Daughter #1, Baby E, and I got home late yesterday afternoon. It was an exhausting, emotional trip but I am so glad we went. My mom is doing much better and they sent her home last night. While I was gone, hubby and Daughter #3 went to a garage sale and picked this up for me:
It looks like this top may have been part of a tied quilt at one time. It is dirty and has some holes that need fixing. But it is all made from feed sacks. I am thinking I will repair this and quilt it. I won’t wash it until after that.
Would you wash first?
Not a single stitch of sewing happened while I was away. This morning, I hemmed a pair of pants. Somehow, that doesn’t feel like it counts! Off to work soon.
I am linking up with Connie at Free Motion By the River for Linky Tuesday.
Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers for my mom. She is still in the hospital and we are waiting to hear what they will do today. It was hard to leave last night but Daughter #1 and Baby E needed to get back. Before I left, I snapped a few shots of a quilt my sister and I made more than 20 years ago for our parents 30th anniversary.
My sister did all the embroidery. The dates show when that person entered the family. It had empty squares when we made it. It turned out to have just enough for each child, spouse and grandchild.
Have a great Monday!
As I mentioned last week, Daughter #1, Baby E, and I are visiting my parents in Wisconsin. Here are a couple quilts I made long ago for my parents. This one I made for my dad in 1996.
I believe I made it from a Karen Stone paper piecing pattern. I quilted it on my 1955 Singer 201.
The next year, I made a lap quilt for my mom.
Last night, we took my mom to the hospital as she is having more heart issues. We shall see what today brings.
I appreciate all of the comments and visits to my blog but I am not going to be able to respond to all of your lovely comments from the last few days like I normally do.
But the LORD continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants, to those who keep his covenant, who are careful to obey his commands. (Psalms 103:17-18 NET)
Here is the bigger of the two little quilts I made earlier this week.
I used vintage scraps for this one also. The squares finish at 1 inch. I used part of a vintage table cloth for the backing.
Linking up with Crazy Mom quilts for Finish it up Friday and confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.
I used the free pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop to create this little Nail Polish quilt top last night.
I used my hand dyed fabrics for the “polish” in the bottle and solids for the rest. I will use hand dyed fabric for the binding as well. This will be a gift for Daughter #2 and I will take it to her when I visit later this month.
Now I need to decide how to quilt it. However, quilting will have to wait as I am traveling home to see my parents this weekend with Daughter #1 and Baby E. Sadly, hubby and Daughter #3 will not be able to travel with us. I have posts planned for the weekend and will keep an eye out for quilty things along the way.
Linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for NTT and Gemma at Pretty Bobbins for IQuilt.
ETA: A kind commenter alerted me to the fact that the blocks I showed yesterday and technique may be attributed to this book by Anita Grossman Solomon.
I started a new project yesterday. A while back I found this pin on Pinterest and found the idea very clever. I understand this idea originated with Sharon Craig. Yesterday, I decided to try it out with a stack of 10″ squares I bought a few years ago from Connecting Threads. Here is one finished block.
The process is simple. You stack up three squares face up on your mat.
Do a bit of slicing and dicing and you get this.
Rearrange the bits and you are ready to sew.
You do have to trim your blocks down to finish them. I got 12 blocks done in short order.
I like that this is a very efficient use of the squares. Not yet sure what this will become. There are enough squares to make 12 more blocks but that would still be a pretty small quilt.
I have another project I should be working on but the ideas aren’t flowing there yet. I think the biggest boost to creativity is to just keep working on something.
Every morning, I get up, have coffee, read my Bible, and talk to God. But it is in the quiet of the sewing room, that my mind becomes quiet too and I can listen and hear Him talk to me.
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.
I have been really enjoying playing in my vintage scraps lately. I finished both of my little quilts that I showed yesterday but will save the larger one for another post.
I have a collection of vintage toy sewing machines and it is fun to make little quilts to go with them. This toy was made by the F. W. Mueller Company of Berlin, Germany prior to World War II. It is cast iron and quite heavy. This is known as a Model 19.
Some of the scraps I used have a lot of white space and blend into the background. For the binding, I folded the extra backing to the front and machine stitched it down. Yes, the back ends up a little messy this way but not every quilt has to be show perfect. Sometimes, it is just about the fun of making them.
Linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday and I Have to Say for Show and Tell Tuesday.