Thursday, March 11, 2010

Isn't She Lovely...


Isn't she hea~ven~ly?? (yea, I'm singing...)

I'm talking about this "Garden View" quilt by Better Homes & Gardens...

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photo above courtesy of BH&G

Well let me tell you, I just had to have it!

I love the floral on one side and the stripes on the other. Especially the muted shade of teal and fresh ivory...I just love it! {sigh}

I only needed way less than a twin size, but I had to buy a KING size because that's all they had left. So I brought it home...

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grabbed my pinking shears and CUT IT UP!

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Yes, that right...I cut it up.  :)

(after the first snip, it wasn't bad)

Now, I know you are thinking...

"Who in their right mind would spend almost $80 on a brand new beautiful quilt and cut it up?"

The answer to that is ME, ME, ME! I would. And, I did!

And now, I bet you're thinking...

"WHY would you do such a thing Jodie?"

Okay then, let me explain...

I'm working on my swap for Petticoats & Parasols in Savannah and in my has to be PERFECT! I have to make 24 goodies and I only have less than a month to complete them all!!!

I needed some fabric. Some pretty fabric. Preferably some quilted fabric (because I don't know how to do all that fancy quilt stuff).

I drove an hour to my favorite fabric stores, looked everywhere and found nothing that suited my taste. And I wasn't going to pay $15 a yard for a half quilted side with an ugly, plain pattern on it. I just wasn't going to do it!

I came home depressed and defeated. I mean like, don't you just get so frustrated when you have an idea in your that you can just see it, almost touch it...but can't make it happen? Well, that was me...until the REAL creative side of my brain started working. That usually happens when I start talking to myself out loud :)  I tend to carry a conversation with the other half of my brain...only sometimes it's listening, sometimes it's not.

I needed quilted fabric. The magic word being quilted! Where do I find a quilt?

{bright light!}

Well smart girl, I would find a quilt in the bedding department! So off I went shopping again, to find the quilt of my dreams!!! (you know, the one I saw in my idea? the one I could actually touch?)

I think I floated across the floor to the check out as my troubles were finally lifted.

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Okay. Right about now, I'm sure you are thinking...

"Jodie! How can you justify spending $80 on a swap?"

Weelllll, I needed to make 24 of these...

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to put one of these fragile goodies in below...

(which you only get a peek! I'll post more after the retreat)

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Therefore, since they are somewhat breakable, I needed something quilted and soft to put them in!!!! Ta-da!

$80 divided by 24 is $3.33 BUT I didn't even use a 1oth of the king sized quilt! Sooooo, I still have PLENTY of beautiful quilted material to use for future creations!!!! This was much prettier than the fabrics I saw at the fabric stores, and already quilted.

Oh get over it!...The quilt was actually $74.15 tax included. Am I still trying to justify things here?   ;)


So believe me or not, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

I'm happy. The creative side of my brain is happy. Now I just hope my Savannah girls will be happy!


Hidden Moral of the Story:

If I ever go visit you, I must warn you...

Save all of your beautiful quilts out of my sight. I tend to carry my pinking shears in my purse at all times!

Oh...and I can read minds too...

This is only a warning!


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Excuse me for a while, now I have a chenille bedspread to cut up. Yep...the one from my last post!

snip snip snip snip snip snip snip snip snip {sigh}


Theresa said...

Oooooohhhhhh Girl, that is beautiful. I think that wasn't much at all when you divide it up like that:) AND OMG gorgeous. I LOVE the finished product. Can't wait to see it all. I know you gals are gonna have so much fun.

Have a blessed day dear Jodie! Snip Snip my friend!

The French Bear said...

Love it, I wish I was swapping with you!!! What charming gifts you are making, you are so talented girl!!!! I just have one question, did you cut al your barbie dolls hair off when you were a little girl? He he just thought I would ask!!!!
I can't wait to see what you are working on next!
Margaret B

vintage girl at heart said...

This is just a precious post!!!
What a great mind you have and the result is fabulous!!!
The swap ladies are going to be so thrilled at your creative gift(s)!!!
Lucky duckies!!!
Have a wonderful time in your creative room!!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

perfectly clever and I would have done it too..if I could sew~LOL

kana said...

Ohhhh, I do love it and I will back you on it!! We creative girls must stick together. Sure wish I could join you in Savannah, but too far to go during a busy Spring. I am attending Jenni Bowlin's Vintagefest the same weekend and it is just a few minutes from my house. I was going to invite you....but I see that you are otherwise entertained! Have a great time and I look forward to seeing your photos.

The Victorian Parlor said...

Girl you are so funny!!! I think it's a great idea (speaking like the true shopaholic that I am who will spend what is necessary to get things the way I want them and justify it in the process:)! I can't wait to see the finished projects as the pictures you have shown so far are gorgeous!!!



