Sunday, December 14, 2014

Illuminated Indigo and Cheddar Stars

More square than it looks!  12" in fact
This Little quilt was inspired by a group of friends this summer.

We were together for quilt study and fun.  As we looked at quilts in J's collection - we were challenged to make a small reproduction version of one quilt in particular.

The illuminated indigo and cheddar stars glow with the light of summer sunshine.  The original quilt is glorious with glazed chintz in the center of the stars.

Who could resist?

Not I!

This is a picture of the antique original with one of the little reproduction quilts.

While we were not able to come up with just the right stripe, we did capture the essence of the quilt.

The little reproductions are machine pieced 4" stars, set with an alternate block.  The pieces are hand quilted.

They serve as a wonderful memory of good times spent with friends, enjoying quilts and conversation.  I think I will add all of our names on the tag to commemorate the summer of 2014!

We had hoped to find a stripe similar to the original, but this print was the end choice.  Sometimes you go with what you have!

These are the stars auditioning for their new home.

It doesn't take long to make five machine pieced stars.  That's is part of the fun of a simple little quilt.

Let the fabric add the drama.

The backing was an exciting choice.  The original has vegetable dyed brown linen.

My friend graciously and generously dyed linen for backing.  Our first attempt was with coffee as dye and didn't achieve the look we wanted.  Isn't this great?  It looks just like antique vegetable dye.

Here you can also see the blue thread - yes, the antique is quilted in blue thread!  However, it is a double line fan.  The little quilts are a single line fan.

The binding on the original is a wonderful eccentric indigo print.  We used a licensed Andover reproduction from The International Quilt Study Center.

Fussy cutting this from the stripe, captured the eccentric print perfectly.

I am very happy with how this little piece turned out.

I did wake up Velma to let her know the hand quilting was finished.

She was interested, but then went back to her nap.

I suspect she might like a nap on this little quilt if it ever comes off the wall.

We are enjoying some light snow today - and some stitching - maybe you are too?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gifts For Quilters

Magnet Pair
The Denver Art Museum has a line of gift items available that feature quilts in their current exhibit, First Glance/Second Look 

These are wonderful products that are perfect for gift giving.  You can order the exhibit companion guide online, or by phone.
Shop Link HERE  They may not have all of the products on the site yet so feel free to email or call them.

For a list pf products and pricing and for international shipping rates 
please call USA  720-865-4488 or 
email us at before processing your credit card

Blank Cards: The Elizabeth Sanford Jennings Hopkins Album,
The Medallion, The Anna Eliza Pratt Perrine Chintz to name a few.

Bookmarks: Some in sets of three, some packaged individually.  They feature portions of assorted quilts in the exhibit.

Magnets:  Individual or in pairs.  Some feture complete quilts, others feature beautiful sections of quilts.

Puzzles:  Packaged in wonderful tin containers. 

Coasters:  Sets of four, also with assorted designs.  I bought several of the floral themed sets.

The photography is wonderfully detailed,
the closeups even show the stitching.
Bookmark Detail
The back of the packaged items includes detail about the quilts.

So many great items for gifting - and a few for keeping too!
I stocked up - hope you do too.  
I wonder what the makers would think if they could see 
their precious quilts featured this way?

Leave a comment, do you like the full quilt pictured - or the closeup details?
I'll pick out a few of you and send a bookmark.

Happy Shopping and Stitching,

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Noah and Matilda Month 12

Not the final setting, borders for all four sides
Piecing together Noah and Matilda's life is still a work in progress.  Each time I find a verifiable primary source, a new question comes to mind.  With a large family and a 217 year span - there is a lot of important information to cover.  There's also the curiosity factor.  When I found they lost a grand daughter and daughter in law, curiosity led me the the smallpox and typhoid outbreaks in the 1860's.

I've included my draft notes below for anyone also doing the genealogy to compare notes.  Feedback welcome!  (deb3891 - where are you?)  My local genealogy group finds it very interesting someone would spend time researching a family based on a textile.  I think it is a good topic for a future meeting presentation.

The last pattern set is posted - the complete pattern is now available.  All 12 pattern sets are posted HERE.  We've been asked about paper patterns and plan to have those available in January.  We have enjoyed all of your enthusiasm and support with this project.

Have a fantastic week!

