October Update

I’ve been so busy around here getting ready for winter. Most of the porch cushions are cleaned and packed away until spring. I also worked on the basement and the garage. I’ve also spent lots of hours outside weeding and mulching. Right now I have 25 bags of mulch in the bed of the truck waiting for me.

The shade garden is finished. The hostas have been eaten down by the deer. Any remaining leaves I cut off.

shadegardenfallHere is how this area looked in June. Much different.

shadegarden16This is the butterfly garden. I’m halfway done with weeding and mulching it. Hopefully I’ll get out there today and finish it.


This is how it looked in June.


We had the local landscaping company come out and work on our front slope. It had been covered in ivy, but for the last couple of years it has been nothing but weeds. We also had the weeping cherries removed. I made a major decision to give up the beds on each side of the driveway. That means no more irises. But with all of the work in the backyard I decided that enough was enough. I guess I can live without those beautiful flowers. Here is how it looks now. I’m excited to see how it will look next spring.

frontnewAs I mentioned in my last post, I appeared on WEHT Local Lifestyles demonstrating Leaf Printing a week ago Friday. Here is a picture of Ange, the host, and me before our segment. She’s holding up one of my daubers. So much fun. I always enjoy being on the show and sharing my art. To see the segment, check out this link.

angeandmeoctI bought some roving recently for another project I’ll be blogging about later this week. Aren’t these colors yummy?

rovingI’ve started preparing for my upcoming Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing class in November. I always demonstrate several techniques before everyone gets started. I decided to add at least one new technique to the class this time. Here is one of the scarves they’ll be able to create. If you are local, I have another Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing class scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at Scattered Art. Call Dolly at 812.490.0074 to reserve your spot.

shibori2One of the days last week was an errand day. While out I stopped by Burlington Coat Factory. I was on the lookout for new house shoes. My old ones fell apart last year and with the cold weather approaching I needed new ones to keep my feet warm. I found these and the tag said “retail $26.00.” I really hated to spend that kind of money and retail anything, but I really liked these and didn’t want to drive all over town looking for them. When I got to the register, she rang up $7.99! I was shocked. She told me I needed to look on the back of the tag. Yep, right on the back was their price. What a bargain!

houseshoesThen it was on to Tuesday Morning. I always like to stop there to see if they have any exciting craft items at good prices. I found several of these daubers and a couple Martha Stewart tools. I’m looking forward to playing with them.


With the darker days, I put my SAD light back on my desk. I turn it on for 45 minutes every morning while I’m reading my emails.  I’ll do this until April. It sure seems to lighten my mood during the long winter months.


Meanwhile, the cats are gearing up for winter. Puddin is such a lap cat, but she is even more so as the temperatures cool down. Here she is on Dave’s lap one morning when he came into my studio to chat.

daveandpuddinI played a bit last week with mandalas.  I’ll leave you with the two I did for the 100 Mandala weekend online event. Here is the food one.


I’m not real excited about the following one, but I liked the idea of stretching outside of my normal mandala drawing. If you are interested in mandalas, check out this Facebook Group.


Have a creative week!






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How To: Printing With Leaves

Nothing reminds me more of Fall than leaves. Five years ago I wrote a post on using watercolors with the leaves on paper. You can check that post out here.

But today we’re talking about printing with leaves on fabric with Jacquard Textile Paints. There is a short video at the bottom of the post. If you are receiving this blog via email, you will need to come to the blog to view the video.


So let’s get started. First gather up some leaves to print with. You are looking for leaves that have thick veins that will print.


If you want to save your leaves or the extra ones you pick now for future art projects, preserve them. I did that with the bunch I picked this past week.


Leaves soaking in preserving solution

Here is my tutorial on preserving botanicals.

Now that we have our leaves, here is what else you’ll need:

  • Plastic to cover table
  • Daubers or foam brushes – See my instructions on making foam daubers.
  • Fabric paint – I’m using Jacquard Textile Paints
  • Fabric – the smoother the better
  • foam plate for palette
  • spoons for paint
  • newsprint or computer paper
  • brayer
  • iron and ironing board

Let’s get started! With spoons add paint to your palette. I really love Jacquard Textile Paints. They are the perfect consistency for this project.

paintonpaletteWhen using the dauber, touch it in the paint and then pounce on the plate to remove most of the paint. Less is best for this technique. Turn leaf vein side up on plastic and apply paint with dauber.

addpainttoleafPlace leaf paint side down on fabric.

placeleafCover leaf with paper. I’m using newsprint, but you could use computer paper.

placepaperUse a brayer to smooth the leaf down on the fabric.

brayerpaperRemove the paper. There will be some paint on that leaf side of the paper. Don’t use that side of the paper again, or you will have unwanted paint on your project.

