Monday, December 29, 2008

A Quilt Mystery

My mom told me about a quilt her Grandma made back in the 30's.  It had a pink and green border and was rectangle blocks with tulips that had black blanket stitch outline.  She didn't know what happened to the quilt but thought that it had been destroyed.  So I made her this little quilt for her birthday, to remind her of Grandma's quilt.

She took this little quilt with her to New Mexico to hang in
 her rented house to make things look homey.  Her older sister came to visit and said, "Boy, that quilt really reminds me of Grandma's quilt!"  "Grandma's Quilt!!!  What do you know about Grandma's Quilt?" My mom asked.  "I have it at home, in a box in the closet!"  Her sister answered.  "Do you want to come and see it?  Next time you are there, we will g
et it out.  Do you remember the one she embroidered?  I have that one too." !!!!  WOW!  I can't wait to get the photos from my mom of Grandma's Quilt.  

I made this other little quilt out of extra blocks and leftover 30's fabrics.  

I made this apron for my mom for Christmas, that's me though in the photo.
Now that Christmas is passed I can share some of the gifts I made.   
These two clocks are for my parents and grandma. 
I glued some unused blocks to 1 inch foam.  Then I covered the back with a piece of fabric to cover the raw edges.  I put a hole in the fabric and the foam and inserted the clockworks.  However, after having put these together I think it would be better to glue the blocks to cardboard first, and then put the cardboard on the foam.  The cardboard would keep the clock face flat.  As they are, the hands needed to be bent out a little in order to miss the fabric.  This was a good project and fun to do.

I made Aerin a new backpack.  She has a large music folder that won't fit in regular backpacks.  So I bought a pattern but added some size to make the backpack larger.  This is material that she picked out a long time ago, but I hadn't done anything with it yet.

Ethan liked this fabric with the flames so I made him a shirt.  I was surprised though because he is larger than I thought.  The shirt fits now, but by summer it will be too small.   He loves it.

I did finish and give away four quilts for Christmas. 

For Lawrence
For Arlene
For Lareina
For Shalonda

These are for kids in my town.  I wait until God lays on my heart who needs a quilt, and then either make them one or quilt a top I already have.  In 2008, I gave away eight quilts.  My hope and prayer is that when the kids need a hug, my quilt is there for them.  I pray for the kids as I make up and quilt their gift, and I know that God listens and will use my quilt for a good  purpose. 

For Lori
For Leon
For Bre
For Alisha

Monday, December 22, 2008

I thought I would share some photos from our recent trip around the state.  Keep in mind that the sun is coming up just above the trees just about 11 a.m. and going down about 3 p.m.  The sun is just coming over the horizon, not rising in the sky.  But the days will start to get longer, but it really won't be noticeable until February or so.  

Saturday, December 06, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008

So I was sitting looking at the toilet paper.  And something just did not seem right.  It looked a little different.  Ever wonder if you are getting a bang for your buck?  

Old roll vs. new roll