Thursday, May 24, 2007

Serendipity



I've been working hard on my Quilt 24 Challenge, trying to get that done and out of the way. The trouble is I don't know where to stop sometimes! LOL The good news is that I have figured out what the rest of my projects will be, have them cut out and some are well on their way to being done. Where does the Serendipity come in? Well, I had quite a few strips left, ranging in size from 1" to 2" wide and most not longer than 8". I finally decided to cut them into 1 1/2" widths x 6 1/2" to get the most that I could. I figured I would 'frame' a block or something and had enough to do 9 blocks. Then I thought I would maybe do some redwork in blocks, good idea. I stayed up late one night surfing the internet for redwork patterns. I then thought since I'm doing that other hand embroidery, I didn't want to do any more handwork, so switched my thinking to machine embroidery--a whole other set of internet sites. I couldn't find quite what I was imagining, finally settling on maybe doing the days of the week and I'd figure something out for the other two blocks. I went to bed with that on my mind. Well, you know what sleep does for you! It goes into overdrive in thinking, processing and assimilating all the information it took in for the day! I woke up with a great idea! My mother had given me a set of tea towels my grandmother embroidered years ago. I didn't even get dressed, eat breakfast or anything before heading to the studio. I found the bag! And there were enough for 8 blocks and I quickly decided that embroidering a center block with "When this you see, Remember me" in it.AND they were 6 1/2" square! The only thing was that one block was a bit stained from what appears to be a little rust from the hoop and in the other, it must have been the last thing she was working on, because their were a few small flowers that were not done. I thought about finishing it, but then decided not to--remember her just as it is. I have everything laid out..and had enough fabric left to cut down to 1 1/4" and sewed them all together for a small border, in between two white borders. I have an idea for the last outside border, but will withhold judgement until I get to that point.

****** Gratitudes************

1. Days were everything seems to fall into place

2. The lush, green grass of spring

3. Waking up to the birds singing

5 comments:

Laurie Ann said...

Wow, that is just perfect! It was obviously meant to be. Your grandma would be happy!

Su Bee said...

Let's hear it for sleep -- LOL! Your Grandma would be proud - what an inspired idea!

KCQuilter said...

Love those embroidered blocks!!! I've been on a stitchery kick myself and love seeing it in quilts!!!

Susan said...

What a great way to use the handtowels embroidered by your grandmother! The stain and the unfinished block just make it perfect, in my opinion.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

How lucky. The quilt looks lovely - the red is fantastic.