March 2, 2012
Time to patch another pair of blue jeans. I had worn a hole in the knee, but denim is such a durable cloth that the rest of the jeans were still serviceable. The colorful, log-cabin quilted patch will give new life to these jeans. This patching project was quick, pleasurable, and satisfying.
February 3, 2012
“Any day spent sewing is a good day.”
– Author unknown
“Our lives are like quilts — bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.”
– Author unknown
I finished piecing and hand-quilting another project, two placemats. The pattern is called “Twilight Village” and I found it in The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts by Lynette Jensen. The placemats will be a gift for a young couple as they start their married life together.
October 17, 2010
When my daughter was in high school, she took a school-sponsored trip to Samoa where she stayed with a host family. During her stay, they sewed and gave her several cotton dresses. Now that she has graduated from college, my daughter has started going through her old things, deciding what to keep and what to donate to Goodwill. Among the things she was ready to pass on were several of her Samoan outfits.
I know that she will likely never again wear these dresses, but it seemed hard to just give away such lovely gifts. I decided I’d take one or two dresses and re-make the fabric into table runners and placemats, so that she can still have a keepsake of her trip, but in a usable form. Here are the table linens I pieced from a blue print dress:
I used the “Safari” quilt block design that I found in the quilt book, New Cuts for New Quilts: More Ways to Stack the Deck by Karla Alexander.