Years ago I had a lot of fun with patchwork, applique and so on … or should I say sew on? I sewed lots of clothes for the family, and the boys even learnt to sew, making themselves board shorts with home generated graphics that were very trendy! Although I have cleaned out the fabric collection many times, I have also had to merge fabrics from both our mothers, who were good seamstresses. My mother was very keen on embroidery too, so I inherited heaps of fabrics and threads from her. When my first two grand-children were born I made colourful quilts, with some home-dyed cottons … here is one of them! So I still have heaps of small pieces of lovely coloured fabric, waiting to be made into something useful. I started by making a play quilt for the new baby … who is yet to be born. Our local fabric shop has a tempting display, and beautiful books, so inspired by patterns I made this up.
But after making this gorgeous little quilt I could not stop. The three year old was about to turn four … she had a cot quilt, but needed a bed sized one now …. and making it I had the chance to use up lots of leftover thread, emptying reel after reel of bright colours … threads that came from her greatgrandmothers!
I gave her the quilt a few days ago … now I realise I did not photograph the finished quilt, just the little embroidery I did on the back … oh dear, have to take the camera over soon The butterfly on the back was made by my mother, something Eddy might appreciate one day.
What about you? Do you sew too? Did your family of origin sew?