For those of you following the family story behind the quilt:
DRAFT:  Chronological Timeline BOYCE
YEAR Event Comments  Questions Source
1790 William (b1760-70?) and Abby settle in Lytle's Fork, Scott Co KY - From Delaware Where in Delaware?
1797 July 16 Matilda Miles Toadvine Born Where was she born?  Parents?
1798 January 15 Noah born in Scott Co KY Manoah?
1810 National Census - Family still in Scott Ky
1820 National Census - Family still in Scott Ky
1821 Noah and Matilda Married July 20 Harrison County KY Marriage bond signed by Charles Miles?  
1823 William Boyce helped establish Methodist Society of Christian's in Lytle's Fork Scott County KY Noah's father
1822 or 1823  Abbey W born to Noah and Matilda Listed in 1860 and 1870 Census in Morgan CO IL    FIND HER BIRTH CERT
1823 Morgan County IL Formed County Website
1829 Thomas Taylor born to Noah and Matilda in Scott County KY
1832 Daniel Durbin Boyce born to Noah and Matilda In Scott CO KY? Durbin - name of French Origin
1835 Noah and son Thomas move to Morgan Co IL Thomas was six years old?  1850 census Thomas was listed as 21
1835 Angeline  1850 census lists Angeline and Eveline both as 15 yr olds in household
1835 Evaline C born to Noah and Matilda June 15, Morgan County IL ? Matilda was not able to travel w Noah in 1835 due to pregnancy?
1836 William H. Boyce 8/15 1836-11/5 1896 Need birth record and census records
1839 daughter Abby marries Logan Brown August 10 Morgan Co Ill Abby was about 16 years old.     1860 & 1870 Census they are together
1839 Margaret Ann born to Noah and Matilda, Matilda is 42 years old  Daughter Ann is listed in 1850 census as 11 yr old in household
1839 William and Abby move to Illinois
1840 Population of Morgan County IL 19,547
1845 Amelia (Millie) R Boyce marries Christian Spigel, 16 June - Morgan County IL Need her birth record
1850 William H Boyce born to ? Noah and Matilda    unlikely, see 1836 Proof he was their son?  Birth record? Parents age given this DOB William H Boyce 1850-1925  Wife Maria Sophronia Stafford Boyce (1851 - 1944)  Children  Emma Frances Boyce (1878 - 1881), Callie E Snodgrass Dill (1876-1950), Minnie 1877
1851 30th Wedding Anniversary of Noah and Matilda Boyce.  She was 54 Yrs old, Noah was 53
1856 Approx wedding year Danial and Sarah Need marriage record 55/56/57?
1861 Elizabeth S. Boyce(9-57/2-61), daughter of Daniel and Sarah dies at age 3yrs 5m Buried in Fairview cemetery Harrison County MO
1863 Daniel's first wife, Sarah C. Maddox Boyce (1834-1863) dies Buried in Fairview cemetery Harrison County MO
1888 History of Harrison County MO includes Daniel Durbin Boyce

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tree of Life Quilt

When I read Audrey's post about her Tree of Life quilt, it motivated me to get mine out.

It was time anyway with our windy and cold weather.  This is a quilt that is used most winters.

I love this pattern!  Another reason why Audrey's quilt resonated with me.

Mine is scrappy green and brown prints in the leaves,  A variety of brown prints for the trunks.
Machine pieced and machine quilted by me.

If I were to remake it I think the alternate squares would be a red print.

Here is a closeup of a block.  You can see the prints I mixed in.  The machine quilting is so-so.  All cotton Aurofil thread and Blue Ribbon batting.

I enjoy using a quilt and I can see all the reproduction prints.
I also like the touches of blue, red, pink mixing with the green.

That's 30 HSTs x 16 block = 480 HSTs  Not bad.
I paper pieced them by the sheet.

Several washing later I think about maybe not using it, but I think it is OK to wear some of these out.  I machine wash and dry it on gentle at the end of the winter season.

"Cat in The Woods"

Excuse the poor photo - with my helper these days I have to move quickly.
Quilts become napping spots in a matter of seconds.

It is wonderful to hand stitch with her curled up in my lap.  We keep each other warm.

The back is a green bird toile reporduction print.
After all, there are never too many birds in the trees.

Staged photo from book

This is the antique inspiration quilt from the book.

Beautiful display.  You can see why I was inspired to use pink in the alternate blocks.

I really like the plaid tree trunks.  I used a few plaids in mine, but never enough!  Great touches of red.

You can also see the straight line quilting in this example.

All the antique accessories and bed add so much.

Book Cover

This is the book:
Leisure Arts Presents
Big Book of 
Best Loved
Quilt Patterns

Old, but good!
There are so many freat used books at guild and museum sales.

Happy stitching,

I hope you enjoyed The Tree of Life

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ready For First Snow

Never enough!
I was at a standstill selecting fabrics for the graduation quilt.

I made a monumental decision...I'm cutting and including some of the fabrics I thought I might never cut.  I wish I had yards of this fabric.

What better reason than to include a beloved fabric in a quilt for a special person?

Snip - snip ... after all, it's just fabric!

Marked, in the frame ready for quilting

We are expecting our first snow this week.
Yesterday I marked a quilt and got it in the frame.
I will have all the outline quilting done by the time the graduation project is a top - so I think my timeline is still OK.  I can only hand quilt or machine piece so much in one day.  Rotation is a good thing!
I have marked for years with General's Sketch N Wash pencils - have never had trouble with it coming off when the project is done.  It is usually all gone by the time the quilt is finished.

Happy Stitching,