I don't have a ton of quilty stuff to report today. I wanted to update you on my friend Jill's quilt, and I wanted to show you some photos I took over Christmas at my BIL Larry's house. I thought you might be interested in some of the creative work he does.
First, Jill's quilt. You may recall a while back, I did a post about the quilt Jill made from her friendship triangles that we exchanged. I am working on my Tree of Life quilt, and Jill made a different quilt from Edyta Sitar's Friendship Triangles book.
To refresh your memory, here are photos of Jill's quilt:
And a close up of the quilting:
I know a lot of you were as impressed with this quilt as I am. You might also recall that Jill decided to raffle it off to help her husband's colleague pay for cancer treatments. Jill said it was hard to give up the quilt because the fabrics were from our exchange, but she did it anyway.
Well, get this. They haven't even held the raffle yet, and they already raised $900!!!! Can you believe it? That is so awesome, Jill!
And Jill, if you are reading this, I want to buy some raffle tickets. Seriously. I love this quilt. Let's get in touch and work out how I can get the money to you.
Okay, now a few inspiring photos from my BIL Larry. Larry is a farrier (someone who shoes horses). And he is one of the best, I tell you. He has a huge creative streak in him and loves to create. He has taken to making furniture out of horseshoes and other horse-related items. I thought you might like to see some of them.
Oops. This one's a little blurry. From my old camera! This is a chair he made of horseshoes. It's cute, but truthfully not that comfortable! Haha! I need to make him some cushions for it, I think. The doll sitting on it was made by SISLH, who comments on my blog a lot. (She is my SIL and Larry's sister.) She made one for each of us. The skirts are made from pillowcases for which her grandmother (?) made the lace edging, as well as embroidered a cute little motif. Very clever use of the old linens!
Postscript: SISLH just reminded me she bogught all the materials, and my MIL actually sewed up the doll's. Papa Pea's grandmother did all the stitching and the embroidery on the linens. SISLH wanted you all to know that!
I am trying to get Larry or Papa Pea to make me a quilt hanger from horseshoes for my little Cowboy Blessings wallhanging. I also made one of those wallhangings for Larry for Christmas. I was sort of hoping when he made a hanger for himself that he'd make one for me, too. Hee hee.
If you wanted any horseshoe furniture, I'm sure Larry would be glad to make it for you. Just let me know, and I'll put you in touch with him.
He also finds the neatest things at the auctions. Look at this lawn ornament he picked up at one auction and gave to us:
Well, I better get to work now. Have a wonderful day!
Until next time,