Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I thought and thought about this theme and finally came up with an iCon as I was using my iPad and iPhone.  The Mac apple symbol is very prevalent in our home.

 Plus, apples are so yummy this time of year! :)
The apple and blue background are made out of felt and the borders are cotton.  I used losts of thread work for shading. The piece is 11" x 11".


I created icons for important things in my life…, kindness, relaxing in Maine, being outdoors, creating, traveling to my favorite places, peace, flowers and gardening, and quilting. Now I need an app that magically creates more time in each day for these!  

Twelve inches square.


To me Icon is a religious symbol, so I wanted to do a cross. It's foiled and then edged with a metallic braid. The quilting is done with a copper metallic thread. It's 17" square.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Heirloom Hankie by Sue Pelland

When I saw the theme for the heirloom challenge I immediately thought, "heirloom tomatoes" just like Susan Freund did.  Then I went to search my fabric bins for tomato colors, rich reds, oranges, yellow and greens.

In one of the bins, not at all where it belongs, was this vintage hankie.  This is not a family heirloom, I have never been lucky enough to have any precious heirlooms handed down to me by my ancestors.  I bought it at the Sturbridge textile show when I went last year with Donna Hopkins.  But it did make me think that it was someone's family heirloom once.   Maybe the person who bought it didn't have a daughter or granddaughter that would appreciate such a lovely textile.  So am glad I rescued it, and gave it new life as a table topper.  I want to get a beautiful Tiffany lamp to put in the center of the topper, and place it on a square antique table.  This beautiful vignette that I am dreaming of reminds me of my grandmother's house.

If any of my ancestors had thought ahead, they would have left me these precious family heirlooms!  I guess I will have to  shop antique stores and create my own heirlooms and stories to go with them!  With my luck, my daughter won't appreciate the topper, the lamp or the table.  I hope they don't end up at an antique store when I am gone!

novelty heirloom

 This little project is a vintage linen napkin that was hand dyed.  I used wool scraps and purl cotton threads to create the freeform design.  The embroidery was done using threads Sharon had given me from a vintage sewing basket.

Below is another heirloom piece I had started for this challenge, but unfortunately I waited too long to quilt it after marking it with my air erase marker.  

You can find additional information on my blog here.

Friday, August 1, 2014


old quilts, thread, and fabric
sewing machines, needles and bobbins
lace, silk ribbons, and fancy gloves

Not everyone's idea of heirlooms but suits me just fine.

Remembering the remarkable women who have passed their treasures 
along to me.


This is what I think of when I hear Heirloom: Crazy Quilt, old laces, and Mother of Pearl buttons.  The Piece is 14" square. The fabrics are an assortment of fibers with the only qualification being that they were gray or black.