Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No Snow Yet!

Winter's blast is scheduled but not here quite yet, so there were clothesline daydreams of the pretties that I bought at Quilted Threads on Friday. http://quiltedthreads.com/

The brown on cream paisley, and the blue tone-on-tone floral were both by Henry Glass, and were 40% off, YIPPEEE!
The Rue Indienne by French General for Moda was full price at $11.50, but I just HAD to possess a yard of it. Surely, you understand!
The red that is equally gorgeous with a tan floral, is from Ladies' Album by Barbara Brackman for Moda. Although I prewashed it with the others, I had scored that one at Footprints Quilt Shop in East Rochester, New Hampshire.http://footprintsquilting.blogspot.com/. It's a small shop that's packed with great fabrics!

For actual sewing, I did some piecing of homespun plaids for Beth's block drive for quilts for graduating seniors over at Love, Laugh, Quilt. 

I believe in education and I think that it is a wonderful idea to reward the good kids who stay in school, don't do drugs, and don't join gangs.

If you agree, maybe you will send her a block or two.

She gives great instructions and these were such fun to make!

 If you pop four of these 11" blocks (folded once) into a large manila envelope the postage is under two dollars! That's a bargain!

I also made a few more of my 2" strips into four-patches to be used for my Sunny Lanes blocks.

The Sunny Lanes are progressing slowly!

It takes eight 4-patches for one block, and that's a lot! I'm trying to build scrappy variety by making shorter strip lengths but using more of different fabrics.
Thank you to Bonnie K. Hunter for teaching me that tip! http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
And, speaking of Bonnie, I am still auditioning my choices for the binding on Celtic Solstice. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

There are three blues on the left; the uppermost one is Hampton Ridge by Paula Barnes, the middle one is Olde Townhouse by Paula Barnes, and the rich indigo on the bottom left is Party Of Twelve by Judie Rothermel. They are all Marcus Brothers and I love them all! Tell me if you have any strong thoughts on the matter, please!
I wish you all to have such happy problems to solve!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Just A Few More Memories

The last of the quilts that I photographed on Friday at the Warner Historical Society in Warner, New Hampshire, appear below.
This one was all silk tobacco premiums that had been carefully sewn into a pattern of concentric rows by category, all the animals in one row, all the flags, all the medals, etc.

The backing had the word "Baby" emblazoned on it. Who would think today to embellish a baby quilt with anything related to tobacco??

There was a very fine broderie perse (French for "Persian embroidery") quilt that had baskets alternating with the appliqued flower blocks.

Here is a basket:

You can see that this quilt was tied with red yarn.

One of the flowers that had been cut out of a different fabric and them appliqued onto the block is shown next.

The next two pictures are of the same quilt. Although the first photograph is way too dark to appreciate its design, it does show the relative size of the quilt.

This is a close up of it.

I was fascinated by the fact that this next quilt was made of "cheater cloth," a printed log cabin. And although I don't recall exactly it's date, it was early.

So quicky quilts existed back then, too! Here you see it from a more normal viewing distance. I was completely taken in by the deceptively clever printing.

A wool flannel from the 1940's was very bright and masculine.

The quilt that was used as the frontispiece for the exhibit was so bright and fresh that it looked new.

I loved the reds! But you knew that, right? I am a dedicated red-junkie, I'll admit it.

Click on any photo to enlarge it, if you like.

And there had to be a 1930's Grandmother's Flower Garden, to be sure. It was a stunning example!

So much visual stimulation gave us an appetite! We had a delightful brunch at The Schoolhouse Cafe, a restored school building turned into a restaurant.

The food was fabulous and so was the ambiance.

After lunch, I insisted that we stop by a lovely quilt shop only one town away in Henniker, New Hampshire. It is called Quilted Threads and boasts three floors to see.

I couldn't get past the Civil War section, which was ample.

As we drove home the roads stayed clear and dry despite some stray snowflakes. It was a perfect day!
I hope that you make some marvelous memories, too!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Some Very Happy Times

A huge "THANK YOU" going out to The Warner (New Hampshire) Historical Society for their fabulous exhibition of the Gerald Roy small and doll quilts. The quilts are wonderful to see!

What is thrilling to me when viewing these authentic antique fabrics, is to see that modern reproduction fabrics often do capture the effect of the old ones. No, not perfectly, but a good second best. I noted that plaids and stripes abound among the foulards and florals.

The red and white doll quilt above has a printed image of storks on the white fabric. Click to enlarge  it.

The tumbling blocks above were all done in silks and our docent opined that the cameo figure was James
Polk and that this quilt was politically inclined.

For the quilt pictured above, I took some close ups of the  marvelous fabrics.

Please note the beautifully painted folk swans on the wainscotting below the quilts.

This Le Moyne star, above, with the flying geese border and cinnamon pink accents was breath-taking. Look at the tiny size of those pieces!

The hand embroidered Christening dress was a work of art and we enjoyed seeing the old doll house furniture too.

By the way, back on Thursday, Felix, Matthew and I enjoyed a great early Thanksgiving Dinner over at the Senior Center.

They had a singer afterwards to lead us in a sing-a-long of old favorites.

We are very grateful to our God for all of our many blessings!

Happy sewing!

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