It’s only been the last few years that mom has really gotten bitten by the quilting bug. Up here in Garden Valley, there is a quilt shop --- and local ladies gather for chatter and companionship as much as they do for fabric, notions, books, patterns and classes.
They also sell yarn and other craft and scrapbooking supplies, so it was inevitable that mom would begin to frequent the quilt shop.
I knew it was only a matter of time before they converted her!
She’s got her featherweight set up on one corner of the room, and the other sports her new Pfaff machine with all the bells and whistles – the girl is a quilting dynamo!
She joined a guild! She goes on quilt retreats! I don't think there is any chance at stopping her now ;c)
One wall of bins holds her scrap users system and her fat quarters…she’s also always loved baskets and uses them for all sorts of occasions. When not in use they live on top of the bins…..
Open up the drawers:
Oodles of 2” leader/ender squares! Let me at ‘em!
Open up another drawer and you will find mini log cabin blocks, and crumb blocks all stacked just waiting for a project!
And you thought *I* used small pieces? Look how fun these are! I love how she used hand quilting thread to stitch around the inside of some of the squares before putting them in a project.
Stitching around just SOME of the squares but leaving others un-stitched adds interest and keeps the whole thing from being predictable! My mom is ANYTHING but predictable!
She’s also been bit hard by the recycled shirt bug. There is a little thrift store in town that has $3.00 a bag Saturdays every once in a while…looks like mom has scored a haul!
Mom told me that she uses hand quilting thread to do the accent stitching because it was stronger than regular piecing thread and it had a thicker texture for stitches that would really sew I can’t wait to see what she works these up into! Cute Cute Cute!
She’s also been working on a special project for the three youngest grandsons:
All three received quilts just for them!
This is Porter with his, an up-take from the “Denim Rails” quilt in my book Scraps & Shirttails I. Of course, mom is an over-the-topper and you will notice fun things like
pockets along the edges where Porter can put his “favorite things” like matchbox cars…
and labels from the shirts on the blocks!
It doesn’t take much to make little rough and tumble guys happy --- they are all sleeping under their quilts made by Grandma here at Grandma’s house – and they will all go home with them!
Hmmmm….I wonder if mom will miss a few of her 2.5” plaid strips…I have an itch to sew up some simple 9 patches!