Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jacobs Ladder Month 18 SVBAQ

I'm linking up to the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Blog - Yes, March is half gone!

The blocks on the blog are some of the most creative to date!
Check them out HERE.
Or, our Facebook Group HERE.

I chose to stay true to Esther's original block but am very impressed with the re-creators who are adding their own flare.

With each block I think of Esther and great talents.
Happy Stitching!
Dawn

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thank You Minnesota Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Project


Right Side of The Room
Thank you Minnesota Quilters and The Minnesota Quilt Project for hosting my presentations and workshop last week.

Many of you asked for photos because you are too far away to make it!
Thursday night I had a full house at the lecture and trunk show on Hexagons.  Because I am local, I was able to bring some quilts I don't often bring out. The guild provided extra quilt stands so it was really like a little quilt show.  Members could see all of the quilts before and after the lecture.



Two of four tables
The room was filled color and pattern!

This table shows a few of the "smalls" and the back of blocks to illustrate techniques.

We hexagon covered quilts from 1830 - 2016 and included Time Span Quilts.  In the PowerPoint presentation - we went back even further!

They were a wonderful audience - and many brought hexagon quilts both new and old for show and tell.





It was very energizing and lots of people took close up photos for personal use. They want to try and recreate some of these "looks" at home.

There was selective cutting of stripes - vertical and horizontal.

Interesting color combinations.

Florals and neutrals.

I think the quilt with the most hexagons I brought was around 6,000 pieces. I need to double check that.

The charm hexagon quilt interested many people.  I think that one is around 3,200 hexagons. CHARM - no fabric repeats.

With many hands, we had it all packed up!




On Saturday morning we transformed the room again with appliqué.

Again, members could view the quilts before the meeting.

There was a lot of show and tell, all great to see!

Another full house, the quilts were left up for members to see after the meeting.





In the afternoon I taught a class on hand appliqué using the back basting preparation technique for needle turn appliqué.

A very talented group of stitchers made great progress on their blocks.  Their enthusiasm was wonderful - they told me they would be sharing photos.
I love seeing the excitement as they embraced a technique new to them and were already thinking ahead to new projects.



Nancy chose batiks for her project


Look what was in my inbox this morning - Nancy finished her block!

She says she was excited to finish, and start on the border blocks. Also, what every teacher likes to hear, "Take care and thank you for being a wonderful instructor"  (used with permission)



Need I say I am floating on air today as I put away quilts?

Have a great week - I hope it includes some stitching time!



Dawn
PS
There was so much interest in the Minnesota Quilts book I decided to give away two copies.
Book Winners:  Ageeth & Barb - I will be in touch to get your addresses.

Our Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/cwaneedleorder  Link HERE.

Minnesota State Quilt Show Information HERE.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Minnesota Quilters Events


I will by speaking and teaching in March for the Minnesota Quilters.

March 2nd at the Thursday evening meeting my presentation and trunk show is "175 Years of Hexagons". It is closer to 200 years - but I'd rather over deliver!

I am bringing about 20 hexagon quilts in addition to other hexagon related ephemera.  Since I am not flying I can bring more!






On Saturday morning, March 4 my presentation and trunk show is "19th Century Appliqué".

I'm looking forward to sharing some of the quilts from my collection as well as the stories of some of the 19th century quilt makers.

I hope to see some of you there!

Thank you very much to Minnesota Quilters for their interest in antique quilts and quilt history.

Minnesota has a state documentation book, if you are interested additional information click HERE.






I try not to pull the quilts from my 'vault' too soon.

For now I have stacks and stacks staged on my folding table in the order I will pack for the presentation.

Always fun to have them out and refold.
Everything made the cross country move successfully!




I use large roller bags for traveling with most of the quilts.
In some cases I keep the most rare examples in acid free boxes for storage and transporting. When I get them home I change out the acid free paper and the box goes back into the "vault".

On Saturday, March 4, from 1-4, Minnesota Quilters is also hosting my Back Basting Appliqué Workshop.  We will work on a block from the Noah and Matilda Quilt in each students chosen color way.

Looking forward to lots of fun!!
Happy Stitching,
Dawn
PS
For those of you who read all the way through, leave a comment if you would like a copy of the Minnesota Quilts, Creating Connections With Our Past, I'm sharing an extra copy!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

SVBAQ Red Tulip

It is time for the mid month link up post for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.
February Is the 'Red Tulip' Block.

A cheerful block for the month, the slender stems  and layered flower heads were a joy to stitch.


My blocks could all use a good steam on a white fluffy towel after moving across the country!

I'll do that on the day I assemble all of them.






Shona also finished hers.
(No Blog or Facebook so I share for her)

So pretty on the patterned background.

There are so many varieties of this quilt in the works.
To see more blocks visit the SVBAQ blog or Facebook Page.
Links:
Blog HERE.  (Lots of tabs with details here)
Facebook HERE. Be sure to visit all of the photo albums.

ALL pattern sale proceeds go directly to the Virginia Quilt Museum.
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Promenade In A Dutch Castle

Front Cover 
I received my copy of Promenade in a Dutch Castle on Friday.

It is worth every penny.

When I get a new book, I do a quick flip through and then circle back to read it. I had a hard time flipping through this one. I kept wanting to stop at every antique quilt.

The castle? I can hardly wait to visit - what a rich history!

I have started reading and am enjoying every word.
An's description of her girlhood introduction to textiles is sweet. Her description of her textile events brings back memories of her home and attic.  So many precious textiles to be enjoyed.


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I'm captivated by the story of Ante Gjalts Reitsma who made two quilts in her teenage years.
I think I will even embroider my initials in the center as she did.  I might even go so far as to use the Friesian styled letters.
The original quilt is in the Fries Museum Leeuwarden.

The quilt on the back cover is the Groningen. Of course, that goes on my list too.
c.1815, and An notes, 'There are no rules in our country (meaning how quilts are constructed) Every quilt has its own character and is made according to how the quilter feels".
The center star is made from a single piece of 18th century Indian chintz.

Check with your Quiltmania retailer to order a copy.

Happy Stitching,
Dawn

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