My Photo
Name:
Location: Maine, United States

I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

treasures!

Ever since I got my own house I started becoming the repository for things that family members didn't want to store. I'm such an incurable pack rat. (You just never know when you might need it.) Since I sew my mother knows that if she doesn't want to store something and it has anything to do with either quilting or sewing that I will take it. Not that I am complaining mind you, but when it comes to packing up for a move I wish she was storing it instead of me.
While packing this weekend I found some pretty cool treasures that I had stored away and almost forgotten I had. Here are a couple of quilts that were my paternal grandmother's. I don't think she made them, but they were always in her cottage. When she died and my mom and dad started renting her cottage they didn't want to leave anything that anyone minded losing. We know from experience that some renters don't have much respect for things that don't belong to them. Neither of these are quilted. As a matter of fact I think all of the quilts I have that I didn't make are tied. I turned down the corner of this fan quilt to show the back which was pieced.
I also found this partially pieced double wedding ring. There are a lot of pieces cut and quite a few of these melon units all sewn together. I think this was made by my father's mother. She never was the most careful sewer and the stitching on this is pretty bad. There are some pretty funky fabrics cut including some so loosely woven they are almost like burlap. They are also pretty poorly cut. Some of the pieces have rounded corners and I'm not sure how I am going to put them together. I probably never will. I don't even have time to finish my own UFO's much less taking on some from previous generations. BUT..... I certainly can't get rid of it. You never know. I might just NEED to do a '30's Double Wedding Ring some day.
We got a lot of packing done this weekend. I do have to say I am very proud of how ruthless I was. We took 2 truckloads to the dump. I did get a little time to do something other than packing. I finished the 25-patch squares for my Sew Scrappy from Evelyn Sloppy's 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts that I have been doing as leaders and enders. I got close and I was so anxious to finish I just did them all at once. I also got the fabric for the double half square triangles and the border cut. I really love that quilt and I can't wait to finish it. I haven't gotten the background yet. Everything I have in my stash for backgrounds is either too light or too beige. I really need something with a creamy tone. I found the perfect one from the new Moda Rites of Spring collection. It was so expensive though since I need 5 yards. Paying 2 mortgages makes paying full price for fabric out of the question in large quantities. I'll have to go check out Marden's and see if they have anything I like that I could use. :>)

10 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

I have this book too so I had to look up the quilt you are making. I can't wait to see the finished version. I made a version of Checkerboard Plaids from this book in December that I really liked.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Linda_J said...

what finds you stumbled upon while packing! Good reason to visit them as that work has to be done.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

ooh I love the rich fabrics of the 25-patch and I see a couple of fabrics that are on my shelf too :-) Looking forward to see these put together!

4:06 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

They are really treasures !! I love the tulip applique

7:00 AM  
Blogger cher said...

great treasures from the paternal grandmother...and your 25 patches look good-looking forward to seeing the finished result

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Great vintage treasures!
I eed to get more than a couple of truckloads of stuff out of here, too!
Jeanne :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

What a great heirlooms finished or not! The 25-patch looks nice, I like the rich colours!
thanks for sharing!

3:48 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I got such nice warm feelings as I looked at your gram's quilts and things. You could have been writing about mine. Love them!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

The fan quilt looks exactly like one my SIL has - tied, too. Pretty. I love the fabric colors in your 25 patches. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Tami,
WOW...great finds!!! Thanks for sharing! Your dd is adorable!
Hugs
Laurie

5:24 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home