Sunday, May 22, 2016

SVBAQ Month 8 Finish

I have a longer post coming about the month of May - it has been jam packed with so much fun!

I didn't get my May SVBAQ block posted here until now.

Month 8

This is the detail from my 9" 'Boquet" as Esther inked it. You can see I used some embroidery to finish the little flower details.

You can see many more finished blocks HERE on the SVBAQ blog.

Month 8 - "Boquet"  SVBAQ

I hope you are having a lovely day in May!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quilters Hall of Fame

In some venues, the original quilt will be displayed
with the study quilt
The Quilters Hall of Fame is located in Marion, Indiana. The exhibit schedule can be seen HERE.
They are currently exhibiting, "In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850 - 1865" - 25 small quilts reproduced with permission from private collections and museums.

Each quilt is accompanied by a written statement  that documents the study of the original quilt as well as their journey as a quilt maker.

Original Quilt is in the collection of the Indiana
State Museum and Historical Society

The study quilts will be on exhibit through July, 2016 in the Marie Webster House. They then move to their next venue. The quilts travel for four years.

On June 4 - July 9 they will also have an Indiana Historical Society exhibit titled, "Faces of The Civil War". Deb Geyer, Executive Director says, "This exhibit bring to life the stories of many Hoosiers whose lives were touched, and in some cases taken, by the Civil War and illustrates how regular people coped with the tragic experiences of the day - all from an Indiana perspective."

If you are in the area or planning a trip, you might also be interested in attending Celebration 2016, (July 14-16) when Carolyn Mazloomi will be inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame.

The 25 quilts represent a wide variety of techniques from quilters across the country.  The next study theme is "Baskets", the 50 entries will be shown at the annual American Quilt Study Group Seminar.

Some of the entries are group projects.
I think you will enjoy the variety of works in the exhibit.
A special thank you to the many volunteers who make this activity possible. In addition to the team of AQSG volunteers, thank you to each location who participates in the program.

Original quilt from Deanna's collection - will
be on exhibit when the study quilts travel to the
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - Golden, Colorado 

At The Quilters Hall of Fame - Executive Director Deb Geyer, Exhibits Coordinator Sherry McConnell and the many volunteers who make it all possible.

Photos courtesy of Dale Drake.

The companion book, "In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850-1865" is still available HERE. It includes all 50 fabulous quilts.

Do you have the book?
Have you seen the exhibit?
Are you going to the exhibit?
Are you participating in the basket study?
Would love to hear from you!
Have a great week,
Yes, my little flag quilt is also in this exhibit!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tiger Lily

This is my Tiger Lily block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.
All of my blocks for this project are stitched using back basting and needle turn appliqué.

The leaves are one piece across, then covered by the stem. Like Esther, I used two green prints.

I basted the orange flowers as one piece. Thank you Shona for the print! The yellow circles cover the center - smaller than a dime.

I almost used a peach for the buds, but stuck with a double pink.

All inking was done before stitching.

The bud stems are embroidered.
I added a little green stitch at the base of each flower bud.

The Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album blog is filled with tips and hints.  If you haven't already, you might like to spend some time looking at the tabs. HERE. This month Doreen included instructions on her narrow bias stems HERE.

I'm linking up with other blogging friends who are stitching this project HERE.  You can also checkout our Facebook page: HERE.  I hope you join us!
Confession:  I still need to stitch my pineapple blocks!  
Have a great week,

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sequestra and Ephemera

I have been stitching on projects I can't reveal just now.  This fall I can share them.
I have also been staging some ephemera with my sewing boxes.

The back of the photo:
"The shade makes me look darker here. 
Here I am for your watch Dear, send me yours when you have one taken"

She didn't want anyone thinking she was getting any sun tan on her beautiful porcelain skin!  Imagine what she would think of paying for a tan at a modern parlor?

She looks young, maybe the watch belonged to her sweetheart. The photo is trimmed, so I like to think he kept the photo in his watch and thought of her throughout his days.

My word of the week is sequestrum. I had a tooth extraction that I thought went exceptionally well.  Two weeks later I have a sequestra. Sequestra is a bone fragment working it's way through the gums.  My surgeon tells me in time it will work its way all the way out.  Feeling a little like forever!!

I came across this card and thought it was funny. We have to laugh at things like sequestra, it helps pass the time!  My surgeon was actually great, and in a couple weeks I hope to gift him with this card.
If you like ephemera, checkout this website:

All kinds of wonderful ephemera, and they also offer to help
find items from your wish list!
I'm stitching SVBAQ tiger lily petals this afternoon, how about you?
Have a great week,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Spring

It is time for some light colors to usher in spring!
Even if it isn't spring where you live - enjoy the quilts.

All three vintage quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted.

Fun colors and prints.

Like some of you we still have days of snow ahead of us.

Bringing these quilts out is like a fresh spring breeze in the house.

Read more about the quilt on the left side HERE.
It is very similar to the variation on the wall.