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Mitsy quilts despite blindness and dementia
My mom, Mitsy, was a seamstress most of her life. So, it was naturally devastating for her to lose her ability to sew after becoming blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Later, in addition to facing a world without sight, Mitsy began losing her memory to dementia. In her late eighties, Mitsy was losing her independence and purpose, until God inspired a beautiful intervention. The attached picture is a quilt made by my mom at age 92, despite her total blindness and dementia. She created this quilt by hand stitching 32 half square triangle pieces adapted with the Mitsy Kit tactile guides, and even threaded all her own regular hand sewing needles by touch! Mitsy Kit, named after my mom Mitsy, is a patented tactile sewing system and method of use that I believe God inspired as I sought to help my mother re-engage in life and overcome depression. The invention simply makes hand stitching quilts easy to do by providing tactile guides on precut fabric pieces that insure straight and perfectly positioned seam allowances and perfectly connected points. All done by touch with no sight or special skills required. Since Mitsy Kit launched three years ago, the sewing and crafting kits have evolved to help countless people including those who are blind, memory impaired, stroke impaired, and others with physical and cognitive disabilities to participate in creation of beautiful sewing projects. Our kits have increased in number to over 20 variations to address the diverse needs and preferences of the many disability groups served, including no sew kits that help people create pillows, bags, and even wall hanging half square triangle quilts with plastic needles and ribbon. The key component of Mitsy Kit success is the product development mindset to continually refine products and services in response to what we learn from our customers product use and feedback. Future plans exist to create new tactile guided products in the crafting family that may be more appealing to more men as well. So I post this picture and story to help get the word out that there is hope for those with vision, memory, and other physical and cognitive impairments to continue creating and be part of an inclusive sewing and crafting community. Our mission is to provide accessible, adaptable, and easy to use craft kits that help build inclusive communities, create cherished memories, and connect lives across generations. For more information see www.Mitsykit.org and www.Facebook.com\Mitsykit or call 978-419-1824
Hidden Wells - aka hidden mistakes
This quilt is a kingsized one that I have been making for the past year!! as a birthday gift to me last year. The pattern has driven me daft - not least because I discovered too late the easier version by Jenny and Rob at Man Quilting. There are so many errors on this quilt which caused me irritation at the time but now I can hardly see them. The quilt really gives me a lift and I love the feel it gives our room. The fabric sat for sometime looking fantastic in the two jelly rolls I bought after seeing Jenny use ages ago, it's Front Porch by Jan Patek for Moda and the pattern is a version of Hidden Wells demonstrated by Teresa Down Under.
Tumbling Blocks #2
Rebecca's 2nd quilt: I enjoyed my first tumbling block quilt but wanted to make one with smaller blocks and no borders. This pattern is from a wonderful book called Antique to Heirloom, Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott, available at our library. Started cutting in January 2015 and finished piecing the top at the end of March 2015 and then I made 4 pillow cases to match. It was top-stitched by Lyn at Camlyn Quilts. I used Hobbs Heirloom Wool batt and the backing is red Winterlude by Moda. Finished size 87"X96". I loved making this quilt and gave it to my son, who had just painted his bedroom red, so it matched perfectly! Posted 050318.
My Favorite Person
I really love people. But the person who has stolen my heart is 5'6" and about 128 pounds....and some 83 years old! My Momma is my heart! I love everything about her. I've even tried to find something positive about her dementia. It's hecka hard, but I have found that she's more loving than she's ever been before. And because I get to love on her everyday, I created a portrait quilt to capture not just who she was, but who she continues to be. She continues to be someone who is concerned about how you're feeling. Even through the dementia you will catch her asking you, "What's wrong?" You don't want to admit that you're not feeling well, but she still knows. I took a picture of her on a dolphin-watching excursion at Tybee Island in 2013. I get to wake up to this wonderful portrait quilt daily. It touches my spirit each time I see it. I love it. I love her! She's my favorite person!
Peggy's Project #7.5 - Featherweight Travel Set
Two friends and I got together in 2016 to sew Featherweight Bags, sewing with only our Singer Featherweight sewing machines instead of our regular machines. We spent a few hours having a lot of fun and getting to know our Featherweights, which we've had for years but haven't used very often. The two friends each have a black Featherweight in a black box, both from the 1950’s, and I have a white Featherweight (PA235963) in a green box from the 1960’s. • Large Bag size: 12.5 x 12 x 10”. • Drawstring Bag size: 10 x 7 x 3” (holds the foot pedal and cords). • Extension Table Cover size: 5.5 x 8”. • Tula Pink fabric with bunnies and ears for outside, and Tula Pink fabric with snails for lining. The pattern is "Sew Portable Travel Set" by Jeni Baker, published in 2014. If I ever do this project again, I will use byAnnie's "Soft and Stable" instead of batting - this way the bag will stand up by itself. I would also make the lining about 1/2 to 1" longer so that it turns into a self-binding top edge. I love sewing with my Featherweight! Peggy (Posted May 8, 2018)
I’ve been quilting as a hobby for over 10 years now, right after my husband retired he asked if he could make a quilt. Sure, let’s pick a pattern and some fabric. The next day he went right to work on cutting out the pattern pieces. By the time I came home from work he was ready to learn how to sew the pieces together. Each day I came home that week he had more to show me. To be honest I was getting a bit jealous he had more sewing time than I. By the end of the week he had finished the quilt top, and it was beautiful. This guy has a knack for sewing quilts. As time goes by he now has several quilts completed and he is getting better with each new quilt. One day my MSQC Block arrives in the mail and he meets me with the book opened to the binding tool star quilt. He wants to make that quilt and he did. He took the left over strips and made an incredible border!
I love to watch all the versions of Jane Austen movies and found this fabric on Spoonflower a few years ago. I did not want to cut any of it but finally decided I’d at least get to enjoy all the fabrics in a quilt instead of having it all stashed away in the closet. Added minky on back to cuddle.
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