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So I made a pillow…

Wonky Log Cabin Pillow SleeveWonky Log Cabin Pillow Sleeve

…and stitched an orange binding!

Square in Squares Gender Neutral Baby QuiltSquare in Squares Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

I don’t think it will stop being my favorite color for a very long time.  If you’d like some orange, both of these are for sale in my shop!

I want to teach you!  If you live in Los Angeles, I’m teaching a quilting class! Sign up here.

I’ll be teaching at Reform School through the Home Ec. classes that Jenny Ryan organizes with Billie & Tootie, the owners of Reform School.  It’s been a blast getting to know them and getting the class organized.  I can’t wait to teach it!

Chances are that a lot of you already know how to quilt if you’re reading, but if not, come and learn.  We’ll be making a small stacked coin quilt much like this one:

Blue&Green+Yellow Baby Quilt

Just click over and scroll down a bit to sign up!

More pillows!

Getting there with some commissioned pillows based on the one I made a bit ago.

The fronts are all made…

Blocks for Pillows

… and quilted.

Quilted Pillow sleeves

Now the backs!

Hope that you all had great weekends filled with sewing!

Mystery solved?

Thank you all so much for all of your wonderful comments on the sewing notions that my mother passed along to me.  They were all so nice!

Mystery tool

Consensus on the mystery tool, in the photo above, seems to be that it’s either a turning point or a finger press. Based on the fact that it has a point, but not a sharp one, and that the rectangle on the end is shaped in a way that seems like you should hold it there, I’m leaning towards the turning point. Though perhaps it was meant for many purposes! Anyhow, I’m happy to have it, along with all of the other wonderful tools.

Meanwhile, one more finished Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt! This one is already accounted for and being mailed off today!

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

Only two more to finish up and then I’m not going to make this pattern for awhile. I’ve had my fill!

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

These little guys sure are cute though.

Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!
Another Square in Squares Baby Boy quilt!

Hope that you have lovely weekends filled with sewing! I’ve not been able to be in the sewing room much this week with my mother’s visit so I’m excited to get back at it. Oh and by the way yes, she did love her quilt!

My sewing roots.

My mother is visiting right now and brought me a wonderful gift.  Let me explain…

When my great-aunt (on my father’s side) learned that my mother loved to sew, she was thrilled.  She had someone to whom she could give all of the many sewing notions from the family.  So many wonderful tools and items!  Now that I too have picked up the needle and thread, my mother has passed these things along to me.  Needless to say it’s so wonderful to have things that physically attach me to my sewing roots.  Just have a look… so much stuff!

All

Look at all of these wonderful old wooden bobbins.  The colors of the thread are still so bright and vibrant!

Thread

Can you read that? Yes. It says “Pure Silk” for 15 cents!

Silk

Needles in wonderful holders!!

NeedlesClosedNeedlesOpen

Needle BoxNeedleBox2

The prettiest embroidery scissors:

Scissors:

An old pin cushion made from a Chinese child’s shoe.

Shoe

And finally, a beautiful gold thimble still with it’s original case. My mother told me that when she was given this, I was two years old and immediately grabbed it from her and loved it. How wonderful that I now have it!

Thimble

I am going to use all of this stuff! Well, the stuff that I can use… Not only do I remember my mother using it when I was growing up, but it’s amazing to know it reaches much further back into my family’s history.

Oh! And a question for all of you… there is one mystery tool in the bunch. Anyone know what you would use this wooden tool for?

Mystery tool