Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Twin Quilts and Bathrobe Quilt


Our family will soon be blessed with twin girls, born to my husband's nephew and his wife.  How exciting!  On my project list, I had fabric saved to make a nice girly quilt.  So what I did was add some addition fabric and made two.  And pink!  I used the same rail fence pattern on both quilts.

I really like the light mint green fabric.  It gives it a cool dimension.  I added yellow, pink and a darker green to break up so much pink. 



Every baby shower I go to I make a small autograph book for loved ones to write words of encouragement, advise, or just congratulations. 

I purchase various stickers and place them throughout the book.  I wrote some advise:  "Keep it simple".  Children tend to get overwhelmed when we parents plan activities.  A simple picnic in the backyard, a fun walk in the park, making macaroon necklaces...  I found I kept my sons attention better when it was not complicated and we enjoyed ourselves. 



I've been using my mother's white chenille bathrobe for many years and finally this winter it became so threadbare that I decided to retire it and make 2 small lap quilts. 

I purchased some fleece in yellow and pink and found a large print pink flower for the back.  The chenille was worn down and thin that I could see the backing material thru it, so I had to add quilt batting to the middle.  Now they are really warm!

In this picture, I tried to show how threadbare some spots are.  I hand tied each quilt.  I plan on giving one quilt to my sister.  It will be nice to look at it and remember our mother.



With all the rain this year, the trees and flowers are really growing.

This is a Cinnamon Magnolia tree.  When we first moved to our property, it was only 2 feet tall and scraggy.  In 4 years, now it is about 8 feet tall.  My husband threatens every year to cut it down, just to torment me.  I've enjoyed watching it grow.  Some years the beautiful, velvety brown leaves fall off, but they didn't last year.  


I'm still quilting and working on other fun sewing projects.  More to show later...

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