As I was sorting through some old photos the other day, I ran across this little gem. This is me in 6th grade, working on a sewing project for my Jr. High Home Ec. class. I was sewing an elephant pillow as a decoration for my room. We had already done straight line sewing by constructing a chef's apron. Now we were working on sewing curves. What would be a fast, easy project for me now, was quite challenging for me then.
As I recall, I got quite familiar with my seam ripper because I had a huge problem keeping the 5/8" seam allowance going around the curves of the little trunk. We were graded on accuracy and my teacher was quite a stickler, so I wanted to get it just right. The memory makes me smile.
I had no idea then what learning that skill would lead to now...
And, these few photos don't even begin to cover the clothes, toys and items for my home I have churned out over the years.So, since this time of year is a time to show our gratitude, I wanted to say thank-you.
Thank you, Mrs. Highfield.
Thanks for your skill and dedication as you introduced a silly, giggling, home-economically-challenged, pre-teen girl to a skill that has rewarded me so much through the years.
I know it was your job, but I appreciate that while you were firm in your demand for attention to detail and accuracy, you were patient and compassionate as I learned the ropes. Because of you, I have a talent that continues to bring me great satisfaction to this day.
My only regret is that I cannot speak these words to you in person. Not that I think you would remember me or anything. I am sure you helped many, many young girls in your career. It's just that if I were able to speak to you personally, I would know my words actually reached you. I've never been a teacher, but I imagine that I would be very happy to know that something I taught someone actually changed their life for the better.
You did that for me, Mrs. Highfield. If you ever do stumble across this blog, I hope you approve of the fruit of your labors.
Remember this quilt? Wow, it's hard to believe I finished that top a year ago. Well, the week before we left for Thanksgiving, I finally got it quilted.
I love the way it turned out.
It is a little hard to see in the photos but I did something different with my stipple stitch. I used the zig-zag stitch on my machine and I am thrilled with the results. The quilting really goes with the Halloween theme of the fabric. The multi-directional zig-zags remind me of the arched back of a cat and for that reason I have named this quilt "Scaredy-Cat". It just seems to fit.
Here is a picture of the back. Although the fabric is busy, it does show off the quilting more than the front. The smokey blue thread I used just sort of blends in on the front.
You might recognize the pattern of this quilt as the same one I used for the quilt I made for my father-in-law's 95th birthday.
Well, I was finally able to give it to him at the big family celebration on the 27th. I am happy to report it was a big hit.
Here is another quilt top I whipped up before we left for Utah.
I have had this fabric in my stash for a while but was unsure of what to do with it. I didn't want to chop up the design, so I finally just decided to use the entire yard as the center and run a couple of borders around it. I think it made a fun, bright toddler quilt.
Here is the backing and binding fabric I have chosen. The multi-colored dots will be the back and the grey houndstooth will be the binding.
Of course, I can't use something from my stash without finding something to replace it. Here are a few fabrics I just couldn't resist. Lucky for me, they were all on sale!
With the holidays coming up and my training certification looming in December, I probably won't be able to spend too much time quilting. The first part of the month will be spent cramming for the test. After that I will be frantically getting the house ready for the kids Christmas visit. However, here is a sneak peek of what I am planning for my next project.
I can't wait to get started!