Sunday, April 2, 2017

1890's Reproduction Fabric Tumbler Throw Quilt

I have stated two tumbler throw quilts, one with 1890's reproduction fabric.  I found a fabulous double-strip tumbler ruler (4-1/2") that allows me to cut out five (or ten if I layer my fabric) quickly.   Creative Grids

I had a nice assortment of about 28 patterns within a short period of time.

The design is from a Better Homes & Garden magazine.  I will have it professionally machine quilted.  My next update will be to showcase the finished quilt!

I am in the process of making a bag using the batik's I purchased from Facebook friend and artist Carol Law Conklin of "Amity Farm Batik".  Click HERE   

I also found an adorable pattern for a quilted clutch bag with an antique looking snap handle.  Can't wait to start that project and share it.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Black floral tablecloth made by "Birds of the Air Quilts"

Photo courtesy of Birds of the Air Quilts
I commissioned the MOST AMAZING tablecloth from my blog and FB friend, Ruth Mowry.  I highly recommend her artistry and craftsmanship.  Click on the link below!

birds of the air quilts: Black floral tablecloth: An old blog friend, who is also a Facebook friend, asked me to make a holiday tablecloth for her long narrow table. She and her husband h...

"The Quilt" a poem

The Quilt

One of life's simple pleasures
is the smell of butterflies and clover,
of sunshine after spring showers -

of capturing the day with a clothespin
and wrapping oneself up with it for the night.

by Margaret Bednar 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Batik Tote Bags with Leather Handles

Amity Farm Batik - Carol Law Conklin:  Etsy Shop
I ordered five gorgeous batik fabrics from artist Carol Law Conklin of "Amity Farm Batik".  Click HERE to see the many art fabrics she offers in her Etsy shop, not to mention cards, cutting boards, giclee prints, mousepads, puzzles, ornaments, pillows, silk scarves, trivets, and originals!   (I also ordered this year's Christmas cards from her.

You can find her on Facebook under Amity Farm Bartik.  Her webpage is and she also has a blog:  HERE

It is especially fun to "walk" through her gallery HERE

The first sewing project I will tackle (after 15 years of not sewing) will be five quilted tote bags.  The other four fabrics I purchased are below.

I want leather handles and I will have fun picking out the background fabric for each bag.  I have linked a few free pattern sites but I don't know if I will use any as I want to walk through two of our local sewing/fabric shops first.

Easy Quilted Tote - free pattern

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns

Monday, October 31, 2016

Granny's Quilt - a poem

Granny's Quilt

Irregular became Granny's hand,
determined patience its guide,

feedsacks, old shirts lovingly pieced together
upon cabin porch's worn cane-bottom chair.

"Stitching prayers" she'd say,

sewing a bit long, a bit ragged.  Well house,
wash tub, clucking chickens before us,

my eyes bright, hers dimmed. Quietly vibrant her voice,
warning me of life's twists and turns.

Spellbound I sat, watching snarled fingers
create Puritan Stars to wrap about my shoulders,

"To protect you from the wolves of life" -

faith-filled blessings forever guiding,
forever nurturing all my days.

by Margaret Bednar

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This is my first post for this new quilting blog "Of Gimcracks, Garnishes & Gild".