Monday, May 4, 2015

Austin Family Quilt

This is the Austin Family Quilt that has grown to 95 x 95 (4.5" blocks) since this picture was taken.  My wall is not large enough, so I had to improvise.   I have added all of the signature blocks and started sewing the the rows together.  The Family Quilt begins with my grandmother's sister, who married an Austin back in the 1930's.  The family is huge and still growing, so I have left several blank signature blocks on the front, and will have more on the back.

A major undertaking that began last year, my cousin Ginny distributed the signature blocks through the mail.  It was Ginny's idea and the work she put into getting the blocks signed must have been daunting ..... but she was determined and organized.  The envelopes were mailed to my house and slowly stacked up, each containing the family blocks waiting for a place in the quilt.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

H2H Finished

This is a quilt top I started last year when Judy at Patchwork Times introduced monthly blocks to use up our stash.  I finally put my blocks into a quilt, but now it is quilted, bound and ready to ship to Sarah's Hands To Help Charity Quilts.

And .... picking blackberries to make cobbler this afternoon.  The blackberry plants were from my Great Uncle Dan's backyard in Columbus Texas.  He has been gone since 1983, so these plants traveled here to Louisiana over 30 years ago.  They were planted on the bayou side of my in laws property and are obviously thriving to this day. Must admit, I ate so many of them while picking, my insides are purple.