>Update: Handmade Valentine swap


Wednesday January 31

From Willowtreecreek I got this lovely card. She punched with a needle the word LOVE in the top flap of the card. I love the ribbon embellishment that she machine sewed in place. A cute idea. Her card came in a glassine envelope, too, with a valentine-themed stamp.This is the lovely card I was sent from summerbreeze. She took a lot of time coloring in the rubber stamp. There is a rubber stamp image inside that reads “Sending you a great big hug.” It is hard to tell in the scan, but the little rubber stamp image on the left of the screen is actually raised up off the face of the card. I love the deep dark red of this Valentine. She also embellished with ribbon; we have a theme other than hearts.Here is the card made by sewgirlie. She used a red paper doily and stickers. Very cute! The red divider part of this picture was put in by me so I could show the sticker that was on the back of the envelope too.This is the card from Mary Beth. It had confetti in it, and it had a cute little paper clip that she embellished to make into a book marker. Once again my husband’s office had confetti all over it. I need to be more careful when I open these things; some of them just attack. I took two scans of it because the inside was as cute as the outside. The stamp was even in the Valentine theme, just like Willowtreecreek’s. Ahhh another theme. Paper doily again; we just have themes everywhere.

Tuesday January 30

My baby bug felt left out of the Valentine fun. So she went digging around in the cards she got from the barter party we went to during the summer. She found one that was the right colors and decided that was a good card to give me. She drew inside of it first, then gave it to me. She is only five so she can’t read very well yet. As you can tell, it reads “Happy Mother’s Day”. It was a happy mother’s day too. I am her mother and I was grinning from ear to ear when she gave it to me.

>One of Those…….HELP

>Ever have one of those block swaps that once you get the blocks home you haven’t a clue what to do with them? This is one of those. This top is about nine years old. I never even finished sewing on the top middle leaf, one of the blocks I made (each of us made two). I made the other leaf as well. I never got into it, even when I was making it. I even hated my own blocks in this. I finished all the ones I had to swap but not the ones I was to keep; just wasn’t in it. The colors where just too boring for me. I still don’t like it, and I still haven’t a clue what to do with it.

Found it today when I was working on straightening up some drawers in my front room. At first I was like, “Oh yeah, I need to finish that before I unfolded it.” Then it was, “Oh yeah, that one.” Any suggestions on what to do with this? I am sure it is lovely to some; it is just too pale for me. I like bright colors and this has almost none of those. It is one of those quilts that haunts you for years. You have nice memories of the ladies who made the blocks, so you don’t want to give it away or donate it to charity, so it just sits gathering dust.

>Handmade Valentine swap at MJF

>There is a swap going on at MJF. It is already closed to sign ups. I thought I would post these as I got them, ’till Valentine’s Day.Thus far there are four.

First was Tina Michelle.
The card doesn’t have green on it; that was a piece of paper I put on the scanner. This was so you could see the confetti that fell out of the card when I opened it.
The next three all came on the same day:
AsnedecorDLantz ?and Poneyexpress.

This one has a poem in it:

The Making of Friends
Life is sweet just because of the
friends we have made
And the things which in
common we share
We want to live on,
not just for ourselves
But because of the people who care
It’s giving and doing for
somebody else
On that all life’s splendor depends
And the joy of this world,
when you’ve summed it all up,
Is found in the making of friends.
by Edgar A. Guest

>A touch of the past to touch the future

>When my siblings and I were little, my Vavo used to celebrate, and still does, tons of different cultures’ ways of celebrating Christmas. One Sinter Claus morning, my older sister received a quilt as a gift. I remember this quilt very well; it went to whatever house we moved to. She has kept it all these years. She did a beautiful thing at Christmas. While coming home from California we stopped at her house to rest. She gave this item to my littlest daughter, my “Baby Bug.” Baby Bug is very excited to own this item. She has been told by me to be careful with it because it isn’t a new item. She is happy just to have something from her Tia.

This is about 30 years old.

>Crack the Whip

>In a previous post this month I talked about how I made some stained glass in collage. I actually made them at a University (BYU). This is one of them; I titled it “Crack the Whip” after the child’s game. Two sets of kids are playing Crack the Whip; the last kid on each set, the ones on the right, have already been cracked off the whip.

I wanted this to sort of have a quilt-block feel ,that is why all the straight lines and the different colors on the back ground of the kids. I’m not sure I achieved my goal on that, but I like it a lot, anyway.

This was the third one I made. The first I’ll take a picture of later. It really isn’t stained glass, it is all clear glass, but stained glass assembly techniques where used in construction. The second one I gave away and have no idea to whom anymore. Just some little old lady in my class who liked flowers; it was a rose.

