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Monday, February 18, 2013

Heart of Country Antique Show

For a Valentine's celebration, my husband and I drove to Nashville for antique shows.  Heart of Country is not the only game in town, as there are several really good shows going on at the same time.  The photos today, however are all from the Heart Show at Opryland.
This first quilt doesn't show up here very well.  The quilting on this piece was to die for.  Do you see that streak through the middle?  Someone had repaired this quilt by simply sewing on a strip of blue chambray across the middle.  Probably the worst repair known to mankind. 
Of course anything involving miniatures is interesting to me.  The vendor in this booth was displaying them by pinning them to a Styrofoam block covered with black felt.  Clever idea for temporary display.
This tall child's bed was really interesting.
This crib quilt is a true work of art.  Oddly enough, we had seen this very piece in Ohio at a show and the same vendor was in Nashville. 
The next quilt is very patriotic and has flags in the corners.
And finally, a quilt that came home with us. We couldn't resist the small pieces in it.
The quilting doesn't show up very well, but it is very nice.
We had a great time and some other things  came home with us, but photos will need to be taken before they are posted here.  My husband took all the above photos with his phone. Not bad pics for a phone. 
I finally have a new computer and am completely baffled by this new version of Windows.  It is totally unclear to me how I managed to post these.  I don't have my little print program loaded, so no frames on the photos.  I may have to give that up for awhile.  Anyway, I went with an All in One Gateway computer instead of a laptop.  The larger monitor should be much nicer for designing quilts. 
Till next time.............

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WIPS Feb. 2013

Can you believe it is Feb.?  The time flies.  Above is what I have going - in addition to the Brackman project. 
1.  You have seen this one before.  It is something to work on when other projects are on hold for one reason or another.  Sadly, it is in a stall, as the fabrics set aside for it have been lost in the move.  Big sigh.  It is really tiring to have to look for everything all the time.  Our lives have been upside down for a long time and I dream of having everything sorted out and put in a permanent home.  Have to admit that I am organizationally challenged.  You know how you have those annoying friends who can put something away once and have it organized perfectly in one try.  Not me.  It has to be moved and moved and moved again.  Ohhh  to be smart enough to get it right the first time!
2.  A miniature that is currently being hand quilted.  The fabrics are circa 1880, with the possible exception of the fabric used for the inner border.  This one was started in a hurry, as I wanted to make sure I had a project going for the 2 weeks last Nov. when we were on vacation.  There wasn't enough of the double pink fabric used in the blocks to do an inner border.  There is a huge variation in the color of double pinks and this one is sort of a raspberry hue - a pink with a purple cast to it.  A very quick run through my stash didn't produce anything that seemed promising for a border.  What to do?  While on vacation, we visited some antique stores in southern MO.  Not a treasure trove for antique textiles.  Our day wasn't turning up anything special until I dug around in a basket of 1950's or so aprons in a basket in a bargain basement of an antique store.  At the bottom - and I am not kidding - was a piece of pink striped fabric in mint condition.  It was 3 yards long and was $1.00.  Eureka, here was border, backing and binding with lots of extra to spare. It may be a bit newer than 1880, but probably not much newer and it works hue-wise.   Sometimes you just get lucky. It is the least expensive piece of antique fabric I have ever bought, regardless of size.
3.  Here are some little brown and pink stars that may or may not become a true project.

Well, that is it for now.  Thanks for the nice comments on the previous post.  Jill, you are my faithful commenter.  Karen - I'm always happy you stop by.  I want to catch up on your blog, as it is always fun to see what you are up to.  Judy D. - thanks for the compliments and the smaller size of the blocks does produce a "busier look" and that may be what you liked. How is your sewing room coming along?   Kimber, you are always nice and it is appreciated.  Till next time.