Small Group

My small group met last week and it is always fun to see what each other is doing.  And they have been doing!

Donna's winter wall hanging

Donna’s winter wall hanging

Donna found a seasonal panel in the right colors for her home, and she is hoping it will last all winter and not look too Christmasy.

Sherry's thank-you gift

Sherry’s thank-you gift

School teacher, Sherry, only gets to come a few times a year.  She found this pattern that uses jelly rolls.  It will be gift to a family who bailed her out when she could not get a motel room.  I really like the suble change in the beige hour glasses.


More subtle hour glasses appear in Joyce’s Sylvia wedding sampler. They along with the dark frames really draw your attention to the hard work done on the blocks.   Joyce was trying to arrange the blocks and could there be a wrong way?  We all have an opinion on that.


Sharon will soon have all her family together and she has four granddaughters.  She is anxious to get a picture of them in their new aprons.  Aren’t they so cute?  And I am sure the girls are too!

Joyce's table runner

Joyce’s table runner

A while back we practiced the strip-tubing technique.  Joyce found this table runner pattern on the internet.  What a great way to try out the technique.  The more I try to figure out the pattern, the more I think it is not a tube.  The strips are sewn together and cut into triangles.  After you cut the red triangles, wouldn’t there be another set?  The white would be the long strip on the triangle.  I think I want to read the pattern.

Joyce has really been busy.  A new grandson is on the way and she has made his bedding.  It includes the Iowa Hawkeye logo on one of the prints.  She put it together with such class. A picture did not get taken.  I so want you to see it that I will ask her to take pictures.

The gals had gone on a road trip while I taught Bible School in June.  We had two challenge blocks to show one another.  I forgot to take a picture of all of them.  It is so fun to see what each is doing with the same fabrics.


I do have one more picture from France.  Travel partner, VA, found this treasure in an antique store.  It is a crib sized quilt.  The French are known for their hand quilting.  Not for their piecing.  It is a special treasure to remember the Deb Robert’s Textile Tour to France.


F R E N C H Flea Market Finds

We walked by all the tennis shoe vendors along with the clothes ones.  We were headed to the buildings on the inside.  We were looking for the antiques, especially the textile ones.  We were glad that the tour guide had given us advise before we headed out on our own.  Today is a free day and friend VA was good at mapping out a route that included the Paris subway.

It was well worth our time.   We first found a booth of doll clothes!  Absolutely cute!  There was so much and such nice quality.  We could not deside and hoped we could find it back.  We did and I decided on two that showed the change on print size from large to small about 1820.  My dresses are not that old, but they do show the difference.

Doll dresses from French flea markey

Doll dresses from French flea market

Foldable Sewing basket.

Sewing basket.

My next find was a sewing basket/stand.  When VA said she would buy it if I did not,  it was a decided issue.  It would go home with us.  It is so different from ones we have seen.

A top from the 1800s

A top from the 1800s

The next booth that got us super excited was one filled with vintage and antique textiles.

We had so much trouble making choices and choices had to be made.  We could not take all our wants home with us.  I took down an 1800s top just to enjoy looking at it.  Then I got brave and asked the price.  It was Monday, the last day of the market.  She lowered the price enough that I said yes, if I could find a cash machine!

Quilted French valance

Quilted French valance

We did not see any bed quilts, but we saw lovely fabric.  VA selected one of them.  I went for what looks like a window valance.  But it also could have been the valance for a canopy bed.  The bed spread would have been of the same fabric as well as the draperies for the bed.  We had seen antique ones in perfect condition at  the Musee de la Toile de Jouy the day before.

Fortunately,  we only have one more shopping day.  My suitcase is more than full!