Saturday, August 8, 2009


Doesn't it seem that all quilters/sewers you know have that fabric/piecing addition just bred into them? Blood to blood, marrow to marrow, I am a product of the women in my family. My mother used to sew all of our clothes; once she even sewed my sister an outfit made from an Esprit pattern (yes, they made patterns in the early 80s!), and at my sister's request, sewed a real Esprit tag into the back. While my sister may have shyed away from that homemade style, I ran straight to it...I used to perch beside my mother's sewing machine to guilt her into sewing. I just wanted to watch. Mom made our school clothes, our Easter dresses, and all our Sunday pretties. My mother taught me that things were supposed to be used and loved. You wore clothes until you grew out of them, then they got passed on down...for better or worse (shoulders seams that hang a good three inches below your shoulder, anyone?)
My mother made (makes) clothes, my Grandmother Tot made quilts. It's in me, through and through. Better an addiction to sewing that a penchance for polyester smock tops....

That's a long introduction to my latest project! My friend, Holly, gave me a completely destroyed quilt that her great-grandmother made. Most of the backing fabric was worn through...Holly had attempted to iron-on a big denim patch to the back (really, Holly?!). Anyway, these past few days I have isolated a section of the quilt that was not totally destroyed. That in itself was a little difficult, but I was able to find a section of 4 rings (it's a wedding ring quilt) to cut out from the rest of the quilt (quilt did not read that I just cut up a quilt from the did not read did not read it...shh...shh...shh....). Since I cut it out, I have been doing some major handsewing on this sweet machine will touch this quilt! My plan is to finish off a small section of the quilt (I think it's about 36" square), and then hand-sew it to a quilted base/back so that it can be hung without worrying about stressing the fragile quilt. Make sense? I'll post pictures later.

Anyway, so that's what's been going on...lots of handsewing and reflecting on my own quilt history. I love knowing that I am participating in a centuries-old tradition. Talk about your retro-action.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Originally uploaded by fishyfishyquilts
Yup! Sometimes we sell smaller things too! Take these nifty wallets!

They are the perfect size, and they fit right in your back pocket.

we think Lucinda Williams is tough...tough enough to look good keeping her wallet in her back pocket. so, if it's good enough to look good on Lucinda, it's got to be good enough for the rest of us, right? besides, who wants to carry around a bag when you've got some major rocking and butt-kicking to do.

we're girls and we love these, but they're awesome for men and children as well.

-made and stitched with 100% cotton
-features a large pocket for bills
-two smaller pockets to pack with cards
-measures 4" x 3 1/2" when closed
-tougher than a gravel road
-cooler than elvis
-sweeter than honey

Now selling them on etsy!

Okay... Okay... enough of the sales pitch... back to sewing. :)

Piece Out,