I have been a busy bee the last while. Finally have the Civil War quilt done and on the bed. Didn't want it fullsize because I want to be able to launder it in my own washer.
I am really happy with it; it completed my themed room to my liking.
I came across a plastic tool I purchased several years ago from a local (and now gone) quilt shop. It's the end of a toothbrush with a hole in it, with the other end tapered. It looks like a giant needle which in essence it is.
If you do a Google or YouTube search for "toothbrush rag rugs" you will find instructions. I made four chair pads in a week.
I did say addicting, didn't I?
I am thrilled to have done these pads in the same Civil War repro fabrics as the quilt. I think they help finish the room. Yes, my chair pads are playing musical chairs. I move things around all the time.
Here is the finished look, sort of.....have other items on wall to balance out the height of the piece on the far right. That one was done by my gr grandmother or my gr aunt.
No one knows for sure. It is hardanger, and my mother framed it and hung it in her home for many years.
There are many sentimental items in this photo; the room makes me happy and is so peaceful. Mission accomplished.
I have a dear friend in CA, my former hair stylist, with whom I've remained in close contact. We go back about 25 years. Her birthday was in October and I found this charted pattern online. It has over 20,000 stitches in it. I started at the nose and really enjoyed watching Christ's face emerge. It was a really pleasant piece to work on.
She knows it's coming.
I found this style of doll on Pinterest about a year ago. I wrote out a pattern and made one for Brook for her birthday (Dec. 3) and asked her, in May, if she wanted it early. Send it on! was her cry.
Imagine our chagrin when the little doll never showed up. As far as we can tell it WAS delivered but was probably pinched from Brook's porch. Ugh. What a lot of work the doll was. I didn't have the heart to make another one...until last week. I playing around with the idea and before I could stop myself, there I was knitting another one. I love her shoes (which are crocheted then sewn on) because her feet are covered and the shoes can't get lost.
......And no, Linda, to answer your question. :)
When Dear Daughter was seven, she sewed the squares inside this little beauty by hand. I marked the seams at 1/4" and she diligently tackled it----and expertly, I might add---and then I put it away "to be quilted some day."
Okay, that day came a dozen years later------this is just smaller than crib size, and is put away with other items that have been saved for her "someday."
Final note for this post....I saw this on a church marque this week:
The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let go.