Sunday, May 19, 2019

Contrasting Flying Geese

I've started a project requiring small Flying Geese units with dark nose and lighter wings.  Luckily, I ran across the spark of another project with same measurements and alternate shading.  The units finish at 1" x 2".  Using the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers, I've found a 1 1/2" x 4" fabric strip yields the correct pieces for both units - mirror-image wings for one project and a nose for the other!

I fold the strip in half (1 1/2" x 2") with folded edge to the right.  Using the Easy Angle ruler's 1 1/2" cutting line, I cut two mirror-image wing pieces.



 Opening out the remainder of the strip, I trim up the nose piece, again using the 1 1/2" cutting line.



This yields two wings for one project and a nose for the other.



Here's the start of the small project - a one block sample quilt on display at Prairie Stitches Quilt Shop in Oswego, IL.  They graciously allowed a photo.  An internet search for credit credentials states the shop is 'permamently closed' - :(


Hope sunshine and sewing are on your agenda this week.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Pour l'Amour du Fil 2019

A beautiful Quiltmania Editions book, part of the Collections and Collectors series, was introduced at Pour l'Amour du Fil, Bliss of a Quilt digger by Charles Edouard de Broin.  Charles, a Parisian, has collected American quilts for forty years.  A sampling of log cabin, pineapple and crazy quilts was exhibited at the show.  You'll want to add this book to your reference library - excellent full and detail photography!






Following is a peek of my digs for four days.  It was a magical experience.




I managed a spare hour to walk the historical section of Nantes.  The cathedral and castle were amazing.



And now, back to reality!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Quilt Festival Chicago

Jan and I attended Quilt Festival Chicago a couple weeks ago.  The quilt vending area has dwindled for tradition quilt enthusiasts.  Still, an enjoyable day.


Blue Toile from Paris by Judith Bailey showcases a museum reproduction fabric purchased at Le Rouvray fabric shop on a textile tour to Paris.



This antique quilt has inspired 'The 1876 Centennial Quilt Project' by a sewing group on Lopez Island.    Background information can be found on this blog post.  Installment patterns are available from Lopez Island Quilter's Studio (no affiliation).



This Pineapple Quilt with zigzag border, c. 1880, was my favorite - love that green in the border.  The backing is a red and brown calico of  flowers, fruits, and birds.  Sadly, the quilt was displayed at the back of a classroom area so we didn't get a peak.



Fractured Rainbow by Amy Kidd was a blue ribbon winner - very striking.  It's constructed with uneven Log Cabin blocks using Kaffe Fassett stripe fabric and a common solid gray.

I'm off to France next week for the Pour l'Amour du Fil show in Nantes!  All the ladies from two family generations are joining me at the end of the show for travel.  EXCITING!!  Sadly, investigation finds that Le Rouvray is permanently closed.  Any suggestions for other fabric opportunities in Provence or Paris?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Florida Quilt Museum - Part II

A few more quilts from the Florida Quilt Museum -



Crosswick's Mariner's Compass Quilt (1840) was sold at auction in 2000.  Judy Kaman Grow wasn't the final bidder, but reproduced the quilt from photos and notes.



The Whig Rose Quilt (c 1850), owned by Teddy Pruett, is named after the American Whig Party which formed in 1835.  Women voiced their politic opinions through their needlework.  This quilt pattern was the most popular red and green applique design  throughout the mid and late 19th century.





The Double Irish Chain quilt top is from the collection of Judy Kaman Grow.  It looks the perfect Christmas quilt to me!


Yesterday was a beautiful day for the Cub's home opener!  I'm hoping spring continues to find us.  Hope the sun is shining on you, too.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Florida Quilt Museum

One of the current exhibits at the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton features the antique quilt collection of Judy Kaman Grow.  Sadly, the museum is closing at the end of this month, March 2019.  The exhibit includes several choice quilts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.


This c 1840 hexagon quilt, entitled Anne Foley #5, was acquired in Fort Worth, TX.  The quilt is inscribed 'Anne Foley x No. 5' in tiny backstitching





Flying Geese Strip Quilt, c 1840, includes over 70 different geese fabrics set between strips of unpolished chintz.  It is hand pieced and hand quilted with a beautiful tape binding.




Lebanon PA Sampler Quilt, c 1880, is constructed with 72 7" on-point blocks (6 x 7) set without sashing.  I've seen two similar quilts (same format and colors) attributed to Pennsylvania neighbors.





Foote Warmer by Judy Kaman Grow was completed for the 2006 American Quilt Study Challenge.  This piece is an applique interpretation of an embroidered Bed Rug attributed to 
Abigail Foote in the Connecticut River Valley between 1760 and 1780.  Judy's interpretation is stunning!






