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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Weddings and Summer Stitches

Everywhere I look on blogs this summer I'm seeing wedding photos - love is truly in the air!  My second oldest grandson (we have 8 grandchildren, 4 boys and 4 girls) got married this month.  Jacob graduated from college in May and his sweet  bride is a senior.  They might look too young to make this step but they are older and smarter than Jerry and I were when we took the plunge!  :)


They went to St. Thomas on their honeymoon and that sweet young man texted me when they got back home so I could quit worrying!  :)

As a comparison, and just because I'm time traveling today, this is a picture of Jerry and I when we got married in 1964.


Yes, I had auburn hair, was skinny as a rail and had pencil legs.  I also wore 3" heels to try to be taller - Samm that's for you!  :)

Now on to a little stitching....I stopped by one of my favorite quilt shops at Greenwood, Arkansas on a recent trip to my son's house.  Lucky me, she had a sale and you won't believe it but I got these two sweet fabrics for $2.50 a yard!  I bought all she had on the bolt.  :)


The border print I turned into a couple of pillowcases for my sister, who loves all things roses and pink florals.  Plus a couple of small drawstring bags with her leftovers.  I still have fabric left of course but I'm not sure what I'll do with it.  The other floral is being used in a redo in my sewing room - I'll show you that when it's finished.  I wish I had more of it and may end up doing a search....




While there I also bought this piece of fabric....Holiday Shimmer by Hoffman.  It, of course, wasn't on sale.  :(


It's going to be eventually two pillowcases - one is now done and one is on the way.


I didn't realize the thread was showing so much on those french knots - guess that means a redo.  :(

Some time ago I decided I wanted to hand piece an apple core quilt.  Hmmmm, temporary insanity I guess.  :)  This is what I ended up with.



I couldn't figure out what to do about the binding on this and ended up buying a double fold bias, which was absolutely awful.  I used feed sack scraps for this so I should have made my own with some  muslin and may eventually replace this one.  But since I plan to use it as a table topper on my deck I think it will work.

And finally, a great nephew and his wife are having their second baby so some burp pads were needed.


Not a great picture but they were very cute.  :)

And just to make you smile - I took this at my son's house recently.  I call it A Boy and His Best Friend.



Hope your summer, as it winds to a close, is a good one!

31 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

Great wedding pictures. Thanks for the blast from the past and congrats to the young couple. I think your apple core is sweet.

Needled Mom said...

They do look young, but we all did once! Congratulations to the newlyweds.

Your pillowcases are great! Love those roses.

The picture of "boy and his dog" is priceless. I'm not sure who looks the most uncomfortable.

paulette said...

Wonderful wedding photos!! Congratulations!! Love all of your projects!! I must try pillowcases! They add so much to the finish look of a quilt!! Your's are lovely!
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Lesley said...

What a wonderful post of family, fabric, and French knots! Love the pics of weddings and sleeping boy!

BarbCarol said...

They do look young...but congratulations to all.
When that 1964 photo arrived, Mom gave me grief for months because I didn't even have a boyfriend. She thought that since we started life together we should have continued doing things on the same schedule.

Karen said...

Just so wonderful!!!....Love your dress....it was so simple to be married in the 60's!! Ice cream in the basement at the church and opening up gifts and then walk around and talk with family that came for miles.... some being the last you would see them then but you had no idea .... our age of 20 !!! Never change a thing!!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely family post today.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love the wedding pictures, and I am thinking my they look young, and you and the hubby look even younger, but then I was barely 18 when I got married to the girls' father. Lovely fabrics. Sweet picture of the grandson and the dog. That would be one I would frame and put on the wall of shame.

Sharon Dawn said...

What wonderful pictures! You looked so happy on your special day. It seems to have worked out well! Love that last sweet shot. Congratulations to you and your family!

Sharon Dawn said...

What wonderful pictures! You looked so happy on your special day. It seems to have worked out well! Love that last sweet shot. Congratulations to you and your family!

