Everything Old is New Again

In today’s episode, we find Susie back in the sweatshop staring contemplatively at her stock of half aprons. “Need something else – something new – something different,” she mutters.
Rummaging through her box of patterns, Susie comes across a vintage pattern (yup, check the price: at 35 cents, that puppy HAS to be vintage)! The half apron is just what she’s looking for: new (well, really old) and different.

Vintage "Advance" pattern - just 35 cents!

Vintage “Advance” pattern – just 35 cents!

She takes the plunge – she makes the apron – it’s darling!
The finished old/new apron!

The finished old/new apron!


Chicken Love

As you have learned (if you’ve read any of my ramblings), I can’t seem to throw things away. Therefore, I’m always on the lookout for something to make from the (400 lbs., give or take of) scraps I’ve been saving.

I LOVE chicken prints – maybe because the grandkids used to raise chickens – maybe just because they’re semi-wonderful. At any rate, I have lots of chicken fabric scraps.

I toyed with the idea of a chicken crazy quilt, but then I sobered up – when would I find the time for THAT project??!! Then I thought about the same idea on a smaller scale – what about placemats??? GENIUS!

One small detail was that I’ve never made a crazy quilt. I had a vague idea of the process and I checked a couple of tutorials and asked my 95 year old sewing advisor and then I just sort of jumped in! Hey, it’s not like I don’t have more scraps if this didn’t work out . . .

It was FUN!!! Didn’t take long (love that). I made a few mistakes; they’re not exactly ‘fair quality’ but they’re not bad. I even learned how to use the fancy stitching on my sewing machine!