The front you can see where the woman who made it pieced the fabric. The piecing was done in front where a big fancy bow covers it up. If you look closely you can see where it was pieced. This fabric is over 100 years old Lucy said! Now is that a treasure or what!She also brought me these delicious cookies that are really think waffles and in the center a carmely syrup. And a dutch tea towel, and fabric. The small bundle of fabric is an example of fabric used for a man's shirt (the blue stripe) and sheet fabric that would go on a bed that folds up in a wall. Lucy is going to have to help me remember all these details.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I worked a lot this weekend for regular work. But I did tidy up some of my quilt books and sewing table. And my inspiration corner by my bed where all my books of the moment and stuff lay. And now I have a problem! I can't find my notebook with all my lists of things to look for in Paducah! I searched high and low for it last night! Can't figure out where I laid it down! How can a notebook that I just used a week ago at the Chicago show disapper! Oh well, I'm starting a new list today and I've got tonight and tomorrow morning to look again. Figures doesn't it!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Note no binding!
Here is my first quilt ever - a log cabin. Of course made with dress fabrics from JoAnne Fabrics, except for the center white squares which were my Grandma’s old sheets (Aunt Mary's sister).
Ever since I was a young girl and had the beloved Aunt Mary's quilt I wanted to make quilts. But no one close to me quilted - by the time I was old enough Aunt Mary had died. (Aunt Mary's quilt is below - my mom gave it to me for Christmas last year - and I still love it, holes and all!)
Anyway, in 1978 while I was in High School I took a Home Ec class that did all different kinds of needlework. So we finally got to the quilt unit! Our assignment was to make a log cabin pillow! Well me wanting to make a real quilt couldn't stop at the pillow! So I made the whole quilt while the rest of the class struggled with just getting a pillow done! :) We weren't allowed to work on the project at home - for fear our mom's would do it for us I guess (that is a laugh, no way my mom was going to!). So I spent hours after school in the home ec rooms. Finally when it got close to the due date the teacher finally broke down and let me take it home a few nights once I was hand sewing the back flaps down (this was kind like a quilt as you go type log cabin). I was 2 days late with the assignment.
The funny thing is I got a 98% on the project. 2 points off, one for each day I was late! While there were girls who hadn't even finished their pillows! Course I was very type A at that point so was so upset at 98%! Now I laugh about it!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Then I got some fun patterns for me to make quick gifts. I like to have things like this on hand. The first one is Gifts for Quilters. This is a quilt pattern by Annie - who also made the pattern for those thread organizers I made and showed in back posts. The pattern I got this year has an ID badge/pencil holder/purse for around your neck, a small pouch wallet, a pinchusion and a little needle case. The middle pattern is mostly for the pincushion. I really liked the little pomegranite/pineapple shaped thing on a wool pincushion and decided I would never remember how it looked (even if I drew it) later, so I just paid the $7 and got the pattern. It is called Pinapple Plantation from Little Stitches. I've never seen their patterns but loved their booth! I could have bought way more pattens for things like wool matts, ornaments, pins and pincushions! Seasons of Time is also from Little Stitches and is just another 3 pincushion patterns. But I loved all 3!
I also had to get this little tiny wall hanging that hangs on this old bobbin for summer. I never have anything real summery and I just loved the big flower, crow and watermelon! And hanging on the bobbin was just too cute! This one came from Country Lore Designs. They had a TON of really primitive type wall hangings and patterns. And a ton of seasonal little patterns that hang on these bobbins.
I also couldn't resist a little wool kit for a gingerbread man table mat! I just love gingerbread men! It was from Primitive Gatherings by Lisa Bongean. Their booth is always wonderful, and I've been to her store 3 times now! Look at all the lucious brown wools!
And then comes my most unusual quilt show purchase! Curtains for my bedroom and bathroom windows! Can you believe it - curtains! Indo-US was there, they are the ones who make all those woven tea towels you buy in quilt stores to applique on. Well they had rag rugs and curtains. And I"ve been looking for some valences for my bedroom and bathroom for about a year. My old ones had just had it. Well I saw these, loved them and they were cheap! Got them home, all washed up and ironed and hung! Oh and notice my bathroom has a quilt framed over the toilet so I can make my husband look at quilts while he pee's! The kids get a big chuckle out of that!
Monday, April 16, 2007
Here is some more eye candy. I"m sharing today some of the "Celebrate Spring" quilts. My favorite had to be the one above of the little boy doing the summersault. Isn't it adorable!
And this family of owls was wonderful.
I thought I would share some vendor candy also. I did get permission of the owners to take these pictures in their booths, so don't anyone panic. Above is Lori Smith in her booth. I remember last year, her booth was so small and packed. She lauged that she got a bigger one this year! Her quilts in real life are wonderful. They all have this wonderful muted mud like color. I asked her if she tea died or treated her fabrics to get that wonderful muddy color, but she said no, she just acheived it by using the right fabrics. Amazing! And she also told me she LOVES her job! (But that she is really busy and is working every waking minute)!
And the star-like quilt with applique and the quilt in the corner over the mans head are 2 quilts I saw in Paducah last year and loved, but chickened out of buying. They are from Laundry Basket Quilts. So I broke down this year and bought the patterns! Aren't the pretty! The one in the corner is made with templates and she developed a way to piece it so there are no inset seams! I was hooked after she showed me the demo. That was why I chickened out last year from buying the pattern! Oh and she had nice templates to use so I can rotary cut with them! Had to get those too!
The above quilt is really more blocks, this is just a smaller version. I bought a kit and pattern for this one last year in Paducah but am afraid to cute into the fabrics! I thought maybe if I took a picture of it this year it would inspire me! (Or make me more afraid!) This booth, and kit were from Quilt Plus in Indianapolis, and the pattern is a Quakertown quilts pattern called Sleeping Beauty.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Then there was this quilt. I turned the corner and there it was. It hit me so the moment I saw it. And then when I read the sheet it touched me so I cried.