Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The latest addition....

My husband and I have taken to vintage quilts.  We love to go antique looking and I am the one that usually hunts out the quilts.

This week we traveled to Williamsburg, VA to pick up our daughter Abby. She had an internship at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at William and Mary and needed a little help bringing things back.  So during the course the world-wind visit, Kevin and I visited Dovetail Antiques and the Williamsburg Antique Mall.

This is what came home with us.  I love hexagons and find myself drawn to these quilts more than any other when we visit antique shops and malls.  So far we have found a couple of hexagon quilts/tops with the more 'traditional' green path, one with a purple path, and one with a black path.  This one, with its light yellow path, really called to me.  It is a summer quilt - no batting in there.  And some of the hexagons still hold their basting stitches.

Love it!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Skype and Sew.....

There is something tremendously motivating about sewing with someone else in the room.... even if that someone else is on the computer screen and lives 1000 miles away.

Thanks so much Amy!! I had a great time.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

T-shirt quilt

I've always thought t-shirt quilts were cool and thought, one day, I would make one.  Never did I think it would be as a memorial for a former student.  His mother taught at the nursery school my twins attended and her son was there also.  I had the opportunity to be his teacher in High School for World Cultures.

Unfortunately he was in an accident in January of his senior year which proved fatal.  Chris was a great young man and I know he would have accomplished great things.

So I ask his mother for some of his shirts.  It has taken me two and a half years - mostly because I did not have a comfortable experience with this project.  I doubt I will make another one... but I am glad that the one I made was in honor of Chris.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ok, break time is over....

Howdy all... I've taken my leisurely break from blogging and I know I need to get back to it.  So much has been happening this summer and we have traveled more this summer than we have in the past.  Taking kids here and there, taking a vacation (just hubby and me... so does that count as a second honeymoon?), and getting caught up on quilting.

I have an urge to try my hand at crochet.  And of course I never start with anything easy.  I want to try and make washclothes with crochet cotton.  And then I found this:

There is a tutorial at Once Upon a Pink Moon.   They would look so lovely in the sewing room.  Just what I need, another thing on my list.

With all of the traveling I have been busy working on my half-inch hexagons in the car.  Slowly but surely this is getting bigger and bigger and I'm wondering when it will be too much to work with while riding in the front seat.

The trip to Vermont allowed me to bring home my grandmother's treadle.  My sister no longer wanted it.  So now it is in the basement waiting for hubby to clean up and get it working.

Thank you all for being patient.  I just wasn't feeling like I had anything to say that didn't have to do with school and teaching - and that subject usually ends up with a negative twist.

So I hope everyone is enjoying their quilting time.  See you soon!