Saturday, June 29, 2013


I drug out my fragrant tub of vintage fabrics after work Friday. The fabrics are not really that stinky, but they do smell a bit old. Like great grandma's house. This tub weighs a ton and I know I'm going to have fun going through it. Crazy me collected vintage fabrics before I sewed. I knew I would use them one day. I found them here and there at estate and garage sales, thrift shops, church tag sales, and eBay. Some were inherited from other quilters.

This is the beautiful antique quilt that inspired me. The bow tie blocks are 2-3/4" square. That's so teeny! The quilt maker whipped up a mere 929 blocks to create this quilt. I hope the quilt sold to someone who can restore it if possible.

Here's a closeup of some of the blocks. Aren't the fabrics sweet? I'm crossing my fingers I can find some gingham or funky novelty in my stinky stash to replicate this look.

I ended up with 4" blocks that will finish at 3-1/2". Six down, 923 to go. Ha! We'll see how long it takes before I get bored.

Bones would love a shark pillow to burrow in.

The Inspector made me accompany him to Wally World last Sunday. I really don't care for shopping there, but I did make him buy me these Fred Flintstone beef ribs. I had to use my restaurant pan to get them into the oven. I wanted to throw them on the grill at the end, but the weather wasn't cooperating. I'll grill in the rain, but not if there's lightning. They don't call us the Lightning Capital of the World for nothing.

To go with the ribs, I made sun-dried tomato risotto and salad. College Boy and Inspector Gadget ate every last one of those ribs. They were fall-off-the-bone tender and very flavorful. I put barbecue sauce on them during the last 20 minutes or so of baking. Yabba dabba do!


  1. I have a quilt my husband's great grandmother made. The same pattern. :)

  2. I have the same fabrics as your two bottom left bowties. Not sure whether I should be pleased that my stash has become "vintage" or not. :) I guess I REALLY need to start using up my stash. (they are both from around 1975 or least that's when I bought them--could have been in my old fabric store a bit longer though)

  3. yes, I'm madly in love with that quilt too. better not be cut up, that's for sure! I'd have a hard time replicating it, except for the polka dots and cheddar. oh, and you're making your blocks too big!!!! taking the easy way out... one of these days you could put together an awesome orphan quilt... the ribs sure look yummy!


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