Monday, February 29, 2016

Blogging break

Things will be quiet here at the Lilypad for a while. We are dealing with some issues that must take priority, as we minister to a loved one who has entered hospice care.

I hope that everyone will join me in prayer and hopes for a peaceful, comfortable entrance through that Gate that we all aspire to. Heaven will be rejoicing soon, and loved ones will welcome her.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

I'll be back when I can. Much love to all of you.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Vintage child's apron . . . strategy?

Hi, all of you Lilypad friends!

I need some advice today . . . a recent find has me worried. Let me show you some photos:

(Please disregard my kitty cat slippers. Yes, kitty cat slippers. I'm quirky that way. I hope you don't judge me for it, but I'm not going to change my ways if you do.)

To me, this looks like a child's apron, made from feedsacks. You'll see the texture in another photo. Isn't it cute? It's embroidered and has the blue binding to mark the seams and outline the whole thing. The ties are missing -- looks like it was an ongoing problem, since there are safety pins there!

The middle is just so dirty -- I think when this little one was helping mom or grandma with the cooking and baking, little hands were wiped on the front many, many times!

I really like the outline for the tiny pocket, above.

A sweet shade of pink is stitched around the bib, and the flowers there are adorable.

Love the old-fashioned basket of posies, too. And somehow I am comforted by the fact that someone else's reverse side is not as tidy as it could be . . . my embroideries are not so tidy on the back, either! (Grin)

There's one spot that looks like it might be something that was printed on the feedsack?

From the back, it looks like "R A P" but I could be wrong.

Here are my questions . . . should I try to clean this carefully? Should I try to restore it, making little ties and trying to re-create the blue binding, and all of that?

Or, should I just think of this as a possible pattern for an apron?

Some of you have much more experience with these vintage finds -- maybe you can advise me!

Looking forward to some discussions, here!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Small and Sweet Mini Day!

Have you joined the party? Each month, Mishka and Jacquelynne Steves are bringing us cute mini-quilt patterns! Sew much fun!

If you are new to the party, here is where you can join up: click this link and you will be magically transported through cyberspace to the place where you can sign up!

These are cute quilts that finish at 26 inches square -- perfect for a quick project to keep the winter blues away, and offer us (almost) instant gratification with a fast finish! (Grin)

Here is my "take" on the Love You pattern from Jacquelynne . . .

I ran out of time to make the whole quiltie, so I took some Valentine-themed fabrics and made two blocks.

Above, is the original applique from Jacquelynne; the little Cupid's arrow is the perfect touch!
Below, another look, with an appliqued heart from a lively print:

Jacquelynne's patterns are always so clear and easy to use; here is the block once the first borders are on . . . I love this!

I added the black border with cornerstones, and then freemotioned some hearts and curlies all over the blocks:

I'm going to be very brave and let you see closeups of my quilting here:

The backs of the blocks received a scrappy backing from other "hearty" prints!

A black binding, very narrow, and these can be used as mugrugs or placemats!

These are in the mail to two sweeties that I know -- I hope they like them!

Be sure to sign up for the fun -- there will be six patterns in all, and you will enjoy quilting along with us!

NOTE: I'm not only being brave, I'm also being honest . . . this is the pattern from last month! The Killer Virus messed up my brain, I guess, so you'll have to check Mishka's  or Jacquelynne's corners of blogland for this month's pattern: AHOY!!! It's awesome; it's cute; and it's easy to follow Jacquelynne's instructions to make the mini-quilt!

See ya next time!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm baaack!

Hang on tight, Lilypadquilting followers!

We're finally recovered from our Killer Virus and ready and raring to go!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! Much love and hugs to all . . . make certain that you tell those you love that you are crazy about them! They'll believe the crazy part, if they're like my crew! (Grin)

We'll have a post for you on Monday for a Quilt Along from Jacquelynne Steves!

Thanks for your good wishes and positive thoughts!

It's good to be back! A little frog told me that we'll be having a giveaway soon, too!

Don't forget that we have a Pets on Quilts Show coming in August . . . we'll be telling you about prizes and sponsors, so be snapping photos of your furry friends and your quilts!