Aunt Glenda Inspired/ Letter A

First off, welcome to the 2016 A to Z April Blog Challenge, my version. You will hopefully find a little inspiration for yourself among my posts this month. This will be my 3rd year in a row, 2nd time on this blog, to participate.  My theme for this round is Creativity. Be sure to say hello and let me know you dropped by. I’d love to hear from you!  I hope you’ll take time to visit some of the other bloggers out there.

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When my husband and I got married, one of my favorite wedding gifts came from Aunt Glenda. She appliqued a set of 4 flour sack towels for us and I still love having them out on display. They serve double duty here as they make great covers for my appliances. I could put those gadgets all away like the picturesque kitchens in magazines. But my kitchen is a ‘working’ kitchen. We make 3 meals a day most of the time. I am a licensed home childcare provider and we feed home cooked meals here. My little applique towels keep my kitchen cheerful.

So recently I made a version of my own.

Here’s a before and after of the applique piece. The embroidery is hand stitched. I hadn’t hand embroidered for a long time so I needed to brush up a bit before I started. This little project has a lot of promise for future gift giving. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, house warmings, Mother’s Day (don’t forget your Mom, Sunday,May 8) or just for myself.

And, by the way Aunt Glenda, You’re pretty awesome!

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The Blanket Stitch (as seen on Pinterest)

I recently made a few of these……IMG_3707 (2) IMG_3809 (2) IMG_3804 (2)

And this one is on Etsy as of this morning….

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So I thought I’d share just how useful via Pinterest the Blanket stitch is to sewing items across the board.

There’s Edges for Felt items(wool penny rugs)f5165e5b5a740b06ff60cf98a8c3c8a6

For applique

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Garment edging…

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And of course if you’re crocheting on the edge, it’s a critical foundation stitch.

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William Penn once said :”Time is what we want most but what we use worst.”

I guess what those of us on Etsy do is

sell you the time you don’t have 🙂