Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Quilts

Books are usually aren't on the floor...really!!
Today I rotated some quilts out for fall and thought you might like to see them.

Even though the room is in the process of holding two rooms of furniture, I still wanted some fall color.  My next home project is new carpet and I need to empty entire rooms into others.

You might recognize Calico Paradise, if not you can read about it HERE.
I have some additional photos of the scrappy pyramids below.

The scrappy pyramid quilt is a completely hand sewn antique quilt.  See the white dots on the green?  They are the knots of the quilting thread - all the knots are on the front of this quilt.

Deep wonderful green borders surround the pyramids.  Even the borders and binding are hand applied.

The fan quilting is a little under 1/2" apart.

There is a multitude of stripes cut every which way.

This makes the quilt all the more interesting.

More knots on top for your viewing pleasure.

How about some more fabrics?

Do you like the knots on top?  Would you do it?  I'm thinking I need to on a doll quilt this way.
How about the fabrics, do you have a favorite?
Thanks for taking time to leave a comment!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Graduation Quilt

A start with so many more blocks to go...
In anticipation of a special graduation next year, I started this quilt.  I plan to hand quilt this project, it is machine pieced.

This isn't the final arrangement - just showing you the blocks I have done so far.  I am trying to keep the fabrics on the masculine side.  As you can see there are some solid blocks that require no piecing.  I'm estimating about 100 blocks so I am about 1/10th of a way there.  Surely there will be some rejects.

I've also selected some prints with special meaning.  Conversational prints with a bike and a turtle.  One print from dad's shirt so I will need to come up with something from me too.

Wish me luck! Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Noah and Matilida - A Little About the Children

Month Nine already!
The pattern files were posted last week, I am always amazed at those of you who are ready for them early.  I appreciate your enthusiasm!  Month Nine is HERE.

This month's set includes more reverse applique - if you elect to do it.  I chose to.  You could skip it, embroider the detail - or applique it on top.  Make it your own and do what makes you happy.

You can tell from the photo, I love mixing prints.
Great fun!

Preliminary information on Noah & Matilda's children:

Abby or Abbey - born 1822 or 1823, married Logan Brown 10, Aug 1839 in Morgan Illinois.  Died 1902.  Moved to Morgan County Illinois in 1839 - perhaps right after her marriage?

Amelia (Millie R) (DOB?) married Christian Spiegel 16, June 1845 in  Morgan Illinois.

Thomas Taylor (1829-1862) born in Scott County Kentucky.
  Noted as moving with his father Noah, from Scott County KY to Morgan County IL in 1835.  No mention of Matilda, Although Matilda's daughter Angeline was possibly born in Morgan County Illinois.
Still exploring his possible service in the Civil War

Angeline (Anna) 1830 - 1904 born in Morgan County Illinois.
Married Thomas J Smith (1825-1862) and had two children
    Samuel Wesley (1857-1938)
    Luelle (1857-1942)

Married Willis Green Bolar and had two children
    Franklin (1870-?)
    Eugene Alvin Bolar (1872-1946)

Evaline Boyce Bolar (1835 or 37- 1913) Married WH Bolar 
Children Ella Cather Bolar 1859-1939

In addition to many other areas left to investigate - The Bolar family connection needs to be explored.

Daniel Durbin Boyce (1837-1901)  Born in Scott County Kentucky
Married Sarah in 1862
At some point married Nancy Josephine Baldwin - she is listed on his head stone.

Margaret Ann (1839-?)
Married William Hodgson

Paris - Died as an infant?

William H (1850-1922)  Only 7 years young than some of the grandchildren
Married Ida F (1858-1928)
Buried in Blaine County Oklahoma

Four other children - possibly died as infants.

So much left to research and clarify.

A few more block details for this month:
Mixing prints and solids.

Applique instead of piecing...very simple when back basting!

A little bulky at the points, but I can live with that.
Not afraid to show it!!

One of the few blocks I chose to stick with all solid fabrics.

I like the way she alternated the leaf/petal colors.

I will have more time for some in depth research into the family now that summer is fading and I look forward to some snowy days this winter.

In the meantime enjoy some warm weather and happy stitching!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Needlework Tools

19th Centruy Thread Stand
I've been cheating on my quilting time.

Although I have had a summer rich in quilt study, I have been spending more time with my collection of antique needlework tools.

There is a Facebook page, Antique and Vintage Sewing Tools.  It is a closed group, but you can request to join in the sharing and fun.  I resisted FB for a long time - and still use caution.  I will continue blogging!

This is a thread stand I posted there.
19th Century - original pin cushion cover.
Three small legs.  A wonderful old American piece.

German made scissors, strawberry emery and silk thread spool added for the photo op...

Silk thread - Queen Stitch

I have also been doing some counted thread embroidery.  This long term project is an online class by Jackie, from It's Fine-ally Finished.  This is all queen stitch on 36 count linen - so one queen is 1/9th of an inch.  This section is the bottom of a tiny shoe thimble holder.

I completed the silk box that holds all of the pieces.  I went long too and purchased the scrimshaw accessories and Dovo scissors.

The rest of the hand embroidery is completed and I see my self finishing the assembly on a snowy day this winter.

The set is all embroidered in silk threads.

It's Fine-ally Finished Petit Trianon

This is part of the set, you can see how many little pieces I have yet to assemble.  With Jackie's classes she provides all the materials, instructions and support to finish the complete set.

She even surprised us with a beautiful cameo and accessories to make a handkerchief holder. BONUS!  and oh, so wonderful!

This session is closed but she has many great upcoming classes and events.

I've also been working on applique projects I will be sharing soon!  Not to mention the pieced graduation quilt that MUST get done...stay tuned.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures

Hardcover - Full Color
I have not been sewing, I've been reading.
When a new book arrives - I have to read it - I could not put this one down!

Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures focuses on a rare subset in quilt heritage - patchwork pillowcases by German immigrants in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The book includes 300+ color photos, including high resolution detail photos of rare pieced and applique pillowcases from museums and private collections.

Ann has lived in the Philadelphia area for 25 years and has an incredible personal collection of Pennsylvania antiques.
In addition to her book, Ann is available for lectures HERE.
Her event in Southern California quickly sold out!

Inset photo take from inside page

I love to see applique grapes in antique quilts.

This is an example of just one closeup in the book.  (However, it is my bad photo of the page)
You can see the detail of every hand stitch.
Almost as good as seeing the pillowcases in person - reading the antique personal notes,
studying the glorious fabrics and examining construction techniques.
The last chapter in the book - Small Treasures - could be a spin off for another book!
I love small textile items.

A pair from my collection

I pulled out a pair of pieced pillowcases from my collection.

Not as old or intricate as those in the book, but still fun.  Kind of quirky and fun!

I have been making pillowcases from leftover fabric for each of my quilts, but nothing as wonderful as shown in the book.

Pennsylvania Pillowcases has inspired me to up my game - make more detailed and historically accurate sets.

You can order a copy of the book from Ann  HERE.
She has an option for you to have your copy autographed!

I have done an applique doll bed pillowcase in traditional Pennsylvania prints.

It is applique with a reproduction chintz print on the back.

Do you have any pieced pillowcases or have you made them?
We would love to hear about them.

Have a great week!