Saturday, April 19, 2014

Great Grandmother’s Quilt

I have been staying at my Mom’s the last few days and I decided to finally take some pictures of the quilt her Grandmother made. I took close ups of my favourite fabrics. Pictures are mine… words are my Mom’s.

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I have fond memories of my grandmother making quilts like the one in the picture which she made for me in the early ‘60s. 

The patches, with the exception of the blue broadcloth ones which were “store bought”, are all reminiscent of clothing made for me, my sisters and brother, cousins, aunts, and everyone else my grandma sewed something special for.

I have memories of visiting her and finding that her living room had been transformed into a quilting salon – the furniture had been pushed back to the walls and an enormous frame took up the centre space. 

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She and her sisters and friends were seated around this huge frame, sewing and gossiping and thoroughly enjoying one another’s company. Everyone they knew or had known was discussed, dissected, and dissed. They gossiped, conspired, and generally had an all-round great time.

The quilting was sustained by tea and “dainties” (squares, cookies, cakes, etc.) at regular intervals and reminiscences of previous “bees” and departed quilters.

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I was absolutely fascinated, particularly because I was the klutz and disappointment of the family. Both of my grandmothers were pioneer women. They cooked and cleaned and baked and sheared sheep and carded wool and sewed all of the family garments from underwear to coats. They made the quilts and sheets and pillows and protected their chesterfields with doilies they had crocheted.

For the lovelier things – tablecloths, pillow cases, wedding dresses – they employed their “fancy stitches” and embroidered and cross-stitched and tatted.

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I could not thread a needle nor darn a sock. I couldn’t remember the difference between knit and purl and dropped stitches with alarming frequency. In short, I was a great disappointment to my grandmothers.

My father’s mother, the quilter, was disappointed in me because I always had my nose stuck in a book. I remember her looking at my bookshelves and the library books I had stacked beside my bed and declaring that I would never get married if I read so many books. Thank heavens my mother’s mother was not of the same mind – she had been a teacher and was my major supplier of books!

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Later in life I learned a few of the arts my grandmothers practised – I became a fairly good knitter, could decorate my house and clothe my children and myself with my sewing exploits – but that was it and it is now history. My products were acceptable but not outstanding.

I’m so pleased that Katy has taken up quilting and is so proficient. Her grandmothers would be so proud of her. And, the fact that she also reads a lot would not be lost on one of them.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Favourites

Today’s favourite is a pattern. This is for a pillow rest for your tablet or phone (or in my case iPod) and it is by one of my favourite people, Diane, of From Blank Pages….

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I have actually made 5 of these so far as my friends keep wanting them! It is a great pattern and it only takes a few minutes to make. I highly recommend it :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALYOF April

I wasn’t sure what I was going to put as my goal for April, until I remembered that my neighbour upstairs has a May 4th birthday. I am going to make her a cushion. Laila is also a quilter and many a time I have rung her doorbell to show her something I have made! I am not sure on the pattern yet but I will have fun making it!

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Since I have no picture, here is a photo I used the Waterlogue app on :)

Linking up with ALYOF!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favourites

Today it is all about my UNDIES!!! You heard that right LOL… but it isn’t as nightmare inducing as you may think.

A couple of weeks ago Penny, of Sew Take a Hike fame, posted a paper-piecing/free-curve piecing pattern on her blog for a pair of undies that she had drafted for a paper piecing swap ages ago. Well I LOVE fun undies so I jumped in right away!

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I had so much fun putting this together!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Can I get a Woot Woot?

I finished my March goal!! I was waiting to get pictures of the recipient with it, but it hasn’t arrived yet and I don’t want to forget my post LOL! Here it is, held up by my very tall neighbour LOL!

DSC02209And here is a pic of the back and the two polkadot bindings :)

DSC02210I loved making this quilt and am so glad to know it is going to such a good friend! It was my first FMQ attempt, and there were definitely more puckers than I wanted, but I am still pretty proud of it :)  

Linking up with ALYOF!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blessings

Yesterday I received the news that I did not answer a question correctly on the exam for my job of over 7 years and consequently will not be able to remain in my job. Am I bitter? Yes, maybe more resigned. Is it a ridiculous hiring practice? Yes, but it won’t be changing anytime soon.

As a single person turning 40 this year it is hard for several reasons. I have no one with whom I can rely on for the bills for awhile. Going back to school is a huge scary idea at my age. I don’t have savings or backup plans. Yes, people always say you need them, but I always felt it was more important to give it to the people who needed it at that moment more than me. I worry about my Mom because I know she will worry about me. Plus, I have to play nice at work and do the job I am “not capable of” until I leave.

This post was titled blessings though, because through finding out what I am going to lose, I gained a lot more. I immediately came home yesterday and started selling my fabrics. The good ones, the big pieces, the kind that people want to buy (me included lol). My friends (who only learnt of it then) immediately rallied around and kept reposting to attract more people to the sale. I have 74 comments telling me that people care. These are people, who for the most part, I have never met in real life. Just having these people there for me, quilters helping quilters, meant a huge amount. I was blessed by one person in particular (M., you know who you are) and through that one gesture I felt surrounded by love and confidence in me. It was truly the most meaningful gift that it could have been, I keep struggling to put into words how it affected me, but I believe you do know M.

I don’t know what is going to happen. My job has been so specialized that I really have no substantive skills outside of it. I can’t think of it right now though… I told myself on the weekend I can start trying to figure things out. In the meantime I am lucky to have a million packages of fabric to send to their lovely new owners.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday favourites

Today I am crushing on this fabric from the Yuwa Live Life Collection. Enjoy :)

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