July 1, 2012
Our family’s old patchwork bears are so old that they needed patches on their patchwork!
I spent just an hour or so fixing them up before displaying them downstairs in our newly remodeled space.
Even though they are considered ‘unfashionable’ these days, old quilted bears carry many happy
childhood memories with them and those will never go out of style in my opinion.
My oldest girl grabbed this vintage red patchwork bear in a flee market when she was small.
I made the old white patchwork bear from a ripped and discarded quilt. It was formerly a
“wedding ring” pattern quilt. Although there was little of it remaining I hadn’t the heart
just to toss the scraps out without trying to salvage something from them!
More Old Quilted Bears To Look At:
Quilts of Bears:
Free Teddy Bear Patterns:
April 10, 2012
This pale yellow, sawtooth star quilt was made by one of my in-laws.
- Quilting as you go (stitchinglife.com)
- Wanna get lazy?? (quiltingismytherapy.com)
- Sparkling Sawtooth Star (thoughtandfound.wordpress.com)
- Back to Work (myfavoritecolor.wordpress.com)
- 100 Days – Week of Quilting – Featured Quilt 7 (themodernquiltguild.com)
- 12: Vanishing Nines quilt (50thingsinayear.wordpress.com)
- Applique Dog Patterns Free (twincitiesdesigncollective.com)
- New Quilts (myfavoritecolor.wordpress.com)
- Learnin’ & Creatin’ (ladykscraftroom.wordpress.com)
- Ticker Tape Quilts (countrybydesign.wordpress.com)
March 26, 2012
This is my grandmother’s flower garden, actually it is my great grandmother’s flower garden to be exact. This elaborate quilt was made with calico from the 1930s and 40s. Many of these calico fabrics came from old flower sacks.
This is a quilted flower close up. This particular pattern was very popular during the Great Depression Era. Many of the women among my relations quilted but my Great Grandmother Dean was the most articulate of the bunch. This entire quilt was made by hand. There are twelve to fifteen stitches per inch!
March 23, 2012
A couple of years ago, my daughters and I were searching through a little antique shop for a gift and saw a bunch of tiny walnut pincushions. These were so miniature and sweet that I decided to make them that year for Christmas. Cracking the walnut in half is the most difficult part of this project, but, If you can manage it, the rest is as easy as can be!
Side view of my walnut pincushion
Brief Description: These tiny walnut pincushions make unique gifts. Trifles like these also are excellent additions to miniature collections and novelty boxes.
1. one cleaned walnut split in half and hollowed out.
2. tiny pincushion template
4. decorative button
5. small handful of cotton stuffing
6. a small swatch of woven check or plaid
7. tacky white glue
- Cut a piece of woven check fabric after drawing around the template provided. (3 inch diameter circle)
- Sew a loose straight stitch around the edge of the fabric circle.
- Gently pull the end of the thread in order to create a pouch for the cotton to be stuffed.
- Stuff the cotton in firmly and sew the edges tightly down around the stuffing.
- Sew on a button for decoration.
- Stuff the walnut half with cotton and then glue the tiny pin cushion on top of the walnut.
Top view of my walnut pincushion.
- Happy Dance! (quiltobsession.wordpress.com)
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- Plush Fox Doll D.I.Y. (abeautifulmess.typepad.com)
March 20, 2012
Preschool and Kindergarten sewing activities that will improve eye-hand motor skills are a must. Below, I have listed the most common supplies that even a homeroom teacher may adapt for quiet time use with her small charges. Teachers should only supply large, plastic, round-tipped needles to children this young!
- Lacing Cards
- Stringing Giant Beads
- Sew’n Sew (wooden sewing block)
- Stringing cereal
Sewing activities for first through third graders may be similar to the above suggestions only slightly more complicated in nature.
- Two-sided felt animals with pre-cut holes. Teachers can also craft projects like these using paper.
- Stringing small beads
- Stringing dried fruit or candy as a gift for a parent
- Sewing decorative threads to pre-printed holiday cards
Sewing for fourth graders and up! Although there are many children younger than nine or ten who can sew, we suggest that teachers wait until fourth or fifth grade to introduce kids to sewing projects in the classroom. This is because sewing with sharp needles requires some mature accountability on the part of a student. Teachers need to be in charge of any artistic activities that involve this kind of risk taking. A sewing needle can seem harmless enough, but, there are many health risks involved when open wounds are probable, even when the wound is the size of a pin prick. So proceed with caution and write a note home or send an e-mail to your student’s parents explaining that their child will be expected to conduct themselves appropriately with sewing materials in your classroom.
- Vintage Book Sewing Kit D.I.Y. (abeautifulmess.typepad.com)
- Sew-a-long coming soon! (artycrafty.wordpress.com)
- So Much Sewing (lalliw.wordpress.com)
- Cecelia Pearl Bryant and her Singer treadle sewing machine (randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com)
- How to Make a Sock Puppet (skunkstories.wordpress.com)
March 19, 2012
Circle/Square Design, Quilters often include needlework in the circles
Trellis Pattern, applique designs often go in the larger squares
Narrow Diamonds, include a large applique’ for the center
Add and subtract blocks to size the quilt according to your needs. Jpg. Is copyrighted by Kathy Grimm 2012. For private use, map should not be resold. Shopkeepers and/or teachers may post these for students or recopy for educational purposes or note taking inside of an actual classroom or store, but not online.
March 13, 2012
This is one of my first attempts at crafting a hand-sewn Santa.
I also sculpted the mask from an oven-bake clay like Sculpey.
I used acrylic paints on his face and then sealed it with a wood varnish.
My Santa’s beard is made from lamb’s wool.
I had a very old quilt that was falling apart in every way possible.
Instead of tossing it, I recycled it into this patchwork coat.
The cotton prints from my grandmother’s old quilt were recycled
from old flour sacks.
- patchwork vs quilt (kreatifhands.wordpress.com)
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- New Patchwork Rucksack in the Making (diannajessie.wordpress.com)
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