I like to take my fingers and smooth down the leaf again. This probably isn’t necessary, but I like to make sure the leaf has good contact with the fabric.

pressleafNow for the reveal! Gently pull the leaf up by the stem and reveal the printing.

liftleafThat’s all there is to it. Let the paint dry and then heat set by ironing on the wrong side of the fabric.


The leaves can be used over and over again until they fall apart. If they have been preserved, just wipe them off and replace them in the storage container.

I like using the daubers because of how the paint looks on the fabric.

daubberlafThe following print is where I used a foam brush instead of a dauber to add paint to the leaf. It works, but you can see brush strokes which I don’t like it as well.


Now for what to do with this fabric. I added one piece to canvas. See this tutorial on how I mounted the fabric to the canvas.


This fabric can be made into potholders, journal covers, bags, wall hangings, or even pillows.

Here is a cloth napkin.

leafnapkinHere is a silk scarf I had previously dyed orange.


This piece I thought would be perfect for a pillow, but I’ve decided I’ll mount it on canvas and hang in our living room. Or then again, I might free-motion stitch it into a wall hanging.


I’ll also be making some blocks on the different individual leaves. Here are a couple of those prints.

tulippoplar oak

Here is a little video on the process.  If you are receiving this blog via email, the video will not come through. You need to come to the blog to see it.


I was on WEHT Local Lifestyles Friday demonstrating this technique. Here is the link.

Hubby was also be on the program making hot sauce!

I’m linking up today with Off The Wall Friday. Check out the link for other creativity!

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you feel all ready for Fall now!


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New favorite tool: DIY Foam Daubers

In the past, for stenciling I have really loved to use stencil brushes. I’ve also tried a variety of sponges, but was never happy with the delivery of paint on the fabric until I met the DIY foam daubers. I have been so excited with these that I had to share them with you.

foamdaubersLet me show you first how to make them. You will need 1/2 inch soft foam. I found this roll at the local Walmart.

foamdabber1Cut a piece of the foam about 4 inches x 6 inches.

foamdabber2Now fold up the long sides. One side first.

foamdabber3Now the other side.

foamdabber4Then fold in half.

foamdabber5Then add a rubber band to keep it closed.

foamdabber6Now you will hold on to the open ends.

foamdabber7I’ve tried a variety of sponges, but never seem to feel I get enough control over the paint. I apply the paint to a palette which can be as simple as a foam plate. As with any stenciling, less is more. Dip the dauber in the paint and then tap off most of the paint onto the palette. You can always add more paint but you can’t take it away!

daubingpaintHere is the result. I love how the dauber makes it easier to blend the paints. Since I’m working on fabric, I’m using textile paints. In the following piece I used four colors from Jacquard Textile paints earth colors: Neutral Gray, Terre Verte, Raw Sienna and Mars Red.

finishedstencilsampleThanks to Julie B. Booth who introduced me to these daubers in her book, Fabric Printing At Home.

I’ll also be using these foam daubers in another project I’ll post about soon. Do you have a preferred tool you like to use with stenciling?


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Revisiting the Smokies

We just returned last week from revisiting the Smokies. Dave and I traveled there back in 2005 after we first met. The trip was somewhat of a disaster since we really didn’t know each other well and shouldn’t have been spending a whole week together. Anyway, we did survive that trip, and talked for years about going back down there to get rid of the bad “juju.” I’m happy to report that the bad juju is gone!

On this trip we stayed in a cabin outside of Pigeon Forge. It was amazing that even though we were only 6 minutes away, we were up in the mountains away from all of the tourists.