Julie Fukuda said...

I loved both of the wedding pictures and the lovely fabric and projects to go with it but I really laughed over the apple cores. Every now and then I get one of those ... what was I thinking ... moments and end up with a table runner instead.

Quilt Hollow said...

We were all young one time...and thinner too. I enjoyed the pictures. Love how you turned that roses fabric into very pretty pillow cases! It was meant to be from the looks of them.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Marlene...the new Bride and Groom are adorable!!
I looked like a baby in my wedding pic too. I think he looks like his grandfather...your wedding pic is quite lovely

JudyCinNC said...

Wonderful, wonderful - and the bride's flowers are so beautiful. I believe our 60's weddings were so much less stressful.

A piece of light grey fabric behind your embroidery will keep the traveling threads from showing.

I absolutely love pictures of children with dogs. Thank you for sharing. Judy C in NC

Mdm Samm said...

yes there has been love in the air everywhere in our travels..your grandson and new bride so sooooo sweet and I love your wedding photo..your findings are perfect...that is what I need to find...some fabric with that kind of border for this quilt i have wanted to make forever...we are still away, hopefully returning to a routine sometime this week.. it has been a summer of lovely memories that is for sure....x

Belinda said...

I adore the fabrics you bought!!! And your grandson is soooo handsome!

I really hate using bias tape. It's so rough and hard to sew! But you did a good job!

What a lovely bride you were. You have indeed maintained your beauty!!

Debra Graham said...

What a wonderful collection of photos to share with us. Your Grandson and his Bride are adorable and so is your wedding photo. The fabrics are great. Love the pillowcases and your other work. Your grandson and his dog are so sweet.

Bev said...

Love your fabrics especially the holiday shimmer....beautiful xx

Lana said...

Awwhhhh...what a couple of cuties for sure...Those burp pads really caught my eye with those bunnies...
I have never tried an apple core pattern...was it hard just because you hand stitched it? Or just a hard pattern in general?

You always do such nice looking work...

OM!!!! You look so cute on your wedding day!!!! and you are right..those two do really look like babes...but happy babes...
Have a good week!

Carla said...

Love, love, love your wedding photo. Love is in the air. You make the prettiest things and you have the best taste in fabrics.

KaHolly said...

What a fun post!! You are so right! They looks so, so young. I was surprised when I read he has graduated college! Love all your pretties.

Barb said...

Enjoyed the wedding photos....they do look young but everyone looks young now.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Loved all the photos... especially the bride(s) and groom(s)! ;) Congratulations to your family, love is in the air! Your fabric finds are wonderful, you've already put them to good use. I love Apple Core, your table topper is adorable! A boy and his best friend is a true 'Kodak moment'; you need to frame that one!

Corrie said...

Oh, you have been busy. Congrats to the newlyweds! They look happy. The apple core, I did one and don't want to again!

Tracy P. said...

Oh my goodness--I love the wedding pictures, and that your grandson texted you when they got home. She's a lucky girl to have a guy so thoughtful.

Anna said...

what a beautiful blog post from beginning to end!

madebymeinred said...

I'm lovin' the embroidery work for the pillowcases. And, the fabric is real neat. You look like Jackie Kennedy in that photo.

Linda said...

You were just as beautiful as a bride as you are now! What a great photo! Your grandson and his wife do look young, but it seems as I get older, all the young professionals around me look like babies!
Your fabric finds were wonderful and I love what you are doing with them!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

Congrats to the beautiful bride and groom. Her bouquet is absolutely stunning.

I LOVE the Christmas fabric. The colors are so old world looking.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I think I'm really old, because those two darling people can't be more than 12! hee,hee,hee.
Wishing them a lifetime full of happiness and love. Congratulations!

Carrie P. said...

You have been busy.
Love that rose fabric and the pillow cases you made from it.

I want to do an apple core quilt too. I have a stamp I want to use for it.. I really like the fabrics in your quilt.

Cute couple! and you and your hubby too. Adorable boy and his friend.