Friday, September 13, 2019

Another Quilt, Rescue the Perishing: A Bowtie

 A few weeks ago, I purchased this quilt at the flea market.  
As is nearly the case with each old quilt I find...there is need of repair involved.  
It makes sense...they are old, they have been used many times, often stored poorly and sometimes mistreated.  Because of those facts, I usually get them at a good price.  Good for me...and good for the quilt as I will try to repair it and 'make it all better.'

 This one, A BOWTIE quilt, is in fairly good condition.  I've just laundered it...something that in itself can be time consuming....but does the quilt a world of good.

 There are few places on the quilt that need replacing, but only one other as bad as this one...the original square of dark fabric that was sewn there is, at this point, nothing but a memory, so that will have to be replaced.

 There are a couple of places where the seams have not only come unsewn, but have unraveled.  Don't know what I will do there...but I'll manage to fix it somehow.

 This one won't be too hard....just a little seam repair.

And, here's a hot mess....holes on the back of the quilt, but thankfully, the hole didn't go through to the front.
It, too, can be fixed.
All it takes is a little fabric and a pretty good amount of time.

While I don't see myself making more quilts....
I see no end to rescuing old quilts.
A labor of love, really. 

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Basket, Some Buttons

 This morning I decided to bring out my favorite basket in the house and put it on the new old green table.  
This basket is rather fragile, as it is about a hundred years old.  It's big....13" x 26."  
And, it's wonderful!

So, I wondered for a bit as to what, if anything, I would put in it.
And, then it came to me...

I rounded up as many buttons as I could, having a stash of them in several places in the house.
 I wanted them to be mostly white, off-white, or Mother-of-Pearl.
With a few exceptions.
For instance, not there yet, but I am going to put some larger brown ones in there.

I also added a big spoon.
For gathering up a handful at a time.
I will add more when I find more.
I will enjoy choosing buttons for a project when needed.
No way I can fill it.
#1, it would take so many more.
#2, it's already heavy, so more would make it impossible to pick up the basket.
#3, I don't want to damage the basket.

So, what do you think?
Right now it is a fun thing to look at and it's always fun to run your hands through a bunch of buttons.
Does there need to be any other reason?

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage


Friday, September 6, 2019

A Wish for You

 Tonight I just wanted to wish you all the best. The best of everything.  
To you and yours.  
Vintage postcards have just the right amount of emotion and sentimentality if you ask me. 
 They can 
"say" things that we can't seem to and who cares if they can sometimes be a bit sappy? 
 What's wrong with sappy? 
So, tonight, here's a wish to you...from my heart,
 aided by a beautiful vintage postcard:

A large share of happiness,
A tiny share of care,
A minimum of cloudy days
A maximum of fair -
Sufficient wealth, and
best of health
The love of friendship true
And sweet contentment
in your heart
Is what I wish for you.

until next time
Bird Nest Cottage

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.