Blockheads #41 is from Lisa Bongean and it is named Pinwheel Star. As anyone that has read my blog on a regular basis knows, I love star blocks in quilts. This was an easy block and I am so glad I am doing 12 1/2″ blocks. I think the 6 1/2″ blocks would have driven me over the edge. 🙂 With only seven blocks left I am looking forward to putting this quilt together.
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Grandma’s Kitchen quilt is all pieced and ready for quilting. It was difficult to get a picture as it is 80″x100″. The picture looks like two different quilts but it isn’t, it is just the angle. I added white sashing between the rows and both white and blue floral borders all around.
Grandma’s Kitchen at I Love To Make Quilts
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Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block #25 is the final block and it is called Famous Cookies. This has been a fun project and I was so excited about getting the block instructions early that I finished it, attached it to the previous block, and added the borders before I remembered to take a picture. If all goes well I should be able to finish putting the quilt top together and posting it tonight.
I have no memories of either of my mammaws nor my aunts making cookies. They did make wonderful fruit cobblers, pies, and cakes. I remember a special German Chocolate cake one of my aunts made that took an extremely long time and would melt in your mouth. Aunt Mary did everything by hand to include grating the coconut and gathering, hulling, and chopping the walnuts. If you are not familiar with hulling walnuts it is not a fun experience and if you got the walnut stain on your hands it would last months. We were lucky to have a couple of huge walnut trees in the yard that produced lots of walnuts.
Back to my sewing room to finish this quilt top.
Grandma’s Kitchen link
Front and back of cushions
Stuffing the cushions
Making the pillow inserts
Attaching binding to front
Quilting the little blocks
Warning: Lots of pictures.
Based on a pattern called Piece A Tree, Spread Some Joy from My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe I completed four cute little Christmas tree cushions. It is really hard to tell from the pictures (I really do need to either get a good camera or learn how to take pictures) but the background fabric around the tree is a red and tan checked and the border is black with white mini dots. This was a quick and easy project and as you can tell the cushion covers were made like a mini quilt and the backing, which opens to allow for the pillow insert to be added, is attached as the binding is sewn. If you roll over the pictures the captions pop up.
As always I took a few liberties with the pattern and changed a couple of things: I used three 2 1/2″ strips for the trees instead of four 2″ strips as I had the three strips already sewn together left over from a previous project. I also made the cushions a little bigger: 10″x12″ as opposed to the 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ the pattern stated.
If someone was not lazy like me it would be cute to have different holiday covers to change out as they came along…..Another time, another life.
Now if I can just get Sami to leave them alone and not claim them as hers, they just might survive the holidays.
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One more block to go for Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen Quilt Along. After finishing this block I realize I should have put ‘something’ inside of the basket but I can quilt some flowers and leaves while I am quilting. The name of this block is Grandma’s Purse and I am a little lost with this one. Neither of my mammaws carried a purse as they very seldom left the home place. They grew their own food, the doctor came to the house and the rolling store came by for things not grown. We also had the Jewel T man, a traveling salesman, that came about once a month with his car loaded down with items for sale.
Mammaw’s apron pockets took the place of purses. She had everything she needed in those deep pockets; hankies, safety pins (called latch pins then), pieces of twine, small scissors, spare buttons, a threaded needle, and even a biscuit sandwich wrapped in a muslin cloth to eat while working in the garden at times. Oh, that thought made me remember how good a biscuit and jelly sandwich would taste between breakfast and dinner.
These memories have been pleasant for me during the past weeks but it is amazing how much time I have devoted to the blocks of the week. Of course, at one time I was working on three at one time and I will have three pretty projects at the end.
I am looking forward to working on the Regatta quilt after New Years with my friend Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us as we will work at our own pace following the pattern. We plan on posting pictures of our progress (or lack of progress in my case). Everyone is welcome to join us. Check out Roseanne’s blog for more information. I also plan to sew more charity items.
