Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another Book in the Mail!!

Another new book in the mail!  Greatly anticipated revision of one of the "Bibles" of fabric history (Printed Textiles by Florence Montgomery in the 1970's).  As wonderful as her book was, it is now Wonderful to have the photos in color!  Have looked through most of it and am Really Reading this one (have several books going at once as well as an audiobook on Elizabeth I).  Will never live long enough to read all my books, but that's okay....won't use all my fabric either!!!

 Froncie Quinn designed "In the Time of Toile" and included the chintz print that graces the front cover of the book!  Her fabric line was based on a specific quilt in the Shelburne Museum collection (VT).

This gorgeous fabric filled a whole page!  Isn't it truly amazing the designs and colors used 150 to 200 years ago and that many have survived so well?!

This fabric is found on page 258 and was printed in Britain in 1808.......

This reproduction below was found, until recently, in my shop!  Part of the Cadet Paisley line by Andover Fabrics.

Arriving the same day was also the latest issue of Quiltmania......nice LONG spread of photos from the Melbourne Australia show!  Those Australian ladies make the most wonderful quilts!!  And I found a pattern idea for a quilt I want to make.......as if I need to begin anything at all until I have some Finishes!!

Sampling of some 3.75" log cabin blocks from the recently completed batch of 82!  Now I need to cut more red center squares and start all over again!  Can't really say it is Work because I Enjoy making them so much!  Will need 400 and have 177 .........223 to go......don't think I will even need to cut more strips as the shoeboxes are still pretty full!

This is the stack of 82 blocks......4.5" tall!

AND, I finished another batch of Railfence Leaders and Enders.  Need 576 of these little darlings.....have 268.......so need 308!  Sounds daunting but sometimes I just sit and sew them.....think I will finish sooner than if I just use them for leaders/enders!!  These 24 blocks would make a sweet little quilt and if I had not already made one in Jo's Club a few years back, I might be tempted to do just that!

Love looking at the stacks in the box but will love them even more when in a quilt!  Time to separate them into two boxes....this one is full!

This is my little Reminder that I keep handy......haven't worked on the little Shoofly blocks for a while.  There are other WIPs .......too many of them!  But, that is what keeps life interesting.....

And new fabric!  This is from American Jane (Moda) and maybe not intended as a reproduction but it is.......looks French provencal!!

Customers have said they would love this stripe for tablecloths!  

Have been writing this for several days with several life interruptions and finally have most all paperwork caught up so will reward myself for the rest of the day with some sewing room/audiobook time!  Fish chowder for supper will need only re-heating!

When I was in the fifth grade, I had a teacher whom I dreaded getting as I had heard she was strict.  Well, she turned out to be my favorite all-time teacher......no one was more strict OR more fair....you could hear a pin drop in her classroom and if someone acted out, a look from her was all that was necessary.  She had us memorize a new poem each month and I always loved the one from October  (December was The Night Before Christmas....a long one!)  Helen Hunt Jackson also wrote a lovely poem for September that I will try to remember time September rolls around!

October's Bright Blue Weather
O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fingers tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October's bright blue weather.

O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Blog, New Books, New Blocks!!

First up is a New Blog you will want to check out from my friend, Wendy!

UPDATE on the basket quilt shown in previous post from Edyta Sitar's book "Handfuls of Scraps".  Potholder Pam wrote to the owner who mailed her the quilt to study.  Quilt has writing that is not readable except for one notation-------"Freeport Maine!  Pam is writing a book on potholder quilts.

Lots of new books recently arriving and more on the way!!  This Heavy book "Four Centuries of Quilts" from the Williamsburg collection is Wonderful!  Very nice, and numerous, photos and closeups and very readable text!

One of my favorite parts of the book are the photos/biographies of Quiltmakers!
Learning about the lives of those who have gone before us intrigues me!  Love the little window into their lives!!
Amelia's quilts are out of this world gorgeous! Amazing what could be accomplished without the equipment and gadgets available today!
The quilting is stupendous!

