by sewing RST and then flip it out (like a pillow case)... does make it easy... then machine stitched 1/4" seam all around the edge.

Krista,,, I think you are seriously addicted to Bling! lol!

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4335 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4335 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2019 :  2:00:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A week or so ago, I did a project of making produce bags to take to the grocery store so I can eliminate plastic. I just used scraps and then organized all my reusable bags in one basket for the car. It was a simple project but I am enjoying using them and it makes shopping easy too.





Go Green!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2019 :  3:10:51 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
The TOGA retreat is held about 4 miles from me. I have been there off and on during the retreats. Last year I took a sewing machine to be looked at - they always have people there who will work on machines and they take donations. I had to take the machine and stay there until he worked on it and finished it. I emailed you m y phone number. Please give me a call.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2019 :  3:12:07 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Today I am putting together 10" squares from the Farmgirl theme fabric swap I hosted several years ago. This will be one of my Farmgirl Jubilee quilted items to go with this year's theme.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12684 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12684 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2019 :  7:28:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey WInnie, I luv your idea of using a sweet basket in your car to corral you eco bags....

I never thought to make and use fabric eco bags for my produce.. hmmm, I might have to go through my scrap fabric...

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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treelady
True Blue Farmgirl

1735 Posts

Julie
Medina ND
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  05:32:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love your produce bags Winnie. I want to make some bags like that to put my shoes in for when we travel.

A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.

Max Lucado
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4335 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4335 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  07:12:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hehe, I used a bailing twine scrap for the ties too. We're talking' scraps to make these bags!! and cheap too!! LOL!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  08:02:58 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Julie -I have cloth bags for shoes when traveling. They are so handy.

Winnie - I love the idea of using baling twine for drawstrings on the bags - we have had lots of that and have just burned it. Great use for it.


Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month April 2017
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3488 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3488 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2019 :  12:46:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Grace I have serious addiction to bling! But honestly who doesn't? Lol!

Winnie, that is such a fantastic idea. Have you tried them out yet? They would even be lovely to take to the farmers market. I just might need to make me one as well. I made something similar when I was in high school for my dance shoes. I still have the bag.

I finally finished my St. Patrick's garland. It didn't turn out how I had envisioned it, but it's still cute. So I think I will still hang it up. Now onto making some Easter decorations.

Krista
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4335 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4335 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2019 :  4:47:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My bags have been working out great and are also easy to wash and reuse. They are a great saver from plastic bags!

Last weekend, I went to an estate sale in the neighborhood and found this lovely hand pieced and sewn double ring wedding quilt. The only issues with it were a ground of dark brown/red stains on one lower corner area, and I single hole on the other side. Since it was cheap, I brought it home and went to work on those stains. I purchased some BIZ and followed their suggestions to make a paste and rub into the stains, let sit for at least an hour and then wash on a gentle cycle. I did that 3 times and was quite please at how most of the stains came out except for the rim. After each wash, I used a vinegar rinse and then I laid out the quilt on the grass and let it dry in the sunshine. Here is what it looks like now and I am happy with it. On the bed, the stain areas are really hard to find and are easily covered up. I love that it was all hand sewn with tiny stitches! To me, it was worth the long washing process and hole repair.





Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3488 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3488 Posts

Posted - Mar 01 2019 :  12:20:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is beautiful Winnie! And you did a great job of fixing it up. It's always nice to reuse things and bring them back to life.

Krista
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