When I was a kid my aunts Rose and Frances would invite the family to Sunday dinner quite often. One of the things I remember very well is that in December there was always a Partridge and a Pear Tree decoration that Aunt Francis would hang in the living room. I have no Idea where she got it or how old it was but I do remember it being there every year.
So what does that have to do with quilts? A while ago I found this quilt kit on eBay and it reminds me so much of that plastic wall hanging Christmas decoration.
I can’t find a date on the package or any information about it but it sure looks 60′s to me. (7/3/12..I just was informed that this kit was featured in a 1971 Mccall’s needlework publication)
Original price was $16.00 and someone got it marked down to $7.99
It is not actually a partridge in a pear tree but I plan to make it into one. I won’t use all the applique pieces included and I will modify the bird to look more like a partridge.
There are a lot of different designs ornaments to be embroidered and appliqued
I will change these out and use pears. I think I will also add pears to the border.
I told myself a few years back that I would make a quilt for Christmas every year. This might be the one for this year.
I think with a fun backing fabric it will be great.
There is still plenty of time to change my mind…and I do have a lot of other projects to finish first!
Last time I posted about a top that is foundation pieced on old catalog pages. and I was thinking of how to save the pages and still use the top. I have not figured that out yet but I do have a use for old newspaper.
When I ripped out the carpeting in the bedroom that is now the office/junk/craft/sewing/catch-all room (no room for guests) I found that under the carpet was an old area rug worn down to nothing and under that was old linoleum and under that was newspaper. The newspaper was from the 30′s and there was a lot of it and it was in pretty good shape. I didn’t want to throw it out so it became wallpaper in that room.
I glued the paper to the wall using liquid starch and then covered with water based polyurethane . Always something to look at in that room.