I have no idea where to start with this project. Normally I overthink things like this, thus tying myself in a ball of knots and I get nothing done. Not this time. Nope…grab the thread, a needle and get to work.
I chose a ring where the embroidery floss had broken and begun to unravel. The appliqués had also pulled away from the top and needed repair. The base must be secure before the pretty stuff is added. Isn’t that the way of life? If we rush in, just fancy up the surface but don’t deal with the structure, there is no integrity and the pretty will fade and fail.
I carefully clipped the old floss and picked it out. It was kind of like weeding a garden with the exact same satisfaction as I gazed upon the nice clean edge. Lastly, I used white sewing thread to secure the appliqués.
Next will come the embroidery. Blanket stitch will finish off this inner ring. I’m excited to go buy floss for this project!
My grandmother, like so many women of her day, sewed, quilted and crocheted to decorate her home and clothe her family. My mom often told stories of her mom making sewing patterns out of newspaper and clothes from flour sacks. I still love a pretty flour sack!
While my mom did not inherit a desire to crochet, she did, however, become an accomplished seamstress. Clothes, home decor and wedding dresses are all in her sewing portfolio. And I am proud to say that at almost 85, she is still a professional seamstress. She has a thriving home decor sewing business that keeps her very busy.
I picked up the sewing mantle for a while, but eventually moved on to crochet then knitting and now spinning yarn and weaving fabric. Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram and the slow stitching movement I am rediscovering the joys of hand sewing. In addition to working on my quilt I am working on fabric collage.
Life truly is cyclical. We take who we are, what we experience and live our lives passing things along for the next generation to make it their own. The ultimate circle of life.
Have an awesome week. I’ll be at mom’s next week and won’t take the quilt with me but I’ll be back with something.