This cabin had two decks to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

cabinrockingchairsIt was hard to catch the mountains in that picture. Here is a better view from the deck.

cabinviewAnd one of the many sunsets from those same chairs.

smokiessunsetOn Saturday they held their annual Heritage Days at the Old Mill Square. There were demos and crafts. We really loved this guy’s metal art.

metalsmithmetalflowersDave fell in love with Wrench-O-Saurus so it came home with us.

wrenchosaurusThey also had entertainment including a local twirling team. I was interested in seeing these young ladies perform since I was once a twirler! They did a great job.

majorettesWe also watched sorghum being made.

sorghummakingWe took a tour of the Old Mill. Due to the low water level they were not milling on our tour, but it was interesting.

oldmill1 Loved this big bolt of string to tie up the bags.

oldmill2Last time we were here we loved Sister Cats, a restaurant in Townsend where we stayed. That was where we first tasted Curried Chicken Salad and I’ve been making it ever since. Before leaving for the trip we found out that the restaurant had closed two years earlier. We thought maybe if we drove over to Townsend we might just see the area where it used to be located. We found it and on that Sunday they were having a craft fair! Here is the picture of where Sister Cats used to be.

sistercatsAnd a picture of then and now.


My favorite part of the trip was hiking in the park. This is Laurel Falls, one of the hikes we took 11 years ago.

laurelfallsportraitlaurelfallswalkThe hidden gem of a walk was the Middle Prong Trail. To reach this trail,  you have to drive for 3 miles on a gravel road. At the end is a nice path that is next to a stream. You can walk as long as you want and then turn around and walk back. We walked for an hour. We saw just a few people on this trail.

middleprong middleprong2One day we spent visiting the Arts and Crafts Community, an 8 mile loop of local artists. We met a couple artists in the Cliff Dwellers Gallery including Pat K. Thomas, whose main art is marbling on paper and fabric. However on that day, she was showing us how to vat discharge. The smell of the vat reminded me of Indigo dyeing. Her silk pieces done with this way of discharging were stunning.

Also, we loved the Buie Pottery store where we bought several pieces including this paper towel holder.

papertowelholderWhile in the area we stopped and ate at The Wild Plum Restaurant. We enjoyed the orange water while waiting for our table.

wildplum2One thing that I was surprised about the area was how gaudy it had become – even more than back in 2005. Pigeon Forge is a strip of ugly buildings including an upside down house and a Titanic. Unlike a Disney World or other theme parks, there was no consideration for a cohesive design. One of the residents we spoke to said that at the time when the developers came through, there were no building codes. She said they now have a strict code, but the damage has been done.

But mainly the vacation was to spend quality time together. The cabin had a game room with a pool table. It was the first time either of us had played pool in many, many years. It was fun even though he beat me most of the games.

poolIt was a good trip. However, I didn’t get the inspiration I usually feel on our trips. But it was good to get away, and equally good to get back home.

Thanks for reading about our trip to the Smokies.

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Monday This And That

Good Morning!

I was hoping I’d have a new tutorial ready for you today. I had ordered a tool I needed to complete it, but it was damaged in the mail.  However, I found out that our local Joann’s store had it in stock. As I walked into the store yesterday, I stopped by a bin shouting 75% off. Well, you know I love bargains and I had to stop. Here is what I bought. These beautiful wood block stamps cost $1.74 each! The stencil was 99 cents! What a bargain!

joannhaulHere is a sneak preview of the project that needed that tool. It includes a piece of my indigo fabric and dyed clothesline.

indigotrivettobeTalking about indigo, here is another shirt I dyed a couple weeks ago. I like this better than the other one I showed on this post.

kohlindigoDave and I went to Nashville this past weekend to see Brian Wilson and his band in concert at the Ryman. Words are hard to describe the concert – knowing about his history with mental illness and all – just seeing and hearing him on stage (although it was very evident that he was not comfortable being there) – what a gift it was for all of us present. Al Jardine’s son Matt blew the crowd away with his falsetto, bringing back the sound of the Beach Boys. In addition to their popular songs they played the entire Pet Sounds album. The talented band of 11 played over 30 songs taking only a 20 minute or so break. I feel blessed to be able to see and hear him and his music that I loved and that brought back some great memories.

brianwilsonOn the way out of town we saw this sculpture! Love it!


I recently made a couple cat toys for Ace and Puddin. I sewed long tubes of fabric and stuffed them with fill and fresh catnip.

newcattoysPuddin was so excited about her new toy. I shot this video when I first gave it to her. These toys were so much easier to make than the mice and they both seem to like them better.

