Posts Written On December 2010

Vintage O-P Craft Deco Fabric Designs

In May of this year, Gina at Doe-c-Doe sent me a huge package of old quilting templates that she picked up at an estate sale. They were wonderful, and I have already used several of them. Also tucked into the group of templates was this little leaflet published by O-P Craft Company advertising their designs to be used with Crayonex crayons using the “fascinating Crayonexing process,” which is basically ironing the crayon into the fabric.

The illustrations in the leaflet are tiny, but if you ordered the original designs, they were huge (most are 25″ x 36″). My scans are not the best, due to the small size and poor quality of the images, but they are just so cool that I wanted to share them anyway.

It isn’t suggested anywhere in the instructions that you might embellish these pictures with embroidery — just a mention about adding yarn or cord around the edge. Since I received the leaflet, I have managed to locate two unused boxes of vintage Crayonex crayons, and I’m pretty excited about using them on one of the little cottage designs. I’ll let you know if they are any different from the Crayola crayons I normally use.

Click here for more O-P Craft designs.


Vintage Fabric Picture — Streets of Paris

I love this vintage piece which I purchased on Etsy a few months ago. Of course, I planned to make some sort of quilt with it, but when Emily saw it, she thought it would look great on a wall in their apartment. Gordon made the frame and finished it just in time for Christmas.

Streets of Paris
28″ x 30″


The Village Cat Monster

The poor villagers are being terrorized by the Elvis monster. He sleeps in their streets, pushes their houses about, and knocks over any residents who are brave enough to step outside.

I have allowed this devastation to continue, hoping the monster will be content harassing the villagers instead of attacking the Christmas tree.



Wood & Screw Ornaments

A few years ago my sister and I were talking about all the ornaments she and I made together when we were younger, and she thought of these funny ones that she made in the late 60s, just before I moved to Seattle. She said that she had tossed them years ago because they were pretty beat up, and she kind of wished she hadn’t.

I thought it would be really funny to make some for her, but I had no idea which magazine she had used. Then, last year, Gina at Doe-c-Doe posted photos of the ornaments from a McCalls magazine and gave the issue information. I managed to locate a copy and made my favorites for Sally.

I was going to paint them just like the ones in the magazine (that’s what Sally did), but I loved the look of the balsa wood and the hardware, so I just varnished them instead. Also, I added a spring for the pig’s tail and changed the hardware on the duck. I like them so much, I think I’ll make some for myself.


Pixie Table Runner

My sister, Sally, has a huge table in her new house, and she has a hard time finding cute cloths that are large enough. I hope she likes this table runner which I made with an assortment of vintage fabrics.

The adorable vintage pixie fabric was purchased on Etsy — and I still have lots more. The plaid glazed chintz was just a small piece, and I used every bit of it — unfortunately, there wasn’t enough to miter the corners. If my calculations are correct, there should be about 12″ of table space all around the cloth. I’ve never made a runner quite like this, but I think it’s going to look really cute on her table.

Pixie Table Runner
30″ x 80″


Vintage 9-Patch Crib Quilt – 1930s

The idea of purchasing a finished quilt had never crossed my mind. I’ve bought lots of tops, blocks and pieces, but a completed quilt….never. Why would I do that? I’m a quilter (not a collector), and although I have lots of vintage fabric, I always plan to use it to make quilts and don’t think of myself as a fabric collector, either. This could be me fooling myself.

In any event, when my friend, Barbara at Oodles and Oodles, posted this adorable crib quilt with its amazing typewriter key fabric and the cute sashing and cornerstones, I was surprised at my reaction. I wanted to own that quilt. I thought about how silly I was being and decided I should let someone with a small child or grandchild have the quilt. You will not believe this, but that quilt languished in Barbara’s Etsy Shop for 6 whole weeks while all those mothers and grandmothers had their chance. I mean a person can only restrain themselves for so long, so this week I purchased it as an early Christmas present for myself.

The original binding was the back turned to front (the back is the adorable typewriter key fabric), and it had a few problems. There were a couple of repaired places, and on one short side, the binding had been cut back and re-done with a knife-edge secured with a running stitch. I decided to remove all of the binding and replace it with a piece of 1930s fabric that matched the pretty shade of blue in the quilt. Now the little quilt is hanging in my sewing room where I can look at it every day, and I know I’m going to be making a copy pretty soon because I love it so much.

Be sure to read Barbara’s sweet description of the quilt in her post “{almost} 40 Ways to Love a Quilt.”

1930s 9-patch Crib Quilt
Hand pieced, hand quilted
Unknown quilter
40″ x 50″


Vintage Shirley Temple Doll — More Outfits

Here are the last two outfits for Shirley (at least for this year). Because my sister, Mary, is a nut for Halloween, it seemed like a good idea to make an outfit for Shirley to wear at Mary’s annual Halloween party. I thought about making a costume, but in the end I decided to try and make something similar to the lovely Deco images of Halloween flappers posted on Flickr. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any Halloween fabrics that would work — I really wanted a teeny, tiny bat print, but I guess this will have to do. The quality of these photos is pretty bad because they were taken indoors very late at night. Black shoes are on the way.

The wool for this coat was purchased on ebay and I thought it would be a perfect scale for Shirley. It was, but it was also horrible to work with — it raveled something terrible and it’s bulky. I think it turned out pretty well in the end, though. I changed the sleeves to add a fake cuff and some tiny buttons.

One thing that has always bothered me about doll clothes patterns is the construction techniques used in the directions. They are pretty schlocky in my opinion, with raw seams and a lack of facings or linings. Doll clothes for a child get lots of rough use, and I think for that reason alone they should be well made — not to mention they look much better. Of course, my Shirley coat is lined, just like a real coat, even though Mary is pretty careful with her doll clothes now.

Earler Shirley Temples clothes here and here.