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November 12, 2019
{Estate Sale Temptation} Pearl and Earl in PINK! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know how sometimes an idea makes it into the corner of your mind and just won't leave? That's what happened with the black and white applique plates I found back in February. A few months later I found the original pattern in an old craft pamphlet. 

And on Sunday I found another set of the plates.... 

They're way too pink for my taste, but it was the last hour of the last day of the sale and everything was super cheap. So they live with me now and if I find another inexpensive pair they're ...

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November 11, 2019
Papir og tekstil from Iinas Sewing Machine Poetry

Jeg har mange viktige steder for art quilt-inspirasjon. Blant dem er en Facebook-gruppe som enkelt og greit heter "Art Quilts". Og den aller viktigste er den internasjonale organisasjonen for art quiltere, SAQA.
Hvorfor jeg nevner dette nå? Rett og slett fordi disse kildene er den direkte årsaken til at jeg satte tidligere i høst i gang med å teste ut bruk av papir fra gamle bøker i tekstilkunsten min.
Jeg er slett ikke den første til å gjøre dette, men som jeg oftest gjør, fant jeg også denne gangen ut av ting på egen hånd.
Og gjorde det kanskje litt ...

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October 24, 2019
I Found the Pattern for Pearl and Earl! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Remember these two plates that I saw at an estate sale and didn't buy?

I  found the pattern! Or what I suspect is one of many versions of the pattern since the one I found was published in 1959 and I've seen a sources that dates plates like this to the 1920s.

It's honestly not much of a pattern at all, is it? I couldn't bring myself to spend a dollar for the plates I found, but now I'm wanting to make a set of my own. And a bunch of other things from the ...

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October 10, 2019
When the Unknown Surprises You! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As we have shared in the past, Teri and I (Kara) are novice quilt collectors. We started with a few quilts that we inherited and picked up a few here and there as we wander the antique malls—one of our absolute favorite things to do together! A few of those inherited and purchased quilts have been shared on the blog (you can read about them by clicking on the links at the end of this post). Over here in Germany, there are not many antique quilts to be found, so I have formed a habit, albeit not necessarily a ...

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October 1, 2019
Make-A-List Monday - Making Progress! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, has it been a week!  We're back to scorching temperatures here in Tennessee again, so there's plenty of time for sewing, thankfully!  I am so. ready. for. fall - how about you?  Well, until it gets here, let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Quilt the baby quilt.
Done, and delivered!

2.  Quilt a vintage top for a customer.
Also done and delivered!

3.  Make progress on each of the annual quilts.
Definitely progress made!  Five drama llamas are complete...

...the moody blues quilt is making great strides...

...penguins are on parade...

...and ...

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September 11, 2019
Indigo Sashiko Boro Leggings from The Ardent Thread

These pants go by various names depending on where you look: Mataware また割り(splits), Momohiki 股引, Matahiki また引き. Essentially they  are a type of trousers worn tight at the calf and baggy at the hip. Common in rural Japan until the early 20th century, these were worn by shop workers and farmers alike. These are different from Mompe or Monpe, もんぺ which were baggy trousers typically worn by working women. Today you can still find these tight, wrap-around leggings worn at festivals and parades by men and women carrying large floats or performing in traditional dances.

Let’s take a ...

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September 8, 2019
Another of Mrs. Mary Lee's quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The world of quilts is small. Here's a case in point. My mom and Mrs. Mary Lee were neighbors and quilters. In fact, they had several things in common: large families, church, and gardening. I have no idea how close they were as friends, but I'm sure that quilting came up any time they were together. 

Mrs. Mary Lee's daughter, Anna, texted me one day to ask if I would consider quilting some of her mom's hand-pieced tops. I couldn't resist, if for no other reason than to see some of the tops. Anna has ...

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September 5, 2019
{Thrift Shop Temptations} I Love the Graphics from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I left this vintage cooky and donut press on the shelf and did not buy it for its wonderful vintage packaging. Mostly because I know I've bought other cookie presses over the years and never used one.

If I want to swoon over the illustrations, I've got a whole stack of vintage cookbooks to go through.

I also didn't buy myself a scary looking 1970s pressure cooker, despite the fact that it was harvest gold and had extremely entertaining pictures on the top. 

The boys and I could have had a lot of fun trying to figure ...

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August 30, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? It Was A Very Good Day! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Where did our week go? Seems like it was just Monday - but here it is, Friday, and you know what that means!  Time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  Are you ready?  I am - so let's go!


This afternoon I was despairing, trying to figure out what I had to whoop about this week - it's been a busy week working on one quilt that I'm not anywhere near ready to share pictures of, and that's about all I've done.  And I didn't have any time to work on a quick ...

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August 14, 2019
New-to-Me China from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

For a while now, I've been on the prowl for a set of inexpensive thrift shop china. We've gone through plates at a ridiculous rate because this old house has never had a dishwasher and I'm a klutz. The fourteen-year-old has taken over hand washing the dishes and I don't think he's broken a plate since, but I already had the idea in my head.

