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Cotton, Pesticides, Planet & People

Who else has drawer after drawer of t-shirts from ball teams, store promotions, chess clubs, Bible school and community groups?  Did you know that every t-shirt requires about half its weight in chemical inputs before becoming that popular gear?  That’s what Texas farmer Gary Oldham calculated before deciding to start growing cotton with organic methods […]

Continue Reading By on March 5, 2014 in agriculture, environment, pesticides, textiles, toxic

Quilt Top Treasure

A traditional wedding ring pattern of flour-sack-type cotton fabric creates a quilt top that’s recently come into our household.  It’s my favorite sort of hand-me-down. This single layer of cotton will eventually become a completed quilt.  It’s from my husband’s side of the family.  Wish I knew for sure who make it.  I love that even […]

Continue Reading By on March 25, 2012 in frugal, quilt, sewing, with our own hands

Box of Layette Memories

The box came tied with twine, decorated with cheery painted sunflowers.  My Aunt Ruby knew how much I would appreciate the little treasures she sent.  It was a box full of layette memories. A faded red-orange floral design had been stitched with row after row of thread to create a bonnet.  White shell buttons fastened the main […]

Continue Reading By on November 3, 2011 in antique, family, sewing, with our own hands

Flour Sack Fabrics

Display at Englewood Textile Museum One of the vignettes at the Textile Museum in Englewood, Tennessee includes this quote, “I washed five feed sacks and made me a bedspread.”  The museum offers gorgeous examples of homemade quilts, coverlets and clothing. Particularly during the Great Depression, resourceful folks could make whatever they needed from simple means stitched […]

Continue Reading By on November 2, 2011 in antique, Great Depression, sewing, textiles, with our own hands

Easter Table Linen from Poland

Celebrating the Christian tradition of Easter includes a meaningful new decoration at our house this week.  Our friend, Lena, who has ancestors from Ukraine and Poland, gifted our family with a mint-condition, vintage, European textile. The linen table runner features a lovely woven basket full of Easter eggs, tulip and daffodils representing new life in Christ.  The […]

Continue Reading By on April 21, 2011 in Europe, faith, family, grandparents, sew, with our own hands

Vintage Star Quilt

I became the reluctant owner of this pretty pink eight-point star quilt that no one else wanted.  Although it’s not a family heirloom, I still appreciate it.  I think it was machine-stitched, possibly with original flour sack fabrics.  The cotton quilt contains six stars in a row, by eight rows.  It’s just large enough for a full-sized bed, […]

Continue Reading By on December 30, 2010 in flour sack, quilt, sew, with our own hands