Thursday, March 20, 2014
The quilt above is called The Lady's Dream, and was offered as a pattern and a kit by Mrs. Scioto Danner long ago. This one was made for the wedding of the current owner's parents. It has been used only for "best" and is in very nice condition.
One of the great things we are seeing now are LABELS. Quilters are putting labels on their quilts! Here are 3 we saw on Saturday:
All of the information will be entered into the Quilt Index online as we get time. So none of the stories will be lost.
That reminds me, I need to label that quilt I finished the other day.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I finished a quilt yesterday. You might remember it. I wrote about piecing it last September (and gave the pattern), in this post: Feed Sack Challenge and also wrote about quilting the blocks in this post Flying Feedsack Squares .
It was a lot of fun to piece, and quilting the blocks one by one was fun, too, and really easy. The thing that slowed me down was making time to hand sew the backs of the rows together. I'm not sure why I procrastinate on that. I like handwork. I guess I'm not always in the mood for it.
Everything in this quilt besides the batting is made from feed sacks or flour sacks. All of these came from my collection/stash. Sadly I did not even make a dent in it.
The flour these bags held is long gone. So are the cakes, pies, loaves of bread, cookies, biscuits, and whatever else was baked from it.
As I run my hand across the quilt, or wrap it around me for a nap, I am very grateful these cloth artifacts survived, and happy I could give them a new home in a new/old quilt.
Quilting? Satisfaction guaranteed.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
My mom and I flew down and visited family. We didn't get to see everybody, sadly, but we had a good visit and a break from the wintry weather back home.
I didn't have to take a lot of equipment with me to work on these blocks--just the butterflies, the cut squares, white thread, needles, and a child's pair of scissors (TSA even let me get on the plane with them). I used white thread because that's how these were typically done back in the day. Plus a lot of these fabrics have a white background or are multicolored. It saved having to bring all sorts of colors of thread.
I will probably set them like this, alternating blue and white and with the butterflies oriented as you can see. I am thinking about adding some scraps for sashing, though. I do have a big bag of 50s-60s scraps.
Speaking of scraps, I actually BOUGHT some. Again. Why are other people's scraps so much more interesting than my own? I have had a lot of fun with Debbie's scraps, I bought a scrap bag at a quilt shop we visited near Madison, and now I've bought one closer to home.
This one came from Ye Olde Schoolhouse in Cedarburg. I had to drop by the museum the other day (the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts) to pick up some files, so I stopped by Ye Olde Schoolhouse, which is just around the corner. Here's their web page: Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
I bought some sale fabrics for sashing and borders, a new book, some not-on-sale fabrics, and this scrap bag, which was absolutely stuffed with beautiful fabric. The pieces range from small squares to full width of fabric strips.
Things are warming up around here, making me start to believe in spring, but I'm sure winter has a few surprises still in store for us. For now, I'm going to keep calm and keep sewing.