Unexpected Reveal/AtoZ 2019

The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!

Embroidered blocks by my mother
Embroidered blocks by my mother

This project is separate from the Star blocks I’m creating but still fits into the Letter U because the recipients will be Unsuspecting. And I love surprises don’t you?!

Lap Quilt Top with 3 of mom's blocks
Lap Quilt Top with 3 of mom’s blocks

She gave me an uneven number of blocks so it was up to me as to how to create with them. She gave me free reign. I’ll be using up mother’s blocks in this style in lap quilts. And maybe they’ll be ready by next Christmas??

Sunflower Block by Mom
Sunflower Block by Mom

Did You Know?

Sunflowers originated in the Americas in 1000 BC. In 1996 it was chosen as a symbol for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. I think that makes it pretty special!

Come back here Monday for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in

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Let the Sun Shine In/Sunday Sampler

Sunflowers are historically know for being happy flowers. So a little sun on your shoulders is just the thing to send cheer someone’s way. Which is the inspiration for my latest item on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy.

And then of course it helps that my daughter is enjoying these beauties in person in the  Sunflower State.

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See you next time on The Sunday Sampler

It’s Not Sunday/Sunday Sampler

Being a bit under the weather this last week has me a bit behind. Here in Missouri, we allergy sufferers are anxiously waiting that first frost. So feeling sorry for me, the hubby took my shopping list and dutifully picked out a pair of pillow cases for me. I had a wedding reception to attend and these pictured below would be part of my gift to the loving couple.

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The work in progress and completion.

Now I haven’t embroidered for awhile. Since moving my sewing room to the basement to be precise. Ron kept asking me if I was figuring it out as I tapped away at the computer. You see, you have to execute the design before it ever goes into the machine. Takes more effort and time than most people realize. But waaayy less time than creating it by hand thankfully. But I was ok with the results and used the deco pillow as the test item before starting on the actual pillow cases.

Now for the fun part…..sharing the love 🙂

Aren’t they adorable????

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Love those cowgirl boots Angela!!

How fitting when they were having tractor pulls literally right outside that door!

Only in Missouri 🙂

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Just had to include our favorite 1st grader, Weston! He was quite the dancer!

And may they live happily ever after!

Black Work/WPC

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I’ll be taking the Photo Challenge literally this week with my shot of this framed, intricate, embroidery black work that was entered in the Missouri State Fair.

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Along with many other entries it has a purple ribbon symbolizing excellence in a hand created item. It won Special Best of Division. The owner should be loaded with pride!

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Close Up

Here’s a close up of the details. I picture them getting totally consumed in the creation of this piece of framed art. It’s most definitely a true labor of love.

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Remembering to Reverse/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Mother brought me a little something to ‘fix’. The photo on the left is of an embroidery project that has faded drastically. It made it nearly impossible for her to complete. The photo on the right is the pattern that she used to iron onto the towel.File_002 (4)

With sharpie and a sheet of mylar, I traced the pattern. Rough I know, but should do the trick.

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Unless you copy it to the wrong side of the towel. oops.

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Excuse #2006 to make a trip to the local fabric place and spend the last of my gift card. Blue will be better for Mother to see anyway. Right?!

Have a wonderful week!!

A Little Latino/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back from the A to Z Challenge and with that I’ll begin the Sunday Sampler again. To start I’m showcasing Momma’s Set of 2 Flour Sack Towels with this picture.

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Mother hand cuts, hems and then hand embroiders these. A true exhibit of her talent.

These were just listed today on Etsy. Click here to take a shop stroll.

No Ragrets/ Letter R

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Rachel was turning 9 and I was determined to make her a quilt. Time was short and I needed one pretty quickly. The theme would be ‘puppies’. We had a golden retriever puppy that we all loved so! He was officially ‘Sir Duke Flash Finnell’ on his AKC Paperwork. He jumpstarted my quilt project being he was the object of so much love and affection.

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Close up of back and front views.

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Keepsakes/ Letter K

Mother is a pretty good seamstress. She spent countless hours and used up a lot of patience  keeping me focused back in my 4-H’er days. Thought I’d share a couple of her talents for my letter K entry in the A to Z Challenge.

Last summer she handed down her Raggedy Ann and Andy doll patterns to me. il_fullxfull.595566146_588s

These dolls were made for each of her grandchildren. My mother and Aunt Glenda each made them so no one would be left out of this special treat. Probably because I’m not a grandma yet, (and I’m not in Any hurry) I have yet to find time to make one. It takes a little more dedication than I can seem to harness right now. There’s the proper fabric, notions and then doing the hand embroidery that keeps me from diving in. I could go on about that ‘time’ excuse but we need to move on to…..

Keepsake #2

towelsMother hand embroiders and these gems are a going off to grad school with my eldest daughter. Mother wanted to put them on Etsy, but I’ve nabbed them myself for the $25 she was asking. I only need to get them pressed on the ol’ ironing board and Rachel will have good quality flour sack towels as well as a ‘K’eepsake.

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I’m Elvis/ Letter I

One of my favorite White Elephant gift projects of all time was an apron.

Not just any apron, but an Elvis apron.

Whadaya mean Elvis?

Well here, I’ll show you.

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This item was created with my embroidery machine, AKA Brother Esante’ that is 20+ years old now. Still going however not always in a strong way. Since moving it to my basement sewing room, I have yet to put it to use. I hang my head when I tell you this.

Back to the gift. The recipient was pretty dang pleased and so was his wife. Maybe she saw the potential of having hubby do more dinners after work? I wouldn’t blame her. (FACT:My husband is a terrific cook.)

The gift was repeated as an item on Etsy and I’m told it was a surprise gift from daughter to her father. They lived states apart and it was heartwarming  me to do the shipping        ‘to Dad’.

“You only pass through this life once; you don’t come back for an encore” Elvis Presley

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