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Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Grandmother's Flower Garden"

When Jack & I got married, his grandmother gave us a set of tea towels embroidered with different fruits. I have long thought that they needed to be preserved in a quilt/table topper/wallhanging of some sort, and had been thinking of using 30's reproductions, but I never had found anything that I really liked for them pattern-wise.

This spring I went to the Missouri Quilt Guild show at Powell Gardens and saw this kit using pre-embroidered baskets in a hexagon log cabin setting and I knew I had found the pattern for me! I haven't yet done the fruit towels, but here's the kit I purchased and put together so I could try my hand at the weird angles before cutting into Jack's grandmother's handiwork. (BTW I found a GREAT video tutorial on machine-assembling the hexagons on YouTube - of course I forgot to save it... but it's there, I promise!!)

Now I need to tackle G-ma's fruits, but there's only 6 of them... any ideas for a center block since I don't really do embroidery?

Fun Skirts

These skirts all come from Serendipity Studio's "Fashion Formula Skirt" combo pattern. This first one is "Trixie" done in yummy, springy Anthology fabrics. I made another one from this pattern for my mom that was black & white prints with hot turquoise for the contrast trim.

This next one is "Penelope," done in the oh-so-popular chocolate brown and robin's egg blue. Not my usual color scheme, but I really do like it.

This one is "Fiona," a faux-wrap skirt in simple green and yellow, which my mom picked out for herself. I happily trade sewing for fabric - she buys fabric for two skirts, one for each of us, and then I do the "labor." Everybody's happy!!