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?