Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays

Tin Template, Reproduction Doll Quilt, Vintage Santa Wreath

Treasure Friends and Family

Tape Measure, Needle Cases w/Thimbles, Pin Cushion

Happy Holidays!

We will be back in 2013 with more to share!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Quilts of Christmas Past

Pattern:  One-Block Wonders Cubed (Rosenthal/Pelzmann) 
Did you make quilts for a gift this holiday season?  Perhaps still getting the last stitches in?

I didn't gift anything quilty this year but thought I would share some quilts of Christmas Past...these all live in other homes, so these are old pictures.

Batik Cubes - I enjoyed this so much I made two - one for my son and one for a SIL.  I'd like to make one for me someday.

Roxy has to try and get into all quilt pictures

This is a quilt we gave to my BIL.  He loves to hunt deer and I had a really hard time getting into that theme.  Once again I turned to One Block Wonders (book 1).

The first border is a Nancy Kirk Civil War brown.

The outer border is a birch tree print - fitting for a winter
'deer in the woods' theme.

When I look at it now I would like to move some of the blocks around...but all in all I was pleased with the result.

This is the back of the quilt - showing the deer print before it was cut.

I also made a One Block Wonders quilt with a blue toile and it worked great - that was a graduation gift quilt.  Maybe it is getting time to make one of these for myself...
You can read more about Maxine HERE.

There are many more quilts of Christams Past, fun to review past quilts and compare to where I am today.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Log Cabin WIP and FREE eBook

Log Cabin Quilt
by:  Mary Jane Ruggles Dickinson (184801925)
Collection:  Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

A couple friends and I are doing Log Cabin quilts - reproductions of our favorites.  We are at different stages.
One is cutting strips - looking at patterns, one is quilting and ready for binding.  Let's just say mine is....lingering.

This is my inspiration quilt, with happenstance...

I saw it pictured in the McCall's Vintage Quilts Spring 2004.  Little did I know at the time I would be living in Colorado and making frequent visits to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

You can see the details and vivid color of the quilt on The Quilt Index HERE.

So about my Lingering Log cabin...
This is it - the blocks and all the strips after the movers decided to repackage my project bag.

Not only do they need ironed, but sorted...again by length and color.

I think it will be a snowy day project...

It is an assortment of repro fabrics - many eras - a true scrap quilt.

I also have a log cabin in my collection.  I wrote about it HERE.  I also showed some of the blocks - Proof they were neat at one point!

Thinking of a log cabin project?  Like to look at old quilts?  For FREE?
(You do have to register but once you do - all their eBook library is free once you register.)
I'm not sure what I like more - the Sara Miller antique crib quilt picture or the block chart table!  Well, maybe it's Sara's Courthouse Steps with blue centers.  Or...2" blocks for a doll quilt...

Enjoy the free eBooks - and wish me luck ironing!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Workt By Hand Hidden Labor in Historical Quilts 2013

Brooklyn Museum Collection - ca 1840 Accession Number 67.93.5

The Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn NY has a 2013 Quilt Exhibit:  (March 15 - September 15)

“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts Organized by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

The museum also has a fabulous online catalog

These are just a few of the 144 records in their online collection:

Brooklyn Museum
ca 1830 103" x 104"    T Quilt for bed posts
Accession Number:  49.27
The online file has details photos

Brooklyn Museum ca: 1840-1850   95.5" x 101.5"Accession Number 43.142.3

Brooklyn Museum   ca. 1830-1840   88" x 85"Accession Number:  76.31

Brooklyn Museum67" x 80"  Accession Number:  63.32.44

In addition to the collection database, they have archives of past exhibits including quilts. 
1960 Quilts and Coverlets   Be prepared to flinch a little when you see the quilts roped up by their corners.  Always nice to see quilts photographed in black and white - very graphic.

1984 Curators Choice  Includes color and B&W photography of the quilts.  I also enjoyed seeing pictures of people as they viewed the exhibit.  You will see quilts from the collection photographs in the gallery setting.

I'm thinking a trip to New York might be in the 2013 travel plans!
Could you pick a favorite??  I couldn't!