I have to admit that I am a Goodwill and thrift store shopper. It is sad to see so many used wedding gowns in these stores. Pinterest has a lot of good ideas for reusing these heirlooms.
We just got back from a wonderful two week vacation back "home" to New England. It's funny that after living in North Carolina for over 24 years I still feel like Massachusetts is my home. It certainly tugs at my heart strings. Cape Cod will always be magical to me for many reasons, and the White Mountain region of New Hampshire is one of the places that I feel most at peace.
Last week we had to say goodbye to our Buddy. We rescued him 12 years ago, but I should say he rescued us. We were going through a very difficult time in our lives and Buddy was just what we needed. He was such a gentle giant and brought so much joy into our lives.
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.