Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GRANDMA'S SCISSORS

We just returned from our 2 1/2 week trip to Florida and it was a wonderful time. It was hard to leave DS, DIL and Abigail! Boo Hoo!! I hope we can go back soon.

We stayed with my cousin, Mary, in Fort Pierce and she showed me a small sewing cabinet that had been our grandmothers. Our grandmother did a lot of sewing, tatting, knitting, etc. She used to make pajamas for us at Christmas. I was in awe over the sewing cabinet, because I remembered it and Mary had left grandma's sewing supplies in the drawers! She said if I wanted anything from the drawers, I could have it. In the bottom, under some stuff, I spotted these buttonhole scissors, which I remember grandma using and I asked Mary if I could have them. She said yes!! These are a treasure for sure!!

I worked on hand quilting my tumbler table runner while riding in the car and since I'm quilting the fan close together, it is going to take me a while to get this quilted. I'm doing it free hand, so it isn't perfectly spaced.
I gave Mary one of these bottle cap trivets and also made some of these during the trip.
AND I visited some quilt shops in Florida!! I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I shopped at the Whippoorwill Station in Belleview, FL, Peggy's Heirlooms of Tomorrow in Ocala, FL and Bernina Connection in Tallahassee, FL. The fabric I bought is pictured below.


While at Mary's we spent an entire afternoon with another cousin, who I haven't seen for decades. Such fun! I also got to see my brother for a brief visit. Mary lives 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, so I was able to walk on the beach. Dummy me didn't take a picture to prove it.

Now I have to get my house in order and put my Christmas decorations away!

17 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

What a treasure those scissors are! And your quilting is beautiful. I love to see freehand hand quilting -- it just looks so cool!

Connie said...

I really enjoy your blog today , the little scissors, is sure something to have as a keptsake and the memory you have to go with it. I really like your freehand quilting. HAPPY SEWING!

ann hermes said...

Love the scissors. Years ago, a bachelor neighbor of my parents gave my a large sewing basket that had belonged to his mother. He knew I did a lot of needlework and thought I would appreciate it. It contained similar scissors and a huge collection of threads, many of them silk, snaps, hooks and many other vintage treasures.

Karen said...

This past summer, I was given a pair of pinking shears that belonged to my husband's grandmother. They aren't as old looking as your grandmother's scissors. A treasure for sure.

Rae Ann said...

I am happy that you stopped by my blog, so I could find yours! I have enjoyed all that I have seen and will stop back often.
I adore those scissors. What a treasure!!! Your quilting is wonderful and the table runner is stunning. I love all of your fabrics too!

Joanne said...

WOW! How lucky are to be given those beautiful scissors. I sew on what used to be my grandmother's sewing cabinet. It is such a magical feeling to know we appreciate and carry on a legacy. I wonder if our grandchildren will feel the same?
Have a great day!

Lori said...

I love seeing your charm quilt in the header. It's such a beauty!
What a treasure you got your grandmothers scissors:)It sounds like a wonderful trip. welcome home:)

---"Love" said...

Looks like you had a fun trip to Florida, and got to do a variety of things as you visited with lots of family. What a find those scissors are! From your fabrics, I'd say you are going to be busy this year! Happy quilting! ---"Love"

Marsha said...

Your scissors are a wonderful reminder of your grandmother, what a treasure you have found. I love the tumbler table runner, the fabrics and colors are wonderful. The beauty of hand quiltling is it is not perfect and that gives the piece more character. I love it!

The fabrics you purchased on your trip are nice, can't wait to see what you do with them.


Happy quilting!
Marsha

Primitive Friends said...

I love your 'bottle cap trivets', along with all of your quilts! I'm very interested in how you make your trivets. I've made the trivets out of yoyo's and I agree, they make great projects for handwork when I'm away from home! Just wondering tho, do you put a bit of batting in with the bottle caps? They are just the cutest things!

Christine said...

Productive is an understatement!! I love the scissors, your shop treasures, the trivet, and the quilt. LOVE that free hand quilting. Just gorgeous :) Christine

bcquilter said...

The scissors are a wonderful momento, not just of your grandmother, but your visit with family.

Your thimble quilt is coming along nicely. You've been very productive.

-Alice

a good yarn said...

How marvellous to have your Grandmother's scissors. Mine used a very similar pair. I just love the quilting on your tumbler and you bagged some terrific buys from the fabric shops. Cheers, Ann :-)

Pat said...

Your grandma's scissors are a treasure. Your tumbler block quilt is precious, and the quilting beautiful. I remember making those trivets over 30 years ago. I made little yo yo circles and sewed them over the caps, then attached the caps together with needle and thread. Is that how you did yours? I also made the trivets in the shape of a diamond. The fabric finds are beautiful, and you will have a lot of fun projects with them. Enjoy your blog.

canuckquilter said...

I love your tumbler table runner, and the hand quilting is perfect for it. How lovely that you have your grandmother's scissors. My grandmother sewed a lot (no quilts though) but I have none of her tools. I wish I did have that connection.

seventhsister26 said...

What yummers you got from the quilt shops!! And those scissors...what a find!!! Glad you got to get them;)
Happy Quilting!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

How wonderful to get your grandmother's scissors and how sweet of her to let you have them! Back in 1976 (I was pregnant which is why I remember) I made a Christmas wreath out of covered bottle caps. blessings, marlene