I keep seeing articles about how no one wants Grandma's old china sets and they have no value. Why not make our next set of dishes pretty antiques instead ...

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August 5, 2019
Thrifting Fabric from Needle and Foot

About a week ago, our local guild sent out an email to members stating a seamstress in town was retiring and having a sale. She wanted to clear out her fabric and supplies as she planned to downsize to a smaller home. I am sure you knew I would be sure to go check it out. The woman was both a garment maker as well as a quilter. Her shop was large and there was tons and tons of fabric.

By the time I got there much of the quilt fabric had been sold. But I was not really interested ...

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July 11, 2019
Adventure Waits with Bonnie Christine's "The Open Road" from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Have you ever been on a road trip that just inspired you so much? There's something just so exciting about packing up, jumping behind the steering wheel and heading out on an unforgettable adventure. Windows down, music up...observing all the sounds, sights, you drive through quiet forests, open fields, majestic mountains, serene deserts...welcoming spontaneity and the unexpected. Trips like this often bring new perspectives and creative ideas, and this is exactly what happened to our designer, Bonnie Christine! 


Bonnie recently went on an 8,000-mile road trip across the country with her family in a ...

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French Treasure (And a Little Bit of Swiss) from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

France is quite close to where I (Kara) live, and I've shared over the last two years various glimpses of the Alsace region of France. When I first arrived, I was able to go the European Patchwork Festival in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, and this past spring, I took a fun trip to Strasbourg, France. (You can read about both places here and here). This visit to France took us to the Burgundy region of France on our way down to Lyon, for the Women's World Cup soccer final. 

Castle Chillon
I thought it would be fun to ...

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June 27, 2019
{Thrift Shop Temptations} Another Musty Trunk from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Remember that trunk I showed you in my last thrifting post? A week later, I found this one at a thrift store about a mile down the road from the shop where we found the first one. It's got the Hartman trunk company logo, but not the nifty "Gibraltarized" one.

It's almost as musty and it's missing one of the big drawers. I'd think that would be a significant flaw and detract from its value. But they're asking six hundred bucks for this one and that tag is a color that won't be marked ...

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June 23, 2019
A Few More Vintage Quilts from caledonia quilter

Back in April I posted a vintage quilt and the same customer brought a few more.  I always get such a warm fuzzy feeling when these are finished and OUT of the closet.

Log cabin.  Love.

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June 20, 2019
{Vintage Show and Tell} Vickie's 1940s Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You already know that I've been on a vintage cookbook kick and that I've got Better Homes and Garden editions from when my mom was first married and when I was first married. Now I've got Vickie's, which appears to date from the late 1940s.

I don't know who Vickie was, or share her taste in recipes, but I love how she punched holes in things and added them to the binder. I think there's more extra stuff than original book here. I found foreign stamps and pressed leaves and odd newspaper clippings. 

By ...

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June 17, 2019
Vintage Treasure #2 – Pattern Instructions from Gray Barn Designs

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio today.  Hey Sandy, give me a call when you have a few minutes and I’ll fill you in on our fun trip!

In our “Vintage Treasure #2” post on May 9, 2019, we shared a photo of a quilt we are finishing for a family friend.

Triangles in a row

Vintage Treasure #2


One item on our “to do” list was to draft a pattern of this quilt to share with everyone.

Last week I received the August 2019 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine in the mail and a similar quilt is one ...

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May 10, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Vintage Quilt Restoration is DONE! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Friday!  One of my favorite days of the week!  The weekend is starting, fun times with the grandkids are on the horizon, more time with my hubby - but I get to start it by whooping it up with you guys!  I hope you're ready to get started - let's go!


A while ago, my friend Shea asked if I could take a look at her grandmother's quilt and see if I could repair it.  I told her yes, and we set up a time to meet.  When she brought her quilt over, she told me how ...

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May 7, 2019
Make-A-List Monday - The End is In Sight! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Here we are at Monday again!  And May, to boot - how in the world did that happen?  My grandkids tell me they only have thirteen days of school left, but it only seems like a few months ago that they were starting the school year!  Oh well, there's always summer fun to look forward to, right?

Let's see how last week's list went...

1.  Definitely work on the vintage quilt!
I was SUCH a good quilter this week - I made some serious progress on this project!  Here's where I was at the beginning of ...

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April 18, 2019
Tea for Two from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Ahh a cup of tea! Tea has been an important part of many cultures throughout history. Maybe it's a bracing cuppa in England, or solemn Japanese tea ceremony, or even a special time with friends in one's home. Regardless of where you are, drinking hot tea can look different depending on where you are in the world, but when drinking hot tea, a teapot of some sort is common amongst all cultures. Keeping that tea warm is important as well which brings us to today's post!

When Teri and I (Kara) were in Birmingham, England, this past ...

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