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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Calendar Page and Jill's Quilt

Happy December to everyone!  Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?
We had a great Thanksgiving Day and hope you all did, too.
The doll quilt this month is one I made some time ago.  It is another quick and easy one.  There isn't much else to say about it.  There is much to day about a lot of other things, though.  The following photos are of a wonderful antique quilt than my friend Jill from the NW PA Quilters owns.  She purchased this quilt at an auction for a song.  The family that was having an estate auction had found this quilt under a mattress.  Yes, it is one of those stories!  It is very early - a guess would be circa 1830.  It is in remarkable condition.  I will let the photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy.







A big thank you to Jill for sharing this wonderful quilt.
Also, I would like to comment on your comments for the last blog post.  Thanks for taking the time to leave your opinions.  Susan, I am going to have to quote your line - "You can't save something that isn't there!"  Well, that sums it all up very succinctly.  Wendy - I'll be blogging about your new blog soon.  So glad you will be sharing your work in cyberland.  Karen - I need to catch up on your blog.  I'm sure you have been making a lot of wonderful quilts. Janet O. - looking forward to visiting your blog.
Till next time...........
Sheila

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Holiday...........


Hello everyone,
Turkey day is almost here.  It is my very favorite holiday, but I have to say that I have to keep reinventing my dishes as my diet continues to evolve.  So, it is a bit of a challenge, recipe-wise.  However, the idea of the holiday is what I like so much.  Just eating good food with the people you love.  It is a sweet and simple holiday.  I never see a Horn of Plenty or a cornucopia that I don't think of my mother who passed away in 1989.  She loved them.  She grew up during the Great Depression and once I asked her if she ever went hungry as a child.  She told me that she had, so it is obvious that a Horn of Plenty meant more to her than to anyone in my generation.  Give thanks that even in the midst of a bad economy, we have plenty to eat. 
Now that I have you all mellow, I thought I would throw in something a bit controversial.  Recently we went to the Arthur, Illinois area.  We thought we were going to two antique shows, but it turns out there were 6 and 1 the next day.  We just went for the day, so we missed what everyone assured us was the very best show - "the one that started it all" - on Sat.  Have to say that they don't really advertise all the shows very well.  Ahh, but next March it all happens again and we will be prepared for it then.  At one of the shows, I rounded a corner and my heart skipped a beat when I saw this:
Excuse the garage door in the background.  I have a new camera and it won't work with my old program for cropping, adding borders , etc.  Anyway, this doesn't look like much here, but here are some close ups:
This is the backing.  I would date this quilt circa 1830.  A lot of the front pieces were disappearing, but the backing is remarkably good.  Plus the alternate plain blocks on the front were in good condition:
Here is the controversial part:  I have already taken it apart.  Completely.  I have to wash the fabrics - very carefully, of course, but the quilt no longer exists.  I know some of you are gasping right now, but it looks better in the photos than the true condition.  There was a lot of deterioration.  In fact, it was exactly the way I like to find them - with lots of usable fabric, but not good enough to save as a quilt.  The quilting was not very nice, which was a bit of a surprise, but it made dismantling it much easier.  Here is the bottom line, I make miniature quilts out of antique fabrics only.  The fabric has to come from somewhere and there really aren't any bolts of c. 1830 fabric floating around, so I do what I do. Once, when a lady objected to this, another lady chimed in and said, "You do what quilters have always done - you recycle fabric.  And there you have it.
Till next time..........
Sheila  
 
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November Calendar Page

Hi all,
O.k.!  Where did October go? 
Above is a little quilt that I made in kit form for some of my friends one Christmas.  Since October just flew by, I thought maybe a little Christmas would be in order.  Thought I would post this, as it was so quick and easy to do that if you were of a mind to do it, you certainly could have one done by the holidays.  It is a 5" finished sawtooth star block with 2.75" borders.  The blocks are set together with no strips or anything.  It doesn't get much easier than this. 
Other news, my Sue Reich quilt is finished and in her hands.  I am glad to move on to other things.
Still have to quilt the miniature in my last post and then I will be ever so happy to work on a portfolio quilt.  I started it some time ago and am itching to get back to it.  First I am off to visit my cousin for a few days.  It will be good to see her and I am excited for my trip.  First, of course, I had to spend all day in the kitchen, cooking and preparing food to take.  A lot of trouble, but I am healthier for it. Plus, it makes me sort of a no trouble houseguest!
Well, that's it for now.  Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.
Till next time,
Sheila
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

A little of this and a little of that...