Hope you have a wonderful and creative week!



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Sewing little bags

I have this love-hate relationship with sewing. Really, I’ve always thought of myself as sewing-challenged. Maybe not anymore.

mygroupofzipsMy mother was a wonderful seamstress. She made most of my clothes. She made my sister’s clothes too. Often they would be matching so when Sis grew out of hers, they were passed down to me and I was again wearing the same dress. I say dress because back then we wore dresses even to play in.

In high school Mom would buy a dress pattern and make me at least five dresses, all using different fabrics. As you can imagine, I always had lots of clothes. She also made my formals. Before sewing those beautiful dresses, we’d go shopping. I’d try on lots of them until we found the perfect one. Then we’d go home empty handed. Before long mom had gone to the fabric store, came home with fabric and notions,  and made her own version of that dress. It was always prettier than the one I had tried on. Another thing too, none of the other girls was wearing a dress like mine.

During those years growing up I’d talk about sewing, but mom was insistent that if I really wanted to sew I’d have to learn on my own. Her mother, my grandma, was a great quilter who never taught her to sew. Mom felt that if she could learn on her own, so could her daughter.

So I’ve spent quite a few years trying to sew. My first sewing project was shorts. They never did fit. After college I took a class on altering garments. I don’t remember much about my results. I also tried to quilt, but couldn’t quite get that 1/4 inch seam and all of the perfection.

In the past several years I bought a couple of machines – a Brother sewing and embroidery machine and an Elna serger. It funny that when I sit down at the serger, I don’t have any anxiety. The sewing machines make me so nervous.

However, just in the last year I have been sewing more and feeling more comfortable. I love sewing those clothesline bowls that I make on my old Elna. I’ve also sewn some journal covers in the past. Recently I signed up for the Craftsy class, The One-Zip Way, with Joan Hawley.

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-18-00-pmFirst of all, I am an online class junkie. I learn best with videos. Also, I am not being paid to review or give any good feedback on this class which I paid for. I wanted to tell you about it because I think it was one of the best Craftsy classes I’ve taken.

When a class motivates makes something, then I know it’s a good class. Joan is a great teacher. Her instructions via her videos are easy to understand. We make three different bags and the carrying strap in this class. She is available to answer questions, and when I posted pictures of my finished projects she commented almost right away.

First I needed to buy some long zippers and zipper pulls. I love all of the beautiful colors.


Then to make the bags. I decided to start with the largest bag – Becca. I love this bag and attaching the zipper this way, was so easy. These were both made with my ice dyed fabric. I love the carrying strap.

beccawithwristletanotherbeccaThis is the Small Becca. This is made from my soy waxed fabric that I ice dyed over. This will go in my purse.

babybeccaThis last one is the Sweet Pea made with my marbled fabric on the outside and ice dyed on the inside.

sweet-peaWhat a fun class. It’s sure a great way to get practice adding zippers. I highly recommend this class to even beginners.

That’s all of the zip bags I’ll be making for awhile. I need to take a break and work on some other projects.

Do you like to take online classes? Do you have any favorites? Here is a link to a couple other online classes I’ve really enjoyed.

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Dyeing scarves with silk ties revisited

Last year I wrote this post on dyeing silk scarves with silk ties. I thought it was time for an update especially since I was going to be demonstrating the technique on one of our local television stations.

Here I am on the set of the WEHT Local Lifestyles with Ange, the host, yesterday before my segment.

angeandmeIf you’d like to see my dyeing silk scarves with ties tutorial on WEHT, here is the link to the segment.

Hubby was also on – making mustard!

img_1970Ron and Ange taste the mustard while Dave looks on. Here is the link to Dave’s segment:

So let’s get to the tutorial on dyeing scarves with silk ties.


First of all, you have to use silk ties. Be sure and check the small end of the tie which shows the fabric content. Polyester ties will not work. You can find lots of ties at thrift stores.

menstiesNext, I highly recommend testing your ties before you use them. Follow the same procedure I’ve outlined below, but just cut small pieces of the ties and use a piece of silk. Here is an example of how different ties look when dyed. This will help you in designing your scarves.

sampletiesresultThe black and white tie at the top printed mostly light with some green. The purple and blue tie ended up bright blue circles. It’s amazing how they dye.

