Friday, November 27, 2020

What to Do With Leftovers and Flower Friday

 What to do with leftovers...aka scrap quilts!  I wanted to share with you that I found a neat scrap quilt pattern and it is free!  It is called "Plaid-ish" and is offered at Kitchen Table Quilting here.  There are actually a lot of free quilt patterns on the website and a few for sale.

Today is Flower Friday and Betsy was kind enough to send the last of her fall flowers.  A clematis and her mums:

Lorraine sent a happy photo of cotoneaster bushes with bright red berries to help us feel season!

I still occasionally find a few flowers while walking my dog Scout:

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

Today we are grateful for our family and friends--including my dear friends that I have met through blogging!  Thank you for your friendship!  You've made this year more bearable!

Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving alone.  A family member is sending over a meal for us and we will talk to the kids later in the day.  I'm hoping you are all isolating and staying safe. 

This quilt is called "Horn of Plenty" and is from the 1950s.  It was a kit quilt offered by Paragon in 1954 and 1955.  I love it for this time of year!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!  Thank you again for making 2020 a better year!


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Different Kind of Batting

 On Monday I shared a story about collecting funds for the Red Cross.  I mentioned that when I first saw the headline, I thought the money was actually sewn in the quilt.  

The reason I thought this was because of a different local story that I found published in 1910.  I don't think I'll ever look at my collection of antique and vintage quilts quite the same way.  Yesterday I was refolding quilts and yes, I kept checking the batting for what might be in there!  😁

Have a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Tidbits

Brad is recovering but it will be a while before he is 100 percent and not a fall risk.  When you are caring for a loved one, I recommend two different kinds of sewing:  binding or embroidery.  Both are portable and don't take much thought.  It's a kind of sewing that I find calming.  While I care for Brad, I've been binding.  I have one quilt left and then I will probably switch to embroidery.

This lap quilt was finished shortly before his surgery and it's for my oldest friend Linda.  She also wanted a table runner to match and since I had a few extra blocks, I was happy to oblige!

I think the most impressive part of the quilt is Terri Trotter's quilting.  Often I let her choose what she thinks will work best for a quilt.  We are old friends and I trust her judgement.  She's never let me down and I love this pattern on the quilt.  It takes it to a whole new level!

Some other things to share with you are comments or emails you shared with me.  First off, Libby wants to know from Sue P. :  "Please share your secret for getting such wonderful garden photographs!!!" (like here).

Kathie L thinks (and I agree!) Libby's mother was ingenious in whipstitching the Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt featured on Friday (here).

Well I'm off to care for hubby!  See you tomorrow and stay safe!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Quilt Revenue: An Old Tactic

This is a quilt that I suspect is from the early 20th century.  It is made primarily of silks and a few other fabrics and has a an interesting binding made of ribbon:

Quilts have been used to raise revenue for worthy causes.  During World War I, one quilt was auctioned to raise money for the Red Cross in Decatur, Illinois.  What made this article stick out to me was that I thought when I read the headline, that money had been sewn into the quilt.  Au contraire!  Enjoy:

Have a safe and happy day!


Friday, November 20, 2020

Flower Friday: November 20, 2020

 Hi all!  This is about the latest I've ever posted but my husband requires a lot of care and this is when I get around to catching up my things!

Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts on his recovery and especially for sending lots of images this week!

Alice was first.  She was raking and found this lovely rose still blooming.  Roses in November are a real gift and I love the color of hers!

Then Libby emailed a lovely quilt her grandmother made!  It's a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and just lovely!  

Libby wrote:
I'm attaching pictures of my Grandmother's Flower Garden, the last quilt my mother made before she died.  Each hexie is a mini quilt, machine stitched and turned potholder style, then quilted by hand.  The hexies are whip-stitched together by hand.  The quilt is reversible, prints on one side, and solids on the other.

Here is the whip stitching!
Libby also wrote:

Here's a close-up of the whip stitching.  That floral pastel is from an Easter dress.  I don't think Mother ever threw away a scrap of my fabrics.  The cathedral window quilt she made me, also totally by hand, has fabric from the first little dress she ever made me!

Funny story:  When I remarried in 1981, Daddy Bill asked me what I wanted for a wedding present and I replied, "the last quilt The Mama made that's in a box under your bed."  He had no clue it was there!

Lorraine still has a few flowers left in her garden and she mused that these might be the last of the year.  Well there is only 120 days until spring Lorraine!

Blue Lobelia
Mum's on a wonderful table runner!  Wow!
And finally, a surprise this time of year!  Lorraine has a lovely iris blooming!

Again, thanks for all your well wishes and have a safe and happy weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020


 Hi All!  Just a quick note to tell you my husband made it through his surgery yesterday.  He is home and I'm caring for him because he sure is weak right now.  It will be a while before he is independently mobile. 

Thanks for all your good wishes!

Have a safe and happy day!