Latest Quilt..that I kept

Remember a week or so ago when I showed you my first quilts, I promised to show you my latest quilt.  You have seen all the quilts I have done over the last couple months that I gave away so I decided to show you the last quilt that I kept for my house. 

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This is from Heather Mulder Peterson’s book Living Large.  If you are a quilter check out the book….I’ve made several of the quilts in there.  The quilts are all layer cake (10 inch square) friendly, which I love!  The quilt was made from a fabric line called Cotton Blossoms by Thimble Blossoms

I had made the quilt for a youth benefit for our church and ended up liking it so much that I made another one for me. 

I am currently STILL working on my nine patch quilt along….I will show you the results when I am finished.  If anyone is interested in trying, Crazy Mom Quilts is sponsoring another quilt along.

First Quilt?

Camille from Thimble Blossoms and Carrie from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company were hosting a first quilt….current quilt parade.  I am late jumping on the band wagon, because my I had trouble defining which quilt is my first quilt.

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This quilt, was made with crazy quilt blocks and pre printed fabric squares.  I made it for Kelli when she was 2-she’s 22 now.  My mom machine quilted it enough to hold it all together.  At that point in my life I LOVED embroidery so I hand embroidered along all of seams of the crazy quilt blocks. 

In the early summer of 1990, I went home to visit my parents, we had three kids under three years old and I was a stay at home mom with a husband who was working LONG hours.  When I got to my parents, mom suggested that she watch the children and I go do her errands by myself.  She new I was stressed and needed a break from the kids.  While I was out shopping I bought a quilt magazine.  In the days to come, I spent HOURS paging through the magazine dreaming of the quilts I wanted to make.  My mom died that same year in early August.  As a type of therapy, I started making one of the quilts in the magazine….Here is that quilt top.  I have never quilted it.

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I  put quilting aside and had two more children.  When our youngest was one, I took a quilting class for beginners.  We were supposed to bring something we had sewn.  I brought my quilt top.  The instructor asked me why I was in class….after all if I had sewn a curved seam Druckard’s Path quilt, I certainly didn’t need a beginning quilt class.  I laughed.  I didn’t even know how to use a rotary cutter.  I needed a beginner class. I stayed in the class and made this heart wall hanging.

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To this day when I see a curved seam quilt like the Drunkard’s Path, I shy away and think it’s too hard.  Isn’t it amazing what we can accomplish when we don’t feel intimidated?  When I made those curve seam blocks all those years ago, I just looked at it as sewing curved seams in clothing.  I had sewn a lot of clothing and wasn’t intimidated a bit.   To this day, I still haven’t sewn another curved seam quilt.  I keep thinking curved seams are too hard…maybe I should rectify that.

So which is my first quilt, I am not sure….Kelli’s clown quilt, the curved seam Drunkard’s Path or the heart quilt.  As for my most recent quilt, I’ll show you that in my next post.

It’s a Red Letter..no purple letter day for Kelli

Kelli, our oldest daughter, came home to sew today…she brought her old clunker machine that was mine, then our daughter Kayla’s and now hers.   The machine clunked, jammed and then the feed dogs quit working so…..we decided to go machine shopping and came home with this!

 
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A new Pfaff sewing machine.  The machine is basic without lots of features but perfect for what Kelli wants.  It has a walking foot and a quarter inch foot for quilting.  Along with that…it’s purple so it’s a red letter  no purple letter day for Kelli acutally for me too.  Now when she comes to sew I can sew too and won’t have to continually fix that old machine.

Embroidery with Eight Year Olds

Well…if you read yesterday’s post, you know that this week I am taking care of my nieces and nephews.  When their mom dropped them off, she gave me a ball of yarn and knitting needles hoping I could teach my eight year old niece to knit.  After about 30 seconds of that I decided on a different craft…embroidery.  It’s  MUCH easier than knitting and their might be a hope that my patience could handle this. 

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Luckily I had all of the supplies we need on hand and my neice caught on really quickly.  I was impressed.  The only problem we had was that she was catching the towel in her stitching.  Several times I had to pull out quite a bit of her stitiching.  That was getting discouraging until I came up with this solution.

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I bunched up part of the towel she was embroidering and used a pony tail holder to secure it in place.  The I used narrow pieces of duct tape to tape the rest of the loose edges in place.  It worked perfectly!    She is really taking to embroidery.   Embroidery is MUCH easier to teach then knitting especially when my knitting skills are so poor that the only thing I have made is a dish cloth. 

I am trying to think of something to send home to their mom….I am thinking a bunch of recipes might be a good idea.  It would be recipes of the things I cooked while the kids were here…you know the kids favorite things….She hates to cook about as much as I dislike knitting…after all, turn about should be fair play.

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