Saturday, 16 June 2012

My Oldest UFO and catching up....

In an old box rescued from my parents house along with school reports and certificates I came across a piece of embroidery I had done in Primary school.  I thought hard and actually remember working on this - I was 10 years old and now I am 43 so it's quite a treasure.  It was tacked roughly onto a piece of cardboard and was stained in several places.

I carefully unpicked it from the cardboard and with my heart in my mouth washed it very gently in my kitchen sink.  I was so hoping it wouldn't fall apart or that the colours would run.  Luckily neither event happened - phew !!  Once dry I trimmed it down and added a couple of little borders.  Then I hand quilted it and added binding.  I really love it and am so glad to have it done.  I will add a label and may even mount it in a frame.  My DH can't believe I embroidered this at age 10 but I guess I was always destined to have a needle in my hand. Here it is...

Whilst browsing through my photos I realised I have never shown photos of a quilt I finished last year.  There is a bit of a story to this one.. A while back I was unable to sew due to a back injury which turned out to be a slipped disc. During this time I did a lot of crochet as I could manage to do this whilst lying flat on my back.  But my fabrics kept calling to me and one day I put some fabrics together that would end up in a quilt. These were put in a box and forgot about.  Months later I came across them and whilst browsing about on the web I came across a pattern on the sewwequilt website.  Here is the link. I decided to get this quilt done and it was the quickest quilt I ever made.  I love this quilt so much - I have named it my Morphine Quilt because those were the pills I was taking when I chose the colours - lol..I use this quilt a lot when I'm reading and feeling a bit cold. 

Not the best photos - really must get a new camera.  My friend Julie loved this so much she is making one in 30's prints. I will try and get a photo when it is done. I have loads more to show but am going to try and keep to smaller posts until I'm caught up.  Carolyn and I have an agreement to try and get our blogs moving again - lets see how we get on.

18 comments:

JoyceLM said...

I love your Morphine quilt. I saw the same pattern on that website & fell in love with it & designed one in patriotic colors. But I never made it & forgot about it. Your lovely quilt kick-started my memory & now I really want to make my own soon.

Diane-crewe said...

what memories you have shared with these 2 projects xx thank you x

vtquilter said...

That is a cute Morphine quilt! A great pattern idea for a quick baby quilt.
That hand work is great.... age 10! Wow.

Gail said...

Love your little stitchery quilt! What a great memory. I think the Morphine quilt is lovely and the name is perfect! I have a year I call the year of the doctor so that name makes perfect sense. I love your new header photo as well. But most of all I love having you back in blogville!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Both projects are wonderful - you were a talented 10 year old!!!

sewkalico said...

How precious that your stitchery has lived to tell the tale.
Fun quilt!!
Small bloggy steps are fine with me :)

Anne Heidi said...

Oh I LOVE your quilt- the colors are just perfect!

Carolyn said...

The quilt is beautiful and I love that you found your little stitchery and refinished it! What a lovely memory. I did a lot of embroidery at that age as well, but most of it was done on dishtowels, so they're long gone. Okay...I guess it's my turn to post! :)

simplestitches said...

love your quilt! and how wonderful to have something started so long ago now finished...looks great

Chris H said...

You embroidery from 33 years ago is gorgeous!

Jindi's Cottage said...

OMG your little embroidery is so gorgeous...love it framed up and quilted as you've done..such a treasure and to think you were only 10 and those stitches are so perfect!...
Love the morphine quilt...might need to put that one on the wish list, I just adore pinwheels...

Pam said...

I need to try and join you with getting back to blogging. I love the colours of your Morphine quilt. It looks like a split 9 patch pattern but with pinwheels in some of the squares. Great pattern. Cute idea to frame your old embroidery. I think I may have one or two of those tucked away somewhere. I have been busy with all kinds of things and really do need to get back to blogging. I think about doing it often. Nice to see you again!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

SO glad to see you blogging again! Your stitchery is adorable and has a wonderful history!

A Time for Stitching said...

It must be lovely to have some sewing you did in your childhood days. I did lots of sewing when I was younger and have nothing to show for it. I don't suppose there are many 10 year olds today who could sew like that either!
Teresa x

Quilts And Pieces said...

I love your pills quilts! I think it turned out great!

Floss said...

Wow, what a teasure to have something you made when you were so young. I love it and the morphine quilt too.

Guðrún said...

That stitchery sure is a treasure, it makes me think of pieces I did hundreds of years ago, maybe I should dig them up. Your Morphine quilt is great.

stash busting nurse said...

Its great when you find little projects you had forgotten about. I love the morphine quilt it is a great pattern.