Thursday, October 10, 2013

Goodbye Sue



One gal in our local sewing group, Sue, was planning a move from our area, and among her many tasks was destashing a LOT of stuff she's saved for YEARS!  She brought numerous bags and boxes of free loot to our sewing group, and we swarmed over it like vultures.  I grabbed a bag suitable for strings, and Lois grabbed that center embroidery, Garden Sue.  I wonder if friend Sue knew where that particular piece came from??? Garden Sue had a dirty dress, and the muslin was quite yellow.  Someone said, "Hey, let's use this stash and make her a memento gift" and off we went, all in secret.  Carol made a new dress for Garden Sue, another chose "30" pieces for strings, a number of gals learned how to make string blocks, and someone else quilted it.  The rick-rack around the embroidery was used to help transition the yellowed muslin to the white string blocks.  Simple outline quilting around Garden Sue, and a sun in the upper corner was all that embroidery block needed and the rest of the quilt was done in viney swirls and hearts in a variegated pastel thread.  It's large enough for an grandbaby girl if one shows up (!), but mostly, it's a gift to our friend Sue, who lived here many years.  She will be missed. 

We all really LOVED using HER scraps to make this small gift.  She probably figured she'd never see those scraps again!  WRONG!!!   We decided to send it to her NEW home in order to avoid the complexities of packing in the OLD home.    I will mail it and then post this a few days later.




Above is a close up of the vintage Garden Sue embroidery, and below is an over-the-top label made by Nancy on her embroidery machine.  I put a white facing under the label to keep the bright turquoise backing from showing through.

13 comments:

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a lovely, thoughtful gift. Good for you.

Ivani said...

Beautiful and special quilt.

paulette said...

A quilt from the heart!! PERFECT!!

Kate said...

oh, she is gonna CRY............ tears of sweet joy.

Ruth said...

What a great idea! Especially to use her own scraps and mail it to her after she moves.

Lindah said...

What a charming idea! And the string pieced pinwheels are much more interesting than plain. What fun to work it up together for a dear friend.

Purple Pam said...

What a darling Garden Sue block. This quilt you all made for your friend, Sue, is absolutely the greatest. I am sure she will love it forever.

Vic in NH said...

What a fitting tribute to send to your friend, good job!

dot said...

How sweet and I am sure she can use this gift.

LynCC said...

This is so NEAT!!! It must have been a lot of fun to put it together from her own destashing. A true gift of the heart. :)

Nann said...

A memorable quilt for a special friend, indeed.

Sheila Walker said...

You guys did great. What a thoughtful gift.

Bonnie said...

Neat little quilt...makes Sue look good.