Obies, the fabric hoarding store of your dreamsPosted: April 3, 2015 Filed under: Favorite shops, Fun Finds | Tags: fabric shopping, Lancaster, Obies Country Store, quilt fabric, Quilting, Sewing 8 Comments
Goodville, Pennsylvania is just a blip of a town. You drive through it before you realize you even arrived. Its biggest claim to fame is the legendary hoard of quilting fabric in Obies Country Store, an unassuming clapboard house with a 1960s sign over the porch.
A friend and I went fabric shopping there last week, like going to Fabric Mecca on Holiday. I was overwhelmed just by stepping inside. This is extreme hoarding without the bad smells or squashed cats.
How I made a four-year-old happy with vintage sheet scrapsPosted: March 24, 2015 Filed under: Home and Garden | Tags: Sewing, vintage fabric, vintage sheets 11 Comments
Several months ago I was delighted to get a gift from Amanda at Vintage Sheet Addict. She sent me a stack of beautiful vintage sheet pieces after I’d made a comment on one of her Instagram photos. (Check out her blog to see what she did with the same fabrics!)
I knew right away I’d want to do something special with them. Then one afternoon while the grandkids were jumping around the house an idea suddenly clicked: I’d make a dress for my four-year-old granddaughter. Click here to see more!
Simple embroidery? It’s just ducky for beginners.Posted: August 16, 2014 Filed under: Craft, Sewing Project | Tags: Sewing, Textile, vintage embroidery 2 Comments
Janeray’s wonderful day-of-the-week dishtowels reminded me that I’ve got some darling vintage embroidery pieces in my stash that are bound for September’s Vintage Bazaar.
I think all of them are easy enough for even a beginning stitcher to enjoy making.
Like this sweet cotton towel with a little Dutch washerwoman. Isn’t her flowered skirt adorable?
Yep, there’s more! Click here!
Spring cleaning in Easter-egg plaidPosted: April 25, 2014 Filed under: Craft, Laundry, Sewing Project | Tags: Acme adjustable dress form, beginning sewing, mannequin, plaid, Sewing, spring cleaning, Textile, vintage apron 2 Comments
Some of these spring days are a little dreary. April showers, you know? But chores still have to be done.
This vintage (1960s? 1970s?) apron cheers me right up. Cinderella would have loved it.
It’s bluebird-approved! Here’s why.
A garden bed you can bring indoors. No watering needed!Posted: March 30, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds, Sage Farm | Tags: Sewing, Textile, vintage quilt Comments Off on A garden bed you can bring indoors. No watering needed!
I snapped up this thrifting score a couple weeks ago, on a day that snowed!
It’s a handmade twin-size tied quilt straight from the last of the ’60s or the early ’70s, to judge from the fabric and the print.
The six big pattern blocks are bold! The piecing pattern—interlocking rectangles with a few little square pieces to add interest—looks like a version of Log Cabin. (I’m no quilt pattern expert, so if you know the real name please say so!)