It's week five of the
Vintage Housewife Sew Along
if you need to download the
Sew Along Guide and
if you are just joining us and
need to read the Bee Prepared post
that tells you all about this sew along:)
We are using Vintage Happy 2 Fabric...
And my new Sew Simple Shapes
To make the
Vintage Housewife Quilt
74" x 82"
These are the blocks that
we have done so far:
And today we are making the
Sew Simple Shapes
used for this block:
You will need to have a small
1/4" of gray about 1" long for the lamp pole.
Coral 1/2" Straight Bias-
You will need 2 pieces 1 1/2" long
after pressing both ends under.
I cut 2 more pieces 2" long and
pressed them in half for the phone feet:)
You will need to use small red
vintage trim for the phone cord
and 1/4" red buttons for the dial.
You will also need a small red button
and small vintage trim
for the picture hanger.
You will use the aqua lace
for the trim on the bottom
of the lampshade:)
Before turning these 3 shapes
you will need to clip them:)
All turned and shaped and ready for glue!
BEFORE all of that though...
use the Easy Trace Light Box
and trace the embroidery pattern
on page 17 of the guide.
I embroidered mine first.
I used 3 strands and a backstitch for everything and used the colors in my
Bee Basics Aurifloss Box Set.
A close up:)
Before glueing down my cord...
I traced the lines for placement
using the guide on page 16.
I tucked the ends underneath the phone:)
Then I finished off with
the straight bias strips:)
I pinned my lamp and then placed
the lace on the bottom before glue.
I simply wrapped it around the bottom
and tucked the ends under on each side.
All pins are in!
And then came the glue:)
ALWAYS do a quick check
with the ruler BEFORE the glue dries
to see if you need to adjust anything.
Here are photos for you
showing how I placed my buttons...
Ready for applique:)
Appliquéd...bordered and all buttoned up!
should measure 14 1/2"
square at this point
This is just what it was like
in my house when the telephone rang...
all of us kids running to the phone
to answer it first!
And most every time we picked up
the phone to use it someone was
already on it because we had a party line!
We shared it with 5-6 neighbors.
One was my grandma and
3 were my aunt and uncles
I still have 2 working rotary phones
in my home because I love them.
I remember one time the babysitter
had to ask me how to use it...
she couldn't figure it out...
apparently is was much too complicated.
This vintage chart above shows the
ins and outs of the rotary dial:)
Let's celebrate vintage phones
and how much the
vintage housewife loved them too:)
I'll meet you right back here next week
and we will watch some vintage T.V.!!
I think all of us of a certain age lusted after a princess phone of our very own. Thanks for the memories.
Oh, the memories in those photos! We had a party line when we first got our "rotary" phone and I remember getting to choose a colored phone for my first apartment. Then I worked retail sales for Sears in the department that sold phones so those are all old friends of mine! Even remember when the "tone" lines came out and we could just push buttons instead of turning the dial. WOW! How times have changed in one lifetime and I am not ancient yet
I have an old rotary phone like the one in the first ad.....it is super heavy! I'll have to make something....a little table mat or something with a phone on it because I retired from the largest phone company after 32 looong years. Started out as a "0" toll operator. Loving all the other designs too
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