A Framed Life

I’ve been promising you a look at the quilt my daughter has been making, a photo quilt using pictures of important moments in her life. Some of you have been asking about this quilt in the Q&A section because you have heard me mention it at seminars recently – now, at last here it is, I hope you enjoy!

My daughter wanted to capture people and moments in her life that reflected her journey from birth to her senior graduation. This is the 5th quilt she has made like this, the other 4 were made as gifts for special friends and given to them as graduation presents. What a great way to capture those moments and what a special gift! When she decided that she wanted one of these quilts as well, she wanted to make it herself.

We came up with this pattern when she made her first photo quilt, because the blocks are fast to make and no seams have to match in the block – making it pretty ‘goof-proof’ to make the block.

Every photo album has a tub picture – and this quilt is no exception

First new car – independence day for a 16 year old.

Capture those moments from the getting off the bus on the first day of school to their graduation picture. Where did all those years go?
Thank you to photographer Carl Anderson of Images by Carl for the permission to be able to copy the senior picture in the quilt. If you ever need a professional photographer – check out his website ImagesbyCarl

What a great way to capture those special moments with family and friends – and preserve the memory for years to come.

And here is a picture of the full, completed quilt – not very clear, but you get the idea.

If you would like a free copy of this pattern, designed by me, check out the next post!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Fuji Afternoon Quilt

Recently, I’ve received several requests from people I work with for a pattern to use with the new “Fuji Afternoon” fabric collection being carried by Hancock Fabrics. In each case I have referred the person to the Springs Creative website, and most specifically to their projects link. There are some great patterns in there – I urge you to check them out if you’re a quilter looking for inspiration.

For those who haven’t yet seen the Fuji Afternoon fabrics, here is a small preview. On the left are two of the coordinate fabrics (in addition to these two there are a couple different floral prints that are coordinates – same pattern in different colors). And on the right is a grouping of three different fabrics.

Here is a closer look at the brilliant blue fabric with the portraits on it.

This blue is very striking, and is used in several pieces in the collection. The blue would make a nice focal color for a quilt – even if you were not making anything with an Asian style!
Unfortunately, I do not have a pattern for a quilt with these fabrics, but I can direct you to the free pattern that was created by the Springs fabric company to promote this striking collection.  Fuji Afternoon Free Quilt Pattern (link updated 4/30/09).

I hope you all enjoy the pattern! If you have made something different with any of these fabrics, send me a link to a picture – I just may have to revisit this collection. (If I decide to use your picture, I will upload to my own file program – so as not to use up bandwidth from your site.)
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Hankie In Your Pocket

Recently, Hancock Fabrics got a new group of fabrics in the store called ‘Granny’s Hankies’ (many stores have it labeled as ‘Nana’s Hankies’). The name made me think of my mother, and all the hankies I wore and used as I was growing up.

When I was growing up, it seemed we didn’t go anywhere without a hankie. Some women wore large colorful handkerchiefs to cover their heads when working in the garden, and men had an everyday variety to use when work got too hot. There were also the nicer handkerchiefs, crisp white cotton or sometimes linen. Men wore these in their suits as a sign of wealth or good breeding, women carried hankies trimmed with lace in a pocket or tiny purse, ready to touch to the lips to mask an inappropriate expression. Blue Coord

There were certain events that you absolutely had to have a hankie, or you just weren’t properly dressed – Sunday School, weddings and funerals. In the 50s and into the 60s, all the girls were wearing colorful hankies (now we would call them scarves) in their hair or tied around the neck. For my wedding, one of the very important decisions that we made concerning my outfit was my hankie. Would I carry a brand new one, or one that was borrowed? Whichever choice was made – I knew it would be a very special hankie.

Coming from a family of 10, you can imagine what it was like getting everyone ready and out the door Sunday morning for church. But I remember my mother always made sure that we had our hankies. She would tie my offering into the corner of the hankie, and as we went out the door, she would always say, “make sure your hankie is in your pocket.” I could hear my mother’s voice as I looked at the fabrics. With these memories – how could I call this quilt anything except, “Hankie in Your Pocket”?

Yellow Coord The pattern in my next entry is FREE – please print the information and create your own hankie quilt. All I ask is that you remember where it came from, and if others are interested in the pattern please direct them here.
Anyone wishing to teach this pattern may contact me for permission through this blog – just comment here and I will respond.

The coordinate fabrics would also make a very cute little girl’s dress, using one of the hankie blocks to make a hankie to go in the dress pocket.

Interested in more information about the handkerchief and it’s long history? Check out this link!
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing