From Handkerchief to Rosary Holder

Sometimes a great gift idea is right under your nose!  The mother of a friend of mine from church passed away last year.  Her mom had quite the collection of handkerchiefs, so she spread them out on a table at the funeral home and let people chose one to take home as a memory of her mom.   Most people probably saw handkerchiefs.  I like to look beyond the obvious.

Rosary Holder made from Handkerchief

Rosary Holder made from Handkerchief

I thought that if I fused some interfacing to the wrong side of the handkerchief, made a few folds, and stitched up the sides… voila!  A rosary holder!

First, cut a piece of fusible interfacing the correct size of the handkerchief, making sure to not to put any under the lace.  Fuse according to package directions.  (Make sure you fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the hankie.)

Set the handkerchief on point with the crocheted corner pointing up.

Next, fold in the sides and press to get a nice crease.

Fold the bottom corner up.  Press.

Sew the sides closed.  If you have an edgestitch foot, this is a great time to use it.

If you don’t want to add some sort of a closure, you can just fold the top corner over, press, and you’re done.  I chose to add a small piece of velcro as a closure.  If you sew a closure on, make sure you don’t sew through all the layers, since you don’t want to close the pockets in the process. (Don’t ask me how I know this!)

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The fusible interfacing is great for giving stability and strength to thin fabrics like the delicate fabric of an antique handkerchief.

I chose this hankie because I liked the detailed crochet on the corner.  When I was done, I stepped back to take a look at it.  Lo and behold, the design that just wrapped around a corner had turned into a heart.  Perfect for a memento to remember a mother’s love!  As an extra bonus, If you are familiar with Catholic traditions, then you know that the rosary is a prayer that we say to Mary, the Blessed Mother.  So it is a memento for Sheila to remember her own mother’s love as well as the love of Mary, the Blessed Mother.

Things that make me smile:

  • creating a special, unique gift for someone
  • touring historic sites – more on this in my next post

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

Bicycling along the Canal

The weather was too beautiful last Saturday to spend inside quilting.  After a little time mowing the lawn on the tractor, my boyfriend Jim and I went for a bike ride along the Erie Canal.  We started where Day Rd. meets the canal in Lockport and went past Gasport to Slayton Settlement Rd.  It was a little over 10 miles which is a good start to the season for me.  I prefer riding on bike paths over sharing roads with cars.

Mystery Flowering Tree

Mystery Flowering Tree

Within the first couple of miles we passed some trees with beautiful fragrant white flowers.  They reminded me of lilacs or wisteria because of their shape and strong fragrance, but I have no idea what they are.  I would love to find out, so if anyone knows, please leave a comment to let me know.

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Canadian geese with youngsters

Canadian geese with young

 

 

The path along the canal is also called a “tow path” because originally the boats that went on the canal were pulled by mules that walked on the path, towing the boats.

 

 

 

We are lucky to have many miles of great bike paths in our area.  While any township in the US can make a bike path, we have a real gem here in western New York.  We have water (from the mighty Niagara Falls to the serene Erie Canal), nature (both plant and animal), and a history (the grain elevators, the canal, etc) right here.  I’ve been told that you can ride the bike path along the Niagara River from Niagara Falls to downtown Buffalo.  I haven’t tried that trip yet, but it’s on the list.

A while back, I asked if anyone had any guesses as to where the Sunny Day title of my blog came from.  In 1969 a new show came to television.  I was born less than a year later.

“Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet”

Those words immediately got my attention every time I heard them coming from the t.v. For the next hour, my mom knew she could get some cleaning done because I would be completely absorbed and out of the way.

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”

Oh, how I wanted to go to Sesame Street!  I wanted to play with Bert and Ernie.  I wanted to hold the caterpillers in the windowsill.  I loved Big Bird, and Snuffleupagus!  Even Oscar the Grouch was somehow lovable.  Forty plus years later, hearing the first few notes of the Sesame Street still brings a smile to my face.

When the weatherman tells us there’s sunshine in the forecast, don’t we all feel our spirits lift?  Who doesn’t love a sunny day?  When I decided to start a blog, I wanted to do more than share quilting and embroidery tips.  I wanted to give people something to smile about. For quilter’s it can be the tip or technique that makes a quilt come together easier, or it can be an inspirational quilt seen at a show.  For quilter’s and non-quilters alike, it can be a great recipe, an idea for a day trip in Western New York, a quote to make you laugh or cry or ponder, or a good book to read.  The possibilities are endless.  Thanks for joining me on my journey to spread the sunshine.

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Jim and I on Erie Canal bike path

Things that make me smile:

  • getting to drive the tractor
  • bicycling with Jim
  • goslings (well, any baby animals)

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie