Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quilt of Valor

This Quilt of Valor was pieced by Billie S. of Oregon.  This was her first quilt for Quilts of Valor.  I am honored to quilt it for her--and what a fun quilt it was!  Tomorrow, it will be shipped to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

I just finished putting the binding on but did not have much sun to take really great contrast photos.

Here is a close up I took earlier in the week right after I took it off the quilting frame and it's a good thing I did because we have not had any sun for 4 days.

A simple star and loops filled the border and all the straight lines are done with a wavy line.  It went quickly as there was no stitch in the ditch.

I used an 8 inch circle ruler for all the curves in the center, working my way back and forth across the quilt.  It went fast.


Close up of back.

Thank you Billie!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cute Baby Quilts

Last night, I finished up these 2 baby quilts.  I have the best job in the world: I get to see all these creative quilts, quilt them, photo them, wrap them up and send them home to be loved!

I have a client that does not know if her new grandchild will be a boy or a girl.  She is covering all her bases with these 2 quilts:

Will it be a boy?

Minky on the back

Will it be a girl?

Plush Minky on the back
Only time will tell.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cotton Candy & Cherry Chocolate

Here is a fun, funky little baby quilt I made for a gift.

At Christmas, a friend gave me this cute collection of 5 pink and brown fat quarters and some pink and brown stripe yardage.  I tossed in a few surprise squares of curly Minky I had on hand.  I really like how it turned out.

This is a true color photo. 
Although the curly Minky looks really high and thick, you don't feel the height difference when you rub your hand over the quilt.  It is so velvety soft! 

Cream colored Minky on the back.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Grandmother's Sewing Basket

My Grandmother Pierce taught me to sew.  I was lucky that she started early because she died when I was 7 years old.  I have had her sewing basket for many years, but have just come to really appreciate it and all the interesting items it contains.

I have opened it up to share the contents today.
It has a green silk lining--well worn in some areas.  At the top is an ivory thread winder.  This diamond or cross shape was very common.  Next are 2 sizes of button hooks. They were used to button all the tiny buttons on gloves, blouses, dresses and of course--shoes. 
Here is a close up of the thread winders with a bit of rose silk thread.  I am using a quarter for size comparison.
This is a Maple darning egg: used for darning sox.  You can't really tell from the photo, but it is well worn.  The seam guage feels heavy and is made of steel.
Size #12, #9, and #5 crochet hooks.  I use occassionally these for picking out errant threads.
Sheffield Steel Needles.   These "extra large smooth eyes" are almost too small to thread . . . and I have reading glasses and good light!
Notice how they were packaged with a bit of muslin fabric.

The two curved needles at the top were called sail-maker needles and were used to repair canvas, tarps, upholstry, etc.  The third needle down with the large flair was used to sew up burlap.  After the wheat was harvested and the grain was put in burlap sacks (gunny sacks) the top was sewn shut with heavy cord pulled through by this large needle.  At the bottom, the mother-of-pearl needle/punch with two center eyes is a mystery to me.

Oil Can.  It was used by pushing the bottom with your thumb, you would get a drop of oil with each "click."  

 . . . and now for my favorite part of the sewing basket.  Thimbles.

Close ups
 . . .  and my favorite of the favorites: The filigree is actually very fine, flat layers of metal that have been "curled" into shapes and inset in the larger peices of curved metal.  The top has been stamped with star shaped indentations and it has been attached with solder.
I hope you have enjoyed going through Grandma's sewing basket as much as I have.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring is not far off!

Spring comes late here in the high desert.  We live at 5,400 feet.  Today there are snowflakes in the air. 
The snow was 37 inches deep during February.  You can see that it's almost gone.  This morning, I found my friendly owl sitting on this post in my flower bed.

Um . . .  No, that's not a blue outhouse in the background.  There are a set of truck scales right there and that's a building you enter to weigh the trucks. A few years back, I e-mailed some similar photos to our daughter when she was in college.  One of her classmates asked her if that was our "toilet house."  We might live in the "Wild, Wild West," but we do have indoor amenities.

He or she (how do you tell?) reminds me of an old setting hen perched on a clutch of eggs.

See the snowflakes in the air?

I am going to have my grandkids come up with a name.  I can't just keep referring to it as "the owl."  He/she needs a name.  I will let you know.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cuddly and Soft

Here are a couple of little customer quilts I finished up this weekend.

Cotton with Minky on the back


Flannel and Minky


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