A Hexagon Table Topper

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A Hexagon Table Topper or A Doll Quilt?

Recently, I had a chance to go through my stash of antique quilt blocks and tops when I found this little charming quilt.  There are some rough edges to fix, but I kinda like the unique and colorful fabric layout!

~Molly

A Seed Pod

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The seed pod of a Eucalyptus Tree

On a recent trip to California, I found this seed pod while on a hike in an area landscaped with all native plants to the region of the country. The day I was hiking there was a light, warm rain when I came upon a Eucalyptus Tree that smelled so wonderful I lingered there for as long as I could, because I love the smell of fresh Eucalyptus!  When I saw these seed pods (like the one in the picture above) on the ground all around the tree, they reminded me of buttons.

~Molly

Take 2: Tan & Red Quilt

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These hand pieced blocks are a version of the Hour Glass Quilt Blocks.

I found these blocks at a garage sale in Pennsylvania over 20 years ago.  The blocks  are hand pieced.  I used a red apron for the red blocks in the sashing and edging; the apron was probably sewn around the same time period the blocks were made.

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I am looking forward to hand quilting this top!

Where ever you are, I hope you are well.

~Molly

Hand Pieced Antique Squares

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I’m laying out these 12 hand pieced blocks on the flannel wall.  I found these blocks in Pennsylvania.  They have been sitting like seeds waiting to see the light of day, and their time has finally come to be turned into a quilt.

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The red fabric used for the sashing squares came from an old apron.

I’ll update you on the progress of this little blanket.

Blessings to you,

~Molly

This Quilt Is Almost Finished!

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I started this Grandmother’s Flower Garden in a hoop and just recently moved it to the frame to finish the quilting on the edges.  This is an antique hand pieced top of hexagon blocks and hand quilted in the traditional pattern.

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I have two “flowers” and an outer row of off white hexagons to finish hand quilting yet.  Once the edging is in place, this quilt will be for sale at my Etsy  “Store” found at the header of my website.

I am charmed by how this quilt is turning out; it looks so good to me!

Stay tuned for more projects to come!

~Molly

My Grandmother Is An Addict

…of fabric and quilting supplies.

I sometimes wonder if my grandchildren will think I’m an addict when they think of me and my fabric, sewing, and quilting busy-ness.

Like for instance, when it comes to my quilt stencil box, I wonder if I will ever hear my grandchildren say to me…

“We’re going to cut you off here…No More Stencils For You…You don’t need any more…You have (and have had) enough!”

Ha!…Ha!…Ha!  I hope so.

Just the thought makes me smile!

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An ordinary box holding extraordinary patterns

Over the years, I’ve collected stencils from all over the United States.  This box is slightly worn, but it is the best place to store my stencils to keep them flat and ready to use.

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I have various sizes, shapes, and designs of stencils for marking quilts.

As I think about marking a quilt, I appreciate all of the options of ideas the various stencils provide.  I become very intoxicated with the whole design process of making a quilt from the fabrics used…to the pattern used…to the fabric layout of a quilt…to the quilting design.  By the time I’ve start the hand quilting…I am so relaxed and excited at the same time to see the project come to fruition!

O happy day!

~Molly

Yesterdays Thriftiness is…

today’s sustainability.  

Dictionary.com defines SUSTAINABILITY as 

1. the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.

2. Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance

As a relative of mine explained it…thriftiness is the finished or consumable goods and sustainability has to do how you manage the raw goods.

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden

  This wall-hanging was hand pieced and given to me by a friend a few years ago.

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I had one large piece of 100% cotton batting and several smaller pieces of the same batting left from other projects.

To make good use of the “extra” pieces of batting left over from other projects, I use a light interfacing iron on pellon. I cut the interfacing into long strips and iron it onto one side of the “seam” piecing the batting together to the size I need.  I, then, iron the interfacing onto the other side of the batting to hold it in place.

*I don’t recommend using Heat And Bond, because it is too firm and it will gum up the needle on a sewing machine, and any needle used to hand quilt.

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A Close Up Of The Hand Quilting

If you wondering if it is harder to hand quilt in the areas where the seams of the batting meet,  in all honesty, I haven’t had any probably quilting at all. I don’t even notice the seams in the batting at all.

While I’m on a trip, I’m hand quilting this hexagon pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden in the traditional way, by following the inside of the hexagon with a quilting stitch.

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I really like how this quilt is taking shape.

I think being thrifty comes with being creative and being crafty.  Using all of the materials and all of the supplies I already have in my little cabin for as many projects as I can is something I value.

Happy First Day of March!

~Molly