Tuesday, 20 January 2015

pieces from my past {a finish}











anyone for a picnic?





My mum had a lovely collection of  doilies & hankies, but over the years they all ended up in the back of her airing cupboard! Not fashionable I suppose? and keeping them fresh & white without good old Napisan would have been tricky! After she passed away I always had the idea I would make something with them, just never too sure what. So they ended up in the back of my airing cupboard!
Then a few years ago, I spotted a quilt in an old NZ Quilter magazine, & figured I could do that... easy peasy! I compiled them into a quilt top, selected some blue & white backing fabric, layered everything up, and started to do some machine quilting. But it wasn't going going too smoothly, so I just left it!

On re-looking at that quilt recently, I remembered so many of the doilies from when I was growing up. And I realised I should actually get this finished! I've added more doilies, overlapping them to get a pleasing & balanced effect. Sometimes the overlapping was necessary actually- a few doilies haven't aged v.well! Then I did more machine quilting. It's minimal, just enough to hold it all together, way way too hot at present for anything else really! And now we are using it over the summer holidays. And remembering mum, xxx


p.s. Finish #1
yayee I can cross this first finish of the year off my FAL list! 


7 comments:

  1. Your quilt is lovely and and a wonderful way to remember your Mum.

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  2. This is beautiful Linda, a lovely way to use those pretty things that just sit in the cupboard. You need some pretty china and some nice little cakes then your picnic will be complete.

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  3. Love this! I wonder if you have seen my friends blog, she does amazing things with old dolies :http://mythreadbearlife.blogspot.co.nz/. I love the log cabin one a couple of posts further on.

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  4. Love this! I wonder if you have seen my friends blog, she does amazing things with old dolies :http://mythreadbearlife.blogspot.co.nz/. I love the log cabin one a couple of posts further on.

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  5. A beautiful quilt and a great way to keep your memories going.

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