Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage button-y goodness!

About a week or so ago, I won a giveaway from Laurie over on Button Floozies blog -- a card of lovely vintage buttons! So pretty! Thanks Laurie!

Now with all the wildly colored things you see on this blog you may think that I'm not into vintage stuff, but I am! Particularly vintage buttons, but do not ask me to sew a plain white button back on your shirt - LOL!

I am fortunate to have some vintage buttons that belonged to my great grandmother, Mary Kuehne Wasser, the mother of my dear sainted grandmother, Catherine Wasser Damon. (yes I was an adored first grandchild and it was wonderful!!!)

My grandma gave me the large black buttons shown in this picture of my great grandmother. I know its not the greatest picture, since it is a photo of a photo but if you look real close you can see that those same buttons are on the dress she is wearing. A dress she made herself! I'm fortunate to come from a long line of women who liked working with a needle and thread.

Here's a tighter shot -

and a close up of the actual buttons! They are about 1 1/4 in diameter and deeply cut. I count these buttons among my family heirlooms. And I've purchased some vintage buttons of my own from vendors at quilt shows, like these 2 bracelets -

How could I possibly resist polka dot buttons??? I know, it was impossible and I didn't try. These were purchased from a couple, Susan & Alan Baker, of Prize Possessions who come to all the big quilt shows and they have hundreds of bracelets made with vintage buttons. They don't have an online shop, so seeing them at the shows is a big treat for me. I have lots and lots and lots of bracelets from them as I've been purchasing from them for about 15 years.

Well the weather has been gorgeous the last two days - temperatures in the upper 50's and even low 60's today! Fabulous weather for Ohio in winter,oh maybe we got moved from Seattle to Pensacola -- I could deal with that!

Don't forget to check out the parade of quilts at Pink Pincushion and A Quilting Life - those Full House Schnibbles are so cool! I can't wait to get started on the one for February.

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Very cool buttons - and a lovely photograph of your Greatgrandmother too - both are treasures!

  2. How cool to have those buttons and the photo to go with it! And those bracelets are awesome!!

  3. Great buttons! Yes, I have really liked our weather the past couple of days. I could get used to winters like this! :0)

  4. I love those buttons...I am probably like most out there and have a collection of my own in buttons...congrats on the win.

  5. Buttons can be so fun. Love the colorful bracelets.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

  6. I love buttons of any kind Carol. These vintage ones are so pretty - thank you for sharing them.

  7. Those are a truly wonderful heirloom! So cool that you have a photo with her wearing them, too! I'm glad you enjoyed your little prize!


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