Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Make, I Use

I thought I would show 2 projects that I have made that I use all the time. I love the homey feeling of making something for my home that is pretty and useful!

The first item is The Jane Market Bag
This cool pattern is from one of my all time favorite blogs Posie Gets Cozy.

I am not a sewing wizard and this bag was easy for me to make!

I LOVE it. I use it to carry groceries, sewing stuff and I use it for a pool bag! It's a fun, easy project. The bag uses some of your stash and would make a cute gift. I know I will be making more of these bags!

My second project is a cute apron that I made a few years ago. I was working at a quilt shop and we got this book into the shop. Retro Aprons by Cindy Taylor Oates

It is an awesome book and the apron patterns are darling. I made this apron out of Katie Jump Rope fabric. I wear this apron everyday while making supper. I also made a cute "CowGirl" apron for the shop to show of some Western fabric that was in the shop. I need to find it and take a picture.

I am happy to share these projects with you. Have a great day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bad Blogger

Well. I have just been a very bad blogger lately:( Ruby is feeling my shame.

I did finish a quilt. This is one that I had started handquilting and put away. I drug it out and finished it.

We have had bad storms every day so I had to take pics inside.

Some of the people at my house are confused as to why I would make such a big honking Halloween quilt. All I can say is that is just how it turned out. You can read more about this quilt here.

I have a finished bag and an apron to show so I will be back this week!

I hope that you are all enjoying your Summer and families!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Keeping It In The Family

Today I want to share a quilt that my Grandmother just gave me. This is my Dad's Mom whose farm land it is that we all live on. She is 85 and still lives by herself in her farmhouse. She is right up the road from all of us and has chickens that she loves and takes care of. She also grows many flowers and a little garden. She spends most of her time outside. I spent much of my childhood at her house with my cousins and brother and sister.

She had to have a little surgery last week and told me to come and get this quilt. She said that she was afraid she would drop dead and my Mother might throw this quilt in the dump before I could get it. (my mother has been known to throw antique quilts in a dumpster) Needless, to say I went and got the quilt!

Here is a little background. When my Grandmother was a little girl in the 1930's, her Great-Grandmother told her that if she would pick out a pattern, she would make her a quilt. My Grandmother remembers going through the patterns, saved from The Atlanta Journal newspaper, and picked out the Bear's Paw pattern.

These blocks were made totally from scraps of clothes. My Grandma can still pick out dress fabrics from this quilt. The blocks are hand-pieced and BEAUTIFUL!

Here are some of my favorite fabrics. I think this fabric is from a flour sack.

I love this floral fabric. The blocks are all scrappy.

My Grandmother's Great Grandmother never put the quilt together. In the 1980's my Great Aunt sent the blocks to a lady in Ohio. She did this to surprise my Grandma. The lady from Ohio sashed and bordered the quilt in the pretty peach fabric. She also hand quilted the quilt. Her hand quilting is AMAZING!! I wish that I could handquilt like that!!

When my Grandmother got the quilt back from Ohio, she folded it on to a quilt rack..and there it sat til she gave it to me. It has never been washed. There are very faint pencil markings on the border. It looks wonderful and doesnt stink (smells kinda dusty) but I kind of want to put it on my bed...but I'm scared to wash it. What do you think?

We love this quilt so much!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

200th Post

WOW! I never thought I would reach 200 posts! I still remembering wanting to blog to have somewhere to show my quilts. I think that I must have bugged the fool out of poor Kristie. She was (and is) so sweet to answer all my "How do you?" questions.

Here is the label for my baby pinwheel quilt. I love making embroidered labels. I really need to find some better fonts though.
The cute daisy bouquet is from the Daisy pattern by big B. I love her patterns!

I am giving the quilt to the Soon to be Mommy tonight. Even though it's been a few years it seems like yesterday that I made their wedding quilt!

Today, I need to do some mopping, making some banana bread and maybe taking Cade to the pool before church. Cade is now a middle-schooler so he moves downstairs at church to the "big" kids. I'm not sure that I'm ready for that!

Everyone have a wonderful day!