Here is a list of what you will need:

  • silk ties
  • silk scarf or fabric (dharmatrading.com)
  • cotton fabric cut a little wider and longer than the silk  you are dyeing
  • scissors
  • string, rubber bands, or sinew
  • dowel, stick or skewer
  • pot for water
  • water
  • white distilled vinegar
  • weight for holding down fabric in pot
  • towel

Let’s get started. Cut your cotton fabric a bit longer and wider than your silk piece. It will serve as the carrier for this project. This “carrier” can be used over and over again so hold on to it after you are finished dyeing. Place silk scarf or silk fabric right side up on top of the cotton carrier.

silkoncottonFold the silk scarf  in half and put a pin on the carrier at the fold. This will show you how far you will be placing the ties.

pinningcenterUnfold the scarf, cut your ties and place on the silk scarf.


Continue placing your scarves until you get to the halfway mark and your pin.


Now cover the cut ties with the other half of the scarf.

silkcoveringtiesThen cover that part of the scarf with the other half of the carrier fabric.

coveringwithcottonNow take your dowel or skewer and slowly rollup the fabric.

rollingTake your time doing this. The ties will shift, but the slower you roll, the less shift. (I need to add here, if you are into perfection, this is not the art for you. It’s pretty impossible for the ties not to shift a bit when rolled.)

Once rolled, tie to keep together. I use artificial sinew, but you could use string or rubber bands.

tieingupRemove the dowel.

removingdowelTie a few more times and the bundle is ready to be dyed.

tiedupbundleAdd water and 2 – 3 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to a pot and bring it to a boil.

addingvinegarOnce you have a boil, add your fabric bundle.

dyeingwties1Use something to push it to the bottom of the pot so it’s completed covered with water. I use a piece of pvc pipe I also use for indigo dyeing, but you could use a spoon or a stick.

pushingdownIf the bundle floats, put something on top of it to keep it under water. I used a glass pie plate and a glass measuring cup.

panontopBefore I go any further, any thing you use for this technique – pan, glass pie plate, measuring cup, spoon – never can be used in the kitchen again. They will be part of your dyeing equipment.

Now let this bundle boil for 20 minutes. Of course, you can go longer if  you’d like, but I found 20 minutes was adequate.

Pull the bundle out of the hot water – be careful – and put on an old towel.

bundleoutofwaterAt this point the bundle is really hot. You can let it cool down, but if you are like me you want to see it right away!

Cut your strings.

cuttingstringsAnd then unroll your surprise.

unveilingscarfLet the scarf dry and then iron. With the ironing you have set the dye so it’s safe to wear. However, I like to hand wash it in mild detergent, rinse, let dry and iron again.

newsilktiescarves1Here is the above scarf on my mannequin.


That’s it – easy peasy! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, do a test dye with small pieces of your ties. It’s well worth the time and effort. Otherwise you might end up with a scarf like the one above. It’s pretty, but too light.

Lastly, if you have a silk scarf that you don’t particularly like, you could dye over it with these ties. Here is a scarf I had dyed green and really hated it. Then I dyed it with ties and it changed completely.

greentiescarfThis is such a fun technique. It would be a great gift and a good way to recycle those unwanted ties. Thanks for dropping by.

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Indigo Play Date

Two years ago I taught an indigo dyeing class. Connie wasn’t able to attend that class so we decided one of these days we’d have our own indigo play date. This week we finally got together and played.


Here is the dye pot I made from the Jacquard indigo kit.

indigopotOnce the pot was ready, it was time to fold and bind our fabrics.

I love using clothes pins. Here is how this piece looked before the indigo dip.


And how it looks now.

indigopinsAnother one


My favorite piece


I love the spiral so I added a couple to this gray thrift store shirt. I really liked the shirt but didn’t like the gray color, but knew when I bought it I’d eventually dye it. Love it now!

indigodyeshirtOf course I had to dye some rope for a rope bowl.

indigoropeAt the very beginning my right glove must have had a hole in it. I ended up with a blue hand.

bluehandAt the end I notice that my fingernails also were (and are still) blue!

indigofingersConnie and I posed with a couple of our pieces.

ConnieandmeindigoNow I have more indigo clothespins to add to my collection!

indigoclothespinsWhat a fun day! Thanks for dropping by.