Karen said...

That was a BIG PEEK!
You are going all out!
Meanwhile - I'm soldering away! It isn't going to be as gorgeous as yours . . . but OH WELL!!!!!!
Girl - I gotta come stay with you - I need your sewing ideas to rub off on me.
Love it all!!!!
I'm soooooo glad you are feeling better!
That's my Jodie!
We are just going to have too much flippin' fun in Savannah - I'm telling ya! LOOK OUT!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Cutting up a quilt? You are giving me a heart attack over here! Just kidding... You are a clever girl, Jodie! I have to admit that it was a little bit hard for me to see that you had cut up the quilt but the result totally convinced me that this had been a great idea. I love the colors and patterns of the quilt and you made such gorgeous and romantic little bags from it. What a shame I'm not in the swap!
Have a great day!
PS: Just 3 more days till F1 :-)

Julie Ann said...

Oh my gosh!!! You stunned me when you said you cut it up- but what darling little envies it made!!! I'm dancing over here- I can't wait to get mine!! lol :)

Linda said...

It is lovely and I understand cutting it up. Just wish it had been on sale for you. BUT!! you have plenty of material for future crafts. Now that your creative side is happy all of you is happy.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

very very clever of you!

I never thought of that ... now I'll look at commercial quilts in a whole new way!

Linda said...

You cut up MY quilt?!!! :O

Yes, that's the quilt that we have on our bed and I adore it.


Frippery said...

Great idea. The price really isn't bad when you think of each piece and all you have left over! I know what you mean about having just the right thing in your head and not being able to find it. Those girls are some lucky swappers!

Linda said...

WOW, I also couldn't beleive it when you said you cut up that beautiful quilt!! But it really does make a lot of sense. And once again I always say if it feels good Do It... and it look like it made you feel great! I just wish I had the guts to do something brave like that. Your my Hero!

Doni said...

What a great idea! And I am one of those kids who cut all the hair off my dolls too!!! I'd cut up a perfectly good least I think I have the nerve to do you say, the first cut was the worst! The envies are so cute and the sneak peek of the girls on the music looks wonderful, I just can't wait to see what you came up with. Sure wish I was in that swap! Please take lots of pics so we can see what you're doing and how to do it!! Great job at teasing us!!!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I totally "get it" and the little bags are just gorgeous! Great find and great work!

Lisa said...

The quilt is gorgeous and I love what you did with it.:)

Pierelantijntjes said...

Jodie, you are making wonderful bags out of the quilt. And i love the sneek peek you show us. It's making me want to see more!
Greetings, Ester

T's Daily Treasures said...

Girl you are just way too creative! What a fabulous idea. Anyway you rationalize, it's fabulous! The bags are gorgeous and the girls are gonna love everything! How could they not? By the way, hope is still alive. Renee's envelope arrived yesterday -- she mailed it on Feb 3rd so I'm willing your's to arrive next week. Have a great day! Many blessings, Tammy

Lou Cinda said...

OMG!!! Jodie!!!!!! LOVE THIS!~
See, my feeble little brain would NEVER have thought of this!! You are so awesomely AWESOME Girl!

I can't wait to see more! The little thingy that is going in the beautiful quilted pouch?? STUNNING!!

Lou Cinda :)

Robin Sanchez said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Jodie!! I can hardly wait to see the little gems that will be tucked inside. I have two quilts that I recenttly aquired - remember that I work in a retiement community - that I will eventually cut up. One is from a lady here that was made by her mother....and she is in her late 80s. The other was a find in the trash in one of the apartments when a resident moved out. I really must STOP bringing things home as soon there will be no room for me!! I am an addict to vintage stuff....


Angela Weimer said...

Oh what a wonderful idea and the little holders are so beautiful. Wish I was on your swap list I just adore them. thanks for sharing. Angela

LiLi M. said...

You totally crack me up! Not only was this good value for money, you have a great story too!
Thanks for visiting my 'collector' series Jodie, I do appreciate that! I try to keep up with every one too, even if that means I have to give up the hoovering ;-)!

Katsui Jewelry said...

That is a terrific idea. I hope that when it gets to be time for Silver Bella, I can think "big" like that. Heck, maybe I can for the next two swaps I am doing. I just seem to nickel and dime my money away.

The best part...your little packets are stunning. That is really beautiful material. And the collage (?) you are putting inside it looks so mystical! I am dying to see the whole thing so please share with us when this is over!!!


Cheryl said...

You don't have to justify it to me..I've done the same thing and will gladly do it again if it is the right story. Although, I don't know if you have a Home Goods (TJ MAXX), but they have great quilts & throws for great prices to cut up! You go, girl! :)

Signs and Salvage said...

