>Day 31 of an apron a day….

>We found more of GGH aprons, so I will continue with the apron-a-day where I left off, so we are on Day 31. This is your basic utilitarian apron, I assume more modern as it has a Velcro closure, maybe 1970-early 1980’s. The fabric looks old as does the trim. So I am not sure of the dating of this one. It has two pockets for a total of three pieces of fabric, edgings and Velcro.

front
back
hem

The bottom photo was taken by my mother-in-law when she found the apron at her home. I have since borrowed it to make a pattern and to add it to the other aprons so they are all together.

full view
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>Finishing GGH aprons

>There are a few of GGH ‘s aprons that have never been completed. Before the family goes through them, I am finishing the undone ones so there are more to pick from and so those that don’t sew will not get something they cannot use. The first one to be completed is this hostess apron, seen before like this first picture below; the only thing sewn was the pocket on one of the flaps (sorry to say, it wasn’t sewn well either, but because that was GGH’s work I left it that way).

not finished apron

We found the original bias tape that she had used on the pocket in her sewing stuff, so it was used to complete the project. It now looks like this. Because the lower photo was taken at 11 p.m., the upper photo is true to color, not the one below.

unfinished apron of GGH is now done

>picot clover lace

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picot clover lace

Finished this; made about 5 yards of lace. Doesn’t look like much all rolled up, but the pattern is here if you are interested.

clover picot edging

>Note to self … and floral

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Sorry I am actually just posting this so I can keep track of this site. There are a few tools on this page I want and can’t afford at the moment. You’re welcome to look if you like sewing tools.

Also, here is some floral work I have done recently for your viewing pleasure.

The easel, in case you are wondering, was a $400.00 piece, and the other was $80.00 of orchids. Both fun to make.

orchids

Other arrangements I have made recently:

Fall

fall pumpkin
fall arrangment
crystal pumpkin

For cooler:

for cooler
for cooler
nice and tall pastels

Halloween:

halloween lantern
vampire mug
Halloween
fall

Funeral:

funeral
funeral
funeral

>Quilt All done

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on display at silent auction

So, this is a post I was going to do yesterday but ran out of time and energy (I was awake for about 41 hours straight to get this done in time). Deadline for sign up items into the auction was Tuesday, deadline to have them turned into school was Friday. I got up Thursday at 5 am, quilted all day and all night, didn’t go to bed. Mother-in-law and daughter stayed up late quilting with me. My mother-in-law is just so great; she stayed ’till 3 in the morning helping me get this done for the auction. My daughter, who is 11, stayed up an hour past her bed time so she could quilt one block to help out. I put the binding on the quilt at 6:45 Friday morning. Still no sleep: still more quilting to do, but not around the edges, so the binding went on because that would be hard to do at work. Went to work, quilted at lunch time, and finished quilting.

close up of quilting
back with quilting
all done and quilted

Turned it in to the auction. Went to the fall harvest festival, stayed till about 9 p.m., got home around 10 and crashed. (There is more to this story than I am posting, but it would take way to long to post). Long story short, people don’t understand the pricing of hand work. So I paid for my own quilt and brought it back home. I will enjoy it on my foyer wall and think of the wonderful 4th Grade children I taught, and my lovely mother-in-law, and my beautiful daughters for all their help in making such a wonderful memory for me (daughters: one helped quilt and another help cut, the last one watched and didn’t touch) . From the start of the quilt to finish of the quilting, it was 7 days total; I don’t usually make a quilt quite that fast. Thanks, everyone!

on display at silent auction

Now that the quilt is going to live at our house, I will sew on a hanging sleeve and, at a leisurely pace, I will add more quilting to it before it goes on the wall. There just wasn’t enough time to put all the quilting I wanted to do into the quilt, so it will get a few more rows of echo quilting and call it good.

>Revisiting the felt ornament

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A few years back I posted this tutorial. It always seems to be popular this time of year, so I will bring it back up for people to see and use again.

felt ornament dove

felt ornament heart

>Three thimbles…Not normal

>It is not normal for me to post on Sunday. But my oldest daughter took this picture while I was quilting, and I thought I would share it. I thought it was a good photo.

three thimbles

I think I am the only person I know who quilts with two, three, and four thimbles on one hand at a time; here I am wearing three. Sometimes when wearing three I have one or two on the other hand as well, but not today. My favorite is the leather one on my thumb; I have had it for about 15 1/2 years. Side note: my husband bought it for me (while we were engaged) when I was making his wedding gift. Yes, it was a quilt and I had lost my thimble; this is what he found. I wish I had about 4 more of them, but I have never found another like it. If anyone has one they don’t want, I will gladly trade you some hand-made crochet lace, made by me, for it. It is adjustable (thus it fits every finger), and my fingers don’t get sweaty in it. The stitches are purposely uneven in this quilt because I want it to look like the 4th Graders drawings: rough around the edges, so to speak. I don’t know if other people think it works that way, but it does for me. I usually quilt with a quilters between needle; this is definitely not that. This is massive on purpose to hold the size of the thread and to cause my stitches to be more uneven because I usually have very regular stitches. This forces me to be a little more sporadic. I decided to do a mixture of quilting and tying. I am using size 20 omega crochet thread in a variegated red to white thread.

thread I am using to quilt and my leather thimble

The reason I say a mixture is, this is definitely not quilting thread or small stitched, but it isn’t truly tying a quilt, either. It is a toss up between the two.

(Bottom of quilt looking up: this has a cotton bat, I was afraid to bring any more wool into my home right now.)

bottom of quilt looking up

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