Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time Travel Tuesday

I stumbled across some photos I'd like to share with you today.  Not quilts, but almost!

Years ago, before I became a quilter, Sharon gathered a few friends to plan a ladies' retreat for our church.  We used one of her books which ties together various quilt themes and devotionals.  I chose the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern.  When I found a GFG quilt in an antique shop for a decent price, I snatched it up!

We made these candles using scraps of tissue paper and an embossing gun (basically a hair dryer, but gets hotter).  You put your paper in place and heat the candle.  As the wax melts, the tissue paper absorbs the liquid wax.  Once it's dry, it's fused together.  The candles became table decorations.

We made one quilt pattern candle for each of the topics, except for the sampler quilt, because that would have been very challenging!  After the retreat, these 3 candles remained.  I've kept them, even moving to/from the rental house during the repairs.  They got dusty and began to look a little shabby.

So, I washed them off and fixed the paper edges, then brought them on our quilting retreat this weekend.  Many of our group would take a break and sit in the shade on the back porch.  So I plunked those 3 candles on various tables.  I told our wonderful hostesses that they could toss the candles once we left.

Glad we were able to get double use from them! And also very glad to have them out of the house.  I may decide make some new ones as gifts.  No seam allowances and no seam ripping either.  Grin.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars


  1. Wow, I can't believe you got rid of them! I would've just put them out in my own house to enjoy. They're really pretty, did you have any guidance in making them (blog, website, etc)? I'd love to learn the technique.

  2. I still have my candle, Kim. :-) Good memories.