OH....FUNNY!!!! I have bought new things...left them outside to rust & get weathered...I sooooo understand you!!!

BEAUTIFULL quilt and I love your adventurous spirit!!

Take Care,


The Lone Dollier said...

Love the quilted pouch you made and kudos for thinking outside the box. And I applaud ANYONE that can cut up something like that. I get so nervous...afraid I'll mess soemthing up.....but I took the first step today and ripped (yes ripped) some nice, vintage cotton lace off an old damaged sweater. I even saved the good part of the sweater for doll clothes and some lavendar sachets I'm going to be making.



summersundays-jw said...

OK! If it will make you feel better & help with some of the guilt, just go on & make me a bag out of the rest of that quilt. Those are the cutest bags. Think I'll make a couple for my g'girls. Have fun! Jan

Jane said...

Hi Jodie:
I think you made a very smart decision buying that quilt. You made 24 bags and still have a ton of quilted fabric left are one smart girl!!
I love the little bag you made and can't wait to see more of what you are putting in the bag.

The Feathered Nest said...

Jodie, I think this idea was BRILLIANT!!! And you have the most gorgeous fabric ever to create your goodies out more to make even more projects. I say "you go girl, snip away!" And your envelope is absolutely beautiful...hugs and love, Dawn

Linda B said...

Well, this is just cruel! Now we are ALL dying to swap with you:(

June said...

It all makes sense to me Jodie. I could cut up an $80 new quilt, I just can't cut up a $4 old You are a genius my friend.
Oh yeah, and I'm not talking to you anymore if you don't quit telling (and showing) all your yard sale fun. Not when I'm still sittin' here in the snow.

Robin Thomas said...

Drooling here. If I only had a swath of fabric to sop it up with....

A Fanciful Life said...

What a beautiful wrap you've made! So gorgeous! And so clever are you, girl. What a great idea especially since you have so much left over for so many more projects. I love the floral patterns with stripes on that back. Gosh, you need to pat yourself on the back for this one.
Sharon :-)

Rochelle said...

Oh Jodie these are fantastic! If only I were going to this event...have a great time there and I can't wait to see what you put inside this!

Debby said...

What a howl!!! I am still laughing at you girl!!! I love this story and it all makes sense to me. I can only imagine the beauty of what you have created.

A Cottage Muse said...

I am so envious of all you sewers! These are lovely!!!

My Grama's Soul said...

Your post today is soooooo funny! I do love that quilt.

How do you order something from BH&G??



Rita said...

it did sound a little odd buying such a wonderful quilt to cut it out into pieces but the final result is beautiful beyond words and the luckly recepients of those wonderful bags will stare at them for hours.
You are a smart gal and must admit you had a most brilliant idea.

icandy... said...

OMG, Jodie...
You are the coolest!
Have a fantasic weekend, sweet!!

The Queen Of Re said...

ohhhh, I am so loving this. The only fabric I have a hard time cutting is barkcloth. I have done it but needed to take a hot bath and breathe deep after the cutting (damage) was done.

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow, you are dangerous, but I like your style. Your purse is beautiful. However, I will keep my quilts out of your way, should you ever down by! LOL! Blessings, Martha

Sheri said...

This is the FIRST time I've ever left a comment on a blog, but I just had to! I love the idea you came up. What an incredible inspiration! I am a newbie to the "I can do it" art and blogging world. So thank you for the inspiration.

HappyScrapper said...

Oh my goodness! When I first started reading I saw the quilt, read some more and thought surely NOT... no not the beautiful quilt-holding my breath in- but YEP she DID!! Gasping an OH NO! I kept reading....
what you made with it is just BEAUTIFUL!! I would have never thought to do that, but that was a great way to get what you needed- AND PROBABLY, IN THE LONG RUN, CHEAPER TOO!! Thanks for being a PIONEER and letting us know that we can destroy something beautiful and still breathe(and create great things out of the destruction!!)
Lovin' the blog girl!!
Have a great day and Happy Creating!

Snugglebug Blessings said...

I'm glad to know that Im not the only one who cuts up bedspreads and quilts. I get strange looks when I tell folks that's gettin' cut. So you go for it and love the idea, so very pretty. God bless, Cathy

starrynightimpressions said...

Have fun at the retreat! There's going to be some great giveaways!!
I love your post on cutting up the quilt, I try not to tell people what I will be doing with their lace dress,or vintage material etc. that I buy at sales. The look of horror
in their eyes has taught me to just smile and say thank you, lol.
french blessings,
PS. thank you for such a lovely comment on my blog :)

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Ah Jodie ...Thank you for stopping by and signing up for my Free Giveaway are a girl after my own heart ..I have done things similiar as cut into something expensive ..and others sigh ..however I do figure my pennies just as you do ..and although the cost seems high when you divide it out makes sense ..I love your wonderful pouches ..and I'll be interested to see exactly what your putting inside have my curiosity up now.

