(This and tomorrow’s posts will be the last of my students’ show and tell; classes have been suspended at the shops as I can’t keep a “social distance” if I’m showing someone a technique or helping them out.)
Last week at Nuno Nuno we had a new student, Georgia, who originally hails from a farm in Kansas. When I asked Georgia how I could help, she proceeded to bring out from her bag some calico and when these pieces were unraveled, my heart skipped a beat and then began thumping furiously.
Georgia has these blocks which were made by either her mother, grandmother or aunt with original feed sacks from, we think, the 1930’s through to 1950’s
There were three completed rows of four blocks and another 2 set pinned together so Georgia proceeded to stitch them into rows using a 3/8″ seam allowance as we realised that is what was originally done. Then there’s some ice-cream cone shapes stitched into rows too which I’m guessing were intended for borders
and just look at that fine stitching
and Georgia’s stitching was just as small and neat, learnt from her mother and grandmother.
PLUS…. but wait there’s more…. Georgia has a pile of feed sacks which her mother has hemmed
and a whole pile of the ice-cream cone shapes just waiting to be stitched together
They’re all in pretty good nick as they were kept in Georgia’s mother’s cedar chest. The patterns on these fabrics just make my heart sing! So beautiful! Blast Mr Covid19 – I don’t want to wait to play with these some more!!
Faye has finished her quilt top
so we chose some borders and she stitched the first ones on
and she had a lesson in scrap cutting so I can’t wait to see what she makes from a lovely pile of off-cut fabrics.
And Natalie was delighted to be able to complete her hexagon pincushion, all done by hand and finished off with the perfect button from her collection. She’s hoping to make several more now that she knows what to do.
This class is held at Nuno Nuno, Mont Albert