Thursday, June 21, 2012


My mom has always been a prolific sewer. (And knitter. And pretty much anything crafty). She used to make my sister & I's Christmas dresses. And Easter dresses. And flower girl dresses. And toys, blankets, etc.

About 5 years ago I decided I wanted to sew too. So I started with a quilt:

 Not the best of pictures but it's a small lap quilt and I love it because it's my first. I then went on to make at least 2 or 3 more of this same size & pattern (I think it's a Heather Bailey pattern but I can't be sure)

Ree & I use this one as our picnic blanket or sit in the back yard blanket to read, color etc. Except...Ree is getting bigger & bringing more stuff outside. And I always have my stuff too. And the other day she told me I needed to get another blanket for my stuff!

Then I remembered:
This was probably begun about 4 years ago. The only thing left is quilting and binding. I started hand quilting the other night. And while we're in the middle of a heat wave with no A/C hand quilting may seem a little really is the perfect size for our picnics and other things. And lemons and limes just seem to say "summer!"

My goal is to try and finish the quilting (just a simple running stitch around all the full lemons) within the next few days and then make my own binding. If I can find a tutorial that is simple.

As for reading, I finally finished up a few library books so have jumped back into Anne of Green Gables. It's taking me back to summers when I was younger. Anne just seems like such a good summer time read!
needle and thREAD


  1. My mom was an amazing sewer as well. She still tells me about all the hand-smocking she did to my dresses. I don't know how to follow a pattern for the life of me, so I am stuck with sewing bags and elastic waist skirts :-) I have been thinking about taking all of my oldest daughter's baby blankets and making them into a quilt for her (she is 4). I have no idea where to begin though!

  2. Anne and quilting:-) Sounds like the perfect June! I look forward to seeing your finished quilt.

  3. My mom was an expert quilter and my sister has followed her footsteps. Love your quilts and all the lovely fabrics :)

  4. Nice work Jen! Good for you for doing it by hand!! It will be a beautiful look!

  5. This post was an inspiration. I have wanted to learn to quilt for years...I need to make that a goal! I love the quilts you have made and are working fun! I now have my Anne of Green Gables books on my "to read" list. Like you, I love those stories! Thanks for the post.


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