Vintage Treasure #2 – Pattern Instructions

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio today.  Hey Sandy, give me a call when you have a few minutes and I’ll fill you in on our fun trip!

In our “Vintage Treasure #2” post on May 9, 2019, we shared a photo of a quilt we are finishing for a family friend.

Triangles in a row

Vintage Treasure #2


One item on our “to do” list was to draft a pattern of this quilt to share with everyone.

Last week I received the August 2019 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine in the mail and a similar quilt is one of the featured patterns…it’s call “Tied & True”.

Quilt collector Jody Sanders provides all the “how to’s” for making a vintage triangle quilt,  including instructions for hand-tie quilting.  Jody adds an even more authentic flare by using a wide border that also serves as a binding.

Jody’s instructions call for cutting out 1,984 triangles from light, medium and dark fabrics for a quilt that measures 78 x 87 inches…similar to the size of ours.  Wow!

The triangles for the quilt we’re finishing were cut from cardboard and paper templates long before rotary cutting and die cutting machines.

back of triangle pattern

Triangle pattern found with Vintage Treasure #2


If you’re thinking about making a one patch triangle quilt, be sure to purchase the August 2019 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting.  In addition to Jody’s pattern, you will also find lots of quilt inspiration, tips, new products and patterns.

Jody, thank you for sharing your “Tied & True” pattern, it really is a vintage treasure!


Vintage Treasure #2 in completion stages by Cindy and Sandy



Return to Ohio!

Dear Sandy,

I am just so sneaky!  When you left Ohio in August after our whirlwind week of sewing, I secretly kept a vintage block leftover from your “Christmas in Ohio” table runner.

For anyone reading this,  you can download Sandy’s amazing table runner pattern by clicking on this link:  Christmas in Ohio Nov 2018

So, what was I suppose to do with one leftover vintage Ohio Star block?  Well, I made a cute little mini quilt for you!  It was suppose to be a surprise but I just couldn’t help myself and have to share it with everyone.



I hand quilted this block to try and keep that vintage vibe you like so much.  It didn’t take me too long because it’s only 11 inches square.  Here’s a close up preview for you.


I’ll be popping this in the mail for you today.  I am thinking you might want to hang it in your office during the Christmas season.  I hope you’re not too mad at me for sneaking a block from your stash!  Please Return to Ohio so I can sneak more of your fabric into my stash!

Hugs to you and my adorable nephew (who has grown up way too fast)!

Love always, Cindy

P.S.  If you would like to make an Ohio Star Mini Quilt, click on the link below to download the pattern:

Ohio Star Mini Quilt GBD 11 15 18





Another (Re)Purpose!

Happy Thursday!  Cindy is your blog host today!

Sandy and mom always find the greatest things at tag sales, especially vintage fabrics.  Here is something they gave to me that I’ve been saving for just the right re-purpose:


Last week, I bought a new printer that resides in my sewing room.  With all the dust and fabric fuzz floating in the air, I thought I’d better cover it with a towel or something.


What self respecting quilter would use a towel instead of a quilted printer cover??!!  After a brain re-calibration, I got busy with my trusted Bernina.


I made the printer cover with only three sides so I can easily slide the cover off and on.  I had some matching bias tape on hand to finish the back side and the bottom.


Here is the “fruit of my labor”…haha (pun intended)!  My new printer works great and  it’s much prettier covered in quilted vintage fabric!




Old Faithful

Old Faithful lives in my sewing room!  This is the machine Sandy and I learned to sew on, isn’t it beautiful?

Old Faithful has been with us throughout our lives.  She helped make Kindergarten smocks when we didn’t even know how to sew.  She acted as our quilting mentor and helped us learn how to sew a straight stitch.  She mended jeans, helped complete Home Economics projects, made prom dresses, hemmed mini skirts, repaired blanket bindings and the list goes on!


Old Faithful was made in 1956 and has a nice sewing cabinet to live in.  The cabinet is being refinished well, I mean,  at least I started to refinish it!  So Old Faithful sits on a counter overlooking Inspiration Point (aka my sewing room) until she is back home in her original sewing cabinet.


Old Faithful has all metal parts and attachments.  The attachments still work, even the one that makes ruffles!  I remember when ruffles were the fashion rage (whew, glad that fashion statement rests in the past!) and I made a long dress with a big ruffle.  I thought I was such a seamstress using the ruffle attachment with yards and yards of fabric!  I just hummed along letting Old Faithful do all the gathering work.


Mom has always been good about saving manuals and original boxes.  The manual below contained all the information about how to use Old Faithful and her attachments.  We didn’t need the Internet, we had a hard copy manual!


Since Old Faithful has been so good to us, I decided to make a quilted cover for her until I get the cabinet refinished.  I’ve been playing with pinwheel designs and here is what I started.


Once I complete this cover, I’ll show you the final product.  I am going to practice some Lori Kennedy quilting stitches to spice it up.

What machine did you learn to sew on?  Let us know about the Old Faithful in your life!