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Last night I went to sit and sew at the church and we are starting to cut out our quilt.  Well kinda!  I bought my book a few months ago and I have torn the house apart twice looking for it.  Well yesterday before sit and sew I figured I would never find it.  So I ordered a new one.  At sit and sew Justine let me look at hers for what I needed.  (thank you 🙂 )  Well I said as soon as the other book gets here I will find the first one and guess what?  It did not take that long I found it last night!!!!!!!  Oh well.   So now we have to get things cut out because we will start sewing in October. 

I am using Moda, Civil War Crossings by Barbara Brackman.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  I bought the large fat quarter bundle and am going to get some coordinates to do the sashing, border, binding and backing.  I have never done a quilt with civil war materials.  I usually go for the brighter ones.  But I think I am really going to like this one.   I am making the 12″ blocks, 16 of them and the last one tells a story about the quilt.  I can’t wait to get started sewing.  I think I better have the HQ Sixteen up and running by then!!!!  I will want to quilt this one right away.  Then maybe I will quilt a few of the other ones I have ready to go.  (Maybe lol)


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We are about to start the Underground Railroad Sampler by Eleanor Burns at Sit and Sew at church.  yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy I have not finished a quilt in a while so it will be nice to get back to it.  Time to shop for material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  🙂  This will be the first quilt I have ever made out of civil war reproduction material.  I can’t wait to get started.

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Well when I started quilting I asked my Aunt who made the quilt I had on my bed as a child and I learned that my Grandmother Hemmes did.  Now I may have been told that before but I don’t remember it.  (Remember I am 52 lol)  My brother and I each had one on our twin bunk beds.  Not long before my Mother passed away in 2003 she gave my brother and I these quilts from her house.  While I would never have gotten rid of it how neat it was to find out my Grandmother actually made these.  (Funny the things you find out when you start asking questions)   So I am guessing it is atleast 48 years old or older now and somewhat yellowed around the edges.  These are hand made and tied not quilted with thread.  Then today after going up to EnChanted Yarn and Fibers to do some spinning I found out something else about the quilt.   I called my Aunt on the way home (as I usually do) and we talked about my learning to spin.  We talked about wool and raising Alpaca and she told me she wished she had kept all of Grandmother’s things now that I was learning to do all this stuff.  That the wool in the quilt (the batting is wool in this old quilt) was from my Great Uncle’s sheep farm (two old bachlor brothers, one of which was a twin to my Grandfather Hemmes) and that Grandmother had hand carded this wool for the batting in the quilt.  Now I think that is just too cool and I wish they had kept all of Grandmother’s tools to do this with, but still just think if I had not started quilting and spinning I would probably never have learned all this stuff.   Maybe doing all this stuff is just in my blood!   Thanks Gramma! 



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This was for my daughter-in-law, she is a Scooby Doo Girl 🙂

Quilting done by Justine!

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Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with
all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a
quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares
together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged
and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each
square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the
challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw
hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole
here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the
bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was
disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together,
threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the
light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up
their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me,
and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t
had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there
had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took
from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled
with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and
begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and
guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured
painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not
melt with in my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly
judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to
accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of
my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at
the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes,
creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with
warmth and love in His eyes. He said, ‘Every time you gave over your life to
Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light
in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there
was more of Me than there was of you.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!



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My daughter is a nurse at the Neo Natal Unit at Vanderbilt and now and then I make quilts for her little ones.  This is for one of the little boys.   It is all sports stuff.  (I have to make something the Dad’s like too now and then.)  These are very small quilts.

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I wanted to make a quilt from one of those Charm packs (Moda Splish Splash), so one day I just sat down and started putting it together.  I did not have a pattern and I also improvised the border.  The quilting on this one was done by Justine.  It is hard to see but she did waves and starfish on it and it turned out so cute.  Someday I will give it to someone.  lol

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