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Friday, March 28, 2014

April Calendar Page

 
Well, here we are with April almost here!  This month's quilt is one that I made quite awhile ago.  I consider it to be a doll quilt.  The blocks are 3.25" square. I embroidered a different hatband and cuff on each one.  You will notice that in the second row the third Sue from the left is facing the opposite direction of all the others.  This was a tribute to a quilter who, amazingly enough, had not only reversed her Sue, but had embroidered her name backwards on a quilt top that I owned at one time.  Here is the part I love:  the other quilters included it in the top anyway.  Of course the whole thing never got quilted, but who knows why. 
  I would like to thank you for your kind comments and well wishes for my health.  I am doing much better now and hope to continue to improve.  Art Linkletter once said that old age isn't for sissies.  He wasn't kidding!
Till next time........
Sheila 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Treasures

I don't buy contemporary fabrics any more.  It was a very hard thing to do - to quit buying all the wonderful reproduction fabrics available today.  They just get better every year, don't they?  But after being very ill a few years ago, I decided that I wouldn't live long enough to use it all and had to let that part of my quilt making life go.  As you know if you read this blog, I make miniature quilts out of antique fabrics.  Period.  O.k., I made an exception for the quilt of the week thing that Barbara Brackman did a while back.  She has been so important to quilting, that I just wanted to join in.  (That quilt still isn't quilted, by the way.  I mean to work on it every once in awhile, it just slips my mind.)
However, having said all this, there is one thing that I can't quit collecting and that is feedsacks.  Yep, I love them.  My collection really slowed down due to the prices.  My husband laughs and says, "I remember when you would only pay $1 each or $2 if it was special."  Well, in the Midwest those days are long - and I mean long - gone.  But recently I found a really good deal on them in an antique store and wound up with 41 of them.  Whoever originally squirreled them away was someone who really intended to use them, as she had 5 of one pattern, 4 of another, and 3 of some and 2 of some.  I was thrilled to find them. 
Speaking of being ill, I just got over a bad cold and am still getting over pancreatitis.  It was not fun.  I have autoimmune diseases and there is a form of pancreatitis that is caused from your immune system running amok. Oh, goodie, another one!  I have been following a special diet for a long time and it is restrictive.  I have decided to go with the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for now.  The first 30 days are pure torture, but I am hoping this is the right path.  I pretty much bottomed out mentally when I was sick and thought that it would be impossible to give up even more foods, but other people do it, so it must be do-able.  It is frustrating to try so many things to get healthy and then wind up being sick.  But you have to pick yourself up in order to go down the right path when you find it. I would ask that all of you in blogland keep a good thought for me and say a prayer that this path is the correct one.  Thank you,
Sheila

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Antique Amish Doll Quilt for March

 
Here is the prize of my antique doll quilt collection.  Isn't this a little gem?  I absolutely fell in love with it when I came across it in an antique booth.  It is made of wool, wool blends and cottons and has a cotton flannel batting.  It was definitely made by a child.  It is in excellent condition.  I just had Gerald Roy appraise it and he loved the use of color in it and thought it was a remarkable find.  We are thrilled with it.
Speaking of Jerry, he brought a copy of his new book to show us.  It is the book to accompany an upcoming quilt exhibit consisting of 60 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection at the Fine Arts Museum in Boston.   Here is the cover of the book.  It is not out yet, but I will be getting it ASAP.   

Quilts and Color
What I like about this book is that it gives you a brief description of a color theory and then has the quilts to put that theory into practice.  The photos of the quilts are wonderful.  I asked Jerry if the colors were true to the quilts and he told me that they were perfect.  It is a lovely book. 
Well, till next time..........
Sheila  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Some of Wendy's Quilts

 
 
Above is the quilt I have been blogging about - the real name of it is No Bake Applique.  Made by my new cyber quilter friend Wendy Caton Reed.  Wendy sent me pics and some bio info.  Her resume is too long to list here, but she has won many quilting awards and her work is frequently featured in museums and also in magazines. You can't get the whole effect from looking at the photo above, but let me say that seeing this quilt in person was a real treat.  Wendy's workmanship is perfect.  Each square in this quilt is bound, with the binding matching the background of the block.  Then these blocks are whipped together to make the quilt.  Amazing. Below is another one of her quilts.  Actually, it is two quilts - one made with reproduction fabrics and one made with antique fabrics. The repros get better every year, I think.  This quilt is named The Old and New.
 
 
 
 
The next quilt is entitled Stonewall to Happiness.  I have to say that I love this quilt, but have not seen it in person.  I hope to one day, though.  Wendy told me she may add on to this one, as it is also made in the pot holder style.
 
In our email discussions, Wendy said she thinks of starting a blog some time.  It is a great idea and I ask my readers to leave a comment, encouraging her to do so.  She has much to share.
 
And last, how was your Super Bowl Day?  Here's what we watched first:  The Kitty Bowl shown on the Hallmark Channel.  Gizmo was enthralled.  As it turned out, this Bowl Game was much better than the actual Super Bowl Game in my opinion!  Till next time.......
Sheila

Monday, January 27, 2014

February Calendar Page

Here's the February Calendar Page.  This is a real oldie.  I was experimenting with English Paper Piecing.  If you really look at it, you can see it is a bit wonky.   I was trying to get the design in the border fabric to look nice on the corners.  Ahhh well, live and learn.  It also appears to be very long and narrow - I have no idea why that seemed to be a good idea at the time.  You would think it would embarrass me to post this one, but it is just my way of saying to all the beginning quilters out there:
"Hey, you have to start somewhere." 
Till next time.............
Sheila

Friday, January 24, 2014

A finish! But it isn't mine!


