February 10, 2010

An ode to my ancestors

I would like to dedicate this post to my ancestors, who have supported my love for sewing throughout the years. My generous Grandma Edie and Grandpa John recently purchased me a brand new sewing machine as an early birthday present. I have never owned, let alone used such a nice sewing machine. It's completely electronic but very easy to use. I've been having a lot of fun using it recently. I've even picked up some projects I started years ago... which brings me to the other branch of the family tree.

Maybe 3 years ago I decided I wanted to start a quilt. I've always loved reproduction quilts and wanted to try making one of my own. I picked out a pattern and my grandma Myrna helped me purchase the fabric and cutting supplies necessary. First I had to prewash all the fabric and then cut 1,248+ 2.25"x 2.25" squares. It took me a good couple months but I finished all the cutting and started piecing. When I got to the point where I needed to had applique some squares I think I lost steam or got distracted. So my quilt pieces sat in a drawer for the past couple years.

Until last week!

Ida wanted to be in the photo too

close-up photo

I still have a way to go, but as soon as I get some backing fabric and batting I'll be ready to try out some machine quilting.


Sarah Stack said...

That's so cool! I'm so glad you got the sewing machine! The quilt is gorgeous (and so is Ida B.)

PEO Chapter HI said...

The quilt is beautiful and meets your goal regarding all the fabrics. The sewing machine will see many wonderful projects with all you talents and ideas. Have fun!

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