Quilting has helped me through some difficult times in my life. The quilts I make all have precious tyes in some way.
Welcome to Precious Tyes
I have many passions in life and one of them is quilting. The others are reading, knitting, crochet, cross stitching exercise and being a mom which are all precious tyes to me. This blog will be about all of these things but mainly about quilting and how it is tied into my life. The above wall hanging was designed by me and published into a pattern called Homespun Memories.
My blog is also about my Nifty Fifty Quilting swaps which are 50 state quilt block swaps that I started organizing over 10 years ago when my husband was going through depression. It helped me through a very difficult time. We have swapped over 70,000 quilt blocks during this time with many stories that traveled across the country along with our state quilt blocks. Our groups also make charity quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness.
This is the first give-away on my blog. I thought it was an interesting idea when I first read about the Blog Hop Party on the Quilting Gallery.
I love knitting washcloths or dishcloths!! They are easy and fast to work up. There is a great website called Knitting Pattern Central that has free patterns for Dishcloths. This website has patterns to suit anyone's interest including hobbies, sports, holidays, animals and houses.
These are 100% cotton knitted cloths which can be used as either washcloths for the bath or dishcloths. I make them every year for my Mom for Christmas. She uses them as dishcloths. She loves them especially since you can place a dirty one on the top rack of her dishwasher and they come out sparkling clean.
My sister lost her mother-in-law Madeline to Breast Cancer in 2010. My sister was very close to her and I chose to make her one of my favorite patterns which was an Angel washcloth to comfort her during her loss. One of the things that Madeline always told her grandchildren was to take comfort from the beautiful sunshine whenever you are feeling down. So I chose to make them the yellow Sunshine washcloth. This pattern can be found on another great free pattern website called Designs by Emily. This website has another one of my favorite patterns which is a Heart. There are so many patterns to fit any occasion. My son is being commissioned in the Army this spring and I made him the Army Eagle one.
So I have decided to give-away a couple of my hand knitted dishcloths. I decided that since our Nifty Fifty Quilting websites support Breast Cancer Awareness that I would knit up a Breast Cancer Ribbon for my give-away. I tried finding a pattern for the ribbon everywhere online and was unsuccessful. So I designed a pattern myself. Here are photos of the Breast Cancer Ribbon Washcloth/Dishcloths that will be given away.
Variegated Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Washcloth
All Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon Washcloth
Anyone who comments on my blog will be entered in the give-away. The drawing will take place on December 18th. I will be giving away the Variegated Washcloth and the All Pink Washcloth. So please mention your preference in your comment.
I love hand made gifts and it would be nice to share ideas this time of year. Please feel free to comment on your quilting, knitting or crochet projects that you make for gifts. And if you are not making any gifts this year then you can comment on one of your favorite handmade gifts that you have received in the past. Actually any crafty related comment will get you in the drawing. :)
More sample Amish blocks are arriving at my house for our Nifty Fifty 30 Swap. We are getting a great variety of patterns and colors. This will be a very unique Amish quilt.
As these blocks arrive I measure them to make sure they are 9 1/2 inches, take photos of them for the rest of our swappers to enjoy and then place them in a safe place.
I should start sewing our Nifty Fifty Breast Cancer Charity quilt as these blocks arrive but I have been too busy trying to get some Christmas presents finished before the big day arrives. I think I will start sewing them together in January.
This year I have decided to participate in the Quilter's Blog Hop Party and do my first giveaway on my blog. I do a lot of knitting, quilting and crochet this time of year for Christmas presents.
This week I will be working on the item that I will be giving away on my blog. So check back on December 10th to take part in my free give-away. A hint.....it will be a handmade item.
I have been quilting for over 20 years and my favorite type of quilting is handwork. I created the Nifty Fifty 50 state quilt block swaps where a group of quilters from across the country swap state quilt blocks and make charity quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness. Our most memorable themes in our swaps are the Redwork, Sunbonnet Sue, Snowflake, 50 State Flowers, Amish, Civil War, Batik, Patriotic in Rememberance of 9/11, Native American, 1930 Repro and Carol Doak's paper-pieced stars. I am a mother of four grown kids and a grandmother. I have worked for the same Orthodontist for the past 32 years. When I am not working at the office I am teaching piano at home, designing quilt patterns, and I occasionally teach quilting classes.