Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pieces in the Garden - Spools - Block #7


 “Bride’s Quilt”
Once upon a time, there was a little girl, who wore a bow in her hair. When she grew up, she began a friendship with a young bachelor. As the hours and days passed, they began to look at each other with stars in their eyes, and as their love grew, they thought about taking steps to the altar. So, the young girl got out her spools of thread and made clothes to get ready for their wedding ring day.

After they are married, some of their times together will be bright as noon and others will be dark as night.  But they will try to share their happiness, their miseries and their chores – she grabbing a wrench to help with household repairs and he grabbing a towel to help with the dishes.  Sometimes they will have broken dishes, but they will try to remember that “things” can be replaced, whereas harsh words, possibly spoken about the broken dishes, could chip away love.  They will try to follow the Golden Rule as they are learning to communicate openly with each other.

They will also try to keep in mind the symbolism of Jacob’s ladder – “steps of communication” between themselves on earth and God in heaven.

Please join me for a cup of tea as Tressie shares about learning to sew...

Grandma, did you have a special quilt or blanket?  Who made it?

I don't really remember a special one.  Myrtle Werden, my Mom, made quilts.

Myrtle pieced this red and white snowball with a nine-patch quilt, I would guess in the 1930's, but never quilted it. It was finished with machine quilting by Carol.  She had it on her bed for many years.

Did you learn how to sew or knit?  Who taught you?

Mom taught me to sew when I was about 8 years old.  She taught me on the treadle machine.  I learned to knit after I was married and living in Pueblo.

Did you ever enter anything at the county fair?

In 7th or 8th grade we had a sewing book.  We had to do all the different seams and stitches and I won 1st place.  In later years I entered some of my China painting in the Pima County fair.

Tressie did lots of fancy things for her hope chest - pillow cases, dish towels, napkins, and handkerchiefs.

Tressie shared her memories of her cedar chest which held some special quilts... most of them made by Forrest's mother or other family members.

Tressie pieced this one in the late 1930s or early 40s.  Lala Teegarden, her mother-in-law, quilted it with the quilting club of the Christian Church in Trinidad, Colorado.  They would meet at the Teegarden home every Tuesday for quilting.

My Mom, Carol, shared in 2017
"Years later Tressie pieced two more of them - sometime in the 80’s.   It also has the corner stones and path.  One was pink and one was blue.  She had a group of quilters in La Junta quilt them.  I chose the blue one and gave the pink one to my brother Forrie." 

Who taught you to sew and/or quilt? How old were you?  Do you do other "hand crafts"?  Embroidery?  Knitting?  Crochet?
What was your first project?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you.  

I learned to sew, knit and crochet in the 4-H club, around 7 or 8 years old.  And I remember learning embroidery from a cousin.  I made an apron as one of my first sewing projects and she helped me embroider it.  I also made a skirt.

If you are interested in more stories of other quilters and who they learned their skill from, click the tab at the top with Quilters Through The Generations - a series I ran for two years, 2017 to 2019.  It is fun to read their stories, hear about their first quilt, as well as the stories of the other quilters in their family.  Pour yourself another cup of tea and go check it out!

Then head over to my Payhip store for the free Spool pattern.  You will need to make 12 blocks to make a complete row. They are very easy to piece and only require 6 different components in each block.  Easy Peasy!

Don't forget to come back when you have your blocks complete to link up a photo for the chance to win a prize package from Cornerstone Tea Co.  This month Stephanie is offering a 15% discount if you place an order and use TRADITIONS as your discount code.  Valid through August 17th.

Keep Piecing!


Linking with:

Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch


  1. My mother taught me to sew. I began sewing by hand sewing doll clothes for my dolls. The first sewing I did on a sewing machine was making a sundress. My mother made and identical one for herself, and I watched her do a step on her dress, and then I did the same on mine. From there I began sewing my own skirts, blouses, and dresses. I made my first quilt when I was expecting our first child. My local library had a selection of quilting books, and I chose a pattern from one of them. While I machine pieced the crib quilt, I chose to hand quilt it. I was hooked.

  2. my granny did a lot of hand piecing, and taught me to use her mother's treadle machine when I was about 6. I pieced old shirting fabrics in squares and marveled at the intersections! I still do LeeAnna

  3. "...harsh words, possibly spoken about the broken dishes, could chip away love." --- what a beautiful and poetic sentiment! Seeing the Red & White quilt reminded me that I have an RSC quilt design that I am making from an oldie but goodie book called "Fun With Nine Patch and Snowball Quilts". I didn't have any quilters in my family that I know of --- my first teacher was the "Simply Quilts" TV show and books, magazines and the internet have done the rest! However, I do have a collection of embroidered handkerchiefs made by my grandmother. I remember her primarily doing clothing sewing and crochet when I was young. When a friend held an "Oral History" night a few years ago we used many of the handkerchiefs to help decorate the event room. I hope to put them together in a quilt one day.

  4. Nice stories, although I'm not sure whose finish you are sharing for TGIFF.

  5. Those are neat stories from Tressie. I learned to sew in 4-H when I was 13, so I learned from my sister, and then from my best friends mom, who was a fabulous seamstress. My mom taught me how to knit when I was 5, but I couldn’t control the tension so gave it up until I learned how to knit Norwegian style when I was an IFYE delegate!