Here’s a couple of ornaments that I am creating. They are so fun to make and the fabrics choices really look so different when it’s done! I will be at the Sweet Home Craft show in the Fall. I will keep you updated as to when and where other shows will happen.
See pamela pandolfi.com for other ornaments hand made by me.
I am huge on family memories stories and tangible items. It’s even better if the item can be sewn! You can wrap yourself up in those memories or hang them on the wall to gaze upon those memories every day!
You may have heard about T-shirt Quilts. If not, these are quilts that are made from t-shirts that were saved typically from a young adult’s childhood (ie: sport participation, musicals, school functions, vacations, etc.)
There are quilts that are termed as memory quilts (t-shirt quilts are just a part of that category) are designed from any memory that can be sewn. For example: Ties, Hankies, Dance Costumes, Button Down Shirts, even photos (I make a copy of them for the quilt) to name a few.
Currently, I am designing and making a hanky quilt from my customer’s mother’s hankies. I had a few challenges (which I love to figure out).
- The hankies are a thin fabric and a bit fragile. So I decided to back them with Heat and Bond Lite to support the fabric and adhere it to a piece of white fabric (another piece of the puzzle that I will explain).
- When I ironed the hankies, they were almost impossible to make perfectly square, so I decided adhering to the white fabric would give me that perfect square to attach to other pieces for a good result.
- A couple of hankies had hand crocheted borders that needed to be starched. I never did that before, but I knew how to do it. Not hard, but time consuming!!!
- The photos below are showing the hanky in the original state. I started pinning the point of each set of stitches.
- After it was all pinned and straight, I sprayed it with Terial Magic and let it dry over night
I was impressed that it came out stiff as a piece of paper! I was able to adhere it to the white fabric, stitch down and secure the crochet stitches and then eventually into the quilt.
This is the point I am at so far. It will be a very big quilt when completed. I’ll keep you updated as to the progression!!
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Peace – Pam
Thank you to the Southtown Peacemakers Quilt Guild for allowing me to come to your meeting on Wednesday, September 13, to share my quilt journey with all of you!
I enjoyed talking with all of you and answering your questions.
I look forward to seeing all off you in the future!!
I am so blessed to be able to do another wedding art quilt for a returning customer through Etsy.com!
I glued the fabric down to block the colors and give it a bit of visual texture. Now I’m in the process of painting it. It’s due August 19. I’m working hard to meet that date!
Doing special art quilts for customers is so exciting for me and in a way humbling.
You may wonder, “Why is there a hair dryer in the photos? What does Pam use the hair dryer for?” Well, I am an impatient artist. The hair dryer allows me to quickly dry the paint so I can continue to paint quicker.
I really enjoy the combination of paint and fabric together to create a unique piece of art. Continuing with classes to improve my painting and drawing will be in my future!
I would love to hear your comments!!
My son has his prom next week. His girlfriend is wearing a black satin gown with a black satin belt and a rhinestone bow in the front.
Last Thursday night, he came down with his then black satin bow tie from his tuxedo and asked me to bead it. So, I got my seed beads out and reluctantly began to hand stitch each bead on this tie.
It took me a total of 7 hours of beading and I have no idea how many beads I sewed on. It turned out pretty good I think! Now, I’m wondering if there is a market for these kinds of ties!
Please tell me if there’s a market for these ties!! Thank you!!
This is an email I received from my son, Jake. He is working in St. Louis helping the homeless. I had the opportunity in the winter to visit him and was really impressed on the way this organization puts their heart and sole into helping the needy and understanding how to live simply and within their means.
Thank you for considering donating to this amazing cause.