And "The 1718 Coverlet" by Susan Briscoe!  Nearly 300 year old Quilt!!!!

Have not posted anything for a whole month, but I have been busy......getting fabrics chosen and cut for the 36 stars border of Colonial Medallion.  I know I have more than I will need, but I don't want to leave out any great fabrics that I love!  

This is what I have assembled so far.....will have lots of choices, and probably enough for another Small Quilt!

I have gone back to the Rectangle/Square Method of making the Flying Geese units.  Feels like the chain-piecing goes faster and do not have to square up.  See the little Half-Square Triangle units I get as a Bonus!!!

 I am taking the time to sew that extra little seam line about 3/8" away from the star point line to yield some tiny Half Square Triangles for some future project......no plan yet but I know I will find a use for them!!!
Got into my box of 1-1/2" squares that I was using to make 25-patches (hers are 16-patches but I like 25's better) for a quilt in Judie Rothermel's "Reproduction Quilts from the Civil War Era" and decided to put some together for a runner for my church craft show in November.  

This border print fabric was from a line called "William and Mary" by Concord (now Andover) from the early 1990's........I had Favorites back then that are still favorites!!

And a runner from Karen Montgomery's "Easy Striped Table Runner" and a Jason Yenter fabric called "Splendor" (2009).
Back later with other things I have been doing.....finished 82 more little 3.75"log cabin blocks and 3" railfence blocks that are my Leaders/Enders.  Also making Half-Square Triangles as Leaders/Enders.  Have to feel like I am accomplishing more than one thing at a time!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New books, Magazines, Fabrics

Edyta Sitar's new book "Handfuls of Scraps" is here and is wonderful......on a par with her "Reasons for Quilts"!!  Photos of 36 Antique Quilts and patterns for 15.

Simple, but oh so dramatic, Uneven 9-patch with a glorious red/white pillar print used in the alternating blocks!
An early Medallion Quilt, always a Favorite with me!!

"Potholder Pam" Weeks was in the shop Tuesday and found a Potholder quilt in 
Edyta's new book!  She's an eagle-eyed Lady when focused on a particular type of quilt!!  

This came all in one day!  What to read first??
An Early American Life article by Linda Eaton of Winterthur Museum informs us of a whole new category of printed textiles recently discovered.........as early as 1760 American patriots, boycotting British-made fabrics, created their own by using stamps and oil-based inks and paints.  Linda would like to hear from anyone who thinks they own a textile that might be American stamp block-printed.  Find a copy of the magazine (Oct 2014)and check this out for yourself!

Also, a long-awaited must-have book is coming this Fall........Linda Eaton of Winterthur Museum is publishing a revision of the ground-breaking book by Florence Montgomery in the 1970's, "Printed Textiles:British and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850".

"Patchwork Pillowcases" by Ann Hermes is also a must-have book for antique quilt/fabric lovers and students!  The history is complete and the color photos are wonderful for those who could spend hours studying them!!

Fons & Porter magazine is noteworthy to me for the antique quilt articles by Gerald Roy and the quilt/pattern offered by IQSC (International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.)

And the audio book?  I Love audiobooks to listen to when I am in my sewing room and/or driving in the car.  Ken Follet is a favorite author and this is the first of a series "Pillars of the Earth".  Looking forward this fall to the arrival of the third book in his current trilogy......the first two books were riveting! 

New Moda fabric!  "Celeste" by Sentimental Studios.....4 bolts, 3 of which are loverly large-print Jacobean style for borders, layer cakes and charm squares.

You might remember this quilt from the New England Quilt Musum photos in previous posts......that border fabric seemed familar to me and you will find out why below!!

Found a bolt of the border fabric hiding in my shop!  I was straightening and re-organizing and there it was!  I felt like I had seen that black/red border fabric before and I had!  The fabric is "Vivaldi" from Windham Fabrics.

