Have you ever come across a bargain and had to pinch yourself because it was too good to be true? You have!? Oh, good, then you'll know how I felt with when I came across a vintage treasure at the local church charity store yesterday.
It was $2 ...
It was completely hand pieced and quilted...
It made me think about every piece of fabric used. Was that from a mother's favourite dress? Did the quilter use pieces of worn summer skirts and dresses that her little girls once twirled in? What memories are hidden amongst the pastel and white of the carefully pieced heirloom?
I wondered how long ago the last stitch was fastened off.
Sadly, someone had decided to cut this quilt in half, remove some, then sew the two remaining pieces together...
It had many stains scattered across the top, but today I soaked them before gently washing and drying in the hot summer sun. Whether it was stain remover or the bleaching of the sun's rays, I do not know, but most of the stains are gone and as I held it close to my cheek tonight I fell in love.
Now to decide how best to treat my new best friend and whether she is best left 'as is' or should I try and do something to make her whole once more.
While my vintage quilt was drying on the line I finished off one of the many UFO's that Blossom gave me when she decluttered her room last week. She had stitched about 80% of this Bronwyn Hayes design (a gift from our sewing group back in Esperance for Christmas 2008)...
...so I completed the embroidery, added backing and binding, and hung it on a mini hanger my dear friend Dawn sent me for my birthday!
One of Blossom's UFO's done, only 132 left! LOL!
In this month's 'Patchwork & Stitching ' magazine I have a new Shabby Roses project published.
"Pretty In Pink"
I used a lot of scrap fabrics from previous projects to make this bedside table runner for my room...
Now that it has arrived home from the publisher's I can finally display it where it was designed to be - next to my bed!
For those who are unable to acquire this Australian magazine, but would like the pattern for 'Pretty In Pink', you can purchase the PDF pattern HERE in my Etsy Shop for $5 US - and for the month of March only, if you purchase 'Pretty In Pink' I will also email you the pattern for 'Family'...
(Family is available also as a single purchase in my Etsy Shop for $4 US)
Our March 5" charm square challenge is now underway, and the first entrant is last month's winner, Jeannie!
She made this lovely wallet to kick start the month.
Due to the great popularity of my monthly challenges, I have now set up a Flickr group HERE for you to join and upload all your photos of challenge entries!
This will be a great resource for everyone as you can go the one place to see ALL the challenge items instead of scrolling endlessly through my blog looking for a particular challenge project or idea. Having the Flickr group will be like a visual library of quick and fun sewing projects that can be made for home or gifts in the future.
Please join if you have already made a project in a previous challenge and upload your photos, and for those who are making projects for the March 5" charm square challenge I hope you also will join and share photos of your challenge entries. I'll have fun checking each day to see what has been made! :-)
May your day be blessed with the wonderful presence of God, and be filled with peace.
(off to see what project of Blossom's I'll finish next!)