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I am a wife, mama and grandmama getting through life by hanging on to a needle and thread.

Friday, May 29, 2015


The question is can I make a modern quilt using 40 year old fabrics?  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gearing Up For Summer Camp!

I participated in Gyleen Fitzgerald's online summer camp last year and absolutely loved it every step of the way, so it didn't take me long to decide to sign up for this year's summer camp!  Once again we'll be using stash fabric, so the only thing you need to buy is a Polygon2 tool, if you don't already have one.  Camp is going to be run a little differently this year though, rather than communicating through emails, Gyleen has set up a special Facebook group, so you will need a Facebook account to participate.  Go to www.colourfulstitches.com for more details, if you are interested in joining in the fun!  Sign up between now and June 1.

Monday, May 25, 2015

One From Pa

The special quilt that I have been working on has been gifted to its new owner, so it's safe to show it to everyone now.  This is another quilt made from my father's shirts.  (It's amazing how much fabric one gets from 24 shirts!)  I made this quilt for my niece who just graduated from college.  Lots of tears went into the making and receiving of this quilt, but it was well worth it...I know it will be treasured for always!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I'm Still Here...

Even though blog posts have been few and far between lately...I'm still here!  I'm busy working on a special quilt for a special someone.  I'll be able to give the details soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Naptime Elephants set is... 

#63 Ava K said...
Oh, Susan! Pick me! Pick me! I have a new grandbaby due any day, and this would be adorable to take to the hospital for him/her! I love elephants!
Congratulations, Ava!

Thanks to everyone who visited Hanging On by a Needle and Thread and took the time to comment during the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day.  I truly enjoyed reading each and every one of your comments!  If you didn't win and had your heart set on having a hand-knit of your very own, visit Mama's Needle and Thread and Half Pint Knits...new items are added frequently.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pre-Quilted Squares

Another package that I found among the gifted fabrics was an envelope full of assorted pre-quilted 6" squares.  While still in the original envelope from Mehlco Crafts, these didn't come with any instructions.  There are two squares of each print and I'm suspecting that they are a polyester blend as well.  Does anyone have a suggestion for what I could do with these squares, besides making 25 pot holders?

Monday, May 11, 2015

The First Charm Pack?

I always thought that charm packs and pre-cuts were a relatively new thing to the quilting world, but when I was sorting though the bags of fabric and craft items that were given to me a couple of weeks ago, I found a charm pack, complete with instructions for making either a quilt, placemats, pillow, or a tennis racket cover!  The copyright date on the pattern page is 1975!  While the squares are 6" square instead of 5", they still have the same pinked edges.  The other difference from these squares from the charm packs of today is that they are 50% polyester/50% cotton.  I'm thinking I should really make something with these squares.  I don't play tennis, so I probably won't be making a tennis racket cover.  What would you suggest I do with them?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!!!

In honor of my new Etsy shop and my daughter-in-law's 3rd year in business, we are pairing up to offer one jumbo giveaway.  We're calling this duo, "Naptime Elephants" which includes a super soft elephant fleece baby blanket with a hand-crocheted edge from Mama's Needle and Thread and a sweet hand-knit elephant from Half Pint Knits.  Both will keep your little one warm and happy at naptime!  To enter simply leave a comment below telling me who would be napping with these elephants if you win.

The giveaway will close Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The winner will be drawn by Random Number Generator and announced on Thursday, May 14th.  The winner will be notified by email, so if you are a no-reply blogger make sure that you leave your e-mail address with your comment.  If I can't contact you, you can't win!

Visit Mama's Needle and Thread and Half Pint Knits to find more handmade items for children of all ages!

Don't forget to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways this week at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Friday, May 1, 2015


My daughter-in-law's dear great aunt and uncle are moving to be closer to their daughter which is involving a lot of cleaning out and downsizing.  Most of the items from the craft room were older, but still nice enough that they didn't want to throw it away.  When my daughter-in-law asked if I would use it, I told her that it was a silly question...of course I would use it!  I see lots and lots of charity quilts in my future!

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