Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Great Finds at the Brimfield Antique Show...

This past Sunday, I went to the Brimfield Antique Show with my daughter Courtney and her fiancé Courtland. The Brimfield Show is in central Massachusetts and is the largest outdoor show in New England running 3 times a year since 1959 with over 5000 dealers! It started on Tuesday, but we decided to go on Sunday, the last day. We weren't looking for anything in particular, but I did buy a few vintage goodies that I wanted share them with you.

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I decorate one of my Christmas trees in a vintage theme with big colored light, colored glass ornaments and silver tinsel!! I'm always looking for old toys to place under the tree. I just loved this box of Pix Pix pick up sticks!!

brimfield antiques

Made in 1937...so cute and only $3.00!

brimfield antiques

Old fashioned bingo cards for only $2.00. Not sure what I'll do with them, but I love the look.

brimfield antiques

Another great find was this vintage lunch box from the 1960's, I think. Red tartan plaid!! I only paid $5.00 for it.

brimfield antiques

Still has the original sticker on the side.

brimfield antiques

and a cute "Safety First" poem on the inside. The thermos was missing, but you can see where it was stored all those years on the right hand side where the paint is chipped.

brimfield antiques

It's already washed and filled with an I Spy hexagon quilt that I'm sewing by hand. It's a cute little storage box to keep projects in.

I've sewn and given away so many I Spy quilts as baby gifts, I thought I'd better make 2 quilts for my future grandchildren before all my I Spy fabric is gone. To make these 2 quilts extra special, I'll sew them both by hand with English Paper Piecing.

brimfield antiques

The best deal was a zip lock bag filled with vintage 1930's fabric scraps for only $10.00

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Next to the bags that were for sale was a grandmother's flower garden flower with the old paper pieces still on the backside. Amazing to think someone from the 1930's was sewing with this fabric.

brimfield antiques

There are such incredible fabrics in this bag, all crumbled and cut up. The colors and patterns are perfect! They must have been stored away for years and years in some one's sewing room.

brimfield antiques

Sad to think that the family had to go through all her fabric and sewing supplies and get rid of it all. Makes me want to sew up all my fabric and make things to give away to family and friends.

Although there is a different side to this story...her fabric is now with someone who loves it and will turn it into the cutest hexagon quilt that will be cherished for years to come!!

Add this project to the ever growing "To Do" list!!

brimfield antiques

Do you love going to antique shows or flea markets?

What was your greatest find?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
~Karen~

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. I hope you've all had great weekend and are ready to share all your projects and posts here at Sew Darn Crafty!! SDC is a place where you can share anything that you've posted on your own blog and it's linked here for all to see.  Thanks so much for always being here, for joining in and for visiting all the other blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like, old or new to your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, remodeling projects, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Magnetic Pin Picker Upper Pole...

We've all been there. You're sewing and you drop a needle, a pin or worse yet...the whole dish of pins. Dropping them on the carpet is the absolute worst, but even if you have tile or wood floors you can still leave a pin or needle behind. My biggest fear is someone stepping on one.

I was roaming the aisles of the hardware store and found this beauty that might help!!

A Telescoping Magnetic Pole...

magnetic pin picker upper

The handle telescopes so you can reach all the pins on the floor without bending over. It's also great when the dish of pins drops behind your sewing table or desk.

magnetic pin picker upper

The whole strip is magnetic and it's a great size too. It's 12 inches long by 2 inches wide.

The bottom of the magnet shows all the things it can pick up. I'll forgive the manufacturer for not putting a picture of pins and needles on there, but it's ok. If they knew we were buying this for our sewing rooms, they would raise the price!! Shhhh...don't tell them.

magnetic pin picker upper

Just an FYI...the bottom has a warning label on it for anyone wearing a pacemaker. Do not have a magnet in close proximity with a pacemaker. May cause interference or failure of pacemaker.

magnetic pin picker upper

One way to help eliminate the pins spilling is to have a magnetic pin bowl. Over the years, I've done posts on magnetic pin bowls like the ones pictured below.

This one is a magnetic automotive parts dish. Great to keep the pins in place. Click HERE to see that post.

magnetic pin picker upper


You can also make your own with a post I did a while back. Click HERE to see how. You just glue magnets to the bottom of any dish to make it magnetic.

magnetic pin picker upper

Like this cute little heart dish!! The post shows a ton of options for dishes.

magnetic pin picker upper

The magnetic pole can be found in most all big box hardware stores, but you can also order them online! I have no affiliation with this product, just wanted to share.

Happy sewing,
~Karen~

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. I've missed the past couple weekends, but I'm back in full swing now! Sew Darn Crafty is a place where you can share anything that you've posted on your own blog and it's linked here for all to see.  Thanks so much for always being here, for joining in and for visiting all the other blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…



Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

English Paper Piecing...Cutting Paper and Fabric

Hi everyone! I'm back from yesterday's English Paper Piecing post about how to sew the hexagons together. You can click HERE if you missed the post. I had lots of questions and emails about how to cut the paper and the fabric, so here is another post I put together today. I hope this helps!!!

As with any project, there are many ways of doing something. The ideas I'm posting here are just a few of the different methods I've used over the years for cutting the freezer paper and the fabric. Technology has made things a little easier with hand held paper punches and electric die cutters, but I'll also show you a simple way to cut the hexies with a cardboard template.

Cutting the Paper Hexagons...


Types of paper

  • freezer paper (my favorite)
  • card stock
  • recycled envelopes
  • and those annoying magazine inserts finally have a purpose



Types of cutters

  • accuquilt die cutter
  • Fiskars hand held paper punches (found in the scrapbooking section of any craft store or online)
  • store bought plastic template for rotary cutter
  • print template from free online source and make one from cardboard to plastic template

Here are the types that I have used.


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Come inside for lots of pictures and steps for each method.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

English Paper Piecing, Freezer Paper, Hexie Sewing Tip...

I know that title is a little long, but I needed to get it all in! I've been sewing hexagons for over 15 years. I use the English Paper Piecing method of hand sewing. With EPP, you use some kind of paper as the foundation to shape the hexagon. I started with freezer paper and haven't changed since.

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I wanted to share this little tip with you for ironing on the freezer paper...

A Mini Iron!!

epp hexie tips

Come in to see more tips and tricks and an EPP tutorial...

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