Monday, January 25, 2010

Digging Up Smurfs!

LOL! Here is where the "digging up smurfs" comes from! :) You know me, I love to dig through my totes and stash. My closet in my bedroom is 12ft wide, it is full of totes with fabric and stuff like that in them. Anyway, way in the back corner, I found a tote that I did not know was in there. It was one of those 22 gal totes full of odd fabrics and scraps!!! I had it all dumped out on the bed. Hunter was in there with me, he walked back in the living room and Richard asked him what I was doing in there. Hunter said "Digging Up Smurfs!" LOL! Of course, Richard had to come and see what he was talking about.

I don't have a clue where this fabric came from but there is a ton of it! All of the fabric in that tote was like 80's fabrics. I have been ironing it all day and figure that I can cut it up and mix it in my scrap quilts and it will be fine! The Smurf fabric will go in a quilt as soon as I decide what pattern to use with it.
I found a lot of other stuff in boxes too. Like this....this is when I was a young teenager mom was teaching me to embroidery. I was doing this for my grandmother which lived right across the road from us. It was never finished and she passed away and was buried the same day as my high school graduation. The sad part is, as long as I can remember she always said that she wanted to live long enough to see me graduate high school and we buried her that day. Her name was "Opal" and my aunt bought me an Opal and Diamond ring for graduation so in a way she was with me. Anyway....on to something not so sad....
I found a huge box of these upholstery samples. Some are big, like 18x24 and some are 8x10. What on earth can I use them for? Any ideas???? The are a little thicker than regular quilting fabric.
This is rolls of bias that I got several years ago, got the big idea that I was going to make a rug!!! As you can see it is not very big! :)
I cannot knit but I can crochet, but nothing fancy, only granny squares! I found this yarn!
I found these granny squares, only about 25 of them, they need finished and made into an afghan. I found enough completed brown granny squares for an afghan, they just need to be put together!Last but not least...here is the quilt that I finished quilting the other day! It is a customer quilt. For some reason the colors did not show true. It is actually grays and silvers...
I did a simple stipple on it. I have another one pinned on the frame right now but haven't started on it yet.
Kristie

15 comments:

Gina said...

What a haul.

I knew someone who used upholstery samples for bags. That might be an idea.

Love the customer quilt

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Michelle said...

The quilt looks nice.

Rhonda said...

Oh Kristie, what a memorable re-find for you....we often tuck, fold, dump and squish thing to a back corner or box or room only to rediscover that special something years later. I'm sure you had a sad moment but loads of wonderful memories came flooding back as well. Just my wondering thoughts. Take care.

Amelia said...

I bet it was fun digging thru that tote...and all the memories that came about as a result. Some times it is necessary to review our past - where we made some right decisions and some wrong ones...but what we learned from each of them.

Have a great week...think pleasant thoughts always.

marit said...

Isn't it fun to find old treasures and memories like that?
Could you use the upholsteryfabric for a picnicblanket or something?

Have a lovely week.

Tazzie said...

Oh my goodness Kristie, what treasures you found in the bag! That fabric is adorable. My children make me feel old - they tell me they don't know what Smurfs are ... how can that be??
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Lurline said...

What a treasure trove, Kristie!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Cheryl Willis said...

A suggestion for the upholstry type fabric. I get the sqs from a friend who works in a store. I sew them into utility quilts to take to the park. make two the same size. Sew them right sides together and then turn right side out. I then tie them but you could machine tack too. I don't use a batting but it wouldn't hurt to put old towels in the middle. I have some that get used a lot and are 20+ yrs old. They wear forever. I take them to church picnics and sometimes give them away to newbies who ask about them. The old timers all know not to ask (just kidding) They will be heavy enough to use as a picnic table cloth and not blow around or throw on the ground for the babies to play on.

ditto to the neat stuff- love the smurfs (I just found a similar sheet at the thrift shop) be good cw

Honey Bear said...

I used some brushed upholstery samples to make rugs for the bathrooms. Just cut squares of different colors and backed them with denim.

Libby said...

Wow! Your Granny Squares are perfect! You are so talented! Have Fun!
Libby

Chocolate Cat said...

Wow that Smurf fabric brings back lots of happy memories! Glad someone else has collections of odds and sods from the past! I found a crate of cardmaking stamps the other day that I'd forgotten about.

julieQ said...

Isn't it fun to dig through those boxes and bags and totes? Looks like you have some wonderful projects in the works.

vtquilter said...

LOVE the purple granny squares.. An idea is to make checkbook covers with the upholstery. Such fun looking through the old totes to see what we find.

jillquilts said...

You had a hodge podge of everything in that tote! Very funny! Isn't it funny the things that we put away and forget about? lol

Mistea said...

As my friend would say - that is some cool shopping without spending a dime!! Hey - love your granny squares and that smurf fabric is priceless. How can it be that young people do not know smurfs?? Enjoy