Monday, February 24, 2014

Dixie Diary: The Final Chapter!

You may remember the last time I showed my Dixie Diary blocks HERE. The blocks were sewn and the perfect sashing had been chosen--unfortunately I didn't have quite enough. Luckily, I found exactly what I needed at one of my favorite on-line shopping enablers: The Old Country Store. I had my sashing fabric in my cart (along with a few other items!) and decided to sleep on it in case I thought of something else I was in need of before I pushed that checkout button.
The elusive sashing from the Leesburg line.
 If you ever shopped at the Old Country Store, I'm sure you already know the rest of the story.

 I couldn't get my order to go through. My cart was disabled--ack! I closed my browser and went back--still disabled. I restarted my computer--no luck. Later in the day I read online that the Old Country Store was bankrupt and out of business.

 What??? I still had a $10 voucher to spend!
More importantly, I still needed that sashing fabric and now I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to find it. I did more searching and it took a leap of faith, but I found an online retailer that appeared to have what I needed at a great price plus free shipping and an additional 10% discount. Whew!

Did it occur to me to think about the borders? Of course not! 
I figured I would find a nice brown in my stash that would work. Didn't happen. I hated everything I tried.
 Then I remembered this awesome border fabric that I had been hoarding. 
Isn't it yummy? I know--wrong color!!
But I knew it came in a green colorway--back to doing some on-line searching!

I found some on eBay.
 Too bad the seller didn't have enough of what I needed listed for sale.
 But it wouldn't hurt to email her and see if she just happened to have more than what was up for sale.
Lucky me! She measured what was on her bolt and had more than enough for my borders--yay!
Lucky me again--it was on SALE--music to my ears!

Clamshell quilting using taupe Glide thread.
This quilt has been quite an adventure but a lot of fun!
I started with a fat quarter bundle that I had won from Andover Fabrics, did a little retail shopping therapy to fill in, mixed them up with a great block of the month sew-along from Barbara Brackman and ended up with a pretty quilt!!

Dixie Diary gets her label tonight!!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, and I love that border! You found that on ebay?? I never think to look there for fabric. I also love the clam shell quilting. Very traditional and fitting for your quilt.

  2. Wow! It looks like all the blocks, sashing, and border were planned out from the beginning. Nice job!

  3. Well done with the border fabric find - such a lovely choice - it looks wonderful! I love the clamshell quilting too.

  4. That border is awesome! I love it. I knew what you were going to say as soon as you mentioned The Old Country Store. It was a topic at our last guild meeting. The shop sent our guild some books and a card for their online store and people tried to go there and it was shut down. Anyway, this quilt is fabulous! Congratulations!

  5. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors you chose. Kudos to you for hanging in there and finding the perfect and border fabrics!

  6. What a story. I did not know the Old Country Store was out of business. I have looked online at their merchandise in the past but can't remember actually ordering anything.

  7. Love what you've done with Dixie!

  8. Que lindos trabajos, esas telas estan preciosas.
    Saludos desde Chile