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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Show us your aprons, please.

We want to see aprons that you have made.....send pics to jdahmen@ckt.net .
Catch my drip.....lol.......?

Grandma's Apron is back!

What goes around comes around, & I am smitten with that old "apron fever." What a homey, nostalgic & comforting thing to make with all of those repo prints that I love & hoard so much.
I want to wear them, give them, decorate with them & learn about their history! I want to catch a glimpse of the pioneer spirit that inspired them....I want to touch the lives of the children who were nurtured by them...I want to feel the hearts of the women whose tears were wiped by them. NOTHING makes a country kitchen warmer than a bevy of aprons!
The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven; it was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken-coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those old aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids; and when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling-wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, it was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out on the porch and waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
It will be a long time before anyone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes. ...Author Unknown

Magical FQ Pattern for Slow Turtlles

Simple projects that look impressive always captivate me.

This magical bag pattern can be found at http://quiltsmart.com/ Each bag is made from 2 FQs & 1 piece of iron on interfacing. The pattern comes with 2 sheets of interfacing, preprinted for simple construction. The website says that the first bag takes 30 min. to make but after that, the next bags take only 17 min. each...in theory, I should be able to make 4 of these cuties during "Days of Our Lives" each afternoon...it probably still takes me 30 min. each even after making these 4 for the 4th of July, but if I would pull the plug, I could probably do it in 15 (but then that is the story of the days of my life.....HAaaaaaa)!

The pattern with the 2 sheets sells for $12.95, & I debated buying it for that price. My daughter talked me into it, because I picked it up so many times. What I found out is that the genius of this pattern is priceless....I would never have come up with it on my own.......& it is one of those addictive projects that gives back much more joy than the $s given.

The website sells additional printed interfacing sheets for $3.50 each, but you know me.....I started using plain, iron on interfacing of similar weight. The quilt shop in Derby, KS had 2 Halloween themed bags made for display, & how cute they were! I made the ones pictured above for July 4th.....carried one for a purse & gave the other 3 as holiday gifts.

I have at least a doz. cut out & ready to make in all seasons & holidays.......let's see....that should take 204 min........but will be more like 360+ min. for me...... I am not one to hurry...lol!


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