OK...it's is not news that I am addicted to fabric and quilting. Well, the sneaky secret is that I am really addicted to reproduction fabrics (like there are degrees of addiction...). I have a few containers of them...they are just so beautiful.
I have a few scrappy reproduction works in progress. I just think the fabrics are deep, rich, and gorgeous. Since I can't throw any scraps away, I cut out these tiny little thimbles. (I also get the repro scraps that my friends throw away...)
Anyway, my Dad's birthday was in March (83 years young...), and I made him a little mug rug to put by his computer to mind his mug and snacks while he works away.
(and look who woke up long enough to sneak into the picture...he is looking indignant and refusing to smile for the camera because I just peeled him off the quilt where he had plopped down...)
I machine pieced the tiny thimbles and hand quilted the finished rug, first quilting in the ditch around all pieces and the stop border, then coming up with a simple swag with hearts for the outer border.
Some day I want to make a larger quilt with those tiny thimbles...they are really fun to work with! Maybe I should make a larger mat to put on the table I made from the treadle pedestal, since this piece looks so nice on the floor under it! The sewing machine and cabinet had been ruined by water in an old barn and were beyond saving when I bought the old base. My Dad cut and routed a simple but beautiful hard wood table top for me to stain, finish, and attach to the base.
My daughter and I are off for a few days to check out Oberlin, Rhodes, Vanderbilt, and U of Alabama a little closer.