I was also asked by a lovely older lady to finish some work that was started by her grandmother and mother in the 1940s. She had a bag full of pieces for a double wedding ring quilt; the rings were sewn together by hand with the tiniest 1/8th of a seam. The fabrics were in pretty good shape, with just a little thinning and staining. I was able to sew them together to make a throw-size quilt.
She also gave me a bag-full of crocheted squares. I think it was a popcorn pattern made with thin, off white cotton floss. The squares were beautifully crocheted by her mother about 80 years ago. I sewed them together to make this lovely bed runner.
Last month Craig and I were lucky to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Craig was asked to give a 3 hour class on his favorite topic, "The Tomato", and I was free to roam the gardens. There are many memories, as this was our favorite place to take our kids and parents during our years living in Pennsylvania. I think we came every season from when Caitlin was an infant to when we moved seven years later.
The gardens and conservatory haven't changed much... they are still spectacular!
Just finished with my t-shirt quilt orders for graduation. Good luck to you all as you start your college life.
Here is a sample:
A client brought this beautiful old Irish Chain quilt to me to make into stuffed dogs. From the look of the fabric I think the quilt might have been made in the 1940s - 50s. The quilt was repaired by my client's mother. The pink fabric was replaced, the green, while faded was in pretty good shape, and the muslin was threadbare in places. While I felt bad cutting this up, I do love to re-purpose things.
I think they turned out so cute!
We are just back from a great trip to Asheville, which included lots of great hiking, food and relaxing. Craig gave two wonderful talks at the Mother Earth News FAIR.
I am always searching for nice extra-wide quilt backing. I just finished these two t-shirt quilts. I love the gray backing fabrics - they look great paired with red or purple.
I am so happy to be back in my sweat shop. It has been 5 weeks since my shoulder surgery and I have missed my quilting therapy. I still have months of physical therapy ahead to strengthen my shoulder muscles, but am able to work again.
The past few months have been such a series of ups and downs that my head is spinning.
I think the downs are winning as I have lost both my sister and brother within months of each other. I am having trouble just writting this here, as it makes it seem more real and I don't want it to be real......
As for the ups, Craig and I had a wonderful trip to Seattle to visit Sara, Adam and our grandsons Aiden and Aaron. Craig also gave two wonderful talks at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Being with Sara and the boys was so good for my heart. Just to get hugs from her two sweet boys has to be the best medicine ever!
Another up is Merry, our canine guest for two months. She is my is my sister's beautiful golden retriever. Merry and I have a special bond. It's not every dog that I let curl up on the couch with me. The cats are not happy as she is obsessed with them (the feeling is NOT mutual), but they will survive.
Last week I had surgery to repair a torn labrum in my shoulder. It was an old injury and I have put off surgery for many years. I am now recovering nicely and looking forward to starting rehab and getting back to quilting.
Although the downs are still fresh, I am so blessed and have so much to be grateful for! Thank you.
I just finished this memory quilt made from men's shirts, pants ,t-shirts, neckties and bathing suits.
It is always a challenge to make a quilt that is pretty (in my opinion) from men's clothes; let's face it... male clothing can be a little drab.
This is one of my favorites. It just has good karma and a cozy look and feel. I had enough clothing left over to make two teddy bears for twin girls as memories of their Dad.
Over the past years making t-shirt and memory quilts for people, I have come across sayings or logos that make me smile or bring a tear to my eye. Here are some of my favorites - some "words to live by".
Happy New Year to all!