Posts Written On February 2011

Krohn Family Crossword Quilt

The Krohn Family Quilt for my niece, Jennifer, is finally done — my March project for Allie’s “Christmas Through the Year” club. I will probably take a break after this and focus on wedding stuff. It’s a good feeling, though, to know I have 3 gifts in the Christmas bank.

Originally, I had planned to do crosshatch quilting in the plain blocks, but after trying it out on one block, I didn’t think it looked that great. Repeating the circle design was my next choice, and I’m pleased with the way this turned out. Because I wanted to keep it simple and not detract from the crossword pattern, I decided to do all the quilting with 2 strands of embroidery floss in colors that match the blocks. Colored floss was also used in the letter blocks which were outline quilted around the letters and circles.

Krohn Family Crossword Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2011
machine stitched, hand appliqued and quilted
53″ x 59″


You Can Make It – Things to Do With Scissors and Paste – Easter

I love this book.  I love it so much that I’m going to be sharing every single project in the entire book, so I hope you like it at least a little bit.  The book was published in 1943 by the Silver Burdett Company; the authors are Louis V. Newkirk, Director of Industrial Arts Education for the Chicago Public Schools, and La Vada Zutter, a commercial illustrator and former teacher of arts and crafts, Chicago Public Schools.  Although the book has a boring cover which I didn’t bother to scan, the endpapers are wonderful.

Each craft project is printed on two facing pages — one page of illustrations and one page of instructions.  I love the simplicity of this format, and it also makes it easy for me to scan and post.  About half of the crafts are holiday related, so I will try to add those during the appropriate holiday — the others I will just post randomly.  When I can manage it, I’ll try to make the craft myself and post photos.  There are two more Easter crafts coming soon, one with adorable Easter egg favors.


Embroidered Ring Bearer Pillow

Emily really liked the vintage transfer I posted recently, and I think it works well on the pillow.  The design is stitched with one strand of floss on a silk decorator sample (one of a lot of hundreds I purchased in a wonderful ebay auction).  For the back I used scraps from the pennants, some of which were a bit too white, so this morning I painted a few of them with a little leftover coffee.

The best part of all is the beautiful tatted and crocheted edging — a gift made especially for me by my tatting blog friend, Ann (Nifty Needle).  I have had this piece for awhile now, but have been saving it for something really special.   A little tea dye on the white edging was all it needed, then I hand stitched it to the edge of the little sewn pillow.  I hope Ann likes it — I know Emily will.


More Wedding Pennants

I ended up making lots more of these than I originally anticipated.  They looked so cute that I kept thinking of other places to use them besides the aisle — like around the edges of the buffet tables — on the stair railing where the girls will enter — or up high on the patio.  I have about 60 yards of pennants now, so I think I’m done.  They are sewn in one continuous length, so I can just cut what I need at the venue.  Wrapping them around the skinny cardboard box worked pretty well for keeping them from getting wrinkled, and makes it easy to hide them from Elvis.

I’ve also ordered 100 yards of 1/8″ red satin ribbon and a 3″ scalloped circle paper punch to make 3-dimensional paper garlands that I intend to hang vertically behind the area Emily and Aaron will stand during the ceremony.  We’ve also decided to add a runner to our table decor, so I’m hoping to find a cute stripe at Joann’s where I can use one of those ubiquitous coupons.

After the wedding, I’ll probably be selling these (and lots of Depression glass) on Etsy.  Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to be let down or relieved when this is all over.


Cats in Love – Vintage Embroidery Transfers

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some cute transfers from an old “Fashion Folder” transfer booklet (V574). I think I have 6 of these booklets — this one is designed “for Teenager….for Youngster…for Crib Set.”   When opened, the sheets are 11″ x 17″, with 12 pages of transfers in red ink.

Since my daughter, Emily, and her fiance, Aaron, have a cat, I really want to figure out a way to incorporate some of these designs into the wedding — maybe the “They Do” on the ring pillow.


Cross-Stitched Tulips Quilt Top

These pretty vintage tulip quilt blocks are from Barbara at Oodles and Oodles, who always finds the best stuff. They were stamped on a heavier type muslin and stitched with green and a variety of pink colored floss. I knew they would look good with a couple of vintage chintz fabrics I already owned — a solid green, and a wonderful tulip stripe. The quilt is 56″ x 56″ and made as a throw, but I think it would also make a nice table topper. It will be hand quilted, but I haven’t decided on a pattern.

This is another Christmas gift — part of Allie’s Christmas Through the Year Club, which has really inspired me to get these presents done a little earlier this year.