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Friday, August 28, 2015

A finish... almost!


 
I was asked to display my miniature quilts at the AQSG Seminar in Indianapolis this year.  It is in a couple of weeks, and it is very exciting to be asked to be there.  They hold a benefit auction, so I have made the above miniature for it.  It is my own design, but influenced - of course- by antique quilts. The center block is the same design as the blocks in the Miniature Mariner's Compass Quilt in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. A blue and white quilt has been on the agenda for quite some time, but I switched it up a little by not using the standard indigo blue color. It will be in a display case.  My husband bought the blue print for me for a birthday surprise.  It may be my favorite all time fabric - well, it would certainly be in the top five.  (There are soooo many wonderful fabrics out there.)  It is from the 1840's and he bought it from Mary Koval.  She is one of my favorite people, so there is definitely a theme going there.  I will be glad to get it done and in the case and ready to go. 
Well, this is a short and sweet post, but I had better get busy.  I have been fighting a summer cold and ear infection for quite some time now and am a bit behind in everything.
Till next time.......
Sheila

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Questions and Answers


Hello to everyone,
Hope you had a fun Fourth of July.
I love it when you leave comments and ask questions, so thought I would answer some.
But first a mention for the sweet little antique doll quilt shown above.  It is 14" x 19.5."
It was hand pieced, but machine quilted and there is no batting.  The backing is muslin.  I would date it to around 1890-1900.  I bought it at an antique show and don't know anything about it. The maker is unknown, but a guess would be that an adult made it.  The other two hexagon flowers are a couple of projects of mine. 
 Someone asked if this quilt:
Was made from the hexes shown here:
 
 
Nope.  Entirely different project.  One of the flowers is shown in the first photo.  The second flower is yet another hex project.  Can there be too many hexagons in your life?   A blog post devoted to hexes and different methods to make them is in the works, so more about all those later.
Another question was whether we take Gizmo camping with us.  Yes, he is one of the reasons we got a camper.  We do take him out on a leash at the campgrounds.  We had to go from a harness  (he turned out to be quite the little escape artist) and get him a cat jacket.  Given enough time he could probably escape, but it severely slows him down.  He actually loves the jacket, but really  hates the leash.
But there are rules at these campgrounds that must be obeyed whether he likes it or not.
 
 
 
 
Well, that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time......
Sheila
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Friday, June 12, 2015

The Quilt Show



Here is my booth and quilt display at the quilt show I mentioned earlier.
It is the first time I have displayed my quilts in this manner. It took some time to figure out the best way to display them.  The stands are angled to each other, so the line of sight in the photo is a bit skewed.  One lady I hadn't seen for quite a long time, walked up to the quilts and said:
"So, what have you been doing with yourself?" 


Here I am giving a mini-lecture on hand piecing.
 
The show was so much fun and I got to see old friends, which is always nice.
I brought some full size quilts to display as well,  Here is a Grandmother's Flower Garden I made from a Darlene Zimmerman pattern. I didn't English paper piece it, I just hand pieced it. It is made with reproduction fabrics. I hand quilted it.
 
We hadn't seen it for quite awhile, as we don't use any good quilts because Gizmo who has all his claws and isn't afraid to use them, would destroy quilts.  Ahh, the joys of cats. 
 
Here is one of a pair of antique quilts.  They are circa 1930's. The photo doesn't do them justice.  They are just beautiful in person.  The workmanship - piecing and quilting- is just perfect. I am lucky to own them.  We had seen them in an antique mall in St. Louis and believe it or not, I didn't buy them.  Two weeks later, I told my husband to get dressed we were going back to St. Louis, as I just couldn't get those quilts off my mind.  Luckily, they were still there. 
 
Here is an antique quilt from another antique mall in St. Louis.  I would date it 1890's or so.  I couldn't get far enough away from it to get a good pick.  I love this quilt.  You can't see it, but the other side border is red and not yellow as is this one.  Plus, in my mind the pyramids should go straight up and down, but I will admit that being sideways gives a lot of interest.
Well, that's about it for now. The show was fun, but very tiring for me.
Till next time...........
Sheila
 
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Apologies


I have neglected my blog for w-a-y too long.  We have taken some trips with our little camper.  Above pics were taken in Tennessee in an RV park at the base of Cove Mountain and very close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We were there for a meeting of fishermen who collect vintage bamboo fishing rods.  My husband collects and restores them if they need it.  The weather was perfect and he had a wonderful time. 
Other news - I have been getting ready to have my first booth at a quilt show.  My friend of many years has a wonderful quilt shop in Haubstadt, IN.  Here is a link to her shop. It is called Quilts n Bloom and Kathy, the owner, does a great job with it.  The quilt show is at the Catholic Church this coming Saturday, so come if you can. (All info posted on the link I gave you.)  I will have a display of my miniatures, plus some things I made to sell.  Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts will be there for a workshop and lecture. Link to her website is here.  I am really looking forward to meeting her and seeing her work.  I will try to remember to take my camera and post some pics here later.
Take care and till next time.............
Sheila
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gizmo 1, 2, 3

O.k. I put a scarf on him for St. Patrick's Day. He wasn't feeling it.  The bow was immediately a mess.

