When our daughter passed away, in 2014, all her craft and quilting supplies were put away. This summer, in an effort to scale down some of the fabric stash and clutter in my craft area, I came upon the boxes and bags filled with her work.
Yes, I grieved again, while trying to decide what should be done with all this. Embroidery, crewel work and quilt blocks. Part of them went into a box to be passed on. I do not do embroidery or crewel work and never will. A disabled friend of a friend does and I know it will be appreciated there.
The quilt blocks and fabric remained, staring at me every time I went in the room. Finally, inspiration struck. I got out some of the blocks and started quilts for each of her three grand children.
I truly worked long and thought hard, since the children are three, four and six years old. Will they understand and cherish them? I do hope so.
But there were other blocks left, a small wall-hanging or lap quilt for each sister? Yes. Those are in the works. And one for each of her two sons ‘on the drawing board’.
It hurts some to think of trips to buy fabric and all the fun we had in the planning, knowing she never got to see the fruit of this lavor. There are more than a few teardrops on some of the blocks.
Ir’s hard work, but it is bringing me comfort, as I hope it will to the recipients.
This frame holds some of your history.
I will tell you what I can, the quilt blocks were pieced by your great-great-great-grandmother.
She used those cardboard cutouts to make the smaller pieces to sew together by hand as you can see from the one I left upside down. those pieces and the cutout are from a pattern called double wedding ring.
The full block and its pieces are called Dresden Plate.
You might notice your great-great- great grandfather’s name and address on the pattern pieces I included.
The fabric in the back was from her ‘fabric stash’ as quilters call the fabrics saved or purchased for making their treasures.
The red flowers is from an old feed sack, the way many ladies got their fabric. Often they would make a child a dress or shirt and then use the remainder for quilts.
I came by this from someone who had purchased it at an auction and passed it to me. I saved some of the old fabric and blocks, because they are treasures.
Your Great-great grandmother, Bettie, told me they were made by her mother-in-law and asked if I would fix some for you. So here it is, I do hope that you will find it a ‘treasure’ and as you grow up something you will always love.
Today, four friends gathered to make quilt ‘tops’.
One of the group had already made one so helped us with the new ‘tools’ and ‘techniques’ needed to turn fabric and ‘thread’ into something beautiful and when finished, will no doubt keep someone ‘toasty’ warm.
Information on making our tops can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWOS9KBDJgU
Here is one of my blocks, called Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star.
Grandson Brett has scientifically chosen a winner. Pulled a name from the jar. An e-mail is on the way.
If we do not get a reply by Monday another will be chosen.
Thank you all for participating!
I love the Irish Chain pattern and this color combination of purples and greens.
The giveaway for August will be a wall quilt, approximately 35 inches by 35 inches in this star pattern. This one was made last week by my Grandson Brett. It was easy and really looks good. I have enough fabric to make another.
The pattern is featured in The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club book by Wanda Brunstetter. WHich, by the way is a really good story.
It will be made by me, out of 100 % cotton fabrics and machine quilted.
How to enter: Post a comment, tell me WHY you need a wall quilt. Or, if you have read the book, tell me your favorite chaaracter and a bit about why you chose that person.
Leave your e-mail contact address.
Brett will choose a random winner on August 24th.
Simple as that, it really is!
Something that makes me happy? Now whatever could that be?
Throughtout my life, I have had good examples of ‘happiness’
From the sunrise that begins my day to the end of it, there are so many things that make me happy it is hard to choose ONE!
Each moment of every day has its own blessings, its own joy and I am so blessed with family, friends and everything I need!
Life doesn’t get much better than what I’ve got! So at this moment, I share it with you in words and pictures.
What is something making you happy today?
Consider this, I spend about one-third of my time in the kitchen. There is cooking, canning, baking, cleaning up and the chair I prefer to sit in to read and do paperwork. The table is great for eating, spreading a quilt to work on or enjoying a puzzle.
It’s a great place to sit and share time with family and friends as well.
My kitchen is a big part of my life, you see. I have tried to surround myself with things there that I love… so here is a corner of my kitchen for all the world to see.
A new month begins and a new list of photo prompts from http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ to thnk about.
“Peace” is today’s topic. After giving that some consideration, I thought about how peaceful and special life is here on Sunrise Ridge, so I want to share a photo collage that I like to call “my life in a minute’
If a person wanted to start my brain boiling in confusion, they would say ‘black and white’!
A person who spends a lot of time doing crafts, making quilts, cooking good meals, and trying to make their words into pictures for others to ‘see’, has a problem with ‘black and white’. Or at least I do! My brain sees in COLOR! Bright, vivid, flamboyant color.
I finally came up with something… it’s an older picture, but it is something I love and use often. When I’m not using it, it is on the back of the chair for anyone who comes by to see that there is a little ‘black and white’ in my colorful world. I used my embroidery machine to make the ‘ladies’ and a pattern from a friend for the top of this lap robe size quilt that shares my world, keeping me toasty warm on a cool evening, wrapping a sleepy toddler or tucking in a grandchild who is ‘sleeping over’