I have had a small bag of vintage/antique linens that I had tucked away in my quilt closet, never really knowing what to do with them, but I couldn’t find it in me to part with them. And thank goodness I never did part with them.
I have seen some pictures lately of vintage linens being used for quilts or quilting them for other objects.
I still wasn’t sure about this, but after finding a Facebook Group that deals specifically with vintage linens, I decided to take the plunge and went ahead and chose one of the linens I had.
I knew I wanted to do a small piece first, so I chose a beautiful antique handkerchief. I loved the way the lace had been done to make the four corners. A friend of mine picked out the background fabric for me really not even knowing what I had to work with, which ended up being perfect.
Handkerchief first stitched onto fabric
Vintage Handkerchief Wall Hanging
And here it is completely finished…..
After I was finished quilting this, I showed my Mom. Well, wasn’t I surprised when she told me that this was the handkerchief that she used the day she married my Dad. Friends of her family made that for her for her wedding day!! How cool is that!!! This will be a piece to treasure forever!!
This also meant that I needed to do a label that told this story………….
As we near the Thanksgiving Season, I am sitting here thinking about how thankful I am for so many things in my life…..my family, my friends, the fact that I get to have a business doing something I love that includes fantastic customers, faithful students and a wonderful local quilt shop that supports my teaching and custom quilting. I feel so blessed!!
My customer Eileen made this quilt, and I had a great time quilting this. The pictures are not the best, but I hope that you can see that I quilted the word “Integrity” down the side of the quilt, which is what the symbols mean.
I also was able to quilt a couple of Christmas quilts for some customers that I wanted to share with you.
I have so many quilts that I would like to share with you, but will just share a few for now and save some for another post……
Many of you know that I sometimes participate in Instagram Mini Swaps. I recently participated in “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015” swap. The first picture is the quilt I made for my swap partner and the second picture is the mini that I received….which I absolutely love!!
I hope that as Thanksgiving approaches you all take the time to reflect and think of those things that you are thankful for.
I recently quilted two quilts for United Notions/Moda as they prepared for Fall Quilt Market 2015 in Houston, Texas.
I have to say that it is fun seeing a new pattern or new fabric.
I quilted a quilt by French General with their new fabric line, Ville Fleurie. It was a throw size quilt and this is a new fabric line from French General. Isn’t this pattern and fabric line beautiful?!?!?!?!
I did quilt another quilt, but I am not sure if that pattern has been released yet, so I am going to hold off showing it to you and will save that for another post. I can tell you it used a fabric line from 3 Sisters, called Larkspur.
All in all, that was a very busy week, but a lot of fun!!