Oh P.S. you can find great quilts on clearance at JCPenney on line and if you sign up for their mailing list they will send you coupons and many times you get free shipping.

Have a Beautiful Sunday ..

Blessings ..Sara

Anonymous said...

Hi Jodie,

I LOVE your blog and I LOVE the quilt, may I ask which department store you found this at? I've been looking for one for our bedroom and this is exactly what I had in mind!

Thanks...Cassy Lynn

Anonymous said...

Persistence pays off...I found the quilt :)


vintagesusie said...

Love, love, love these Miss Jodie!!! How wonderful is it when you get a little gift & the package it come in is as wonderful as the actual present...dreams are made of stuff like this. :) Now to see the whole picture of your awesome swap, I can't wait & keep those pj's on...there mojo is working!
Big Smiles,

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

OH, clever girl! That's a great idea. And I just can't wait to see what you are putting in those little pouches. What a sweet, sweet treat!


SharDon Exclusives said...

We would love for you to join us for the GA bloggers fun! Maybe sometime we could get someone to host it closer to your home.
I am wanting to see what you are making now! You are teasing us but I know it will be worth the wait.
Thanks for stopping in. Come back soon,

Paula said...

Dear Jodie,

The quilt is beautiful and I love the little pouch you made with them! The 'fragile goodies' look so lovely too. I know all the ladies will love this! You are so creative! Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet comment! How wonderful you live in Louisiana too. It is so nice to 'meet' you!
Have a blessed day and a wonderful week!

Love, Paula

Anonymous said...

Hey Sweet Jodie, that's why the raggedy quilts are called cutter quilts, so you can grab your scissors and cut to your heart's content! You'd have a hay day at my house, because I have quilts everywhere! The Pope likes to make nests out of them to snooze on! Love that you have leftover remnants; yeah for that! I'll stand in line for one of your fabulous quilt pouches; tell me your crafting poison and we'll trade!

Julie B.

Rosemary said...

Awesome idea!!
I would have done the same thing.
Thanks for joining my blog, I joined yours as well.
Rosemary said...

I think you should make 25! Seriously, I love these so much. I don't carry a wallet since I don't write checks OR have $. These are so cute for CC or GC's. There you go. Make mine a GC holder. You can get the GC from the 5&10 you turned me onto. I wish I was going to that event. You guys are going to have the best time! Lisa

meleen said...

oh miss jodie....a girl has to do what a girl has to do!!!! i'm with ya honey!!! and if you ever (although, it doesn't sound like it) need a reason to justify ANYTHING...just call me and i'll give you one!!! i am the queen of rationalizing!!! can't wait to see more.....just beautiful!!!


Julie said...

You make me giggle, Jodie! I love the way you write!

Lucky swap partners! I thinkg you're a genius--the swaps are gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of the little beauty you made to go inside.....

Have fun with the chenille--looking forward to seeing what you do with that one!

Have a wonderful day!

Snugglebug Blessings said...

Hey Jodie,

Oh you are going to Savannah, Oooh please let me know how it was and I hope you take lots of pics and meet new, wonderful gals. If you don't get one of my dollies maybe we can swap goodies. I can make a new one for ya, and vice versa. Just a thought. No matter what have a great time. God bless, Cathy

Ruby Grace's said...

What a GREAT idea! Now 24 people get to enjoy the beauty of that quilt. I am going to start talking out loud to myself...maybe some of these great ideas will pop into my head...not likely.

Katsui Jewelry said...

I feel so honored that you became a follower of my blog. I don't care if you follow three hundred visited mine! Yay!

I am going to make use of this idea somehow...I think when it comes to Siver Bella. It just makes sooooo much sense!


Tumbleweed Trails said...

Thanks for the sneak peek. It is wonderful. Love what you've done with the quilt. I was a tad shocked at first, that it was getting cut up, yet I love the creativity and the envelope is beautiful.

Nicole Gibson-Rice said...

EEP! Those are gorgeous and I can't believe that I'm going to get one!! Hi Jodie! It's Nicole dropping you a line. My mom (Bernadette) and I will be at Jenn's event in April. Can't wait to meet you!


stephanie said...

I am just sitting here giggling....As always, you bring a smile to my face...

solomi558 said...

I bought a Toille quilt and pillow shams in pink and cream , just had to have it , much too big for my bed I was tripping over it so, I rounded the corners off, still too big, what if a spider climbed up ? now I know what to do , tomorrow,cut it to size and make little purses,stand them upright in a box, 1 for pearls ,1 for earings etc,.

If you would rather I didn,t use your idea please leave a note on my blog-----cottonreel