Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring quilting

This colorful , "busy" quilt top was given to me by my mother a few years ago.  I washed it, folded it up, put it in a closet and thought I'd finish it eventually.  Last month I pulled it out and had a really good look at it. 

First, I wondered who pieced it.  It was hand-pieced with black thread.  The black thread, the fabric designs, the fabric age, and the fact that I recognized the green fabric as belonging to my grandmother lead us to believe that she pieced this top.  Grandmother didn't do it while Mom was still living at home with her parents, and some of the fabric looks 60's - 70's - ish, so we think she probably did it in the 1970's. 

Then I ironed the top, found a sheet I liked from the thrift store, pinned top, cotton batting, and sheet together, and began quilting.  My local yarn store had a bright orange fabric that I liked so I used it to cut bias strips and make the binding.  It covers my king-size bed, but really would be perfect for a double bed. 

The only remaining task is to stitch a label telling who made it and when.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

3rd Annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts

This Friday and Saturday (April 25 - 26) the third annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts will be held in Montgomery, AL at the Alabama National Fairgrounds.  This is the first year the event will be all indoors.  I'm going with a friend.  She and I both went the first year and enjoyed it.  Neither of us were able to attend last year, and this year it looks as though it will be bigger and better than ever, with lots to see, do, and buy for fiber enthusiasts and others. More information is available at Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts