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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Quilting Girls Gone Wild!!

What would quilt camp be without multiple trips to the fabric store?

Debby and I have been sewing our little hearts out.... here are a few of the projects we are working on:
Debby completed the Log Cabin Stars quilt top and I quilted it on my Tin Lizzie last night. It is beautiful...She is working on binding tonight.
 
 
I had a little help with the quilting. Miss Ella loves to sit on my lap and watch Nana sew. I hope Miss Ella will carry on the sewing tradition in our family.

I am making a set of kitchen towels for a friend's birthday. I plan to embroidery them on my machine with day of the week motifs.

 

Debby brought several antique hand appliqu├ęd Umbrella Girl blocks that were made by her Grandmother in the 50's and 60's. She is making twin size quilt for her great nieces with the blocks in the center as a medallion. These little girls would have been Great-Great Granddaughters of the woman who stitched the blocks. Isn't that just too cool!!

All year I have wanted to make a clergy stole for the minister that spoke at Jeff's funeral. Since the anniversary date is this Saturday I finally got my thoughts together and designed one that is both meaningful and beautiful. Quilt camp was a perfect time to get it done!!

I used Home Dec fabric. It was heavy enough to hang nicely and sewed very easily. Blue was Jeff's favorite color and he had the most beautiful blue eyes that he has passed onto his daughter Jenny and granddaughter Ella . So I chose to make it the color blue in honor of him. I put a Celtic Cross on the posterior collar to recognize our Scotch-Irish Heritage. Most people from Appalachia where we are from are Scotch Irish descendants. Somewhere somebody lost a war in Scotland and exiled the losers to Ireland where they weren't welcome so they migrated to American settling in the mountain region of West Virginia. Jeff was very "Irish" looking with fair skin, blue eyes and red hair that he passed down to Jenny.

The front right of the stole has a dove with an olive branch in the background. I used gold for the background color and a silvery blue for the dove.

The left side has a cross with the Serenity Prayer embroidered into it. It took four hours to embroider that cross and lots of patience but it turned out beautiful.

I put gold upholstery fabric at the bottom for weight and texture. It worked out really well.

 

I am pleased with the final product. A project worth the time and effort. It will always remind me of Jeffrey. Off to bed...I have six more days of the week to embroider tomorrow so I can finish my second project this week. Debby is working on another set of Umbrella ladies. More pictures tomorrow.

Happy Trails,

Mtn Mama

 

 

5 comments:

  1. The stole is wonderful. I particularly like the Celtic Cross. Would you mind sharing where you purchased the designs?

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    1. KatieQ,
      The Celtic Cross came from Embroidery Designs.com.
      The Serenity Prayer Cross and Dove came from Embroidery Library.com.
      Glad you like the stole. It was a labor of love!!

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  2. Oh! How nostalgic to see the umbrella girl. :D My grandmother made me a quilt of those when I turned 16. I love it so much. I need to sew on a hanging sleeve so I can put it on the wall sometimes!

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    1. LynnCC,
      Debby has a quilt that her grandmother made for her during her younger years with the Umbrella girls too. I have sent her home with instructions to FIND it and hang it too.
      HA!HA! They are too pretty not to display!!

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  3. Fabulous work! I love your little helper :) My boys actually like to help me sew too! Great finished project! Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com/

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