Should have included this option for making the outer Triangle border of my Colonial Medallion WIP.......I often make a paper-piecing pattern when I want absolute accuracy as you will see with a little quilt made years ago.
This little quilt pattern is  Carol Hopkins' from her Civil War Legacies series of patterns.  That pink border was in Jo Morton's first line of fabric if I remember correctly (2002-03).  My friend and I both made the quilt ....she made the sawtooth star version and I made the Lemoyne star version.  Both of us had trouble fitting the triangle border onto the first border......triangle borders were too long.  Soooo.....I made a paper-piecing pattern and then my border fit perfectly.  Another way to fix the problem is to change the width of the plain border but it would have been to wide (imho) for this small quilt.

I recommend trying to make your own paper-piecing patterns for just a part of a block (or as in this case, a border) that is difficult to piece......sure made life easier!!  Don't be afraid to experiment!

This is a lovely new grouping of Lights (always need more Lights!) from Jo Morton called "Melodies" and they do indeed Sing!  Same prints as in previous grouping called "Haberdashery".....now we have a full range of color complements!
This is the blue colorway with the paisley that is shared with the red colorway.
 Red colorway with the shared paisley.
 Lavender colorway shares the paisley with the green colorway.
 Green colorway with the shared paisley.  Can't wait to get these washed and ready to use!!
Time to go to my sewing room to trim a bunch of little railfence blocks and listen to the last disk of my current audiobook "Play Dead" by Halan Coben.....good mystery with lots of twists and turns....read by Scott Brick, one of my favorite readers.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Charm Quilts #7 and More!!

A nice Tumbling Blocks quilt!!  The red check fabrics showed up in a couple other charm quilts at the exhibit.....ladies from the same neighborhood sharing fabrics?

Here's that bird again in another quilt!!  Lots of nice handquilting!

Dots of all sizes/colors were popular back in the day as much as now!!

Over 1000 fabrics in this Beauty!!!

Six point Stars making Hexagons......all solid fabrics in the center.....may have been a regional trait, as we saw it in a couple of quilts.

Isn't that a gorgeous red/black border?

And now for My Favorites!  The small quilts!  Sure would love to own this Half-Square Triangle quilt.....isn't that printed lace border wonderful!!

Craze for small Hexagons is not new......here is one from 1880s!

Tumblers are always a Favorite for Charm quilts.....wonder if this little doll quilt was made from leftovers from a larger quilt?

And Yo-Yo's are again popular!!
Have had some questions about lining up the triangle sides for sewing so that the edges are straight....Hope I can explain it clearly....this is the way two triangles fit together......now I see I perhaps should have made a longer line of them!
Place them together so that there are little points of 1/4" peeking out at each end......one of each fabric at opposite ends. If aligned correctly, the seam line will start at the point where the fabrics meet and make a good 1/4" seam.
Guess I forgot to turn this photo!  This is how the finished seam looks.
New fabrics from Jo Morton's "Prairie Rose" collection! 

Love this new fabric panel for a center medallion quilt from Andover Fabrics (Winterthur), based on a dated 1808 quilt by Joanna Southcott.  You can find the pattern here on the Andover Fabrics website.  Visit the Winterthur Museum page/blog for more information about the quilt and the maker.  I got only the panel and plan to make the quilt with my own scraps.......nothing new about that!  The four floral squares are for cornerstones.

To me, the most exciting thing about the collection was this little tiny amount of "Chinoiserie", (spell check doesn't like the spelling but I think it is right) the Oriental figures on the light ground, very early fabric printing design.  Wish they had thought to make Bolts of this print!!!

This is a new fabric that I found interesting.....it is a Toile of Jo Morton's printed in black/tan on a cotton fabric that feels like linen weave.....just a tad heavier that regular quilting cottons but certainly compatible to use with them!
 Quarter for "scale".  This line is called "Cumberland" by Andover.
Til next time................................