Thursday, 1 November 2012

Vintage Postage (and First Time Just Three!)

A few years ago, quite possibly six, I was handed a box full of scrap fabric and quilt patterns. 

Much to my shame, I tucked it into a closet.

Today while cleaning out said closet, I came across the box again. It looks like the intent was to make a Dresden Plate, or similar type pattern applique quilt. There are a few larger pieces of fabric and even more that area already cut in petals.

I don't think I've mentioned it, but I really dislike Dresden Plate. Also, I'm not a huge fan of applique.

So what to do with the pieces?

A little voice in my brain whispered postage stamp.

Postage stamp? Like, sewing together a ton of 1-1/2" squares? Oh that doesn't sound like fun, and definitely not something that would be up my alley.

I heard it again.


Very rarely do I hear that small, still voice, but when I do I know HE has something in mind that I had better get done.

OK, so I'm making a postage stamp quilt with a bunch of vintage fabric. Most of the fabric is polycotton.

What I'm going to do with the quilt I have no idea. Sometime, I'll hear some instructions again.  I don't know what size it will be, either.

I foresee cans on cans on cans of spray starch in my future.

On another note, Tracey at Traceyjay Quilts has a fun way of making monthly goals seem reasonable.
traceyjay quilts

Just Three challenges us to set three goals for the month.  Totally do-able! I'm limiting them to personal sewing.

So for this month, I am choosing these THREE:

1.  Cut out the postage stamps.

2.  Sew at least one, hopefully more, maternity tops for myself.

3. Piece together the top for Sister-in-Law's baby quilt.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I thought about adding potty train The Toddler to the list, but I imagine this is going to take a little longer than a month...


  1. Good luck on your goals this month. Looking forward to seeing your postage stamp quilt.

  2. Lots of spray starch....may the post office gods be with you ;D!

    1. Thanks Heidi - my iron cover is nice and crispy already!