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Aug 29 / Jamie

Something Old, Something New

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Earlier this month I was able to do some sewing.  I completed two projects that have both been on my mind for the better part of the past year.  The first was a quilt for my mom.  It was originally supposed to be a birthday present for her last year. This past year has been so intense that it just kept getting pushed back.  In some ways, this was for the best.  Even though we had picked out the pattern and fabric last summer, my mom kept picking up other pieces of fabric she liked over the year.  One week before I cut everything out she picked out two of the fabrics that I think were just perfect.  The pattern was really simple and it all came together nicely.

Quilt for Mimi

Quilt for Mimi

The second project was for my supervisor from the past two years.  She was also one of my advisors from graduate school.  She recently moved into a new office this year and I wanted to make something for her.  I had made the “Girl on a Swing” by Aneela Hooey a few years back for Charlotte, and wanted to play with that same style.  In our work, we often ask children to do a set of drawings called, “House, Tree, Person”.  So this was my take on that.  Charlotte helped me design it and pick out fabrics.  It was so nice to make this piece and my supervisor really liked it.

House Tree Person Quilt

The something old is actually a quilt my grandmother and her sister made.  This was probably done in the late 1970s as she died in 1980.  It was done completely by hand.  It is exquisite.  I can’t even imagine how much time it took them to complete it.  It is so perfectly my color and style.  My mom has it right now.  It had been with my aunt, but she sent it to my mom to have.

Quilt made by my grandmother

Quilt made by my grandmother

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