Just received an email from my Yo-Yo Lady, Pat Lewis with the photo above.  Wahoo, it is a dandy!  Who doesn't love a Dear Jane.  Pat did a superb job - she even re-drafted all the blocks to a 6" size.  She just finished quilting it and says she is going to rest her fingers.  It is just lovely and a true masterpiece for her.  Here is her label:
It is a quilt she can truly be proud of.
Till next time.......
Sheila

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wendy Caton Reed's Potholder Quilt

What does this photo have to do with this post?  Why, nothing.  I just liked it. Wonder what she is daydreaming about.


In the previous post, I wrote about a fabulous quilt that will be in the upcoming New England Quilt Exhibit at the National Quilt Museum.  Even though I knew the maker's name, I didn't post it in my blog.  I don't mention people unless it is clear they don't mind.  Well, happily, the maker of the quilt, Wendy Caton Reed somehow saw my blog entry and left a comment.  You can see some of her work here.   (Wendy, I couldn't find a way to email you, so am just going with a blog entry. If you have a photo of the quilt and email it to me, it would be my pleasure to post it.)  Also, the quilt was so fascinating, I neglected to get the real name of it, so let me know on that, too.  Once the
exhibit is up and running, another trip will be in order just to view Wendy's quilt again.  She commented that she hopes to make a pattern of the quilt and it is sure to be a huge success. By virtue of the method, it lends itself easily to any size quilt.  A winning situation.  Well it is a happy circumstance that Paducah is so close to my southern Illinois home, but even if you have to travel a bit, try to catch the new exhibit.
Till next time.........
Sheila

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The National Quilt Museum

Towards the end of last year, a letter from the museum arrived requesting a small quilt for their small quilt auction held during the April Quilt Show.  I don't know any more about it than that.  All I know is that they requested a small quilt, so there it is.  I drove down there with it yesterday and got to visit with my favorite ladies, the Yo-Yo's.  Also, waited to say hi to Jerry Roy who was arriving in Paducah yesterday.   Some lovely ladies from The Shawnee Quilter's Guild from southern Illinois were there helping to put up a new exhibit and I got to meet them.  I got a sneak preview of a contemporary and awesome potholder quilt that will be in their New England Quilt Exhibit.  Potholder refers to a construction method.  The quilt is comprised of small squares that are quilted and bound and then all of the squares are whipped together.  Not to be confused with Georgia Bonesteel's lap quilting method.  Jerry told me that it seemed to be something that was popular in Maine and someone else said it was from ladies sewing circles that made Civil War soldier's quilts. Anyway, the contemporary example I saw was simply stunning.
Back to my quilt, here is the photo with the hand for scaling purposes :
and here the quilt is in it's display case, ready to auction:
Till next time...........
Sheila
 
 

Friday, January 10, 2014

How about a Year of Doll Quilts!

 
 Well, as mentioned before on this blog, my sewing room is in dire need of organizing.  A weak attempt at that very thing uncovered a pile of doll quilts.  Instead of continuing with the task at hand, I thought, Hey how about a year of quilts!  A simple calendar was needed around here, so I decided to make one.  You will get to see my progression in quilt making.  So, some of the workmanship will be a little lacking.  Quilters have approached me about helping them make miniatures and I try to get them to start with doll quilts.  These quilts are fun, easy and pleasing and you have to perfect your skills on something.  Doll quilts fit the bill.  The one above is from early in my career and you can tell it.  Back then, there were not a lot of reproduction fabrics on the market and you had to work at creating an old look. This series will also include antique doll quilts from my collection. 
Although it is a little late, click on the image above and print out for January. 
Enjoy,
Sheila
Edit:  I'm trying to get the image to print out a little better.  May take awhile, but I couldn't test it prior to posting. 
Edit again:  This is as good as I can get the image.  Hope you like it.  Let me know if it works for you.

Monday, January 6, 2014

An 1870's Doll Quilt

In between Christmas and New Year's, we drove to Louisville, Kentucky for their annual Flea Market and Antique Show.  We hadn't been there for probably ten years or more.  The weather was good, so we made the three and a half hour drive.  It wasn't disappointing.  I came home with the above doll quilt for $25.  I can't resist them for that price.  This one is sweet, with a nice little print backing.  It shows wear, but the amount that I consider charming.  I was pleased.
Speaking of weather, it is currently minus 2 degrees here, with some snow on the ground.  My cat Gizmo is bored out of his mind.  I bring him to the studio and that helps some.  In fact it is because of him that we call it "the studio."  He seems to understand what you are saying and he is always ready to make the trip from the house.  I read a blog once and someone thought using the word "studio" was a bit grandiose for a sewing room.  Maybe it is, but to me it always just meant a separate building.  I have, however, seen some pretty grandiose studios - well, photos of them anyway.  That is not the case here.  If I ever get it cleaned up, I will post some photos.
Well, keep your needles threaded.
(Do you know what O.N.T. stands for?  It is "Our New Thread.")
Till next time............
Sheila