Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday and Home Improvements...

Well I was just thinking the other day that it would be fun to do a Throwback Thursday post for the quilts of our past...the one's we made before blogs....before the internet... before civilization as we know it commenced...LOL.  I considered how to add a linky thing to my blog but this morning I found that Krista of Krista Quilts is doing one on her blog so that's where I'm linking can find it here.

As it is a glorious Fall day I thought this quilt would be oh so appropriate to Debbie Mumm Falling Leaves quilt. The leaf pattern was a Thimbleberries one fron eons ago.

A long long long time ago when you had to go to physical fabric stores to purchase one's stash I was BIG into Debbie Mumm fabrics (and I still like them ... A LOT). This quilt is a bit of a charm quilt in that every one of the 56 leaves is a different Debbie Mumm fabric.

I have a rather obscenely large stash of Debbie Mumm fabrics and I'm a bit melancholy that she doesn't produce fabric like she use to. All of the fabrics used in this quilt are Debbie Mumm...I'm a bit, a little,  heck, a whole hell of a lot OCD about using ONLY Debbie Mumm fabrics in my Debbie Mumm quilts. That I have a few, a bunch, a whole lot of Debbie Mumm quilts I've made in the last 25 years or so. The sashing is a leaf print and the cornerstones are acorns.

I love the squirrels that run around the border...

Even the back of this quilt is Debbie Mumm fabric...isn't that a great feather print?

Now I wish I hadn't use all  that yardage for a back as you can hardly find any Debbie Mumm fabrics anymore (although she did do a small Christmas line this year). But back in the stone age I just assumed she design fabrics forever.

As since I dragged this quilt out to take pictures on my front lawn I thought I'd show some of the home improvements I've made this summer. Here's my little house on the corner of the block.

You see the little U loop of wire above the window box and to the left of the second story window.. that cost me $1000. Turns out someone somewhere in past disconnected the electricity to my house by cutting the line and then they just smooshed the ends back together and covered it with a wad of black electrical tape. I had 3 electricians give me an estimate on the job and all agreed it was very unsafe and they were surprised the local electric company hadn't seen it and cited me for it as it is a code violation.

And you can see that I've been busy with my flowers... ignore the fact that the bushes need to be trimmed...suppose to happen next week.

I've got mums in my flower box...which is also a home improvement this year as the old window box literally fell apart. I went out one morning and the side had given way. This one is solid PVC plastic instead of wood that would rot. Should last a millennium.

And I had  new house numbers put on the eave, and my front porch floor painted, and a new light fixture put up and I had the ceiling of the porch painted blue... sky blue... that's what the color was called...I picked it for the shade of blue it was and didn't see the name till I got it mixed at the paint counter... it was meant to be!

I spent a chunk of change on the outside of the house this summer but it lots of projects were a one time deal so next summer shouldn't be quite so expensive.

Hope you are having a lovely day... the weather today is one I'd love to bottle and live with for a long long time.

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Boy how things have changed in the quilting world. Your quilt however is still an eye catching!

  2. House is adorable!!! Love the quilt--fall is my favorite time of the year!

  3. Okay third time's the charm here; I started a comment that disappeared after 2 sentences on my iPad, and then got to the same point and it disappeared on the laptop! Gremlins. I totally love your house! It reminds me so much of my daughter Dayna's. As for Debbie Mumm, I have several of her books, have made only a couple of her quilts, although I love them, and I have a fair bit of her fabric; in fact a couple of the blues in my new block of the other day that I sent to Eileen in NYC is Debbie Mumm! I had that feather fabric too at one point, and I still have the gold with the black flecks (have it in blue too!) and the neutral one that looks like it has stitching on it. I think your new window boxes will last eons, as I also thought Debbie Mumm's stuff would...Thimbleberries too...Nancy we are dating ourselves, right?!

  4. I love your quilt. The squirrels running around the outside are adorable. Thanks for joining up at Throwback Thursday today!

  5. The squirrels are so precious!
    Your home looks great! The sky blue touch is superb.

  6. Your quilt has just improved with age, still lovely. I read that somewhere in the South all the porch ceilings are painted blue, so you are right in style. Please check out my Throwback Thursday post to see if you remember my little men fabric. Glad to have you join us!

  7. Quilts are timeless and yours is wonderful! That squirrel is just the most fun detail! I haven't been quilting nearly as long as you have. 25 years ago I had never even sat behind a sewing machine. I made my first quilt in 2008. I think its high time I made a fall quilt. I made one and gave it away. Time to make one to keep!
    And your home! Such a lovely, charming home!

  8. I totally relate to your Debbie Mumm obsession. She was the first fabric designer I collected also! I just recently culled my stash and since I really only work with batiks now...almost got rid of my Debbie Mumm fabric...but I kept every piece of Noah's Ark related fabric...and a few other pieces too. Maybe someday there will be a grandchild in my home and I know I would want that fabric then. So fun to see the outside view of your lovely home!

  9. Love those squirrels in the border!! My mom and dad had very similar issue with their electric connection after Hurricane Irene. The electric company (literally) wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. The old folks could have fried in their house for all they cared. As long as you keep paying the bill, that's all that matters to them. I think it was close to $1500 to fix it.


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