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A note to Mom

IMG_9807IMG_9801IMG_9803IMG_9800Dear Mom,
Thank you for sending this quilt to me. I remember when it was on my bed as a kid and I am so happy to be able to use it again after all these years. I love looking at the squares remembering a dress, a hat, or maybe just a pattern or color combination. It all comes together in such a wonderful way. Seeing all of these fabrics together makes me realize how much of an influence they have had on what I like today. Simple patterns and lots of color make me happy! Thank you for making this quilt for me long ago and for getting it back into my hands to enjoy for many more years.
Love, Karen
P.S. The portrait is of me as a four year old wearing a dress my mom made for me. The fabric she used is in the quilt block to the right of the portrait. The yellow calico with the red apples and black leaf sprigs.

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IMG_9736IMG_9742IMG_9744IMG_9745IMG_9739IMG_9741Happy birthday to Julia, my awesome sister-in-law! She is celebrating her 40th today! For the occasion I made her a tote bag with a sweet little Dutch girl embroidery on it. Julia is Dutch so I was happy I had something meaningful to incorporate into this tote for her. The rose barkcloth was found at Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg, PA. I actually think Julia was with me when I found this fabric a few summers ago. Happy Birthday Julia! I am so glad you are my sister! xoxo K.

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IMG_9771IMG_9770IMG_9768IMG_9772My friend Dawn found this tea towel at a thrift store almost two years ago. She gave it to me and I have been meaning to make her a tote out of it for about that long. She is my thrift store hero. She can find the *Best* stuff. In fact, she was visiting me last weekend and found a pair of Kate Spade leather sandals that were maybe worn once or twice. I think the price was something crazy like $7.99. She has a way sniffing out the really good expensive stuff and buying it for a song. I got inspired to get this tote done this week and it really turned out nicely. I have been collecting these tea towels and plan to make a one of a map of Royal Britain next.

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IMG_9693IMG_9695IMG_9694IMG_9697This wreath may be verging on obnoxious but I was looking for something repetitive and creative to do while watching tv over the Holidays. We had lots of football and Downton Abby to watch so this project was perfect. I find it hard to throw away scraps of fabric especially since most of the stuff I use is vintage. I have a big glass candy jar that I stuff all of my scraps into so most of the pieces I used came straight from there. I simply tore the fabric into about 5″ x 3/4″ strips and looped them on to a wire wreath form. The form had four rings on it so the effect is full and fluffy. I added a paisley heart trimed in rick rack so it will hang on the front door through Valentine’s Day. Thank you to my friends Shannon and Laura for the inspiration.

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IMG_9583IMG_9584IMG_9585My Aunt Jackie ordered this tote for my cousin’s wife for Christmas. Jackie wanted a peace themed tote so I knew I wanted to add a bit of embroidery to give it that 60’s feel. The Stitchery Book from my previous post had these lazy daisy flowers which were perfect for it. This fabric has been one of my all time favorites to work with. It use to be several pairs of curtains in it’s past life. The denim was a pair of repurposed jeans I just sent this off last night and it should arrive in Pennsylvania by Friday. Nothing like last minute sewing to keep life exciting…

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IMG_9512IMG_9509IMG_9529IMG_9530IMG_9508IMG_9516IMG_9515*Vintage Christmas Fabric LOVE!* Whenever I see it and it is a good deal, I buy it and add it to the stash. Most of these are tablecloths which I use during the holidays but sometimes I dream about turning them into other things too like pillows or bunting or maybe even a Christmas quilt…

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Now that San Francisco and San Jose have gone plastic bag-less there is a need for re-usable alternatives. While examining my fabric stash a few weeks ago, I realized that I had a pretty nice thrifted collection of Hawaiian mu-mu type fabric. It is all light weight but has a bit of heft to it (kind of like a light weight barkcloth). I thought these prints would be just right for some shoppers. I took a plastic bag apart and used it for my pattern. I lined the handles for some stability but left the interior unlined so I could make these bags quickly. I sent a picture of them to Samba in Sac and she declared they be called “Happy Bags” because how could you be bummed looking at all those outrageous colors and prints?

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