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She’s Kind of Pretty


Here’s a Grandmother’s Flower Garden top that was sitting pretty on eBay. I think it was the hot pink in every flower that hooked me. The pink and blue gingham and the bit of limey green didn’t hurt. She needs to have some flowers re-potted in order to complete the top and she needs a good pressing, but she is a bright spot on a rainy day.

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Everything old…

Lately, I’m most inspired by traditional quilt patterns gussied up in new ways. Not that they need gussying–they are grand just the way they are, no matter the fabrics. But isn’t it interesting to see them in some of these large-scale prints and retro colors? This weekend I indulged in some used book shopping (rather, DH indulged me…) that has the creative juices flowing in that direction. In downtown Detroit there is a used book store par excellence, John King Books. It’s in an old glove factory, floors and floors and rows and rows of books. When you walk in it has the same smell our old small town Carnegie library had. I really think that’s my favorite smell. The third floor contains, among other things, the textile and needlework section. These are my restrained purchases:


It was difficult to pare down my selections. I always love the Maggie Malone books. I’m still thinking of the ones I left behind for another visit. The quilting section has scads of old Quilters Newsletter Magazines and lots of the grand old titles of quilting instruction (SuperQuilter, anyone?). You can also embroider yourself silly with all of the embroidery books; no technique is too obscure for that collection of books! However, I remained focused on quilting.

One traditional pattern that has been on my mind lately (credited to lots of modern inspiration here and here), is grandmothers flower garden.

I’ve used Brandy’s mylar pieces to make some flowers in the past (these are similar to what looks like the sold-out-everywhere Quilt Patis). But then I saw this Most Beautimous Quilt (hmm, it looks like I broke Swoon. Slap a cRaZy sticker on my head. Yes, let’s take a lovely, time-consuming handwork project and make it just plain nuts by adding some tiny 60 degree triangles. However, if one should so desire to go nuts, Brandy’s is there to help with matching 60 degree triangle mylar pieces!

And, finally, the bookstore trip was capped off with Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream. Who’s responsible for this? It’s just wrong that it exists.

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