Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Clare of Clare's Craftroom started a neat thing - Tuesdays Treasure, where everyone shows off their treasures and links up on her blog.  This is the first time I've remembered, thank you so much Peg!

This was my dad's high school graduation ring.  It's solid gold, and the front has worn away a bit....

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And I just realized I put it in the case upside down.  It's from 1951 and has an eagle at the top.  My dad died when I was 17 and my brother was 6.  We still miss him dearly.  He was actually my adopted dad, my biological dad died when I was 2 and my mom remarried when I was 5.  He was the best dad in the world...gentle, loving, the kindest heart and the best sense of humor.  He reminded me of Bob Newhart - same kind of dry humor.  Every evening in the summer, all of our neighbors would gather in our driveway, to sit around and yack it up with my dad.  He was a quiet guy, but inspired such loyalty in his friends.

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I miss him every day.


On the sewing front, things are coming along.  My 'design wall' is filled up and I need a bigger one, lol.  My Sis Boom quilt is all laid out and some blocks are stitched together already.

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I LOVE the Curve Master foot.  It's making the piecing so easy!   No pinning or clipping seams.  I also used her rulers, Just Curves, for the templates [borrowed from Cathy, thank you hon!].  To use the rulers, you really need a very small rotary cutter, which I don't have, so I just cut the strips and traced the curve with pencil, then cut with scissors.  Tedious, but it worked fine.  Look how well my first block came out, with NO PINNING....

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First curved piecing I've ever done!  I'm really happy with this foot!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, go to Clare's and check out the other Tuesdays Treasures!

Edit:  Wanted to clear up, I'm not affiliated with the Curve Master presser foot or the organization.  Just a really, really, really happy customer.

31 comments:

West Michigan Quilter said...

I didn't know about the Tuesday Treasures. THanks for the link. Love your quilt. Beautiful colors and fabrics. I'll have to try that curvemaster foot.

Darlene said...

Tuesday Treasures sounds like fun!

I love your Sis Boom quilt, Allie - it's delightful.

susan m hinckley said...

That curved piecing is pretty amazing, Allie! I've only done it by hand and I don't believe it looked quite so perfect . . . well done!

Joy said...

Allie your Dad's ring is a wonderful treasure to keep ... something you can pass on to your boys ;o).
Just LOVE your curved piecing ... your first one looks fabulous ... and NO pinning???!!! WOW!!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o) xxx

Terry said...

Your quilt looks great Allie! I might have to check into that foot...I'd love to do a drunkard's path someday! :0)

Dolores said...

I've always stayed away from curves. Yours are so good. I guess it depends on the right tools and taking your time.

Michelle said...

What a treasure! He was a handsome man.

clare's craftroom said...

Oh Allie what a lovely treasure and lovely memories ! Thankyou so much for playing .

Michele Bilyeu said...

Oh, this touched my heart. I can see how dear your dad was ...it's just pouring out of that photo as well as your sweet words. Love everything that I've seen and read here. Hugs and blessings!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I'm sure you do miss your dad. I am sorry. What a gorgeous quilt. I am off to check it out.

Mary-Kay said...

I miss my dad too! I love the colours in your quilt. I've tried curve piecing using a different method involving tweezers. I can't remember the procedure but it worked out okay.

jan said...

What a treasure! My dad passed when I was 2, but my mom never remarried. I think she thought no one could love her kids like our dad did.

Love the quilt! Your piecing is really nice!

Dawn said...

Oh Allie, I am blessed for you shared this today... what an amzing testament to your Dad...
Love your quilt, amazing, love the colors so girly sweet... lots of hugs Dawn x x x x x

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I'm so sorry to hear about you losing your Dads at such a young age.

Glad to hear the report on the Curve Master. I saw it demonstrated at the quilt show and wasn't sure whether it was worth it or not, but the results look great!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Allie...what a good looking man your Dad was, and to loose him so early, that is very sad........but what a treasure you have in having his ring.....love your quilt it looks so good...

Cyndi said...

What wonderful memories you have of your dad. You were so blessed to have had such a loving and caring father!

Your quilt is looking great and I am sooooo impressed with the fact that you didn't have to pin that curved block. I'm going to have to check out that foot...I hate sewing curves!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Jennifer said...

your comments are the best, please please give me a great shot of that quilt board cause that's phenomenal.

Carrie P. said...

What a treasure to have. Your dad looks like Danny Thomas. Maybe you are too young to know who he is.
Oh, I just love that quilt. Curves make me nervous but you have done a super job.
Thanks for the sweet comment on my charm quilt. It is one of my favorites.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Oh, Allie, a treasure indeed! Your dad (who was your dad in all ways that matter) sounds like a wonderful person and great friend to everyone.

Sorry I've been MIA in blogland lately.... preparing for a trial and have my hands full - LOL

Martha said...

Allie -- That's a sweet, but sad story about your dad -- 17 is way too young to lose your father.

He was so handsome. To me he looks a lot like young Elvis -- those eyes and that little upper lip thing he's got going on.

Your quilt is looking amazing -- love those fabrics and your circles are perfect.

Talin's Corner said...

It's wonderful that you have the memories of your Dad.

I wish I knew about the Curve Master foot before I started my circle quilt. It would have helped me out a lot. I am still fiddling around with mine. If I wasn't almost finished, I would consider purchasing it.

Mary said...

Oh I love the picture of your dad and the story - what a special man. He was so handsome and had such kind eyes. It is wonderful that you have his class ring - it is so beautiful - moreso because it was obviously treasured and worn alot. I'll have to look into that curve master presser foot. I have a table runner that is sitting in a box because I tried curved piecing and it was a disaster. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt Allie!

Fleurette said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful memories of your dad, he was so good looking.Your quilt is just beautiful,and your blocks turned out perfect!

Kim D. said...

What a wonderful keepsake from your dad Allie. It sounds like he was a great dad, so sorry you lost him at such a young age. My dad passed when I was 27 and I thought that was too soon. I love your Sis Boom quilt and your piecing is fantastic. Thanks for sharing the info about the foot with me earlier. I may have to try it out. Have a great weekend.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Wow Allie, your quilt is coming along beautifully - love the colours! I saw the curve master foot at a recent craft show... But decided I need to master the straight stitching first! LOL!!!

Thank you for sharing your treasure with us... how blessed you will always be to have had such a wonderful, caring man in your life. xx

Lots of love darling! Vikki xoxo

Shari said...

Your dad's class ring is like my mom's. She graduated in 1960. It's a wonderful keepsake. She died 10 years ago now.

I haven't tried my curve master foot yet. I bought it last year, but I have too many UfO's and I'm trying to be good...

Your quilt is looking fabulous... will fly together now...

Mama Spark said...

I love your dad's ring. Too cool. I feel lucky to still have my dad.

I like your curved piecing too. Where did you get this foot you speak of and will it fit any machine? What about the rulers? Is this a company??

sewtakeahike said...

Your quilt is coming along so nicely Allie! I have that curvemaster foot too and really love it, although I have only used it a couple of times so far.
Thanks for sharing about the memories of your dad, so sweet!

Lauranie said...

LOVE this!! Now I'm off to the store to buy one of these....you always know the BEST gadgets!! :D

Robyn said...

That's a nice ring. Something to pass on to sons and grandsons to treasure.

Tammy said...

Tell me, are there any really good tutorials on curve piecing. Unfortunately, I'm not privy to my grandma's knee and I have to learn everything on my own. I don't retain well reading to much so I lean toward easy clean cut tutorials. this is gorgeous fabric and the quilt is to die for.
Hugs
Tammy

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