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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring? Stay Inside & Sew!


Mother Nature doesn't seem to know it's spring. 

The ice storm started Saturday night. The weatherman told us it would be 50 degrees Sunday.

Like fudge it was.


To be fair the ice did melt off the windows but it never got out of the thirties that's for certain! 

It was very pretty though.

And today, it drizzled all day.

Earlier this week we had a visit from our local neighbors. This group travels together and likes to hang out in the field. 

My car died too Friday.. so I can't go anywhere...

Might as well sew right?

I did five more blocks towards this quilt. To be honest, I don't even know how many I currently have. They are large blocks too so I may have at least one side done by this point.

I obviously like this fabric, because I believe I've bought all they had at the co-op.

I picked this fabric up this past weekend during a visit back home.
Linda's Fabrics in Davison MI.

I love picking out my favorite fabrics from my stash and seeing what they look like together. Kind of fabric candy...

This fabric I picked up at during the local community garage sale last year.
The pink and black reminded me of a Barbie Doll.

I keep trying to pick out which ones I'm going to sign for the quilt front and back. It changes with each block I make.

This one?
Love the Stars!

Or this one?

Decisions, decisions...  

Which one would you sign?

Monday, April 9, 2018

My Grandmother's Quilts


On a quick trip back home, I was excited to see some of the quilts of my grandmothers. Both grandmother's have passed but wrapping up in their quilts made me feel still protected in their love. It made me happy to think I'm carrying along their tradition if even a little bit. 

 Grandma McElyea's quilts were obviously made out of feedsacks. the colors are all over the board but appear to be along the 1930's color spectrum with lots of pastels in various patterns.


I love the electric orange she chose for so many of the fans.
In others she choose to put in fabric that was the same as the background. These fans just appear to "float on the background.

They are placed randomly so they show up, where they "show up".

 I don't know why but I just love this random yellow fan. It's just kind of there all of the sudden. There's no other pattern so it just shows up as bars.


When you look at the back or even around the fan you can see how it was very much stitched by hand. This is a big quilt so it had to take forever.

Great Grandma Wren and that little guy is my father!

Grandma Wren's quilt was a lot more utilitarian. It was made with my Great Grandfather's cast off shirts. It has minimal quilting but was obviously well used. 

With four kids and a man with a big appetite, Grandma spent more time in the kitchen than sewing... although I'm sure that she spent a fair amount of time mending...

Just the basics here. Just enough to keep it together. It held up pretty well when you figure this was probably made in the 1930's or 1940's. Maybe even earlier.

It is showing it's age though. The fabric is literally falling apart. When you figure this is the second life for this fabric... first a shirt then a quilt. 

These quilts make me wonder how many generations of my family slept under them. How many times did these get rung thorough Grandma's old fashioned washtub? How many times did they end up on the line to dry? 

I'm sure that both Grandmothers were making these because they needed them for their families but I'm sure that there was a sense of accomplishment and joy when they were finished. Both grandmothers had four children  each so I'm sure that many quilts were made to cover their children and then their children's children and finally down to their Great, great, great grandson. It's a heritage and a love that far surpasses one lifetime.