Tender Threads

A Quilt for her 13th Birthday


A Quilt for her 13th Birthday

My oldest turned 13 right before Christmas. I have been saving her old clothes since 1st grade for this very day! I made her a quilt a long time ago from her baby-to-kindergarten clothes, but that one was a small little doll quilt. This one was going to be big enough for her bed! She and I revisited these clothes right before I started to cut them up. She picked out the things that she remembered as her favorites, and we had a good chuckle over her early sense of style (let’s just say matching was not a priority). It’s amazing to see how her personality has developed through her outfits.

Born a collicky baby, she basically wore pajamas for a year. Hand-me-downs from my nephew put her in blue stripes for the next year. By the time she was two, she began making her own choices. She spent the next 5 years in dresses. Only dresses. Having missed that lesson on coordinating, her outfits were very eye-catching. Right around 2nd grade, dresses were out and pants were in. Jeans and t-shirts became the new uniform. Nowadays, it’s all labels. She and her friends are like Abercrombie clones. Though lately, there are days when she throws caution to the wind and pulls out her glitter tights and gold boots. I love seeing glimpses of what her teenage style will be. Maybe we’ll even share!

I love these photos that show her personality: Determined – Belting out Annie at age 4 / Protective – Hugging her baby sister / Playful – Discovering that her sister is now a friend / Helpful – Feeding the new baby (in her fave heart sweater) / Responsible – Always ready for a photo op (in her fave plaid skirt) / Funny – Goofing around with her little sister.

Being the oldest is not always an easy role. But she carries herself with grace and poise and has an inner strength that is enviable. She’s a special girl, what a privilege it has been to grow with her!

{Tender Threads quilts}

 

Little Girl Quilt


Little Girl Quilt

Whenever I receive a box of clothes from a client who wants a quilt, I go through each piece so that I can get a feel for who they are. This quilt, for a 6-year old girl, was one of my favorites. I loved her sense of fashion and color: Red heart tights, graphic tees, well-loved jeans. I decided to use a black t-shirt as the center because it just summed her up so well: “This is my little black dress”.

Little Boy Quilt


Little Boy Quilt

I made this quilt for my son. I used his favorite clothes from when he was a baby…or perhaps I should say my favorite clothes.

His pirate pj’s were the most loved and worn. When he grew out of them, I used the top in his quilt. But the wee pants, I put in me son’s baby box…Arrrr!

PR Pack: Tender Threads


PR Pack: Tender Threads

I made 20 quilted books to send to magazines to promote Tender Threads. I used scraps from quilts I had made all year. They turned out really cute and I ended up landing a page in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens! Love that magazine.