Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

Glad you stopped by!

I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-

Monday, November 30, 2009

New notion!

In all my years of sewing, I have never gotten a fabric turning tool. Today, that all changed.

A quick trip to Michaels- mid project- and I now am
the proud owner of the
Clover- Easy Loop Turner

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Heather Ross - Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries - Goldfish in Bags, White

I was fortunate to win a fat quarter of this hard to find,
out of print fabric on ebay last week.

I also love the selvage!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Check these out!

I found these great "containers" about a month ago at TJMaxx,
and now I have a collection around the house.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think
of selvages when you see them?
No matter, I love them, and am finding many uses
for them. I think I NEED more :)

Nightstand for quilting books and magazines:

Kitchen for mail and fruit

Sewing room for thread

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fabric Friday #2

I am using these Alexander Henry fabrics to make a bag for my daughter.
All pieces are cut out, and I am at the beginning stages of construction.
I hope to show the finished project for the next fabric friday!


Thanks to my friend SL who saves selvages for me :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

My favorite things about Thanksgiving....
spending time with familyu, and of course
stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and pumpkin pie!

Thankful for so many things; a wonderful day with my family

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Selvage placemats are finished!

and I love how they came out!

the background fabric

I used Insul-bright so they also function as hot pads!

I'd like to send a huge thank you to the women who have shared their selvages with me!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Babyliss Pro BABNT3072 Nano Titanium Ceramic Ionic Iron, 1"

Thanks to my hairdresser Steve, for recommending this great product to me.
I have been using a CHI flatiron for a few years,
but knew it was time to replace it.
This one is so much lighter, and really is
far superior in the straightening! Love it!

I found it on Amazon for about $40 less than
I could have bought it locally!                                                                                                                          

Monday, November 23, 2009

Look what I found!

In my never ending search for cute reading glasses, I found this 3 pack tonight! How cute are they????

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How I spent my Sunday...

Grocery store..a pre-Thanksgiving ZOO

Making binding for my selvage placemats

Cutting out fabric for my daughter's new bag

Tonight, DD and I have a date to watch TV!                              

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My newest fabric!

Love it!!!!!!
Now to decide what to make??????????

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fabric Friday!

Michelle at Rosebud Quilting has started Fabric Friday!
I found it thru a link at
home of the blogger's quilt festival

On Fabric Friday, show any handmade item {quilts, tote bag, wallhanging, clothing, etc.},
or show us your fabric stash, or recent fabric purchase, or
show how you decorate with fabric or fabric items.

Here is my contribution!
Selvage placemat made with Insul-bright
so they can also be used as trivets/hot pads.
The garlic pattern is the background fabric

I still need to stitch down the back of the binding,
but I love how they came out!

Scroll down to yesterday in my blog to see
the other placemats I am working on!

Found- Quilt sampler magazines from years past on ebay!

That means 40 more stores to read about :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Placemats sewn....

I used a product called Insul-bright,
so these will also function as trivet for hot dishes
It was very easy to use, and the mats are a nice weight.

and trimmed

anyone recognize any fabrics that may be in your stash?

Showing the background
RJR Fabrics- Farmers market- garlic

Tomorrow I hope to get the bindings on!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Placemats pinned and ready to be sewn

weird that some pictures came out dark/bad lighting.
Hoping to sew them tomorrow!

Backing fabric for the selvage placemats

with the selvages cut off, of course!

Off to Mouse Creek Quilt shop!

Fabric for the selvage placemats is top on my list. Hopefully, I can post pictures when I return!

Monday, November 16, 2009


I have quite a nice amount of selvages collected again. Woo hoo!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Getting organized

new novelty fabrics:

sone of my black and whites:
new "arizona" fabrics:
scissors, stitch rippers, and my new bobbin savers:
read about them here:

my thread- which had been scattered around the house

Always is so good to have my sewing room organized to begin a project!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A rainy, dreary day.......

but I am off, so that means I can stay home and sew all day!!!
So much to do, what to do first???
I hope to be able to post photos
later of my progress!

First up- cutting selvages off AZ fabric

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thinking of a new project....

and it involves selvages, and redoing a few things- window toppers, pillows and a blanket.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A wonderful gift!

My BIL and SIL were recently on a cruise to New England and Canada. While in Bar Harbor, Maine they spotted this, and thought of me. I love it, and it looks great among my shoe collection :)

Fabric for the selvage quilt border...

Doesn't work AT ALL..... :(

At least I was able to audition it. Still love the fabric, and at least I will be able to use it for the bag I am making DD.

Just got home from visiting my selvage quilt top. Black border it will be!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Catch up day!

Picked up Babe from the kennel, unpacking, LAUNDRY, supermarket.

I am going to be updating my posts from last week with photos of fabric and details of my visits to some awesome quilt stores!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

heading home

Our time in  is coming to a close- nice visit!

AZ sunset

Layover in Salt Lake City, Utah
Another state added to the list!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

2 more great quilt store visited!

Friday, I headed to with my DD

Featured in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of
Quilt Sampler Magazine!
The staff couldn't have been more
friendly and woncerful to chat with.

this will be an a line skirt for DD:

Fat quarters for me:

lining for DD's tote:

We also found a great pattern for a handbag!

Saturday, we went to Sedona, and visited:

These fat quaters for me, and black authentic moda fabric for DD's tote:

Featured as a top 10 shop in the
fall 2008 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine