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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Old Clothes Patchwork Quilt on: February 15, 2012 12:31:33 AM
I agree.  This is outstanding.  And perfect. One of my first projects was a collection of scrap fabrics and clothes that had been worn out or ruined.  I use that one almost every day and I love to ponder over the "adventures" each of those fabrics had from my scrubs to part of my son's snugli to my sister's granddaughter's pants.  It is a collection of history of ME!

Aw, thanks. Smiley Kind of you to say. That's neat that you made one from clothes from a variety of people you care about. That must be one memorable blanket for you. I'd love to see yours too. "Collection of the history of me.." ... great way to put it! Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Old Clothes Patchwork Quilt on: February 15, 2012 12:29:58 AM
This is great.  It really holds true to the tradition of American quilting.  In this day and age when we can just pop over to Target and pick up a nice fleece blanket for not a lot of money, it's hard to remember sometimes that quilting began because people were really freaking COLD and they needed blankets to keep warm at night.

So true. My great-great grandma made a quilt of old scrap fabric she had for this very reason. I don't have relatives today who quilt... it seems like it's increasingly rare. Growing up only one of my friend's moms even sewed anything regularly.

I told my grandpa I was making a quilt. He asked "why." I kind of ask myself why sometimes too... blankets are cheap these days. But, I wanted to try to learn to sew and to have some mementos from college, so I sewed these. Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Old Clothes Patchwork Quilt on: February 15, 2012 12:27:27 AM
You totally just  brought back so many memories. I made one of these when I was 13-sheet back and all. I'm in my 40's now- many quilts later. I still have that old thing. It is mostly falling apart but I keep saying I'm going to patch it up 'cause it's the best, most comfortable, memory filled blanket/quilt I ever made.

How neat. My first/other one had a sheet back too. I would love to see yours. Smiley So cool that you still have it after many years. I bet it is very cozy, and brings back many memories for you.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ~~ Yo-Yo Quilt... ~~~ on: February 15, 2012 12:26:27 AM
What a clever idea with yo, yo's. Great job!!!

Thanks! It was fun to make... though it was sooo many yo-yos. I can't sew straight, so I like the ease of yo-yos.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ~~ Yo-Yo Quilt... ~~~ on: February 15, 2012 12:25:42 AM
I love it! I have never seen one before...very inspiring!

Thanks. I hadn't seen one until I went to a local fair back a few years. An elderly lady had made a traditional yo-yo style quilt and put it in the fair.. it was amazing. I googled yo-yo quilts and decided to make this one. A few years later, I finally finished it. Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "Our Family Is" Wall Art... and my "Photo Hallway" on: January 08, 2012 05:26:26 AM
You've probably seen these type of "our family is" or "we are" wall art everywhere. I've seen this type of wall art online, at craft stores, art shows, at friend's places, and seemingly everywhere.

They were plenty of cute ones, but the words just didn't describe what I want my family to be. So, I made my own with adjectives describing how I want my own family to be. I made one to match my white photo frame. Here it is.

I'm not sure how to make it download-able here, but the download link is:


Maybe it'll give you ideas to make your own? I used mostly free fonts, and just made a random layout of words... surrounded by a calligraphy border. It's a pretty quick project, and you could do it with a number of free photo editing programs. You could even add a photo background of your family, then overlap words onto that.

Here's a photo of my hallway. I put black and white photos, surrounding the "our family is" wall art.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scrabble Pillow! on: January 08, 2012 05:17:28 AM
How cute and thoughtful.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Huge T-Shirt Quilts on: January 08, 2012 05:13:29 AM
I LOVE these. The borders are perfect... haven't seen those types of borders on a t-shirt quilt before. I want one just like it.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hand-made Christmas Wreaths, Water marble ornaments, and decor... on: January 03, 2012 03:07:50 PM
I got really into Christmas decorations this year. Who could resist all the cute decorations and elegant wreaths? I tried to add a touch of decoration in every room... even my bathroom!

I made a wreath and garland...

And, I threw my first Christmas party ever!   0

I wanted to festive-up (yes, that's a word) the kitchen table, but I didn't want to have to buy an expensive Christmas centerpiece. So, I used a centerpiece bowl I already had and added ornaments and ribbon to it.

I wanted the whole place to feel festive, so I even decorated the chandelier.

I even decorated my dog... she didn't quite like it. 

I made an easy Christmas wreath.

I modge-podged Lilly Pulitzer Christmas ornaments...

I water marbled Christmas ornaments... with nail polish.

I put bows on the sofa pillows.

More pics at http://www.lilmissredtshirt.com/2012/01/my-christmas-decorations-2011-just-call.html

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Great Grandmother's Antique Pinwheel Quilt on: November 30, 2011 05:11:00 PM

When I was in middle school, my grandmother commented on my love of old things and she knew I would treasure and take care of this old quilt. It's a pinwheel quilt my great-grandmother made. We think my great-great grandmother might have helped make it. It's not evenly sewed (I get my inability to sew straight from her!), so we think it's one of a mere few quilts she ever sewed. She used to sew her kids clothes, so the fabrics in this quilt were scraps from the kids clothes she made. Maybe she was sentimental, or resourceful.

It's super old.. maybe even 70 years old. It's all hand-sewed.


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