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Monday, August 18, 2014

Vintage Beaded Baar and Beards Collars

Scott and I went to the Wilmot Flea Market yesterday morning and I found some treasure!  4 vintage beaded Baar and Beards Collars:


Can you believe, I only paid $10.00 for all 4 of them?  I bought one a few years ago at an antique shop and paid $20.00 for it.  And no, I haven't used it on anything yet.  But my plan is to make purses with these!

If you would like to read an article on the history of Baar and Beards you can find it here.  Be sure to scroll down a little bit to the bottom of the questions and answers section.

My current stitching project is just about done. I need bead the butterflies:


Here are a few close up photos:



The blackwork area with my tatted flowers.  Yes, I made the flowers myself.


The dangling hearts are embroidered with Watercolor threads from The Caron Collection.

I bought this pretty button with the violets from an Etsy shop.

Hand painted lace trim, embellished with sequins and beads.  The vintage lady image is embroidered with silk and organza ribbon.  I used seed beads for the green leaves.

I'll have this finished up either tonight or tomorrow and then I'll post another photo.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Green Purse Block

I don't have a whole lot to share today.  Just an update on my green crazy quilt purse block really:

This of course, needs more glitter! 

I also have a new photo of my little Cotton curled up in my mail basket.  I just took this photo now:

Cats sure can make themselves cozy, can't they? 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Few Vintage Hankies

Scott and I went to a little flea market (okay, it was a big flea market) on Sunday.  It felt good to just walk around and look at all the wonderful junk!  Sometimes, I wonder who buys certain things and sometimes I wish I had more money!

I was however honestly happy to find a few $1.00 vintage hankies:

These are pure, concentrated treasure to me!  Most of them still have the little label on them!  I'll be using these in future crazy quilt pieces.  That blue rose is screaming at me so that one will probably get used first!

I finished up a project that I stitched last week:


Yes, a little Cat Door Hanger.  I love this one.  The purple flowers on the top left are tatted flowers that I made with beaded leaves.  In the bottom right, you can see the blackwork fill-in that I'm experimenting with more and more.

Finally for today, my current project is this green purse block:

I'm ready to start adding the glitter (beads and sequins) to this piece!  Again, in the top left, you can see more of my blackwork fill-in.  I think I'll be making some more of those purple tatted flowers!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Some New Projects

I've been stitching, just not blogging much!  As Summer winds down, which it already is, I'll be online more often.  It's been a cool Summer here temp-wise so I spend a lot of time out on the deck, enjoying the birds and the breeze!

I finished this door hanger piece yesterday morning:

I'm planning on a sewing day either tomorrow or Wednesday so I'll get this sewn up and share another picture of it when it's done.

In the meantime, I pulled some lace and trim pieces for this block:

I think I'll take this out on the deck and start stitching on it.

In other news, as a reminder, the 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar will be available on September 1st!  That's only a couple of weeks away!!!!


Finally, I will be getting back to working on my list of Crazy Quilt Resources.  If you have any links that you would like me to add to the list, please leave me a comment.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Crazy Quilt Clutch Purses

Whew!  I finally finished up my little Crazy Quilt Clutch Purses!  I don't know why these took me so long to do.  I usually breeze right through my projects. 

I vintage embroidered hankies on each one of these and hand crocheted the trim on the edge of the flap.  So which one is your favorite?  Mine is .......no, not the pink one.  It's the blue one.  I love that blue rose!

I also have another of Mom's Fall Door Hangers to share:

The soft shades of brown give this hanging heart a Thanksgiving feel!

I'm currently working on a custom piece for a friend.  I'll have photos of that soon.  After that, I have a green purse all pieced and ready to stitch on.  Lots of eye candy to watch for!


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