Hi to everyone,
Jill left a comment asking what I have been working on.  So, I thought I would show you.  By the way, Jill always leaves me a comment and I love hearing from her. She sent me photos of any amazing antique quilt she has and I want to blog about it soon.  Anyway, here goes:

A.  I knit a shawl with some thrift store yarn.  It is called a Mara Shawl and the pattern is by Amy Hendrix. Find the pattern at this website.  It is in other places as well. 
B.  You have to look hard to see the 2" bow tie block.  It is from a project that I did for Sue Reich.  I don't know if we are supposed to talk about it yet, so all I'll show is a block.  Have to say that it was a much larger scale than I am used to.
C.  A miniature quilt out of antique fabric for a fund raiser.  I have been inundated with requests this past year for items.  I have not made myself a portfolio quilt all year.  The one in this pic is not yet quilted. The white you see around the edges is batting.  The pieced border will be the finished edge. 
D. A new supply of knitted dishcloths was sorely needed around here.  Thrift store cotton yarns served the purpose here.  I used this pattern, except that for the red stripes I did a duplicate stitch instead of changing yarns.

I have to say that my knitting had been on hold for a while, because I have arthritis in my left hand and knitting bothers it quite a bit.  Then I came across these pain relieving patches at Walgreens and they seem to help quite a bit. 

Well that's about it for now. Till next time........
Sheila

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Calendar Page

Here is the doll quilt for October.  I bought this one a long time ago.  It is not in wonderful shape, and it is very odd because the date of the top fabrics and the backing fabrics vary so much. 
It finally occurred to me that I have neglected to tell you that you can right click on the calendar and print it out.  Hopefully, you all knew that!
Other news, we just got back from a week long trip in our camper.  We went to Bennett Springs, MO so that my husband could do some trout fishing.  The weather was beautiful.  It was great to have my own kitchen and bed.  Gizmo (my cat) is doing better with the traveling, so that is good.
Well, till next time.............
Sheila

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Calendar Page

Hi to everyone out there in cyber space.
This month's doll quilt is a vintage 1930's one.  It is a sweet one, but not really remarkable in any way.  Probably done by a mother who took some time to make it, but didn't produce a masterpiece.  The back has two strips of blue fabrics - one on each long side - sewn to the plain muslin backing. I don't know if this was a design element or simply out of necessity.  I am thinking it was possibly a combo of both reasons.  She didn't have a large enough piece of muslin and decided to make it look nice by carefully adding the two perfectly straight strips. This was, after all, during the depression when everyone made- do.  I particularly like it when they "made-do" but made art at the  same time.  The binding is wide and curved, not mitered on the corners. The blocks are about 3.25" square, but vary a bit.  This quilt would be a snap to reproduce, although changing the unfinished size of the blocks to 3.5" square would probably be easier.
Well, that's it for today.
Till next time.........
Sheila

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Calendar Page

Hello everyone!  Happy August, almost.
Here is a doll quilt that I purchased at an antique mall.  The person who has the booth likes to make things and loves antique fabric.  I do not know who she is.  But I do know that this doll quilt was recently made even though it has antique fabrics.  How do I know?  Well, I just do.  One thing to look for when trying to determine if it is truly an antique doll quilt is the binding.  This binding has the tell-tale "new look" to it and it tells you that this is a piece of an old quilt that someone has recycled into a doll quilt.  I personally think that the maker should put a tag  (or a label would be even better) saying that it is a recently made doll quilt from an antique quilt.  Another thing to watch for is the scale of the piecing - you can readily tell that this quilt just looks like it was saved from something larger.  This is all right with me and the price was all right for the piece, so I bought it.  But, as the Roman saying goes, "Let the buyer beware."
Other news from here.
We have a new toy.  Here it is:
 


