Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Just love both of these quilts and feel so lucky to keep them in our family. My husband remembers his grandma doing a lot of "sewing" when he was young, but doesn't recall his mom making any of these quilts. It is fun to really study the fabrics and quilting designs up close.
Back in the early 1990s when I first started quilting, I remember getting my mother in law her first rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat for her birthday, and showing her how to make a log cabin quilt. She had a lot of fun making it, but never mentioned that she had made quilts before, using the traditional methods. She was a beautiful southern lady who looked like a 1940s movie star. She traveled across the country from Kansas City to California to marry my father in law, who had just enlisted in the navy in 1941. She was only 16 years old! Now I know where my daughters get their courage and independent streak! We really miss her...
Friday, June 11, 2010
After two weeks of piecing spool blocks, think its time to do something new, so got out these appliqued pieces from the Birdsong quilt (Jan Patek's pattern) which have been in a drawer for a couple of years. All the appliqued strips are made and need to be sewed together with the connector pieces.
The spool blocks will be tucked away in this bowl for a while until I feel like hand piecing again. I'm a firm believer in project rotation, and eventually they get finished. This works, in theory, as long as I can resist the urge to start something new! Would love to hear your thoughts on this - do you work on a single project from start to finish?