I met Deb a couple of years ago when she came to take the classes I was teaching at Fabric Fanatics in Plano over New Years!
I just love her bubbly fun personality and of course her love of vintage machines and all things scrappy – she is a girl after my own heart.
And I envy her beautiful red hair!
She recently sent me some photos along with this mail to share with you.
In April I was the lucky recipient of 4 tubs of fabric for the incredible price of $4.00. A gentleman had brought 65 boxes of fabric into the local thrift store after his wife passed. (Perhaps there is a lesson there in us using what we have but I digress and shop).
Tubs of Scraps!
After sorting for laundering, I came across several bags of blocks that this lovely quilter had made. Feeling as though I needed to give honor to her in some way and show my thankfulness, I decided to make a quilt centering on her blocks and using all items that were in the tubs.
I started with basic 9 patches using some of the brown that was in her stash and working the small units I found in. I was able to make 28 blocks – 14 with 4 units, 14 with 5 units – and had 5 units left over of which I saved 4 for corners and one I used in making the label.
It went together nice and then I decided to sash with some off-white and yellow/cheddar cornerstones. Only 24 blocks fit well on the front so I saved 4 for the back. I pulled more fabrics from the tub for borders and the quilt top was complete, including the 4 corner units.
It was time for the back and I put the 4 leftover blocks into a square complete with sashing. Now what? All large yardage that she had really blessed me with is in the form of plaids. That is what I would have to use but didn’t want to try and match plaids on all four sides of the square so decided to turn my square into a full length strip.
I went back to the box of orphan blocks and found 8 basket blocks – 4 blue and 4 brown. Putting these together and adding some leftover border from the front was just what I needed and the back came together nicely.
I have never felt more guided in a project. With each step, the ideas came out of nowhere and used only items from my beneficiary. I quilted it on my 301a and bound with more from the tub.
Somewhere along the way I decided to name this quilt “Gratitude”.
Here is where you come in. I would be so very remiss if I did not express my gratitude to you for the confidence and understanding of quilts that you have taught me. I saw a post earlier from you about whether you felt as though we were learning anything. Well, I am here to testify to you that I, for one, am.
EVERYTHING in this quilt became a reality because of what you have taught me the last couple of years and I will forever be grateful to you for that.
I LOVE what I am doing each day of my life now and with each stitch I take and each new task I take on, I feel more and more confident. You are an awesome teacher and don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.
Hugs,This is AWESOME how this quilt came together from all of these bits and parts and pieces that came your way!
Deb in Dallas
And I know you said there was a lesson in stopping the shopping and starting the sewing with what we already have, but look what you did for this quilter!
There are days when I feel guilty about the amount of fabric that is in my basement sewing studio. Seriously. And then I see how much joy it brought you to receive someone else’s stash after they have passed –and I feel guilty NO MORE!
I know that someone will be the recipient of my “stash scholarship”. And maybe we can live on and piece on in the fabric through the hands of others who will in turn make quilts to comfort others and feel the joy of just what it is to live this life as a QUILTER.
I’ll never say NO to the fabric. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Thanks for sharing Deb! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
I am home from the mountain. It was close to 100 degrees outside and about 150% humidity. BLAHHHH!! I wish I were back up on that mountain right now!
Sadie was happy to see me, and after the massage I had this afternoon ((New therapist, awesome gal and I will be seeing her again in a couple of weeks, my tired over hiked legs approve!)) Sadie and I curled up under the cool of the ceiling fan and the a/c and crashed for a couple of hours.
I’m now into “countdown mode”. I need to get everything done tonight and tomorrow to be ready to leave on Wednesday.
I’d LOVE to do Quilt-Cam tomorrow night – and we can plan on it, but let’s keep fingers crossed that I get everything done so we can.
Love from the Basement!