Monday, April 24, 2017

Dressing a Canopy Doll Bed

Shona is dressing this wonderful doll bed.

I thought you would enjoy seeing the details,
and she agreed to share!
The canopy is in process, we can see that later.

The medallion center was cut from yardage and appliquéd onto the light fabric.

The center medallion finished at 6" square.
Isn't the hand quilting beautiful?

The medallion was cut from an Anna Griffin Jolie print.

The pillow case is hand embroidered with her monogram.
The stitching was done free hand - not using waste canvas.
Wonderful attention to detail.

Under the quilt are beautiful lace trimmed sheets.
The original ticking mattress was freshened and refilled.

The quilt is beautiful even off the bed.
Shona lightly pencils her hand quilting lines before stitching.
Note the lower corners are designed to accommodate a four poster bed.

The reproduction fabric squares were cut 2", finishing at 1.5"
They alternate light and dark.
Here you can see the quilt fit around the bed posts.

Thank you for sharing Shona!
Happy Stitching,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rose of Sharon SVBAQ Link Up Month 20

This is my Rose of Sharon block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt Along.

I loved using the time plaid for the leaves.
The stem was an older reproduction from the Smithsonian.

It has been such a fun project, it does not feel like month 20!

I am anxious to get it quilted.
I have an idea where I want to hang it - maybe by winter?
OK, maybe next winter.

I sometimes have the urge to straighten out the little details in these blocks.

But I love the quirkiness of the subtle differences between the flowers.

The bit of red and the small bits of yellow, as in nature, make this a beautiful block.

You can see more beautiful photos on the blog and Facebook Page.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Days For Girls

Saturday I had an opportunity to sew for Days For Girls (HERE).

It was a wonderful opportunity to step out of my box and do some machine work on brought fabrics.

Not only was I able to help in their efforts, I sewed fabrics I rarely use!  Flannels and batiks, also pretty pinks and rich purple prints.

I also sewed with polyester thread - which I had to dig deep for in some of the vintage sewing baskets I had. I was able to use up three spools of thread - that's a lot of seams.

We sat at tables with other stitchers so we had a nice time visiting throughout the day while we sewed.

Everything was all setup when we arrived and each work station was outfitted with tools and supplies.

This particular group meets three times a year.  The final kits from their work are delivered to Haiti. You can read more about their goals in the link above.

My friend donated a sewing machine for the solar powered sewing center they are finishing in Haiti. There, local women will sew these kits and sell various components for distribution by hospitals, educators and other non profits doing work in the area.  The high quality fabrics are hard to source on the island so I donated fabric along with my check and time sewing.

There were people serving as well as straight stitching.

The entire work room (church hall) was an array of beautiful color.

Each station was a different step in creating the final bag of supplies.

Non sewers helped cut and assemble.
The drawstring bags get the logo label of Days For Girls - helping girls stay in school and helping Haiti Work!

Have a great week,
Helping Haiti Work (HERE)
Days For Girls (HERE)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Come On Over To My House - Part One

Antique Doll Quilt On New Hanger - Metal and Wood
I thought I would give you a little tour today.
We have been in the new house for four months and I am finally feeling - do I dare say it - settled?

Anyway, WELCOME!

I am frequently asked what I do with all of my quilts. The quilts I make I give away, use in my home and have a few stored for rotation.  In a future post I will share my storage.

This lighted sconce is between two doors in a hallway.
The little quilt easily clips off so I can rotate other little quilts.
Not archival, but I can clip acid free tissue under the clothes pins as needed.
Really cute at night with the light on and the soft glow on the
antique fabrics.

This is my Hexy Stars Quilt in the family room.
You can read more about it HERE.
I made a similar quilt for my son, HERE.
Another space I can rotate quilts.

This is one of many little vignettes in my studio area.
The green shelf is made of vintage wooden sewing spools.
This kitten on the post card is sewing little dresses.
The block and white photo is a couple with a bible and quilt block.
The doll dress is all hand sewn 19th century cotton - lots of detail!
The little dresser drawers have bits of fabrics and sewing treasures.

This is part of the back mud room.
The colorful quilt is opposite a bench and shoe cubbies.
A few times a year, this is another area I will rotate the quilt.
This quilt was used at an AQSG event. 
I smile when I think of friends who worked on that project -
quilts are wonderful memory keepers.

This is a c.1920s printed scarf I currently have in the powder room.
It was printed as a way to raise money as Colonial Williamsburg was 
being restored.  It is in an original frame - the framer left their information on the back.
I was able to research their business.

Another clue is the date of the Colonial Williamsburg mark on the back.
I can also see the fine selvage edge under the brown backing paper.
It was not framed for conservation and I have debated re-framing it.
It is hard, if not impossible to find fabrics today printed
with this amount of detail.
This design is currently being reprinted in sold and is pretty,
however, IMHO not near the quality.

Now, Let's head upstairs...

This has been in all of our homes
since, 1996. 
It is a reproduction - again, very fine cotton.
Reproductions today aren't as fine (IMHO)

In the niche on the left I have one of our tape looms.
On the right, a quilt that just about takes the entire wall.
I love the burst of color!
The neutral wall color is great for any quilt I want to hang.

On another hall wall I have a star quilt.
It doesn't hang as perfectly as we expect today's quilts.
For those of you who visited our Colorado home - this one hung in
the family room on the two story fireplace wall.
Much easier to rotate here!
Nice risk of life or limb on the ladder.
At the end of the hall is a band sampler and antique candle stand.
On top of the candle stand is an antique sewing box.

