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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Black Work/WPC

Frame

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!

Best of Division

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.

for other entries in this week’s photo challenge, click here.

Quick Pick Request/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Mother brought me a project. She is very accomplished in hand embroidery and she thought this needed an extra addition in the form of a crocheted edge.

Enter me.(She doesn’t crochet.)

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So I have a decision to make. I’ve narrowed down some edgings that I think might prove to be a pretty embellishment.border voting

I’ll be using the same color, ivory, as I’ve started with. No color changes. The intention is a charming heirloom appearance. Number 75 is my current pick. But like Missouri weather, change could come at any minute.

Introducing…… My Mother!!

 

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

It’s time to let you in on my big news!!! My mother joined my Etsy shop this summer and I am very proud to display her items for sale!

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

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Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels

She’s my teacher when it comes to sewing and embroidery, canning, and making jelly & jam. In our community, her jellies and jams are much sought after year round. She’s currently working on some Cherry jam. It won’t sit on her shelf long. We have our first craft show on August 30th and I would take bets on whether she sells out. Cherry and Gooseberry are her top sellers.

So local people, get in line early. You won’t be disappointed!

My next question….Can I get her to sell Jams online??? We shall see. 🙂