Friday, October 24, 2014

A Quilt for Christmas- Giveaway!

I had big big plans for Thursday- quilt plans, lunch with a friend, then my mom ended up in the Emergency Room so I did too.(She is back home now and hopefully will stay there!)  I don't have anything to show so I'll share this! (keep scrolling as you have a big opportunity to win a sewing machine!)

Sandra Dallas' latest book, A Quilt for Christmas, has created a wonderful story about a Civil War-era quilting group, whose members are actually the grandmothers of the Persian Pickle Club ladies. Civil War Era quilting story? Right up my alley! I have to confess I haven't read any Persian Pickle Club books but think I'll enjoy this. 
It is 1864, and Eliza Spooner’s husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children and in charge of their home and land.  Eliza is confident that Will will return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep her husband warm during his winter months in the army.  When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie amongst the women of her quilting group. But when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right and who she can count on to help her.

You have two ways to win! Leave a comment here and I will send you the book after I've read it, of course, in time for the holidays.

Click HERE to get all the info and the link to sign up for the sewing machine. Good luck!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chevrons in Autumn

I finished my little chevron top using the wonderful clear bold True Blues from P & B Textiles. (you can see the complete line close up by following the link)





Upside down shot for good measure. :)

White was clearly the color of choice to use with these wonderful clear deep blues. I don't have much white in my stash, so ended up using a little surprise white. Isn't that cute?

And if you'd like to know how it is strip pieced here is my EQ diagram. The rows are sewn together on the diagonal. Genius piecing!

I had to add a couple of photos from our trip to the coast. After my sprinkly race this is how the day ended!
Took this gorgeous photo on our drive home. 

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Autumn Monday

Autumn has finally arrived. What wonderful weather we've been having. 


I saw this little quilt on another blog and followed the link back to The Olde World Quilt Shoppe. I took liberties with making mine, cause I wanted a little hand project for a weekend away. I got a little bit of quilting done on it, but also picked up a raging fall cold so didn't really feel like quilting much. (I did run a race though, check it out HERE)
This is on my design wall, working with True Blue from p & B textiles. I've never made a chevron quilt and thought it was about time!


Happy Monday! Even if my head is in a bucket .

Friday, October 17, 2014

Aurora Quilt Show 2014

I wanted to share a few more quilts from Aurora.

Ruth and I had a nice chat about this primitive little quilt. Initials are embroidered at the upper left.

The person who entered this quilt wrote that it was made as a dolly quilt for her when she was little.
Here is what was underneath the little black fan quilt.

As common as a db wedding ring is, I still enjoy seeing them. Love the bits of red.

This chair was found at a barn sale and so was the quilt, same sale, but separately! The purchaser used them so creatively!

And remember, if you run out of space just remove a few vowels! lol

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Humble Antique Quilts

I got to attend the Aurora Historical Society Quilt Show this weekend. I also met up with Ruth from Country Log Cabin blog, now that she is an Oregonian. I have met her on two different occasions so was fun to make it a third meeting at one of my favorite little quilt shows.
It seems they had a lot of entries this year so not as many antique quilts in the Aurora Colony collection were displayed and those that were, were hung very crowdedly. (is that even a word?)
This one wasn't crowded. I love that not all of the blocks have big contrasts. 


I really adored the pink print with these 9 patch blocks.
This crazy quilt was made from some great and wild men's ties.



See what I mean about crowded?
This quilt wasn't in excellent shape but look at those vibrant colors!

Happy quilting on a wonderful Wednesday!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Beautiful Batiks

Here is my completed top sing 100% cotton batiks. It was a challenge and I have to say I am happy with the top. Because of the braid pattern I did have issues with wavy bias, which is why I used my seam ripper. 
When adding the blue strips, I found it very helpful to line up my centers and sew from the middle out and lightened my hand on the iron.

Here's a close up of these gorgeous fabrics! Keio and her mom have started an Etsy store and I encourage you to take a look HERE. 
Thank you Keio for believing I could work with your beautiful batiks and showcase them in a quilt.


