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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vintage Apron Goodness

No more progress to show yet on the bowties quilt..

Started a new little Christmas project last night, though.. no pictures yet.  Liking it so far, hope it turns out.  A little table topper using a FQ that I had of Kate Spain's 12 days of Christmas.

So I have Quilter's A.D.D.? Does anyone else have this too?

No new quilty photos, but want to share this photo.. my mom brought me this little apron from my Grandma's.  I don't know exactly when it was made, or who made it.. my Grandma sewed a lot, but she also had lots of things that her mom and her aunts sewed.  

All I know is that it was made ages ago.  Not a repro.  And that it is sooo adorable--I LOVE navy and I LOVE polka dots.  **swoon** I wish I had a skinny figure to show it off, but that all flew out the door after I had my son. ha!  

If you love vintage aprons, you'd better sit down.. Here she is:

Okay, maybe I over-sold it. ha  But it really is the cutest little apron I think I've ever seen.  I never EVER saw my Grandma wear it, it feels brand new and delicate and fancy.  She probably didn't want to get it dirty. ;)  Neither do I.  I think I'll just get it out once in a while and touch the fabric and *swoon* over it. :o)  I know my Grandma is in a much better place now and not suffering but I sure do miss her!
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekend Sewing

The Inspiration--

I've been wanting to make a quilt like this for a while:

So I took these tiny squares that I inherited from my grandma:

Cut some squares out of this fabric, that my MIL found earlier in the year at a thrift shop for about $6 for the entire bolt:

And in no time at all, I have this much done:

So simple and so fun!  Even more fun when you recognize a scrap.  My grandmother had a house-dress robe type thing that she wore around the house all the time. If she went out to do errands or whatever, she would get all dressed up, jewelry and all, but at home, she would just wear that.  Her "work" clothes. :o)  Well, all these years, I had no idea that she made it.  Until I saw a little scrap.  Here it is: (the pink, red, and blue stripe and WOW, that is the worst corner match EVER)

I think I'll make it (the quilt top) twice as big as it is right now.  It seems like I haven't even made a dent in those little squares.  I think scraps secretly multiply when we're sleeping.  

I also made these two pillowcases this weekend that were on my to-do list. :o)
 My son picked out the airplane FQ @ the quilt show that I blogged about.

I have a SERIOUS crush on these robots!!!

*Gonna link this up with Sew Modern Monday*
Happy Monday to you all!!!

P.S. Just found about about this great giveaway over @  Go check it out!
Friday, November 25, 2011

Quilt Show!

First, I have to say thank you so much for all of the blogland love that you sent me the last couple of weeks.  You are all so kind!  Things are slowly getting back to normal around here.  S-L-O-W-L-Y. As normal as it can be, anyway.  November has been a rough month!  To cap it off, my son and I both have colds so we didn't even make it to the family Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. :(  But I think we are on the mend now hopefully!  

Before my grandmother passed away, I had gone to, and planned to post pics from, a Quilt Show here in town.  So I will post them now.  It was the weekend after Veterans' Day so there were lots of patriotic quilts.  So many quilts, and vendors.. oh those vendors, can be so bad on the wallet.
Anyway, my phone battery died, so I didn't get as many pics as I would have liked, but here are some that I did take.

The Round Robineers.

 Cute cats. (I'm more of a dog person)

 This applique was amazing!

 I heart houses.. *swoon*

 My little mister standing by a patriotic quilt and those stars in the lower pic were really cool!

 Love orange and blue!

 So many cute ones to see!

Love roosters. :) 

The applique on this one was so beautiful!  

 Dog eating a shoe.. sounds familiar. ;)

Sweet 30's prints.. and my little one peeking between the quilts to the other side.

I wish I could have taken more pics before my battery died. So many gorgeous things to see!  Such talent.

Here is a pic of something else that may or may not have come home with me.
Oh, I love it! :o)
Monday, November 21, 2011

Fabric Surprises

As most of you know, my grandma passed away last Sunday.  With family flying in and out of town, the funeral, etc., the last week has flown by.  Yet, at the same time it seems like we've lived a month or two since that time.  So so busy, and emotional.  

