noelle o designs

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craft, fabric, sewing

gay plaid fruit appliqués

On Saturday my mother-in-law dropped by a pile of crafting and sewing goods that she no longer wanted and even a few things that she inherited from her mother. I’ve just begun the ‘Christmas morning’ activity of sorting through all of the ‘gifts’ she’s passed onto me– eternally grateful I’m the only one in the family that cares about this sort of thing. A gift like this is better than any Christmas if you ask me.
20120604-130920.jpgThere are loads of embroidery, quilt and crafty patterns from the 1980′s and beyond (I’ll get to those later) but the most intriguing visually, and the oldest is a Simplicity applique pattern from 1946, I want to frame the pattern and hang it in the kitchen- and see who pays attention to the fine print.

The inside actual pattern piece has never been used, I should make some fabric on Spoonflower with the sheet, it’s so pretty in it’s entirety.

By the way, don’t you think the word ‘motif’ is under used and appreciated in these times? Don’t be afraid to bring it back. Here’s the definition, so we can all sound smart:

mo·tif   [moh-teef]


1.a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
2.a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper.
3.a dominant idea or feature: the profit motif of free enterprise.
1840–50;  < French; see motive

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