Jul 10, 2008

Krazy Kats quilt

This is one of my favorite quilts. I made it some time ago. It's the right size to throw over a sofa or easy-chair. I like to do embroidery--by hand. I don't have one of those sewing machines that does embroidery, although I do use some of the fancy stitches on my regular machine sometimes. My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was a little girl. But I don't recall seeing her embroider or sew anything. She had a treadle sewing machine that was all painted with a lovely flower design. I remember that I used it on rare occasions. Grandma was a queen in the kitchen, though. She could bake bread that was heavenly, make pickles and pickled salmon. It wasn't easy to make pickles then, first Grandma had to hire a farmer to grow the pickling cucumbers, and we had to go out to the farm and walk around in the field while she looked at them and he picked them for us. Grandma had some of those big old-fashioned candy jars, the kind with the slanted tops. She would put the pickles and solution in the jars and then she had a special flat rock (that she had of course cleaned very well) and she would weigh the cucumbers down with that. To be continued--someday I'll tell you about the cherry wine she made.... The quilt pattern is still available from http://www.whitepicketfencequilts.com/

4 comments:

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Hi Roz, Thanks for visiting my blog and the advice on machine buttonhole stitch. I like the combo of the embroidered cats and the patchwork around them. Can't wait to see it finished! Cheers from Canada QGB

materialjunkie said...

Hi There, the cats and patchwork shows as if it has been around for years. Well done! What nice memories you have of your grandmother.

Helen said...

Hi Roz

Those childhood memories around food are great, aren't they. I remember my mother doing bottling (preserving in glass jars) every summer. We would do a day trip to the orchards to buy 40 pound boxes of fruit and then the next week would be spent peeling, pitting, cooking, sterilising the jars, filling them to the very top with no air gaps, putting the lids and screw rings on and cleaning up the big mess! Sadly few of us do it these days - me included.

jovaliquilts said...

Oh, I love that quilt! I can see why it's one of your favorites. Thanks for giving the link to the pattern!