My mom has also made a couple of trips to my grandma's house to look through all of her things (along with her siblings), and pick out special things or things to keep.

I was shocked when she brought these two tubs of scraps to me the other night. I had no idea that my grandma had all of this fabric.

On top in the above picture is a quilt top made of wool scraps.

I had so much fun looking through these bins and finding little treasures.  Scraps, cardboard quilting patterns (used before the days of rotary cutters), and a couple of stray quilt blocks.. even some stacks of cut triangles, squares, and tiny squares.  Wow.. and the thing that is the best of all.. when I opened these bins, the fabric smell smells just like I remember my grandparents house smelling when I would spend the night there as a little girl!  Inside these bins, time stood still. *tear*

The first scrap that I saw when I opened the first bin was this, which warmed my heart b/c I actually wore a black houndstooth top to her memorial service on Thursday.

Some other eye candy fabrics that I found.. the elephants are yummy!

Look at these.. I have plans for them!

The large double-knit 9-patches I'm not so sure about..
(sorry the pictures are so dark)

One more poignant photo to share. After the graveside portion of the service was over, my cousin Kristi and I were visiting, when they started the burial.  We started to leave, but our kids wanted to stay and "watch the dirt".  My son loves any kind of dirt moving machine!  They sat down on the grass and settled in, and I snapped a couple of photos with my phone.  Not until I cropped the photo did I realize how Karli was holding the flower.  This photo melts my heart.

I am so thankful for all of the memories and times I got to spend with her, and that my little boy was born in time to have 5 years with her.  Hopefully he will have  memories of the times he spent at her house. (and maybe a quilt or two from her scraps)  I miss her!!

Gonna link this post up to Melody's Tuesday Treasures. 
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Good News and Bad News

Good news first, of course.  

I made my very first ever improv and mosaic block last night.  And I guess you could say my first modern-ish block. Very much a trial on error process.  But I'm liking it:

That is the color palette inspiration next to it.  Plus, you could add grey.  It's actually for a charity quilt--another first for me.. first time to make a block and send it off in the mail.  BUT, now that I'm looking at the inspiration quilt again, I think I need to make another with my white strips all the same width.  I cut them different widths on purpose.. trying to embrace improvisation. You can read about the charity quilt HERE.  

One more photo:

In not so good news..

To everything there is a season.
our view on our way home today~leaves finally turning

Last week, it was my Aunt that we lost.  Today it is my Grandmother. She would have been 94 on Dec. 3rd.  She passed away in her sleep last night.  I'm comforted by the fact that she didn't suffer.  She was the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful human I've ever known.  I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone, and she never complained. She lived several years with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, and had breast cancer surgery in her early 80's. During that time, she was taking care of my grandpa at home, and took care of him until his last breath, even when their double bed had to be replaced with a hospital bed and a twin bed in their room.  She was a wonderful giving person.  A finer woman I doubt I'll ever know.  

Here are some of my favorite pictures of her.  
@ our wedding six 1/2 years ago

 Mother's Day 2011

2008, when my baby was 2, learning to do chores at her house..he loved to bring in her mail, swiffer the floor, put her recyclables in the blue garbage can, and water her plants on the porch.  

With Austin in 2007

The two of them in 2009, sitting on this scrap quilt.  The last one she quilted. It was in her drawer for years and years as just a top, and I kind of badgered her into quilting it.. I just love the orange.  Her mother had made the top many years before.  I am so glad I got to help her quilt it.

I definitely learned to have a love for quilts at her house, looking at the many quilts and quilt tops in her drawers that were made out of scraps, by relatives that had come before me, when times were tough and everything was saved or reused.

I will always love and miss her! 

Please pray for my family.  On the heels of losing my aunt last Sunday and my dad just settling in after flying back home, my parents will be flying out here again tomorrow.  Your thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated!
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