Tuesday Goodies

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It was one of those weekends where I just didn't have my sewing mojo so I didn't really get much accomplished. I did make a few more kitchen towels with this cup and saucer motif linen/cotton blend and bordered in a blue dot cotton quilt weight fabric. I made a wide border to change up the design this time. And I pressed and folded the edges to make a clean back side to the cloth. I stitched in the ditch again with pretty good results.
You know when things don't go just as we'd like it is always so wonderful to have friends to fall back on. I have some great friends in my town like Laura and Flora and those two are always there for me. But I have some really special Internet/blog friends, too. Among them is the fabulous "other Nanette" - Nan at Pots and Pins. She's a great girl and I'm proud to share a name with her. Nan is an author, quilter and fabulous chef not to mention mom. She can do it all. So look at what Nan sent me above. I was overwhelmed. Literally. What would a vintage quilt maker want? A vintage Playskool toy sewing box with ME fabric and vintage spools inside. I can't even look at it without being a little overcome.
Get a look at it from top and side views. Could it be any cuter? Seriously - it could not. I have such a hard time accepting gifts but I somehow manage don't I? I've really been a grateful receiver lately and I am thankful for friends and tender gifts of friendship. This would look darling just on the shelf in my sewing room with different fat quarters folded up to match each season. But that probably will not happen. I want to use this! Think about me walking into a class with my Stephanie bag on my wrist and my vintage sewing caddy on the other hand. Now that makes a fashion statement even Posh Spice couldn't make! Thank you Nan. You are a a talented girl I'm lucky enough to call my friend. I will say I may not be rich in $ but I am rich in friends, and children for that matter.

Last week Darlene appliqued 2 dresses from my "All Dressed Up Pattern" and put them on her blog Quilting Daze. I was so tickled to see them. Well Saturday Craft Gossip picked up on Darlene's post and featured it in a blog post on Craft Gossip. That was a little "warm fuzzy" for me.
Another fun thing is going to happen Friday night at American Quilting on 800 North in Orem. Amy, the store owner, has planned a moonlight madness sale for Friday night. The store will close at 4:00 and reopen up at 7:00 for a big party. There will be games, prizes and some presentations. I will be there talking about my "Mixed Bag to Quilt" bag pattern and showing a few other projects. Amy invited me to come pick out fabric for the store to make kits to make my bag shown above. I'm making covered buttons to go in the kits (see above - lots of buttons!) and getting patterns ready. I'm also making a few kits for the bags from my 0wn vintage and "unusual" fabrics. Lila Tueller will be there at American Quilting talking and presenting some of her patterns and her Moda fabric. I believe a couple other designers will be there too. There are going to be some specials and games and have I mentioned prizes yet? Someone has to win them, so any of you local girls, come down to American Quilting on Friday night, bring a friend and come say hi to us.

I am going to start my cottage block quilt this week. So I think if I get going and show you what I am doing, it might spark some of you. And just because you didn't enter our exchange doesn't mean you can't make your own quilt out of the cottage blocks. And it doesn't even have to be out of Christmas fabric - you could start one now for spring, or you could still join us for Christmas sewing. Just be sure to share with me any cottage sewing you do.

-here is to more productive days! Nanette
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Suzan said...

I ADORE that sewing box! What a treasure and what a sweet friend!!

Kathi said...

Your idea of not getting much done is way different than mine! I think your kitchen towels are cute especially with the wide borders.

Susan said...

How VERY CUTE is that sewing box! I didn't know there was a Playskool toy like that.

Nedra said...

You consider this much not having Mojo? For me, that would be a good weekend! Have fun at American Quilting. I was just there on Thursday, so I can now visualize your fun!

Linda said...

Such a sweet sewing box, sometimes the recieving of gifts is difficult, but oh it brings so much joy to the giver. How exciting to see your dress featured elsewhere. Hope you have a fun time at the store.

~D Spack~ said...

Hey! I love the bag! Do you know? can I get a kit for one? and how much??? Wish I could go that night! The blue dots for the towel I love too. You have so much going on! How Fun.

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

Thanks for the kind words...they were just the boost of adreneline that I needed to get off my duff and start sewing! Love the towels - I think I'll have to steal (another) page from your book and make some for Christmas! The Other Nanette

Sandi said...

