The kitchen/dining chairs really needed new seats. My father built this set in the mid-1970s after one of their old chairs broke while my mother was standing on it to reach the top cabinet to get down the silver chest for a holiday dinner. She broke several ribs. He was very angry and broke the old rickety set to pieces and made one that WOULD NOT BREAK.
I was given the set when I moved out on my own. What a great gift!
It has been used and used. Four children and all their friends. Meals. School projects. Game nights. Teary conversations. Grandchildren.
The seats have been recovered a few times.
But the table top also needed help this time. It looked a little shabby next to the new, shiny seats.
And that started to reflect on the condition and decorating of the adjoining living room, so I started a new quilt.
Yep, that is how things happen sometimes.
At last! The blocks sat for a year, more or less, before I came back to them and pushed towards a finish.
And I am pleased with it. Yes, the picture isn’t great due to size and adverse weather conditions, but you get the idea.
Final size is 84″ x 96″. A useful size and reasonable shape. It will be a while before it is a true finish. I need backing fabric and quilting and binding, but, this is a complete top and I am glad of it!
First border. Narrow–just enough to set apart the blocks, but not to add too much to the height.
I think there are three more borders coming…the end is in sight.
Another tentative step forward on an alternate setting for the blocks I have finished for the Safe Haven quilt kit.
I decided to add 1-1/2″ strip around each block.
Each block gets a different color, one that is contained in the block but not dominate on the side.
All of them are finished and it is time to contemplate Step Three. I am going back and forth between 2-1/2″ sashing in the light tan color that serves as a background in several of the blocks, a 1-1/2″ sashing of the same, and just sewing them all together. Your thoughts?
It is so satisfying to take those small but beautiful pieces of fabric and give them purpose.
Doll clothes are a great option. These are again for the “babies” of our two granddaughters. And include ribbon for the hair or for waistbands as the girls wish. More planned.
This frame has been setting around for a while, wanting to become something.
So, I took all this.
And created this.
It can be used vertically, or…
horizontally, if you take the stand part off the back.
It isn’t difficult. Search “pincushion from a picture frame” and you will find all sorts of tutorials. This one will be a gift for a quilting friend.
Years ago I received a lovely piece of stitchery in a scrap bag. It is done on authentic feedsack material. You can see where the stitches were picked out and some printing on the back.
I didn’t know what to do with it.
I shared it on the blog HERE, and a lovely reader created a pattern for those who might be interested.
But the original languished. I set a goal do something with her in 2021. She has probably waited around 80 years for this moment.
The first thing was to wash. Gently. By hand.
That went fairly well. She didn’t fade or run. She had been in a smoking home at some point in the past, and the yellow-brown water than came out was yucky enough I didn’t show that step.
I inquired at a frame shop but wasn’t thrilled with the options they offered. Both very expensive and I wasn’t confident they knew how to handle fragile textile and honor the original maker. I didn’t want it perfect, I wanted to see the work.
So, I took Sue to a thrift store and found a frame that pleased me. Then purchased some black foam board.
I stitched Sue to the foam board from the back using fairly small stitches. Total cost: $7.
The final results are all I hoped for.
The blocks are finished and it is moving towards layout.
It is an experiment. I have yet to determine if it is a successful experiment.
As if life weren’t complicated enough, Husband had hip replacement surgery yesterday, Friday.
Fortunately, the procedure went very well and we are home in less than 24 hours.
We anticipate a speedy recovery, but, in the meantime he needs a few helpful objects so that he doesn’t just have to rely on the helpful wife.
So, this morning I woke up early and made him a caddy for his walker.
Just cut the top out of the top of a pair of jeans. I went between the bottom of the zipper and the crotch to make for an easier seam. Add twill tape to the side belt loops (I just tied it in place) and stitch more twill tape into the corners of the bottom seam.
Ta-dah. A functional caddy with many pockets in less than 30 minutes. YAY!
For several years I have kept and counted my empty spools at the end of the year. Silly? Maybe, but the art teacher enjoys them, and I enjoy the counting.
The total for 2020 is 48.
Here are past years for comparison:
2015: 103 (the year of partial spools and the 52 in 2015 project)