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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1870's Doll Quilt

Here is a sweet little quilt that we found Monday at an antique show. It is nicely hand pieced, but the machine quilting got a little strange.  It caused the quilt to get very wonky.  The quilt is on a black felt covered board that I just made.  It is for taking photos of my miniatures and we just pinned this little quilt to it.  Needless to say, the rectangular felt covered board is very close to perfectly true.  You can see how much the quilt varies on the left side.  It is also showing lots of wear, but then a doll quilt should.  I like to think that some little girl played with this little quilt and her doll a lot.  I love the fabrics in this quilt and is there anything sweeter than a nine-patch block?  I don't think so. 
Till next time............
Sheila



Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilt Show Treasures

Here is a rather pale photo of some of the things I bought at the Paducah Quilt Show this year.

1.  Vintage Textile Soak.  I use this on fabrics that are too stained to use as is.  Sometimes it is successful and sometimes it isn't. 
2.  Hobb's Heirloom Fusible Cotton Batting.  This is my batting of choice for the Portfolio Series Quilts.  They are so small, they don't lend themselves to using a hoop for quilting.  The fusible helps to stabilize them.  I do not know the long term effects of using a fusible batting. 
3. and 6. are the same print in different colorways.  They are feed sacks.  It is extremely difficult to find small scale prints in feed sacks.  If I ever see any, I buy them.  These are cheater's cloth as well, which I admit is a weakness of mine.  It is odd that a quilt piecer is drawn to cheater's cloth, but I am, although I wouldn't hesitate to cut them up and use them.  These feature prints that are fairly small. 
4.  Two more feed sacks in a very small print.  I don't know what to call it.  Sort of a cross between a check and a dot.  Again, the same print in two different colors.  What looks like a nondescript  print in full scale will translate to a very usable print in miniatures.  Making a  miniature for this series out of feed sacks has long been on my list of things to make.
5.  Some 1840's buff and blue pieces salvaged from a quilt.  This is not the same fabric that I used in the Bethlehem Star Quilt, but it is from the same vendor as the blue and yellow fabrics in that quilt.  I rarely pass up any fabric from that era.
Look who had to hog the camera. 


Well, we are having computer issues.  Our little Dell laptop is starting to freeze up and do odd things. My husband managed to get it going again, but we're pretty sure it is going to quit altogether.  If I am absent from blogging for awhile, you will know what happened.
Till next time...........
Sheila

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Miniature Garden

Quilts aren't the only miniatures around here!  If you read my blog, you know my husband and I are currently in a tiny apartment - 600 square feet.  That is pretty small.  You are probably thinking "it's a good thing she makes miniature quilts!"  Yes, it is.  Each apartment has a 1 foot x 4 foot planter on the ground.  One of my neighbors assured me it was all right to dig up what was in there and plant what we wanted.  I hope she was right.  We went with a little herb garden with a cherry tomato plant on a pyramid style trellis in the back.  We are hoping they all receive enough sunshine to grow.  We got the cutest little signs for the herbs, but don't know if they show up or not.  Well, that is it for my day.  Will get back to quilts soon.  I forgot - isn't that an  old-fashioned looking watering can?  It was a pleasant find at our local Walmart.
Till next time.........
Sheila

Monday, May 7, 2012

Albums




First, welcome to all my new followers!  I hope something here will interest you.  Also, if you have had questions in your comments, I will try to answer them sooner or later.

Barbara Brackman surprised me by showing some of the blocks I made for her Civil War project.  It was super-surprising to see the word "organization" in regard to me.  (My cousin must be getting a big chuckle out of that.)  Big sigh here. This is where I admit to loving blogs about organizing.  This is a good one: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/   I love to see how clever and dedicated other people are to making neat homes come into being.  Sadly, that doesn't happen around here.  However, over the long years of periodically taking a stab at organizing, I have learned some things about myself.  If you are challenged as well, this might make you think a little.  Bins and baskets are my friends.  Being a very visual person and having virtually no memory any more, I have to see things.  That means that what serves me best is a bin in which I throw anything that will glue, tape or adhere things.  That type of thing.  Also, don't label them, but rather number them.  This is due to the fact that invariably after a spree of organizing things I would have a small bin of one type of item and then find a hidden stash of the same thing and of course it would not fit in that bin, which I had already meticulously labeled.  If you number them, you can immediately jump to a larger container and change your master list.  (Of course, keeping track of your master list is another challenge - hey, no system is perfect!) 
About the albums shown above - it became apparent to me that it was necessary to do a much better job of documenting my Portfolio Series Quilts. What works for me are the Doodlebug 8x8 scrap booking albums that I buy at Archiver's .  They have top end loading plastic sheets into which I can put many things. Worksheets, fabric samples, you name it.  I designed a couple of forms for them. I have an album dedicated to Designs and Ideas and one dedicated to Finished Quilts.  If an idea comes to fruition, I switch all the appropriate papers to the finished file.  The Ideas form is a place where I can write down the name of the quilt book that shows a quilt I like, etc.  (The bad memory thing, you know.)  Also, the plastic holders are great for holding any random notes, doodles, print outs, etc.)  The bottom shows a print out from Quilt Pro that I used for a layout for the Orange and Blue Quilt. 
This shows the finished folder for the Bethlehem Star Quilt with a leftover piece of binding.  Also, it works for me to have a Sharpie and a pencil in a holder at the beginning of every album.  Sometimes a note needs to be added and if a pencil isn't handy, it doesn't get done.  (It helps to know your limitations!)
Why all this attention to detail?  Get ready to gasp here - it is because none of my Portfolio Quilts have a label on them.  I know what you are thinking.  If I ever teach a class, I never fail to tell my students to label their quilts.  Here are the reasons I don't label them:  The label would be totally out of scale for the quilt.  If it were to scale, you couldn't read it.  Also, these quilts are all about being miniature versions of antique quilts.  Antique quilts rarely had labels on the back.  Also, people who want to steal quilts are undoubtedly adept at removing labels if necessary.  Even if they are put on and then quilted, they can be removed if the desire to do so is great enough.  Also, because these quilts are made out of antique fabrics that are difficult to find, it would be very hard for someone to prove they were theirs and not mine.  However, this non-labeling thing has lead me to keep very good records. 
Well, that is it for my organizing abilities.  Didn't take long, did it?
Till next time.............
Sheila
Edit: It came to me that I have never posted a pic of my Portfolio.  So here it is:
It is an artist's portfolio that we bought at Michael's some time ago.  I design all my miniatures to fit in it.  It contains acid free plastic envelopes and papers.  Here it is open:
The maximum quilt size is 13.625" x 16.735".  I thought you might like to see it.
Sheila