Be sure to check out my Around the World Blog hoppers- LIZZIE & JULIANN

Friday, October 10, 2014

People Quilts

I found these "people" quilt particular fascinating at the NW Quilt Expo.


It seems I am seeing more and more of these types of quilts at shows. I am amazed by them!

And these ones are just completely FUN!
I'm spending time with my daughter while the weather is nice. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Seriously?


Of course, as soon as I said I don't use my seam ripper I had to remove a whole strip! The batik quilt was waving more than a flag in the wind!!! Aargh!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Eye on Elegance

If I didn't live on the opposite coast I'd be at the DAR Museum in Maryland sometime between October 3, 2014 and September 5, 2015.


Pieced and Stuffed Medallion Quilt, About 1810 and 1827
Made by Ludwell Harrison Goosley (1754-1813) and her daughters
105.5 in. W x 94 in. L
Gift of the Massanutten Chapter (Virginia) Honoring Marian M. Duncan, NSDAR President General (1962-65); Conservation adopted by Carroll Campbell Strickland, Huntsville Chapter, AL, 62.194
Image Credit: NSDAR



Lucky for those of us who cannot make it they have an ONLINE exhibit of "Eye on Elegance, Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia"  and are they ever elegant!! 

Pour a cup of coffee and grab a napkin for the drool and then click HERE.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Sweet P Paulette asked me to join in on the Around the World Blog Hop and it didn't sound too difficult so I said yes. Thanks Paulette! And if you've never been to Sweet P Quilting blog you must hop over immediately! She is so talented working in cotton and wool and seems to get so much done. I htink I love every one of her quilts.
 It seems like you all probably know plenty about me, but here's more if you are interested!

What am I working on? 
Hahaha,, this is a loaded question! My sewing room has stacks all over- that usually means I'm being creative. Wish I could find more time to sew! Work has been demanding my attention lately. The benefits "not!") of owning your own business.
Alrighty here are a few of the main projects:

Benjamin Biggs and rose and baskets blocks.
My batik braids.

 Aargh, an upside down snake! Don't Tread on Me from the flags of the American Revolution quilt.
Our Humble Quilts quiltalong for late fall or early 2015. (gather your 1 1/2" squares)

True Blue- helping to promote P and B Textiles. 

And seriously? 8 quilts basted and ready to quilt!

How does my work differ from others?

It doesn't....much. Although I do not worry as much as others if my points don't match,  or a certain project doesn't work out as planned, or my color choices were very wrong. I chalk it up to learning and move on. I very rarely ever use the seam ripper. I don't care if my plaids/checks/ homespuns aren't cut so it doesn't look like my blocks are crooked. Chances are they probably are, so why would I worry about a plaid? lol If you want to know why I think this way you can jump on over HERE and see my philosophy behind Humble Quilts.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I wanted to be able to interact with other quilter bloggers and that is why I started this blog. It has been amazing. It's an online community that brings people a little closer together and makes the world feel a little smaller and more intimate. Thank you all for being a part of that!

How does my writing/creating process work?

I have to admit I'm not a spontaneous blogger. I usually have my posts planned out ahead, and I've been known to jot down blog topics as I think of them. If you've been reading my blog long, you know I'm heavy on photos, short on words.....most of the time. People say I'm much more fun and animated in real life. I think that means my blog is kind of boring, so I must make sure I have photos to look at! hahaha

I'm tagging two other bloggers for the Around the World Blog Hop;

Juliann is from my neighboring state and am happy to call her a real life friend. She quilts, she sews clothing, she knits, she runs, she cooks, and she works! Our adult kids are the same age and both of our mother's have Alzheimer's. As you can see we have a lot in common. Her blog is Lining up My Stitches.

Lizzy lives on the beach in New York and I'd really like to meet her one of these days. She is enjoying life with a 6 month pug (we get to enjoy him on her blog as well!), Lizzy has a knack of personalizing her quilts to make them uniquely hers, I wish I had that creativity. She shares her life on the beach, her crafting (she has an etsy shop), poetry and her culinary skills on her blog- Gone to the Beach.

I hope you'll go visit these blogs and leave them a comment.

That's it for today! Have an awesome week!



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