MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, March 18, 2011

mumblings (again)

1.  You might want to check out the latest dolls that are setting out on their journeys through the group at Art Dolls Only.  Their traveling doll projects are always fun.  Have a look HERE and be sure to scroll down!  There are lots of exceptional artists that take part in this project.

2.  I have a dilemma - what would you suggest I do with several old quilts that are threadbare in places?  I'm looking for ideas.  I won't have room to store them in the apartment and I really can't bring myself to dispose of them.  Put your thinking caps on and give me some thoughts.  Please?

3.  I started giving you links to some of my favourite places I have on my google reader and suddenly realized that I didn't finish the list.  Today I'll give you three more...

First is a wonderful blog written by Freda B.  She is a special lady and is incredibly gifted with crazy quilting and also with her amazing flea market finds.  She's one of the most generous ladies I know.  Have a peek at her blog HERE.

Second is another blog written by Kathy  Shaw of Shawkl, who is another generous soul.  She has just published her 'Embellishing Crazy Quilts' book which I'm happy to have in my collection and would highly recommend.  Her blog is HERE.  She has had an ongoing series of seam treatments on her blog - well worth having a look at!

Third is one that probably would only interest my Canadian readers - Smart Canucks publishes lots of good deals and points you to product coupons.  It's HERE.

4.  Finally, don't forget to enter my giveaway draws for packages of paper ephemera.  Scroll down to leave a comment on that post to get your name entered in the draw.  You have until Monday!

and - here's a quote - "Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us".

10 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

On the quilts..... Get brave! Cut the large areas that are still good. Make wonderful pillow tops for the bed, couch, where ever. Longer strips make those cool designer pillows you see on couches along the back.
If pieces are small, sew then together into a bigger pillow piece, or save some of the small pieces for your denim jackets.'
Just don't be afraid to CUT!!!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

MosaicMagpie said...

One of your followers "DeeDee" had a great post recently on using an old quilt to make an apron! Very cute! Also, old quilts make great Christmas Stockings and Ornaments.
I have seen them used behind the glass in an old window. Pillows, pot holders....I have used quilts as curtains.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Cut out the good parts and make one large quilt, several cushions, framed art pieces, teddy bears and a couple of handbags. Of course, you could also insert pieces into your denim jackets. Nothing should go to waste!!! If they're really old and cherished, especially those made by family members, find a place for them. Under the bed, in the rafters, in the trunk of your car, it doesn't matter. It's the memories that count!!

Carol said...

I have seen some wonderful dolls made of old quilts.

Anonymous said...

What about donating them to Settlers Village? They would love to have them I'm sure and maybe could do some repair work too.
Mrs Noofy

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Another giveaway? Count me in! I'm still giving some thoughts to the quilt situation. Now I have to go visiting. Enjoy your weekend! Connie

Deepa said...

Mary Anne,
Iam not a quilter and know nothing about quilts,but still..is it possible to take good portions from the old ones and make it into a fresh quilt or even a wall hanging?

suziqu's thread works said...

These quilts are somebody's hard and loved work. If they were in reasonable condition perhaps the best bits could be cut out re-backed with fleecy fabric and sent to Sendai as well! The Hearts and Hands project is truely a wonderful idea! I have actually been searching for an old quilt which I could recycle and use in my journalling because I really love them if they are hand sewn.
Cushions, totes, table runners, runners for back and top of couches
as well as pillow cases are more ideas.
Perhhaps you could make one (or part of one) a giveaway!!!
Wonderful visiting those blogs you mentioned too! Thanks for that!tr
Hugs, Suzy

FredaB said...

Hi MA

If you have the time after you make the move you might consider making Christmas stockings and selling them on your blog next Christmas.

I have seen some really neat ones and I am sure there are girls out there who would just love to have them as cutters.

How about offering them on your blog for a small price. You could always donate the money or use it for your own craft items that sure add up.

Hugs

FredaB

arlee said...

If there are any ratty parts, worn parts or tears, i'll take em!