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Thread: New Life from a Vintage Calendar

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    Super Member n2scraplvr's Avatar
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    It was one of those Christmas gifts with the family name imprinted on the bottom that you just didn't know what to do with, stashed away with some other oldies, that I decided to give a new life to. This one is for a charity someone will purchase for their GD or enjoy for a sewing room. I will cut up the rest of the 'printed numbers' of the calendar to go in a scrap quilt sometime.

    Here it is my vintage calendar 'before and after' pics turned into a mini! :D

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    Cute love raggedy Ann and andy....way to go green and re purpose the calendar

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    Great idea, I have sequined calendars and this would work great. Thangs for the idea!!! I love your Raggedy Ann and Andy. :thumbup:

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    Great idea ... I think I would have put the calendar part on the back. Maybe even with a note about the family origins.

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    how cute...I have a few of those from my Gram

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    Oh, it's so cute!! The border gives it life...


    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Awesome, it's really cute.
    Very creative idea.

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    Thanks everybody!! Thank you, QuiltE, for that great idea of the calendar on the back! I loved the rust calico I chose for the back to coordinate color scheme with the front. I thought of using the 'hearts and arrows with the year' at the bottom to use as mini holder for the top! It would've been the right touch! But anyway, here's a pic of the back:
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    great idea! cute results

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    How clever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Thanks everybody!! Thank you, QuiltE, for that great idea of the calendar on the back! I loved the rust calico I chose for the back to coordinate color scheme with the front. I thought of using the 'hearts and arrows with the year' at the bottom to use as mini holder for the top! It would've been the right touch! But anyway, here's a pic of the back:
    It'll be fun to see the numbers show up in another quilt and how you will use them. I wonder when the same days of months repeat? Could be something fun for that year! :)

    Great idea that you had ... and now we'll all be looking around for our collector tea towels that we stashed because we didn't know what to do with them!! :)

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    Brilliant idea & awesome border!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Thanks everybody!! Thank you, QuiltE, for that great idea of the calendar on the back! I loved the rust calico I chose for the back to coordinate color scheme with the front. I thought of using the 'hearts and arrows with the year' at the bottom to use as mini holder for the top! It would've been the right touch! But anyway, here's a pic of the back:
    It'll be fun to see the numbers show up in another quilt and how you will use them. I wonder when the same days of months repeat? Could be something fun for that year! :)

    Great idea that you had ... and now we'll all be looking around for our collector tea towels that we stashed because we didn't know what to do with them!! :)
    In answer to your question when the years repeat, I think it's every 11 years it changes so this calendar will be good to use in 2014. I looked up the year '75 to find it. Here's the link:

    http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/...ry=1&year=1975

    I always thought that the calendar changed every 11 years but according to this site, it's 38 years. Well, 2011's calendar will be the same in 2022 so that's 11 years. Anyway, it will be lots of fun using these old numbers in a quilt. I think they will blend perfectly with all those selvage edges I've been saving, mixed in 'week by week,' haha. (one week on one selvage, another week with another selvage). Yes, it's time ladies to dig thru our oldies and put them to good use! What good are they doing laying in the moth balls? I just can't wait to use all the numbers in something! I know you all will have fun digging through the old linens to add new life to and the sequined calendars would be beautiful as blocks! Can't wait to see what everyone does with them! I just finished looking at your 3 quilts real quick and they are just adorable! Those sheep are so cute and love all 3, especially your avatar! Thank you sooo much, QuiltE!! You have great ideas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    [ Yes, it's time ladies to dig thru our oldies and put them to good use! What good are they doing laying in the moth balls? I just can't wait to use all the numbers in something! I know you all will have fun digging through the old linens to add new life to and the sequined calendars would be beautiful as blocks! Can't wait to see what everyone does with them! I just finished looking at your 3 quilts real quick and they are just adorable! Those sheep are so cute and love all 3, especially your avatar! Thank you sooo much, QuiltE!! You have great ideas!!

    :-D :-D :-D
    *blush* and thanks for the complements!

    And thank you too .... there's another thread that I was just reading where someone used the old embroidered tea towels and made a family type quilt. Sadly, no pictures though. Well I have those embroidered sets of tea towels too .... hhmmmm!!

    Which also gets me to thinking about the embroidered pillow cases that have never been used.

    Why oh why did we all stash these things and think they should not be used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    [ Yes, it's time ladies to dig :-D :-D :-D
    *blush* and thanks for the complements!

    And thank you too .... there's another thread that I was just reading where someone used the old embroidered tea towels and made a family type quilt. Sadly, no pictures though. Well I have those embroidered sets of tea towels too .... hhmmmm!!

    Which also gets me to thinking about the embroidered pillow cases that have never been used.

    Why oh why did we all stash these things and think they should not be used?
    Your very welcome, QuiltE, and we all stashed these lovelies away because we can't part with them (!), but we need to bring them out and display them in some way and somehow on something! Those embroidered pillowcases are too precious to hide away in a closet somewhere! And the tea towels could be given new life in a unique quilt just like the one you read about. I think about the girl with the Etsy shop making adorable birdhouses out of vintage fabrics! They were so irrisistible when she got done with them. These tea towel parts could be used the same way! Happy repurposing to you! Hope you can bring out the best of your lovelies! ;)

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    N2ScrapLvr "... we all stashed these lovelies away because we can't part with them (!), but we need to bring them out and display them in some way and somehow on something! Those embroidered pillowcases are too precious to hide away in a closet somewhere! And the tea towels could be given new life in a unique quilt just like the one you read about. I think about the girl with the Etsy shop making adorable birdhouses out of vintage fabrics! They were so irrisistible when she got done with them. These tea towel parts could be used the same way! Happy repurposing to you! Hope you can bring out the best of your lovelies!"

    I think we kept them because we were keeping them for "good"! Just like the china dishes that many of us had and only kept for company. I have lots of dishes now and keept buying old ones as I see them ... I do use them!

    The linens ... I've been saying I am going to pitch out all my old tea towels and start using the new now old but unused embroidered ones .... now you're making me think not! Keep them for a quilt or wall hanging or?

    The pillowcases ... I probably didn't use them as that meant wrinkled cottons ... unless I ironed and that was not a passion for me! :)

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    cute mini n2, I spy with my little eye a couple of fabrics :-) G

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    Great idea.

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    I've seen lots of those at a local thrift store and now I'll look at them much differently. Thanks for the tip.

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    Cute! Nice recycling job!

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    Great idea! I just bought one from '89 w/a Yorkie on it and really didn't know what to do with it. But since I'm a Yorkie MOM I wanted it.

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    That is cute. I like it.

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    Oh are you cleaver. Wonderful

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinwheelprincess
    Great idea! I just bought one from '89 w/a Yorkie on it and really didn't know what to do with it. But since I'm a Yorkie MOM I wanted it.
    Your welcome, everyone!

    Pinwheelprincess, now you can make a cute little Yorkie pillow for your pooch! Our dogs love being propped up on pillows when they sleep. Ohhhh, we can't wait to see it made up!! Be sure and post pics! :-D :-D ;)

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    great idea, thanks for sharing with all of us

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