He is looking for an escape route.

Found it.
Maybe next time, I'll try a shamrock hat or something.  I know I am not the only one who subjects their animals to this sort of stuff.  It's just that most people won't admit it!
Well, onto other things.  I have been in a deep funk this winter.  I don't know why.  My energy has hit some pretty bad lows. I think spring weather will help, though.  
 
I have spent incalculable hours on a miniature quilt.  Here's where it began:
The center piece is from an 1806 panel designed by Jean-Baptiste Huet who designed for the famous Oberkamph textile manufacturer located approximately 15 miles from Versailles.  The fact that we stumbled across two small sections of a panel at an antique show is nothing short of a miracle.  My husband is the one who actually spotted a small corner of the fabric under a pile of pillow covers.  The vendor we bought it from had made two pillow covers out of them, but hadn't finished them yet.  She explained to us that "boat loads of antique French textiles" were coming in to America now.  Well, I would sure like to meet those boats at the dock!  I really don't think there is much Huet stuff floating around.  When we found it, we didn't know exactly what it was, we just knew it was wonderful.  There are many miniature quilts I want to make and a medallion style or British frame style was one of them, I just couldn't find a center medallion small enough to work. As soon as we looked at it, we both knew where it was headed.
Well, this is turning into a book instead of an entry.  I will post more about this quilt later.
Till next time....
Sheila
 
 
 


Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Couple of Things

 
Isn't this sewing machine cover cute and clever?  I think so.  A talented lady on Etsy made it and I was lucky to find her shop.  It is Beckys Sew and Stuff.  Please note that there is no bulge on the top - it is where my wooden spool holder poked the cover up.   

In this photo you can see that the sleeve for the fold up table really protects the bed of the machine.  Becky makes different covers and even bags for carrying the machines.  I don't know her personally, but really liked it, so thought I would share. 
Next up, I finally finished the miniature quilt for the April Auction at The National Quilt Museum.  It is in a cherry display case. This one is 7.5" x 8.625" and is of course all antique fabrics, hand pieced and hand quilted.  A bit of inspiration came from an article by Gerald Roy. Needless to say, I can't find the article now to give all the precise details, but he talked about the use of white as a color and not just a background.  I tried to accomplish that in this quilt.  My thought was that you would look at it and not really register white, but rather that it would all work together.  Don't think I am explaining that very well, but that was my hope. Anyway, here it is:
Excuse all the glare.  Am still trying to figure out this new camera.  I delivered it to the Museum yesterday and got to visit with the Yo-Yos. 
This is an earlier photo of Pat working on her Dear Jane.  What a lovely quilt.  No new photos because I didn't take my camera  - again.  Just can't get in the habit of hauling it around.  Anyway, it fun to see everyone at the museum again.
Well, that's it for now.
Till next time......
Sheila
 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Books

Above are books that I have been meaning to blog about for a long time.  They were all written by talented and scholarly women.  It is an honor to know them all.  Well, I don't really know Ann Hermes, but hope to meet her in person some day.  I say I "know" her because she helped me out on the quilt below by selling me some backing fabric.
On to the books!
World War I Quilts by Sue Reich, available here, is a lovely book.  Sue is a remarkable scholar and researcher.  We all reap the benefits of her work.  This book covers an era that is often overlooked by quilters, I think.  The photos are great:
Next up is quite a volume that Xenia Cord worked on with Kay & Lori Lee Triplett.  It covers an amazing Chintz quilt collection - The Poos Collection.   The  book is available here.  The quilt world is so fortunate to have Xenia Cord.  Her knowledge of quilts and fabrics boggles the mind.  The book is filled with "to die for" quilts and fabrics.
Last, but certainly not least is one of my favorite books to come along in awhile.  It is by Ann Hermes and is entitled Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases.  It is available here.  I love this book.  Ann has taken the time and effort to really showcase the antique fabrics.  After all, it's always about the fabrics, isn't it? 
Here is a look at a page.  See the rectangle on the left side of the right page, about halfway up?
That is a piece of real fabric that is the same as some fabric shown in the bottom photo of a quilt section.  I just happened to have it in my fabric collection.  You may not be able to tell from the photo, but the colors of the fabric and the colors of it in the photo are perfect. 
Well, these book reviews won't win any awards, but just suffice to say that you won't regret owning any of the three.
Here is a photo of my constant companion Gizmo.
He likes to spend time in the studio with me.  He is laying on the first quilt I ever made.  Boy, is it ever awful!  There is a reason it is not shown better in the photo!  Some times it is fun to show it when I give lectures and talks.  I always say, "Hey you have to start somewhere!"
I'll leave you with that thought.
Till next time........
Sheila
 
 
 
 

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