This is one of the guest rooms.
LOOK - This wall needs a quilt hung up!
Plenty to select from in that stack!
The rocker is an oak glider that was in the nursery
when our children were babies.

This is a guest room.
The hand tied canopy was a purchase decades ago.
We have always loved antiques.
The four poster is a reproduction queen size - very comfy.
I'm entertaining the idea of a suite of bed curtains for this bed.
What do you think?

Another wall of the guest room.
You can see the edge of the en suite. Each guest room
has facilities with a pocket door! Great for company.
The cupboard has a few treasures in it.

Another corner of the guest room.
The sleigh bed is doll size and has a matching wardrobe.
I made this set of bedding about six years ago.
The appliqué pattern is from Electric Quilt.
It was inspired from a Crib Quilts Book.

This is another wall in a guest room.
The quilt on the wall I made almost 15 years ago!
It is a Judy Rothermel pattern HERE.
I used, and still use the ARDCO templates HERE.
I have several sets and have never been disappointed.

Another stair landing in the house.
Velma wants you to notice the bright sunny window.
Perfect for cat day dreaming.
No textiles here, but a few of my vintage and antique
sewing machines.

This is another bedroom.
The medallion quilt was a free to use pattern from a line
of fabric the Virginia Quilt Museum did years ago.
You can read more about it HERE.
I hand quilted mine.
I think it looks nice with the Pottery Barn Bedding.
In some light the wall color looks gray, other times blue.

I hope you enjoyed seeing part of how I live with textiles.
How are you living with yours?
Happy Stitching,
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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!

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!

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:  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,
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!

Visit our Etsy Shop HERE.

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.
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,

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,

Link to Our Etsy Shop HERE.
Lots of new additions in Vintage Treasures HERE.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Treasure Hunting

Honey, Stop The Car
I am still not feeling settled in the new house.  Love the house and area - it's just making all the little details comfortable that takes time. My hand sewing spot, desk - the personal spaces.  That will come with time and making adjustments like lighting and re-arranging furniture.
So...Saturday we went treasure hunting.
Sometimes a little fresh air and shopping is inspiring.

We went to a local metro suburb with a real Main Street.  Breakfast at a small diner was lots of fun. Egg, toast and coffee $3 with free parking.

The big decision was, where to start?
A shop we've been in before, or a new one?

A new one (to us) it is...Off we went.

Once in the door we knew there was great potential.

I think we went to five or six shops, or as we sometimes say - "Antique Malls" and ran out of time.  The shops close at 5pm on Saturday.

This shop had much of what we look for; textiles, books, tools and small furniture.

The staff was very friendly and willing to open as many glass cases as we wanted. We didn't have to hunt for anyone and wait for keys.

By now, you might be asking - what did you buy??

see that cheddar and indigo quilt?

I am often asked what does your husband collect?

I think I will leave that to a separate post.

It was fun to find a connection between his collection and sewing.

I did see a few quilts.

This quilt was tempting.

Visually appealing - it was worth a closer look.

I always flinch when I see a quilt folded on a rough ladder. I usually tell the dealer they are diminishing the value of the quilt each time it is scraped across the rungs for viewing...

This shop had quite a few interesting textiles. A paisley shawl that was in such great condition!

I digress, you want to know about the quilt!

The fabric in the piecing is older than the backing and binding. The setting and sashing fabric is an unstable loose weave.

A few of the browns were shot, that doesn't always put me off though.
There were later repairs in two blocks done with polyester double knit!

I am trying not to buy quilts where I make myself believe I have time to do the restoration or conservation work on.

It makes a beautiful 'folding display' for the right person.

I enjoyed seeing it and laying it out for closer examination.  I am sure someone will give it a great home.

I was also tempted by this framed advertisement.

It is kind of disturbing! I decided I couldn't look at it on a regular basis.  Plus, Velma would be so offended.

Hasn't our sense of good, even appropriate advertising changed.

We did break for lunch - yummy pizza.

It was at this point I went back and had a second closer look at the star quilt.

It was still there, but I didn't love it more with a third look.

I did find some treasures.

As a collector, I am always looking for ways to safely display things.

These glass boxes are great to keep things clean and in clear view. I have to be careful with sun so the mirrors don't cook the contents.

The glass door has a small latch, we call it the Velma catch.
Yes, she would open it if she could.

This box is about 24" x 12" and can sit or hang. I will set it on a shelf.

This primitive folk art footstool came home with me.

The plywood box is covered with wood thread spools cut in half.
The wood was stained and varnished.
Under the needlepoint top, "padding" was created with folded newspapers. I cannot see enough of the paper to get a date.

The needle point is primitively stitched in wool.

The top tacks don't match, but I think that adds to the charm.

We also bought this piece of United Nations Kent cloth.

It includes both selvages, clean and over 40" long. I have another piece of it, but I think this one is larger.

This small trunk came home with us too.

The inlaid top is terrific.

It is about 24" long.

The top is hinged but there is no lock.
No interior compartments or tray.

I'm going to use it to store my inking and signature stamps supplies.

I bought other small treasures that I will share on another day. I hope you enjoyed shopping along with me.

While we didn't have time to visit all the shops - we are looking forward to going back someday when we need a break!
Have you been treasure hunting this year?