Twice last month, my dear friend, Jackie Clark hosted sewing days in her lovely home studio. It is such a gift to be invited to sew with someone who loves it and has a dedicated space for sewing! We were treated to snacks and lunch and all the sewing we could accomplish in a day.

On one visit, Jackie offered to help me sandwich a quilt I had previously pieced, but never got around to finishing.

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Large patchwork quilt top.

Jackie took it with her to a recent quilt retreat and finished quilting and binding it form me…. how amazing is that?

I am working on writing up some very basic directions that I will later make available here, because I love this look and want to make a few more quilts like it in the future!

I cannot stop looking at it. I love that it was born of love of fabric and finished in friendship. A very similar, but vintage quilt made of bark-cloth and drapery fabrics that my mother gave me was the inspiration for this quilt.

Beverly Bishop, Jackie Clark, Stephanie Macera Beverly Bishop, Jackie Clark, Stephanie Macera at Old Mill Tasty Shop, Wichita, KS

We managed to sneak in a fun Saturday, downtown shopping trip and lunch with our friend Beverly when Jackie delivered the amazing finished quilt!

On one sewing session, I was also able to bind a few fun and funky hot pads that day that I had already pieced together for my kitchen.

Should anyone ever give you a handmade potholder, love it like it is made of gold. Use it, but know it is worth 10 times more than what you buy at retail stores…. I feel I have about $45.00 of time and material in each of these little beauties (slight exaggeration, but only slight). If you need more potholder inspiration- I enjoyed visiting this board on Pinterest.

 

 

colorful scrappy pillows, www.lovingcolor.net

In a separate sewing session, I made two scrappy pillows for my friend’s art studio. I loved sewing with her choice of fabrics. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the pillows on my sofa before delivery.

I did not use a pattern for the pillows, but if you like them, this is close to what I did. My pieces are large (which makes for a fast sew up).