Class show and tell

(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.

Meredithe x

This class is held at Nuno Nuno, Mont Albert

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4 Responses to Class show and tell

  1. A.Bouwman says:

    Love all the 1930’s fabrics and those block, yummie. Hope to see an update in the future from these blocks.

  2. Helen f says:

    Oh M i can just imagine how you hyperventilated when you saw those original feedsack fabrics – wld have been fantastic!!

  3. What a delight! I hope your students will send you photos of what they do at home…

  4. Shirley Sherratt says:

    What great treasures to have. Stay safe.

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