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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bon Voyage to Sue

Hi Everyone,

I know I've been a little sporadic with my blogging lately.  Mostly it has to do with the lack of good photography.  I have a big project to share but I've been unable to get any decent pictures of it, despite two major "shoots."  I got a great idea from a friend, though, and when the sunlight gets right, I'll try it.

I'm also at a bit of a loss without my Dresden project to work on.  I'm not exactly sure what my next big project will be.  Believe me, it isn't from a lack of patterns/books and fabrics!  I think I spend all of my time just looking through everything finding great possibilities.  I know from reading other blogs that I don't have near the patterns that others have, but still.  I get them out and say "I love this!  I want to make this!"  And then I get to the next one, and feel the same way.  I love all the patterns, that is why I bought them, but goodness, I don't think I'll ever get them all done.  And this isn't figuring in all the book and magazine projects I have marked!

Meanwhile, I have small things underway.  I have the blocks from my Schnibble done and am ready to put them together.  I have a table runner started for a Christmas gift, and Nabby's Dowry is almost ready to complete.   Monday I was gone all day out quilt shopping, and I have something to share tomorrow from that trip.

Today, though, I'm sharing this cutie.

 
The Temecula Quilt Co. in California is having a blue and white show in their shop on October 5 and they have invited quilters to submit an entry.  I have thought about sending quilts in to some of their past shows, but never got around to it, so this time I'm making the effort.  I call this "Sunbonnet Sue Plays with Yo-yos."  The Sues are embroidered--you know, a blue version of "red work."  I made it way back in 1999.  I had a label made this whole time and it was just pinned to the back, so I finally stitched it on!  I have no ide what the pattern was or who designed it.  I think I got it from the House of White Birches.  Doesn't anyone remember that?  Is it still in business?


I had never done much embroidery before, although my grandma was proficient and my great-grandma was a master.  My grandma embroidered most of the quilts she made--the ones with the States and State birds, etc.

The yo-yos were fun, too.  To get them, I traced the bottom of a spool of dual duty thread.  They are tiny!  The whole quilt is probably only 12" square.  Here is a picture with a dime on it so you get an idea of scale.


That is all for now!  I have to scurry to get ready for quilt bee this morning. 

Have a great day!
JoAnne

16 comments:

  1. I would have had no idea how small that was if you hadn't put the dime there for reference. I don't think I've ever made yoyo's that small before. Did you count how many there are? It's a very cute quilt. Good luck picking your next project!

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  2. Oh my... the Sues are tiny! As are the yo-yos! Wow... very nice!

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  3. So cute JoAnne, it definitely needs to be part of TQC blue and white quilt display! I'm glad to hear that someone else spends lots of time looking at their collection of patterns, trying to decide which one to work on next!

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  4. Ha! I just finished the Little Blues mini quilt. I had the blocks all embroidered for years and never finished it because of all the mini yo yo's. I finally decided I would never make all the little yo yo's so added sashing and borders and finished it. The pattern is called Little Blues and the company is Sentimental Stitches.

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  5. Your little quilt is so cute!! I think you did a great job on it. Love those little yo-yo's..I will look forward to seeing it in the Temecula quilt show, if they have pictures on-line..

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  6. Your blue and white Sunbonnet is darling, I can't imagine working on anything that small. Love it, love it, love it.

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  7. That quilt is adorable! I love it!

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  8. Your little Sue's are so darned sweet! And how little, too! I love it!

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  9. Love your entry for the quilt contest! It sure is tiny!!

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  10. I love it! Love blue and white quilts so much. Glad you are sharing it with Tecumseh. Good on you!

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  11. This is gorgeous...when you said it was a 12" quilt,it blew me away!It should do really well in the show!

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  12. This is gorgeous...when you said it was a 12" quilt,it blew me away!It should do really well in the show!

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  13. OMG--I had no idea this was so small until you put the dime on it--wow! I'm not a Sue fan, but your little quilt is adorable. I especially love the tiny yoyos. It will be an awesome addition to the Temecula blue and white show.

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  14. Your sunbonnet quilt is so cute --- and so tiny!!! I'm sure it will be a great hit at the show!!!

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