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Ice, Paint, and Water

Good Morning! Can you believe it’s almost September? This summer has really flown by.

Last week I spent a little bit of my time ice dyeing.

icedyedpieceAug25When I showed Dave this piece he asked if he could have a shirt. Sure!  Here’s his shirt!

davesnewshirtI also tried a couple more folds and ice dyed them.

worm hummingbirdWednesday night I taught my Wind Wishes: Inspirational Flags class at Gilda’s in Evansville Indiana. What a great group of women. They had fun painting and stenciling some beautiful flags.

IMG_1927Everyone painted four flags, one of which they left to hang at Gilda’s. Here are the ones they left behind.


Then I got out on the water at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area. It was a hot day, but it was perfect for kayaking. After not kayaking for 10 years, this summer has been great to get back into this activity again.

kayakinginaugustDave and I also made ketchup. He had made a batch the week before, so we should be stocked for the winter. Nothing like the smell of cooked tomatoes. It reminds me of my grandma’s house.

cookingketchupWe also got a treat. Our Master Gardener friend Jane emailed me that she had a couple Pawpaws ripe and wanted to know if I wanted them since she knew we had never tasted them. We planted several trees on our property a couple years ago without knowing how they tasted! They are native to this area, but I’ve never seen them in the store or ever known of anyone who grew them. They are so good! The only way I can describe them is they taste like a vanilla banana. Looks like we’ll have a couple more years before we’ll have these lovelies on our trees. Now that I know how they taste, I really am looking forward to them. Again, thank you Jane for giving us a taste of this wonderful fruit.

pawpawaug16Now to this week. Hope it finds you healthy, happy, and colorful!

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Sunday Roundup

Happy Sunday! Here’s a Sunday roundup of what has been going on here this past week.

I’m teaching my Wind Wishes: Inspirational Flags class this week at Gilda’s Club so I’ve been preparing for this fun class which involved cutting and sewing up flags. I have enough now for everyone to paint four – three to take home and one to hang in the clubhouse.

whiteflagsI finished cutting stencils to use on the flags. Here is a tutorial on how I cut these.


My blackberry-dyed bowls set is complete!

blackberrybowlsDave likes to use these on his blog for photos of his harvests. (If you are interested in gardening, here is a link to his blog.) I made that real small bowl to put my jewelry in when not being worn. Thanks to Dave for these photos.

handbowlI really love making these bowls. I dyed some cord last week and I’ll be making some bright-colored bowls soon.


Dave has requested a new apron so I’ll be ice dyeing him one this week.

Talking about ice dyeing, my Icy Delights online class is going strong. I love seeing all of the beautiful fabric created from my students. Here are a couple t-shirts by Lisa M. Aren’t they beautiful?

Lisa'sshirtsAnd Deb Donnell made a collage of some of her beautiful fabric. Ooh La La!

Deborah DonnellIf you are interested in learning how to ice dye and/or joining in the fun, check out my promo video HERE. Once you sign up for the class, you can join our Facebook group where you will meet Lisa and Deb and many of the other students. It’s a great community to share and learn from each other.

Last week, we had some utility shelving built for our basement. I have been so looking forward to this project so we can get organized. Many of the boxes have not been opened since we moved here almost 10 years ago.

Here are the shelves with some of the organized boxes back on the shelving, but there is so much more to go through.


From the stuff I went through, I ended up taking a couple loads to the local thrift store and filling up the recycle bin! These four quilts are just a few of my grandma’s quilts that I inherited. They had to be washed since the container I stored them in wasn’t water tight.


Grandma had quite a few quilts that were split between the four of us after she and mom died back in the 70s. When my brother died, I went to retrieve his quilts and they were not in good shape at all.  In addition to holes and tattered, they are pretty stained. He really used his share. Most of mine have been stored away for some day in the future. As the years roll by I need to really think about what I’m going to do with them.

Below are two of his that really need to be cutters. The star quilt on the right is in real bad shape while the other one still has a lot of good areas. I always said I wouldn’t cut up a quilt, but these will see my scissors soon.

cuttersI’ve seen all kinds of things made with these quilts from little wall hangings and ornaments to pillows and notebook covers. What would you do with these quilts? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

As always, thanks for dropping by and I sure hope this will be the start of a great week for you.




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