Thursday, February 24, 2011

What a Week

What a week it has been.  First all the snow melts and then we get 14" of snow.  My husband had a few days off and we were going to take off for a day or two.  He spent almost all of Monday shoveling snow.  Tuesday morning he said we needed to get off we went.
We headed the west side of Michigan that is.  The first stop was Battlecreek.  We went to the FireStarters Casino.  It was big.  However we did'nt do to good.  So we took off again.

This time we headed to Lansing and to my favorite quilt shop.  Country Stitches.  I bought a few patterns and got some fabric.  The light fabric is what I am going to use for the Granny's Hankies BOM.  You can't really see, but it has little sprigs of leaves all over.  It is not just white.  The other two are a reproduction fabric.  Now I haven't bought much fabric in the last four years because of being with my Dad and no fabric shops in sight.  Now the big problem is where to put the fabric.  I am running out of room....but it is a nice problem to have.

We ended up staying in Lansing over night.  When we got up in the morning there was a heavy, I mean heavy frost everywhere.  Here's a picture of the tree outside the motel.  The ice was thick. 

On the road again and we headed to Williamston and Mason for some antiquing.  We stopped at one shop and found an adorable quilt from 30's.  It showed some wear, a few holes but I fell in love and it was only $20.00.
I think I'm going to reproduce this quilt in more modern fabrics.  But isn't it sweet?

When we got home last night I immediately ran to my computer to check e-mail, and of course all the blogs I follow.  I was happy to find out that my partner in the Mug Rug swap finally received her package.  I had mailed it to her 2 weeks ago.  She lives in Canada and I was told that it did take longer.  So now I am relieved she received them and she likes them.

I then sat down and finished sewing the binding on my wall quilt that I have been working on
forever.  It started out as a Christmas gift for my husband the last year I was up north with Dad.  I gave it to him partially quilted.  Well I forgot to take it back up north with me and hubby forgot where he put it.  So this Christmas I was down in the basement looking for boxes to wrap presents in and low and behold I found the quilt still in the box I put it in.  So I felt obligated to finish it before I could start hand quilting another project.  This quilt is a design by Lori Smith.  It was hard to piece (so please overlook the multitude of piecing errors).  It was also hard to hand quilt.  But I got it done.  I also misplaced the binding I had made for the quilt.  In the move back home from up north I have things packed in boxes all over the house.  Too many to go through.  So off to the fabric store for more fabric.  Unfortunately I couldn't find the exact shade of rust for the binding.  But I think I came real close.

Now I'm off to wash all the fabric I just bought and work on the latest Thread Head Quilt-a-Long block.   Here is the last one.  I forgot to post this picture. 

So have a quilty day...get lots done and post some great pics.

Hugs, Cat


Impera_Magna said...

What a lovely quilt you found antiquing! Only $20 too... I will look forward to your version of this one!

LaDonna and Diana said...

I love antique quilts and you found quite the bargain! They are so charming and sweet and comfy! Your wallhanging looks great! I don't see any mistakes, just a wonderful quilt!


Deege said...

Wow..........Sounds like you had a great week-end...just the kind that Mark and I love: antiques, craft shops (for me) and just plain browsing. The quilt you found is beautiful! And the one you made for Terry....georgous. So glad that you found it and the binding looks just right to me. Have a great week enjoying your "finds"!

Cheryl said...

Busy week, but a great find. Can hardly wait to see your reproduction of your lovingly worn antique quilt.

Allie said...

You got a bit more snow than we did! We only got 10 inches. Boy you guys sure get around - I love Country Stitches! That ice is AMAZING.

Your vintage quilt is absolutely gorgeous - by all means re-create it! I think you found quite the bargain there! Love the quilt for hubby, I think it's perfect - you did a beautiful job!

Joanne said...

$20 for an antique quilt!!!!It is beautiful.
The mini quilt is great - I was thinking of making the same pattern - love it!♥

Mama Pea said...

I can't see any mistakes on your quilt, and I think the binding looks just right. It is really beautiful!