What a special treat.  THANK YOU, Judy, for sharing your fabulous collection!!

My next post will include a few antique quilts that were on display from other collections.

P.S.   This Saturday, March 16, is Trenton's Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Friendship Knot Quilters' Guild Show

I attended a guild show over the weekend.  Here are a few things that caught my eye -


Scrappy Stash Spin by Mary Lewis - 2nd place award in Accomplished Quilter, Pieced catagory.  The 'Vintage Spin' pattern is by Kathy Doughty.  Mary comments that the quilt was 'easy and fun'.  The circles are machine appliqued.



Stash Buster World by Cathy Lane is from a Jen Kingwell pattern - a fun challenge achieving contrast with predominately medium-value prints.



Crazy Squares by Sandy Myers from Craftsy's Kaffe Fassett paper-pieced pattern.  Sandy ''loved the stripes against the solids and the brightness of the colors".




Mixed Up and Crazy by Jane Marcantonio is inspired from Pinterest - an energetic burst of color!  What a great leader-ender scrap buster



The inspiration for Typo by Karla Lynch was typewriter keys - a fun and unique quilt.


Chatting with like-minded souls is always time well spent, regardless of the topic.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Little Button Book




This sweet book was waiting for me in the library sale room, the button book by Diana Epstein.





The "Button Trivia" section explains the reason for opposite button placement by gender.  Buttons on a gentleman's garment are placed on the right side for ease of self-dressing.  Buttons on a lady's garment are on the left for the ease of a right-handed maid facing the buttons when fastening.  This convention remains today.

So, ''button up your overcoat' until we chat again!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Pleased As Punch

Probably like you, lots of things compete for my attention.  One of the things I like to do is rehab vintage/antique furniture.  This china cabinet started out a dark French vanilla color with plain painted back complete with some scratches.  It fermented for a couple years in it's current location styled with antique dishes.


Two years ago I decided I'd procrastinated long enough.  We slid the top off the base and I painted it in place.  My kitchen sits in the front of my winter digs with a wide doorway looking into the main hall to the living area.  The china cabinet sits in that hallway.  The picture is taken from the kitchen.

It's painted in Annie Sloane French Linen chalk paint with a blue/green wash in some areas.  The hubster helped me cover thin plywood with a layer of batting finished with a Waverly toile (a quilt with a plywood back :)).  We used double-sided carpet tape to adhere to the cabinet back.

I found this Impressionist reproduction painting, Wild Poppies near Argenteuil by Monet, at my Habitat Restor this week for $5!!!  It measures  34" x 46" - the frame is wood.  Pinch me :)  I'm considering changing the frame to silver, but that decision will probably take a couple years.


Thanks for stopping by - have a great week!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

October Catch Up

In late October, Jan and I took a quick road trip to take in a few quilt exhibits - Waste Not, Want Not at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum at the Joslyn Art Museum, and multiple exhibits at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  We were fortunate that our visit to Lincoln coincided with the Clues in the Calico presentation by Barbara Brackman.  We even fit in a quilt shop stop at The Woolen Needle in Williamsburg, IA - a treasure just off I80.

First are photos from Waste Not, Want Not.  My favorite at this exhibit was the Slanted Strips of Scraps, c 1890.






 The diagonal stripes are made up of four rows of tiny half-square triangles.  The common alternate fabric is very dynamic - what a perfect fit!


The standout of the Shelburne exhibit for me was the Pieced Rising Sun, Kansas Troubles, and Star of Home quilt attributed to Eunice Haynes Baker Willard, c 1860 - 1870, from Vermont.  The border held my eye for quite awhile.  The exhibit included amazing quilts.


Jan and I attended the Red and White exhibit in New York City, so we knew the Joanna S. Rose cheddar quilt collection would be worth the drive.  There were many beautiful quilts included in the exhibit.  My favorite was a pineapple hung too high for close study.



I really appreciate that pictures are allowed at most exhibits.  There is definitely overload when viewing so much exceptional art in a short timeframe.  If not for pictures, many would be forgotten.

That catches us up thru October.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

CUT! Costume and the Cinema

This wonderful exhibit at the South Bend History Museum features 43 costumes from award winning cinema designers depicting 18th and 19th century fashion.  A partial list of films represented include The Duchess, Sense and Sensibility, Little Dorrit, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Potter.  The exhibit runs thru January 6, 2019.  The History Museum ticket includes a tour of the Oliver Mansion, Capshaholm, a 38-room Romanesque Queen Anne home built in 1895-96 complete with original furnishings.






Contrasting Flying Geese

I've started a project requiring small Flying Geese units with dark nose and lighter wings.  Luckily, I ran across the spark of another ...