Sunday, June 12, 2011


Just look at this lovely bouquet of yummy colors. Summer inspired threads to add to my new summer project.

All of these goodies (which make me giddy everytime I look at them) will be used in my Summer project, inspired by this very creative person. I will be working on a quilt. Something of an heirloom to hopefully pass on to my kids someday. I will be hand stitching, free embroidery with the help of Miss Mabelle, adding pretty little bits and bobs of fabric, doilies, hankies and dresser scarves all on a base of pillow cases sewn together. I have already started with the little horse you see in the photo. Abby sketched her famous horse in her own little Abby style and I stitched it into a palomino (her favorite kind of horse). Then I snipped small circles from a favorite dress of hers when she was little, and stitched them around the doily. The doily will then be sewn onto the quilt wherever it may suit my fancy at the time.

I have many ideas floating in my head---things I would like to add to the quilt. Maybe a few favorite quotes or stitchings to remember special family events or moments. Kinda like a memoir of our family that we can wrap around ourselves and snuggle with.

I'm guessing it might take me a little longer than the summer. But, this is one project I really want to see to the end. Sometimes I start something with good intentions then life gets so busy and my good intentions get pushed to the back burner.

My very good friend, Cammy, is going to do one as well. We made a deal to keep each other in line and stitch together. Now that it is summer, it is something we can both make time for.

I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

Can't wait to dig in and get stitching.

What summer projects are you working on?


Anonymous said...

Oh...I love it! What a special and treasured thing to do! Too bad your Mom...the non-sewing person that she is, didn't hand down such a treasure to you. You definitely got that wonderful trait from your great-grandmother! I am so proud of you for all the special things you do! Love Abby's palomino!
Love, Mom xo

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Hello! I'm so happy to have found you. I came over from Hope's blog. I love your work!
Your Summer project looks like it will turn out beautifully. I am working on a few things, but mostly altering matchboxes. I'm in the middle of a strawberry-themed matchbox swap. So fun!
I found your follow button, and I will be back soon!

Connie said...

I adore your memoir keeper...such beautiful color and fabric combinations. Your blog is lovely as well! I'm adding you to my links

Abby said...

I <3 horses!!!