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A Very Special Monday

Alida (tweloquilting.blogspot.com) recreated one of my later mother-in-law's stained glass pieces as a quilt for my birthday. I'm absolutely overwhelmed with emotion. #paperpiecing #gift #tweloq

Over the weekend, I received an unexpected parcel in the mail from Alida over on Tweety Loves Quilting.

There were many wonderful things in the parcel, with one very special one tied with a ribbon. When I opened it, there was a beautiful wall hanging inside:

Stained Glass Quilt by TweLoQ

I looked at the gorgeous quilt and I knew it reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it right away. It was only after I walked away and into my kitchen that I realized.

Alida recreated one of my mother-in-law, Carol’s, stained glass pieces that I had shared in this post the day after Carol passed away.

The original piece looks like this:

Stained Glass by CarolTo say I was gobsmacked is an understatement. I immediately raced up stairs to pull the photo up so I could compare. The gorgeous birthday gift is a recreation of this piece, there was no doubt about it.

Made for Linus by AlidaMade for Linus by Alida

Not only did Alida send me this beautiful piece she obviously worked long and hard on, but she also included two wonderful quilt tops for donation to my favorite blanket charity, The Linus Connection.

Color me speechless.

After the private thank you I sent, I had to share a huge public one. Thank you, Alida, for your thoughtfulness and generosity.


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No TTMT Today…Remembering with Stained Glass

Stained Glass by Carol

Hey all, I want to leave a quick note for my friends and readers and let you know that there will be no Talk To Me Tuesday today.

We’ve had another death in the family and I just can’t face recording a video right now. You may remember, that we lost my grandmother almost three weeks ago.

My wonderful, amazing, kick ass mother-in-law, Carol, passed away yesterday and aside from telling you this, I’m pretty much speechless.

Instead of sharing stories or thoughts or a lot of words, I want to share some of her stained glass. It was one of the many things that she mastered and she was amazing at it. This is just a tiny sampling from my own photos. I hope you enjoy them.

stained glass by my mil, Carol

Stained Glass by Carol, design by Archie

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

My Kitchen Window

This final photo is a quilt that I made based on the piece shown at the very top of this post, which hangs in my kitchen window.Before I started sharing my patterns online, I made a version of this for Carol. With her permission, I then shared the pattern with the world. It makes me happy to think there are more versions of this floating around out there.


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On Craftsy and Revisiting an Old Favorite

My Kitchen Window

My Kitchen Window, now available through Craftsy!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last couple of days enjoy the creative bounty that is Craftsy! After lurking for months, I finally dived in and joined up.

And what a wonderful world it is!

I am in the process of making all of my shop patterns, as well as select free patterns, available as PDF instant download through my spiffy new Craftsy shop. Crafts makes for safe, simple shopping from a variety of independence artisans.

While adding patterns to Craftsy, I have been revisiting many old friends.

My Kitchen Window is one of my oldest paper pieced designs, and it was the first pattern I re-drafted when I started working on patterns to sell.

The original was designed many years ago for my mother-in-law, Carol, based on a piece of stained glass she made for us when we first moved to Austin.

Carol's Stained Glass Wall Hanging

The original piece was early days in my designing career. The revamped pattern is much, much simpler and easier to piece!

Florist Marble Window Surround
The inspiration.

While posting this pattern today, I realized the pattern could use a  few updates. Since the original pattern was designed entirely in Photoshop, I decided to play with it in EQ7 and see what I could do with different fabrics.

My Kitchen Window

The first one uses the same color scheme as the actual quilt and stained glass.

My Kitchen Window

How fun is it in blue and yellow? I might have to make this one!

My Kitchen Window

I already want to call this one clown kitchen, because, WOW, those are some wild colors together. Fun, but wild!

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Way Back Craft: Marble Backsplash

Once upon a time, we were renters. Every place we lived in belonged to someone else. The color and interest we had were from fabrics and furniture. I could not wait until we had our own place so we could add and change color whenever we pleased!

One of the first projects for my kitchen when we moved in nine years ago was a backsplash. There was originally nothing behind the sink except wall. The paint was peeling and just kind of nasty. I had been collecting different colors of florist marbles and the two came together one night in a stroke of inspiration. It’s been about eight years now and the backsplash still looks as good as it did then!

D-I-Why? Well, because it’s my house and I can!

Marble Backsplash
© Jennifer Ofenstein

● Clean, dry scrub brush
● Florist marbles (flat on one side), washed and dried
● Tile Adhesive in a tube
● Pre-mixed grout
● Sponge
● Grout Sealant
● Latex Gloves (optional)

1. Scrub off loose paint with a dry brush.

2. Using tile adhesive and marbles of your color choice (the amount depends on the size of your space), apply in a pattern or design pleasing to you, leaving a small (about 1/4″) gap between marbles.

3. Allow to dry according to label instructions.

4. Using fingertips (with latex gloves if you like), apply premixed grout. It only takes a small amount. This and the adhesive can be found in the flooring department of your local home improvement store.

5. Smooth grout until it fills all the gaps.

6. Following manufacturer’s instruction, use a damp sponge to wipe grout from marbles.

7. After proper drying time, apply a grout sealer, following manufacturer’s instructions. It’ll make your grout last longer and help it stay cleaner.

Additional information: The window surround is not grouted. The windowsill was contoured using Plaster of Paris to make it look more like stone. This was painted over with the same color as the wall paint.

The beautiful stained glass was made by my mother-in-law, Carol Ofenstein.

This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series’; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of the blog.

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