Wednesday, January 6, 2010


We're bracing ourselves for another wintry blast here. And we're not accustomed to it. At all. Oh well, at least our winters are short. Wonderfully soon it will be my favorite season - SPRING! I can hardly wait for all the new growth.

One good thing about cold weather is........... I finally got back to working on my quilt. I was up quite late last night.

Quite early actually this morning. :) But I got most of the top sewn together. YAY!! One more row of squares should do it. Still have to make the backing, and I'm almost sure that I'll make another complete quilt top for that so I'll have a reversible quilt for our bed. Good idea, huh? This one is going to take a loooooooong time to finish - any way you look at it, so I'm pretty sure I'll have to sneak in some quick projects to keep myself from getting too discouraged.
I was cleaning out my lingerie (sounds a little better than underwear, doesn't it?) drawer last night and ran across a couple of sweet handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother.

This one I really should have thrown away years ago, but I just can't. You can see how thin it is - the other one is completely visible beneath it. This one was made by my grandmother's mother who died when my grandmother was only two years old. Even though the body of the little handkerchief is almost gone, isn't it touching that the handwork she did all those years ago is still intact and so beautiful!
And that's one reason so many of us love to make things by hand. The love that we put into a lot of those things will still be visible long after we're gone. This great-grandmother of mine who I never knew would have died around 1907, and I'm still admiring her beautiful handiwork!
Have a great day!
Hugs and kisses,


Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, Elaine - you should put that beautiful hanky in a frame -- what a treasure. I love your pinwheels too!

Millie said...

Elaine, your pinwheels are so pretty and I can't wait to see your finished quilt. I have to agree it is cold, stay warm with one of your other beautiful quilts!

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Another pretty quilt!! I know what you mean about not throwing old worn linens away. They are a treasure. I agree you should frame it. Stay warm! blessings,Kathleen

Oiyi said...

The pinwheel quilt has such cheerful colors! That's really nice. And those hankies are a wonderful keepsake to have.

Annie said...

Pinwheel quilt is looking good - love the little purses out of the moda squares - might try som of those, It's HOT here - nearly 40 and we are sweltering in the heat - sending you a blast of it.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So true Elaine. That is why I'm not too keen on scrapbooking. It doesn't seem like something that would really test the time of generations but a quilt, well cared for, is a thing of beauty that can be passed down. I've enjoyed catching up with you this morning.