What is old is new and what is new is old…

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A few months ago our son Chris, the proverbial middle child who is also the only one who is left handed and the only one who wears glasses…presented me with a project. 

He wanted me to cut up this quilt top that had been made using old men’s shirts to make curtains for his bedroom. Time passed, we moved and I got busy with other things…then last week I found time in my schedule to look again at this project and decide what I really wanted to do with this quilt top.

Honestly I couldn’t see cutting it up to make curtains. It looked to shabby. I decided that it really needed to be what it was originally planned to be, a quilt. Since I had just organized my sewing fabrics, I knew that I had just the right fabric for the backing.  That piece of fabric was brand new and not at all as soft as the top so I quickly rinsed and machine dried the top. Next I made the quilt sandwich and I was ready to start Quilting…since this was for my son’s condo I knew that the Quilting design had to be somewhat masculine so I was happy to find a graphic machine embroidery design..


When Chris came to visit I was quite excited to show him what I had been up to. As it turned out, he was was not as excited as I was…but then his artistic eye started to work and he was off and running. He wanted me to add lines of stitches on the pink to tone the color down, that worked, then he wanted to know what I could to to show the backing on the top, I brought the backing to the vertical edges as a self binding, that worked, next he wanted me to use red and white checked fabric for the binding on the short ends, that worked. 

Finally to really make the little piece feel old, I threw it in the washer on gentle and then dried it…I am sure happy with the results and I certainly hope he will be…but that doesn’t solve the problem of the curtains…next project…

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Threes the charm!

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Threes the charm!

Been a very creative day for me. I embellished two pre-made tote bags and posted them to instagram…

Little did I realize that my tech-savvy  little grand daughter Lizzie would be checking out my account and next thing I know she is requesting a Minnie Mouse tote bag because she just got eyeglasses. Getting spectacles is a dream come true for this girl. She has been wanting glasses forever. So after a nice dinner out with my husband I headed back up to the sewing studio and made her a bag from scratch with her very own initials. Hope she likes it.

Thinking about others…

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Thinking about others…

The Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild has recently been apprised of the fact that a recent multi dwelling fire in Ocean Grove NJ left about 43 families without a home. We decided to make lots of quilts to donate to these folks. For the last few weeks we have been doing just that. As of yesterday have about 24 quilts already. Our members have made many quilts at 2 day long sew ins this week using many variations of the Split Rail Fence pattern, we have gotten quilt tops from several guilds and Victoria Findlay Wolf even sent us 3 of her quilts. Fabric has also shown up. Our friends at Timeless Treasures sent a big box of fabric and a quilt to!

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Almost time for Spring Training

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Almost time for Spring Training

Wanted share the patriotic baseball wall hanging quilt that I made for my handsome grandson Tyler. It’s ready to hang in his room as he gets ready to be the best little baseball player that he can this coming season.

i loved using  this paperpieced pattern. Both Tyler and his sister Lizzie even showed up on night ready to help our and they did. They sewed a few squares and pressed them too!  They had so much fun that evening!

 

star light, star bright

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star light, star bright

 

Hey I just finished hanging my wooden rulers once again. I think that this is the 5th time time I have done this. Folks do notice when they get hung up. Makes me laugh as they always want to know the details of what it takes to hang them.It takes 3 tacks to hang most of them and a small level as well. This time it took me about three days to hang them. Really need to do this when the daylight is good.  We have collected these rulers for about 38 years and often find them on our road trips, thus they become a memory about the trip as well.

The featured picture is a quilt that I made last year.  It’s paperpieced.  I bought the pattern from Lynn Graves at the International Quilt Festival in Houston a million years ago. I love the way that you can see lots of different stars.