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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Last Four




Here are the last four blocks in the year long Barbara Brackman BOTW.  It was wonderful of Barbara to spend her time and effort sharing this project with us.  A big thank you to her.  Quilters everywhere are grateful to her for her pioneering work in classifying and organizing the myriad of quilt blocks.   When I started this project, I thought it would be easy to keep up with a block a week.  It wasn't.  Life has a way of throwing you curves.  I had some periodic relapses into periods of ill health.  We relocated to Ohio from southern Illinois and that took a toll.  This year had a lot of challenges.  I look forward to a calmer year in 2012.  I will post photos of the quilt top when it is pieced. 
Till next time..........
Sheila

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I wish all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season this year.  Thank you all for stopping by.  I read every comment and appreciate each one.  We live in a wonderful age of cyber communications.  I love to read your blogs and enjoy writing mine.  I can't tell you how many things I have researched on the Internet. The willingness of people to share their knowledge never ceases to amaze me.  There is a never ending source of inspiration out there if we choose to seek it.
Best wishes from me to you for the coming year.
Till next time...........
Sheila

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A New Acquisition!

Here is a small quilt we found in an antique store yesterday.  The clerk was filling in for the owner of the shop and didn't know anything about it.  It is an interesting little piece, although it is not an antique.  I have spent some time with a couple of Amish families in southern Illinois and  we are now, as luck would have it, about 4 miles from a very large Amish settlement in Ohio.  Anyone who studies quilts will be aware of the fact that the Amish people still make quilts, but when they make them for selling to "The English" they try to incorporate fabrics and styles that we will like.  So, paradoxically in my humble opinion, Amish quilts are no longer "Amish quilts" - if you take my meaning.  But, then along comes this little piece and I wonder who made it.  My first inclination was that someone was making a piece to emulate what they considered Amish Style, but closer examination raises some questions.  If you spend time with Amish ladies, you will learn that they are big fans of cotton blends for their clothing.  It cuts down on ironing.  That means if they make quilts to use, they will be using scraps from clothing and they will be blends.  Also, they will mix weights and weaves of fabrics in a quilt.  They will also throw in different pieces of the same color, but from different sources, so that you get patches that don't quite match each other.  This little piece exhibits all those things.  I don't know about you, but if I were to make an Amish style quilt, I certainly wouldn't use blends and would shy away from using different weights of cloth.  This little piece also has a gray chambray for backing, which is consistent with true Amish quilts I have studied.  The hand quilting is very nicely done.  The fact that it is machine pieced, doesn't tell us anything, as the Amish love their treadle sewing machines.  Some families even hook up generators to electric style sewing machines and they sew as fast as we do.  So, I am wondering if it is indeed a piece made by an Amish person who was copying the famous quilts that we have come to consider as "Amish style." I will never know. Even contemporary quilts are full of mysteries. 
Till next time........
Sheila