Pieceful Memories Blog

Sharing many memories old and new. Friendly insights and free hugs.

I really want to do better about keeping in contact with other quilters and sewing many quilt projects this year. Every Year seems to present it's own road blocks, but with a renewed spirit and lots of effort, I want this year to be my year to craft, craft, craft. Crochet doilies, kitchen items, sewn items, Brazilian Embroidery, Red work, doll quilts, table toppers and QUILTS!!! More of everything crafty!!! I wish you all a Happy New Year blessed with all that is good and a closer walk with the Lord. Hugs,

Does anyone else out there find it hard to find the time to sew quilts? It seems the demands of every day keep me from doing the things I love to do. Either too many things to get done, or no energy left to sew. I am blessed with many supplies, just little or no time. I have tried setting a time and saying this is MY time, leave me alone, LOL. But it never seems to work out. What motivates you in getting the time to sew and how much time do you ususally sew a day?

Looks like I will need to get myself in gear!!! Found out today I am going to be a Great Grandmother again. This will be the first for my Grandson and wife and it is due in December. One of my Granddaughters made me a Great Grandmother last August with a baby boy. I also am a Great Aunt of a baby boy born three weeks ago.  They are putting out babies quicker than I am able to do quilts! LOL  My neighbor had a baby girl about 8 weeks ago and I have lots of little friends who need quilts. Guess I better find some quick quilts and get busy!!! Any suggestions???

I have never used Batik fabrics and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on care, do the fabrics easily fade?, tips or suggestions??

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I decided to not post more pictures of memories today, just let you know I am Thankful!! I worry, worry, worry and at my age, it is a hard habit to stop. I realized my memories may be peaceful or they could break me into "pieces".......... my daily fears need to stop or I won't have "new pieceful memories" to write about..Did I just make sense?? Anyways, I wanted to share my worry weakness and ask for you all to pray with me about doing more "piecing quilts" and far less worry! I have always said "Fear separates us from God". I know we are NOT to worry, but it has been a big part of my heritage and being sixty is far to long to hold onto this destructive behavior!! My blood work is getting worse and worse, my diabetes more out of control and I lay most of it to stress. I need to channel those stresses into more quilts!! So.. I am Thankful for you and ask for you to help me pray about this. I have many many family issues right now, I will not bore you with the details. God knows them already. God has given me many talents to use and he has added the friendships of many. I need to stay focused on what He has done for me and given me. That my dear friends, includes each of you!! Hugs,

Now I bet your wondering how these two cookie jars have anything in common with Heaven. Well, allow me to share their story. Mr. Pig, on the right, was a gift to my parents, Cloyce and Betty Phillips, on their wedding day June 14, 1945. He spent much of his life with my parents. One day he was so graciously given to me by my Mother to have and to hold. I was now married and my husband's Grandmother, Maple May, was the proud owner of Ms. Winnie. I always admired her cookie jar because I had become so fond of my Mr. Pig. When sadly we lost Grandma May in 1976, I was asked if there was anything of hers I would like to have. I had two requests. Of course one was this precious cookie jar and the other was I wanted an apron that Grandma May often wore.  So because Grandma May passed over to the other side into Heaven, Mr. Pig and Ms. Winnie were united together in our home. The litte pigs and kittens were random finds. Since Mr and Mrs. Pig had no pigletts of their own, they were delighted to adopt! Just one more piece of history created into "Pieceful Memories"! 

 

 

This beautiful rocking chair belonged to my Grandma Mamie. It holds precious memories!! Us Grandkids often sat at her feet watching her crochet beautiful doilies, outfits or clothing for Dolls of other Lands (Countries), and other crochet items. She would Crochet, rock, and chew gum so fast we could hardly see the crochet hook fly!! When she came to a difficult place in her crochet, she would stop rocking, stop crocheting and stop chewing the gum until she figured out what to do next. Then the rocking, crochet and chewing would resume with amazing speed and accuracy!! She read her Bible, The Workbasket magazine, and Daily Devotionals or Sunday School booklets in this rocking chair. Many a Grandchild were gently rocked on her lap. I am so blessed to have this awsome Rocking chair.

I also have posted a picture of the small wooden box she displayed on the wall beside the Rocking chair. The little drawers held safty pins, needles, buttons and other small items. I can remember to this day the many nook and cannies at Grandma and Grandpa's house. I have many things to help with those memories, but the greatest of all is not the "things" , is the Christian faith they held tight to, their love for family, and there frugal ways. They shared so much with everyone who knew them. Their life was a "pieced" masterpiece they made for their family. I am Thankful to have been a part of their life. 

Grandpa Charley did wood working of yard ornaments and small Barns for the Grandsons. I wish I could get a picture of some of his work, but those may be long gone. He was a humble man. He gave good hugs, sweet smiles and lots of encouragement. To this day, I miss them!!