Yesterday was my one year anniversary for blogging. This year has flown by and I have made so many new friends, discovered new patterns, and learned so much from the tutorials that my fellow bloggers have posted. I cannot believe I have so many followers and, in turn, follow so many talented people. I have quilted and even taught quilting classes but still learn new tips and techniques from blogging. I am looking forward to another year of learning and sharing.
Pat Sloan at I Love To Make Quilts has posted us another great block. Block #23 is called That One Item and our memory story is that one item that makes you think of your grandma.
Cooper Family Memories
The one thing that makes me think of Mammaw Cooper is seeing an older lady with her long hair twisted into a round bun. The only time I ever saw Mammaw with her hair down was at bedtime or when it was washed. She was a very private woman and was embarrassed to be seen with her hair down.
My daddy was the seventh child and the baby of the family. This was the second family for Pappaw Henry Cooper and he married Mammaw Cooper after his first wife died. He was a lot older than Mammaw and he died when my daddy was in the third grade. By this time most of my dad’s siblings were older and on their own. My dad quit school to help support Mammaw. Even though he did not have much formal education he was a very proud and smart man who owned his own businesses all his adult life.
This baby quilt has waited to be quilted since June and it is finally finished. The name came from the cornerstones and binding fabric as it is fluffy white clouds on a blue sky background. It reminds me of sleepily floating on clouds.
I used a charm pack by Lily & Loom from Craftsy called Strawberry Fizz. I have never used this fabric brand before so I didn’t know what to expect, but after washing I am pleasantly surprised. The backing is a medium green flannel and the finished size is 42″x46″.
This quilt will be included in my stack of donations to our local women and children’s group.
This week’s block is designed by Jo Morton Quilts and it is called Framed Star. This one was a little tricky with all the flying geese but it is a striking block and well worth it. As always with Blockhead instructions, they were easy to follow.
I think I am finally caught up so I can finish a few unfinished objects (UFO) that are haunting me.
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This week’s block by Pat Sloan is called Pick a Posey. Since most of my relatives lived on a farm, our lives were full of plants and flowers. My Mammaw Cooper had a beautiful bunch of roses that ran all along the fence at the back of the house. She never trimmed or fertilized them and they grew in abundance. When I asked her what kind of roses they were she always replied, “old timey climbing roses”. I don’t know if this was the correct name but it described them perfectly.
My Aunt Monnie had iris flowers is all colors all around her house. She called them ‘flags’. I didn’t know they had another name until I was in the seventh grade and studied Tennessee history where I discovered they are the Tennessee state flower. She also had lots of creeping phlox growing on all the banks behind the house. They grew so thick they choked out the grass and weeks and did not need mowing. If plants were not low maintenance they soon disappeared.
My Aunt Mary loved all kinds of flowers and she grew them everywhere. She especially loved peonies and would cut bouquets for the tables. She also had tulips, bachelor buttons, and daisies in addition to all the flowering trees such as dogwoods and crepe myrtles.
Thank you for visiting and taking time to read some of my memories of the good old days.
As Sami and I were out-of-town for Thanksgiving I am late finishing block #21 but here it is and it is so cute. I do not have enough contrast between my colors but I am happy with it. As you may guess, this block is called Telephone Time by Pat Sloan.
As neither of my grandparents had telephones my memory comes from my aunt’s phone. We had an old black phone that did not have a dial. When you picked up the phone and clicked the button the operator would ask, “Number please” and would then connect you. I can remember our old phone number (981-W2). We were on an eight party line system and had a special ring (ours was two short rings) to know which family was to answer the call. We listened when we picked up the phone to make sure someone else was not using it. One lady on our party line would take the phone off the hook when she took her nap during the day and none of the other seven families were able to use the phone until she woke up and replaced the receiver.
At one point my aunt decided the ringing telephone was too annoying so she made arrangements with the phone company that we would not receive calls (or rings) and only have outgoing calls. She kept the phone this way until they finally did away with the party lines and we got a dial phone.