>First and Last & Wip

>This is a picture of the first quilt I ever made over twenty years ago as a teenager. I was taking a one on one class from my cousin who at the time owned a fabric quilting store. This is twin size.I was making a Trip Around the World quilt but I didn’t like the pattern very much at the time. It was enough that a punker girl was in a traditional sewing class with my grandmother picking traditional fabrics, dusty and pale blues. So I decided that I had to re-work the pattern somehow without being too obnoxious to my cousin and Va-vo, because they are very nice. So, I decided it would be called “X Marks the Spot” instead of Trip Around the World.

Just so the world knows, I wanted to make a black, white, and red quilt. One of these days I still will make that quilt, because I still want to.

What I did was I left the middle strip the same and I switched the left and right sides of the quilt to make a big X instead of the traditional square on point look. I was impatient at the time and didn’t want to learn to quilt. So I tied it with pink yarn. If you know me, I hate pink (especially as a teenager; I am starting to like it now, along with Valentine’s Day). I didn’t pick the yarn; my Vavo did.

I used this quilt so much as a teenager that it got pretty worn out. So now, as an adult, my WIP is to repair and replace parts of this quilt. I have made the patches for all the torn blocks. I am also replacing the pink yarn with white buttons. I really don’t want the quilt to be used any more, so I figure buttons will curb that. The other special part about these buttons is they have been collected over 4 generations and two sides of the family. My Vavo, Tia Deannie (great-aunt), aunt, cousins, me and my kids and my mother-in-law and Grandmother-in-law Ernst donated some of these buttons, plus a few friends, too. Just an FYI, the buttons are plastic, not mother of pearl, and all are white. I am still collecting them to finish this project.

So, this is my FIRST quilt that I hope will LAST, thus the title of this post. If you notice in the pictures, the center blocks are different colors that is where the holes were. The holes were created from where I use to sit on my bed, right in the middle of it, doing my homework as a teenager in high school and as a young adult in collage. Funny to say homework wore out my quilt, but it did.Because this is just a family quilt, and not something historical, I just replaced the fabric with ones that I purchased as a teenager; they are period to when the quilt was made, but they are not matched, as you can tell. I don’t mind that for personal use; it shows the quilt had a life, yet it stays period. Anything historical I would take to a person who has historical fabrics and try to match exactly. The other option is to stop use and cover damaged areas with organdy (basted) to hold damaged fabric in place, but not add anything new to the quilt because that changes the age of the quilt. Organdy basted is reversible and does not change the age of the quilt.

Top and bottom photo are true to life; the middle two had bad lighting.

>signature square quilt block swap

>I am in charge of a signature quilt block swap at MJF, where each person embroiders blocks with a picture screen name and real name. They send to a central spot to exchange out. Once that is done, they are sent back through the mail and they get them back.

I am waiting on two of the six (bummer one set got lost in the mail).

These pictures have been edited on my computer; I didn’t want to show the people’s real names without their permission. So all you will see is what they embroidered and their screen names. So if they look one sided to you, it is because you aren’t seeing the other part of the embroidery. This should only be a few more days till I have all of them and can send them back.

>Gift from Bemoosie

>Today in the post the mailman brought me such a nice box from Bemoosie. It was full of books on cross stitch. I don’t do much cross stitch anymore, but every now and again I like to. Plus, you can use them as duplicate stitch pattens and latch hook patterns if there is no outlining in the pattern. They also work great for bead work patterns and knitting pattens for color change and single crochet color change, too. Also, it’s simple for my children to start in the needle arts with cross stitch.

There was also a stained glass book. I made lots of stained glass in collage, lots being three (not really a lot). I want to get into that more, so that is a real neat book to me.

I knew all those items were coming in the mail before they arrived, but she surprised me and tossed in a half apron. It was from California, to boot. If you have read my blog, you know that is where I grew up. So that was just extra special; I love that it is so bright, too.

This is the card that came with the package.

>TAST: Week 4 Cretan Stitch Part 1

>Even though it is not Tuesday here in Utah, it is on the other side of the Earth. I believe the blog that hosts TAST is in Australia, so it is always a day ahead. She has posted TAST already for the day. I got my perforated paper sample done today. I will work on the fabric one through out the week.

>A little chilly

>It was a little cold this weekend so I decided I would make a shawl. Mind you not a very warm thing. Also not easy to knit when your five year old loves the texture and keeps pulling at it, while you are knitting. Funny, I made it in a pastel. I don’t normally wear pastels so I don’t really know what I was thinking, but it will be nice at Easter time if there is a chill. If not, my kids will probably just have fun wearing it around the house. I can already tell that will happen.

Simple Pattern
I made it up; not very hard, mind you.
Cast on one, knit entire shawl. Increase 1 stitch at the end of every row till you have 50 stitches on needles. Knit to desired length, then knit 2 together at the end of every row till last stitch. Finish thread. Done.
Supplies :Size 15 needles and eyelash yarn (I used almost four balls)

The triangle points I am going to use as ties, I might at times put a mother of pearl buckle there to hold them together too for a little more formal look.

This is actually done. I took the photo right before I started my decreases. 2 days = 1 shawl

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