 

I have been plaqued with trouble on this site. I had to change my settings so that two particular hackers could not get thru my blog into my email account. It is so frustrating the steps I have been thru. I considered closing out of QCA because of the turmoils Everyone be aware!!! It is a shame we have to deal with such issues when all we want is a "Pieceful" place to share our memories and concerns, our love for quilting and to encourage one another! Hugs to you all and Happy Quilting!

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I decided to just add a border to the quilt in question. . It ended up being 58" X 74". An odd size however I am satisfied. It will be a great "sofa" quilt. Machine pieced,  Framed 16 patch block woth an 5 1/2" unfinished border. I want to attempt to quilt this on my sewing machine. Thanks for all the suggestions. And yes, as usual my cat got into the picture bottom right. Barely can see him. My Schnauzer, P.T. wanted his picture taken so here he is, too. He is 11 yrs. old, diabetic, and soooo sweet! His food stains his mouth but he still is a handsome fella!

I am just wondering what your thoughts are on the many different give aways and contests out there. I have entered several and certainly appreciate the opportunity to do so. I have found however, that many of the contests are slow to post the winners and with some, I never am able to find a post of the winners. I saw one today that made a serious, yet understandable, mistake when notifying the winner. It worked out in the end thanks to one of the two generous winners who gave a portion of her winnings to the one who was mis notified.

 I just wonder if these give aways are worth the effort? Do you sign up for as many as you can? I have won two quilting books, a journal, and one other prize and was so excited to win each time. Other times, like others are, I am disappointed. I know it is all in fun, I guess I just want to know others thoughts on this subject. BTW, good luck if you sign up for these, and my comdolences to those who don't seem to be "lucky". We are all winners by focusing on the friendships we have built through QCA and other sites. Thanks ahead of time for your comments and suggestions. and as always, Hugs!

 

I am working on this scrappy quilt which has twelve 16" finished, framed 16 patch blocks. The block borders are 2" finished. I am undecided as to add one border and make it a lap quilt, or add a decorative border of some sort.

 I am leaning toward the lap quilt with just adding one possibly three to four in inch border. Any suggestions??

I have made two more little quilts but need to tie them before they are completely done.

The larger one is 22" X 28"' and is red, white and blue "cheaters cloth' (preprinted blocks by the yard fabric) and muslin. It is machine sewn, and will be hand tied. The three layers of top, batting and muslin backing were sewn together in the "inside out" style instead of having a binding. I use a thin batting. I used 100% cotton fabric.

The 15" x 19" smaller purple and orange quilt is an alternate 3 1/4" finished pieced windmill blocks and 3 1/4" square block. It is machine pieced, will be hand tied and the three layers were also sewn together using what I call the "inside out" method rather than having a binding. It has a finished 2" border. Also has a thin batting. The fabric is 100% cotton Wal Mart's wide fabric rolls.

  

These are my favorite pot holder to crochet. Quick and easy and very functional! I use J & P Coats Speed- Cro-Sheen size 3 100% Mercerized cotton crochet thread, which is very hard to find. I have found in years past, this thread becomes available and then off the market again, so when I am able to find it, I buy it up!!  It is heavier than size 10 thread, so I adapted the pattern for this choice of thread. I have been making these 6 1/2" crocheted pot holders for about 40 years or so and often give them for gifts. I tried to sell them, but the cost of the thread was so expensive and no one would pay what I had in the cost of the thread, let alone my time. So I reserve them mostly for gifts. The cottons available now are are too soft for this pot holder.

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Handmade Memories from a friend

Jimmy Medley

 

We have actually “potty trained” several kids on this and it hold memories in many ways. Jimmy passed away at a young age from heart trouble. He was a good friend to us.

We met Jimmy Medley when we attended First Church of the Nazarene in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Jimmy made this potty chair for me and I stained it and painted little children, etc. on it. I added an old porcelain bowl for the “pot“.

 

In Memory of Sarah Pruitt and Arlene Johnson

 

(June 13, 1942-April 13, 1996) (December 2, 1941-February 5, 2006)

 

My Gift from Heaven!

Two of my dear Tennessee friends both passed away with cancer. Before leaving this world, Sarah requested Arlene to make me a set of ceramic Grandpa and Grandma dolls. I had seen a set Sarah had and loved them. My son, Scott had bought Sarah a new dress for her Granny doll. He had been thru brain cancer/Tumor and we were interested in befriending Sarah as she went thru hers. I had no idea Sarah planned this gift to me. Sarah and Arlene had been friends for some time and Arlene agreed to make the dolls for me. Shortly after Sarah passed away, Arlene came knocking on my door and said she had a gift for me. It was a large box and I could not imagine what she had done. To my surprise, it was a set of “Old People” who I had adored , not quite finished and in need of clothes. Arlene proceeded to tell me that Sarah sent me this gift from Heaven. What a wonderful surprise! Arlene had done the ceramic painting and some of the assembly, but was having difficulty so I was privileged to finish them. My husband, Nelson and son Scott got me new outfits for them at a flea market in Cullman, Alabama. What a blessing these two women were in my life and I am forever grateful for their friendship and the Gift from Heaven.

 My son got me the little girl doll in between Grandpa and Grandma.

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