My neighbor gave me some orphan blocks she had picked up at a rummage sale. I used some to make a baby quilt and donated it to my guild’s sale at the quilt show this summer. I gave some others to friends who will use them in a Safehouse quilt. My guild donates 300 quilts to Safehouse. Every woman and child that come to the domestic violence facility receives a quilt that they can keep.
The blocks I kept were Christmas fabrics from a Minnick and Simpson line that they sold in 2005. So, not exactly vintage, but the colors were perfect for Andrew and Molly’s house in Holland.
I arranged the blocks so I had the light color dispersed evenly. The curved blocks were ironed onto the background so I used a buttonhole stitch to appliqué them.
I found a pattern for a nutcracker, had it enlarged and marked it on the quilt top. I added some seed beads for details. WHY does anyone like hand sewing beads???
I quilted ornaments, trees, JOY & Merry Christmas Andrew & Molly. These colors are perfect for them.
I live at Portage Lake in Pinckney and on Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan.
My mom and sister taught me to sew in the 60’s, and I made a lot of my own clothing and altered for other people until recently. I started crafting with my mom in the 80’s, making and selling lots of duck door stops and applique pillows. My first quilt was king sized and made for my husband (boyfriend at the time) in the 70’s. I believe it was just squares in browns and tied. I am a traditional quilter, but I have stepped out of my box a few times. Thanks to my friend Katie McGrath at https://mcgrathquilts.wordpress.com/ I have joined 2 guilds, and love to quilt.
When my husband retired in 2016 we decided to spend ½ time at the Lake Superior house we built in 2006. I built my She Shed in 2017 because there wasn’t a dedicated space in the house. I can use it 3 seasons (if I’m lucky). No heat, and limited electricity (if I run the little space heater and the iron at the same time, I have to go reset the breaker).
Quilting changed dramatically when I rehabbed an old quilt from a friend’s cabin. It turned out so great, I bought a quilt top at an antiques market, then another at an estate sale, etc……
I wanted to keep track of my rescues, and had many people say I should start a blog. I’ll start with ‘Moorestown Modern I & II’. Enjoy my journey.
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This turned out so nicely!
I was wondering if I might forward this email to my friend Laurie Simpson. You used her fabrics and I think she would love to see what you created.
Happy New Year to you.
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