Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Coffee Break

A pretty white empty bowl.

A pair of scissors.

A large stack of un-trimmed half-square triangles.

Coffee break begins. Sit back on the sofa. Turn on the TV. Put the bowl on lap.

Start trimming dog-ears.

Partly finished.

Only a gazillion more to go!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

1930's Doll Quilt

Today I am showing you my mother's doll quilt. She was born in 1925, so this fabric is right out of the 30's. Although, I have never been a fan of 30's reproduction fabrics, I sure can appreciate how authentic the repro's are. I don't know what my grandmother used for the filling, but it is all lumpy and has shifted all around. It's machine pieced, and very lightly hand quilted along some of the seams, which I only discovered today. It really needed more quilting to stop the shifting of the filling.

I wonder how my grandmother acquired all the little prints. There are 38 prints and non are repeated. I know she wasn't buying Charm Packs. LOL She must have exchanged scraps with her friends, as I can't believe she made that many dresses for my mother, an only child. Although it doesn't show well in my photos, the colors are still pretty vibrant and not worn.

Maybe my mom didn't play with it or drag it around very much. Who knows.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quilt Storage

This last weekend, I spent some time moving around furniture in my loft/office.
For years, my computer has been housed in a computer cabinet.

I even made a quilt depicting it. It's a free pattern on my website. You can see a photo of it here.

It is a very pretty piece of Mission style furniture. We bought it years ago when our extra computer was downstairs in the family room.
It was perfect.
I could close it up when not on the computer and everything was hidden away. Then one child moved away and freed up a bedroom for my sewing room, so my loft became my "office" and we moved that heavy, heavy piece of furniture upstairs.
You all know what " musical furniture" is. I am good at it!!

Anyway, as things were updated on my computer, Dave started hating my computer desk. He couldn't get to the back of it for the cords. I wanted drawers, which it didn't have. I never closed it up and the desk top was always a mess.
In the meantime, I have made a gazillion quilts with no place to store them.
Light bulb moment!

I emptied all the computer stuff, set up a new desktop with some file cabinets and turned the cabinet into quilt storage.

I still have more quilts to put in here. There won't be enough room for all of them.
They are everywhere in this house.
In the closets, under the beds, over the banister, on top of quilt racks.

Do you know, I don't have any on the beds! LOL
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