Excuse the strange grid that is appearing on the photos.  My husband took the pics with his phone, emailed them to me, I ran them through a couple of programs and this is what came out.  We saw this on the showroom floor and were smitten.  We have talked of having a camper for years and when we found this one, we knew it was just right.  It is small - what else would a miniature quilt person have, but a miniature house on wheels. 
Here is the floor plan:
Here are some interior views:
The table collapses and can be stored in an area under the bed.  The couch is in a small slide out.  We bought a small ottoman that has storage inside and the padded top flips over to a tray.  In a camper you want multiple uses for one item and since I like to put my feet up at night, the ottoman was a lucky find at Tuesday Morning.
This is our bed with a quilt we bought  - we didn't like the bedspread that came with the camper.  You can see our mirrored closets on each side of the bed.  At the foot of the bed is a cat toy, if you are wondering what the peak is.  You can see how small the camper is by seeing the bed in relationship to the range.  On the left is a tiny piece of the couch showing. 
Above is the kitchen range and sink.  We bought a cutting board that fits on top of the range to add some counter space.  To the left of the board is the actual counter space and it is in front of the tiny entertainment center.  You can barely see the flat screen tv, but it is there and it pulls out and swivels around, which is very nice.  That way you can see it from bed or from the couch. We also have surround sound.  It can be directed over the bed or over the couch or even outside.
A better view of everything - before we removed all the stickers.
 
 


All the doors you see in the background above.
And finally:
  
 

A little Coleman grill that pulls out from a special compartment outside.  They thought of everything!
Well, that is our new baby, wish us well on our journeys.
Till next time......
Sheila

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Calendar Page

Here is a sweet little antique doll quilt that we found at an antique show.  I honestly don't remember if I posted it before or not.  If I did, it is worth a second look, I think.  I suspect that a mother made this for her daughter, as the work is so well done.  It is a simple quilt and the quilting is not elaborate, but it was made with care.  The backing is a lovely little print that is a good match for the fabrics in the top.  All in all, it is very sweet and a happy addition to my  collection.
Other news - after much testing, it seems that I was suffering from a bad flare up of my old friend IBS.  The specialist that saw me prescribed some medicine and it helps, but it has side effects.  It is making it hard for me to focus on things and I am behind in some fund raising projects.  The doctors would think you are crazy to mention that sort of connection with your brain and your digestive problems, but believe me it is real.  This week I am going to force myself to focus and get something done!
Till next time..............
Sheila

Thursday, May 29, 2014

June Calendar Page

Hi all,
Can you believe June is almost here?  I can't.  The older I get, the faster time goes by.  I have been working on some quilty fund raiser things, but mostly my time is spent going to the Dr. and getting tests.  What a bother.  Let's see if I get a definitive answer to some long term health issues.
About the above quilt.  It is a doll quilt I made quite awhile ago.  It was before reproduction fabrics were so available.  Back then you had to scramble to find fabrics that looked "right."  Much easier these days, that's for sure.  I started quilting in about 1986 and over the years there isn't much I haven't given a shot.  So, English Paper Piecing was a method that seemed interesting.  (It is currently making a huge resurgence with people doing hexagon quilts.) It is a method that is very accurate, but I don't enjoy doing it.  It takes too much time.  People ask me about hand piecing and the time it takes, but I have to say that for me it is much faster than any other method for making doll and miniature quilts.  It always seemed to me that two quilts could be made in the time it took to make one English Paper Pieced one.  But, as I have observed before, that's the wonderful thing about quilting - there is something for everyone!
Till next time.........
Sheila  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Calendar Page - A Little Late!

Well, May hit before I knew it!  I have been recovering from the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah.  What fun and the weather was wonderful.  Remember this little guy?:
I am happy to report that it sold for $400 and I am thrilled and happy to help raise money for the National Quilt Museum.  It was sort of the "what if I throw a party and no one comes" type of thing - what if I put this miniature on the auction block and no one wants to buy it!?!  
Other museum news - I gave a miniature to Gerald Roy and he has just donated it to the museum and so now I have 2 quilts in Paducah - hooray! (Keeps it even with IQSC&M, as they have two, also.)  It is a four block applique with pieced border that I neglected to name.  He called it Scherenschnitte, as it is a folded paper cut work thing. I thought I kept a photo, but can't locate it right now.
Well, that's it for now........
Sheila