You are the only person I know who gets so much done but thinks she doesn't get much done! Heehee! Your bag is so cute. That moonlight madness event sounds like so much fun. Wish I could be there but it would be a looooooonnnggggggg drive!

Eileen said...

oh man I really LOVE stuff like that too! You are going to be the hit of the evening if you take that to quilt guild next time. :-)
You deserve each and every sweet thing you get, because you are giving to ALL of us through your blog.. it brings so much inspiration and joy to many.

rachel griffith said...

how cute is that sewing box!!!
what great gal pals you have.
<3


your towels are SUPER cute too.

Mel said...

Nanette, you deserve everything you get!!! The good stuff anyway! You have really endeared yourself to all of us bloggy people and we love you!!

Stephanie said...

CUTE sewing box! I have a visual of you with your box in one hand and your cherry bag in the other. :o) I love the bag pattern in the picture.

Sherri said...

Hi Nanette, I'm so happy for you! I absolutely love your vintage box! And the dish towels are darling...I'm getting closer to trying some! And Wow! You're going to have so much fun Friday night! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Sarah and Jack said...

I am pretty sure it's a given that if I saw you on the street with that playskool box I would have to knock you over for it. (wink)

Looky here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/1952-Playskool-Toys-Ad-Blocks-Trains-Sewing-Box_W0QQitemZ290226904899QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDolls?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

Right above the train is an ad for the sewing kit. (Sadly no other kits on Ebay though. Poor me.)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Nanette, that playskool box is awesome! What an adorable idea! Last week I saw a cheap deal on flights from Chicago to SLC for this weekend -- too bad I didn't book one LOL. The sale event sounds fabulous!

Kritta22 said...

That box is sooo cool! You most be wonderful to get something like that! Way to go!

MichelleB said...

What an adorable little gift! I also love your towel. It's great.

Katy said...

that is such a darling gift - you are so lucky!
I am loving your towels, I really keep meaning to make some for extra christmas gifts myself...then I seem to forget!!!

I wasn't in the cottage block exchange, but I think seeing all the lovely blocks I am getting inspired to have a go myself at some.

ElizabethandJeff said...

I love American Quilting. If we lived closer I'd go. Sounds like tons of fun!

amandajean said...

that sewing box is FABULOUS!!!

Karen said...

WOW!!! What a lucky girl you are...Your little sewing box is adorable...and filled with goodies...and it's RED;) Got to love that. Going to try to stop by on Friday...if for no other reason, than to meet you. My blocks came yesterday and I've been smiling ever since;) Even took them to work today for show and tell...EVERYONE was amazed...Thanks again;

Catherine said...

What a fantastic sewing box!! And wonderful goodies in it! :-)

Mimi Sue said...

What a darling sewing box. Love the color. So many things you could do with it. Lucky you. Mimi

pratima said...

The wider border on the kitchen towel looks so great!
The sewing box is adorable and the goodies are just yummy!!
Hope you'll have lots of fun at the moonlight madness sale :)

yellowfarmhouse said...

Those kitchen towels are so cute and I would be thrilled if that's all I got done on a weekend, LOL. OK I want that little sewing caddy - and that fact that it's red it perfect for the farmhouse. What a nice and sweet surprise. Good luck at the moonlight sale.

Hugs - Karen

upstateLisa said...

wow! that sewing box is just lovely! how lucky for you! what is that purse pattern behind all those buttons?

CJ said...

Ohhhh, I 'heart' that sewing box! Precious!! Even better full of cute little sewing goodies :D

Julia said...

I love that sewing box!
Moonlight sale sounds fun, happy shopping..grab a bargain!
Hugs

jen duncan said...

You're lookin' a darned sight closer to productive than me there girlfriend!! (Oh...and the Artful Blogger mag--don't hold your breath for quilts or even fabric...they pretty much like what they like if you know what I mean. I used to publish with them)

Nan said...

Oh I am in LOVE with that adorable sewing box!! Such a lovely gift from a wonderful friend. Money's nice to have, but it doesn't warm your heart like friends do, that's for sure.
Those bags are so fun - I love them! I'll have to make a run to your store, won't I? Yes ma'am!