Posted By drsao on August 27, 2010
Do you remember the OLDEN days when you returned to school and the teacher asked you what you did on your summer vacation? I guess you didn’t have to live in the OLDEN DAYS to remember this!!!
Well, I spent almost two months in Kansas and Missouri – and since I stayed indoors in fancy resorts (University of Kansas Hospital and Lakeview Village – Rehab Center) I had lots of time to read and do hand work.
Here are some of the fruits of my labors….
First – my hand knitted socks – I have decided that my NEXT strategy will be to FIND A TEACHER! After trying a MULTITUDE of different knitting needles and at least 4 different patterns, I have decided to take a class (hey I am GOING to do this! I am more determined than ever!)
I FOUND this small beginnings of a quilt top in a stack of fabric that used to belong to my sister-in-law’s mom and sister-in-law and I decided it would be the PERFECT thing for me to practice my hand quilting on. SO HERE YOU HAVE IT – my first hand quilted quilt that I gave to Abby! Abby is SMALL and I figured that she wouldn’t mind my awkward FIRST ATTEMPT at hand quilting a quilt! And you will notice I took a FARAWAY PICTURE…….for obvious reasons…..LOL
OK – here is a PEEK at my MODA Pumpkins Gone Wild Hand Quilted Wall hanging – close up. I decided to go with FOLK ART large hand stitches (well, they aren’t that large, really!)…..and I will post a picture of the whole thing when I finish putting the binding on. (Speaking of BINDING, since I have been home I have sewn the binding on “several” quilts – so my binding chair is full. I am going to post a picture when the chair is EMPTY! YEAH!)
And now for some HAPPY ENDINGS. I gave Jan, my CA daughter, her lap quilt – MAIN STREET HOUSES! I hope she enjoys snuggling under it – if she EVER HAS TIME TO SIT DOWN!!!
I also gave Jan her BIRTH OF A SAMPLER QUILT. I made it for her originally but then figured it was presumptious of me to give someone a LARGE QUILT like that without asking if they WANTED it or without giving them a choice in colors or patterns. So I gave her the small lap quilt instead and SHOWED HER the Birth of a Sampler. She LIKED IT and so both quilts found a good home with Jan in Newport Beach, CA! Sherry Whitford – designer of the quilt – has yet another fan! (Oreo, the cat, had to have one last cuddle on the quilt before it went away!) I told Jan that this was a very special quilt because I would probably never choose to have that much fun again – hence this could be my ONLY quilt with a bargello border. AND YES, IT WAS FUN – the first time! :)
And finally, Grandangel Brennan graduated from USC this spring and he got my MODA SELVAGES QUILT for a graduation present!
Happy Graduation Brennan – I am proud of you!
HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
Finally – I decided that with 17 grandangels that I should start making baby afghans for my great grandangels……….hey, Brennan is 23 and I probably don’t have that many years before this generation starts to multiply. I order the Pineapple Afghan booklet (the one that Subee used) and started making my first one – blue. I think I made Jan a bit NERVOUS but I assured her that I didn’t know anything that she didn’t know…….but if I get a BOY GREAT GRANDANGEL soon no one will ever believe my innocence.
Stay tuned for a picture………….
OH YES – I did do one more thing – I was actually going to set up a little sewing center while I was in KC - but this potholder is all that I made.
- I made this wonky potholder with a borrowed sewing machine – it hadn’t been used for a number of years and I think it needed some lubrication – or something…..oh what a difference a great sewing machine makes! So this potholder ended my machine work while I was out of VA! I was all ready to work on Marge’s summer mystery quilt too but decided to wait until I got home to my beloved BROTHER SEWING MACHINE (the mystery quilt is now on my to do list!)
- In case you might be wondering the potholder is one of the blocks from Bonnie Hunter’s Carolina Crossroads Mystery quilt. I was making my SECOND one when I left for Missouri so the pattern was FRESH in my mind and I used it to TRY OUT the sewing machine!