At the Life in Pieces abode this Friday is an off work, out of school day. Drama Teen is out due to a teacher in service and the rest of the family is taking our 19/30 day off work. With all the running we've been doing, plus that which is still left on the schedule for the next few weeks, the plan is to have a slow, slothful day. Even My Guy is still in his pjs this morning.
I'm a bit late in getting to this week's Favorite Things Friday event, so graciously hosted each week by Shay over at Quilting in My Pyjamas. I made the mistake of starting a really good book and my intent to just read a chapter while the computer was booting turned into several chapters. So before it gets any later, on to the FTF part of the post.
This week's favorite was brought to mind by Barbara over at Cat Patches. She's in the process of restoring a quilt made with nursery rhyme blocks embroidered by her mother. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would hand embroidery printed blocks that she would later make into a quilt. A couple of those quilts were the subject of previous FTF post. Watching Barbara restore her mother's blocks brought to mind that at one time, I loved to embroider too and had a set of completed embroidered blocks that had never been set into a quilt. After a bit of digging around in the sewing room I found that set.
I remember working on these blocks, but I don't remember when they were finished. Maybe about the time I finished high school? Roses are my favorite flower and my wedding colors were blue and yellow, so obviously I've liked that combination for a long time. I'll apologize for the state of the blocks, I just put them up on design wall as is. They really do need to be pressed.
In the same pile there were 6 more completed blocks that I think are supposed to be a set.
I remember working on the goose blocks, but don't remember the 3 paler pink blocks. My Guy has recently been suggesting that my memory isn't what it used to be. He may be right. Along with the completed blocks I found this set that has obviously been started, but I don't remember starting them.
Purple is another favorite color, though I usually pair it with yellow, not green. But that color combination looks good in these blocks.
In the pile were also two sets of printed blocks that have never been started.
I have no idea how old these are.
In with the quilt blocks was a partially embroidered baby quilt that I started before Drama Teen was born. Plus one partially embroidered table runner, one table runner still in the package, two sets of unstarted pillow cases, along with one counted cross stitched afghan about half done and several other counted cross stitch projects in various stages of completion. Think maybe my subconscious was trying to protect me from remembering this whole set of UFOs? I'm sure that's the case.
I haven't embroidered seriously in years, probably since starting that baby quilt for DT. Embroidery was a favorite past time in my younger years, in part because it was something I could share with my grandmother. We would sit together in her living room sometimes and talk while both of us were busy stitching in our hoops. Times I wouldn't trade for anything.