Friday, September 11, 2015

Stars Caught Up by Accident!!

Loved this week's colors (not too many I don't like, actually)!  The first photo is my "bronze" selections, tho now I think points of the first star are too green!  That fabric is the reverse side of an old primitive print....a case where I like the back better than the front!  The next one is a color combination of light bronze brown, tan/gold that we often see in late 19th century quilts.

I think the golden brown with the green leaves and red berries qualifies as a bronze as well as the darker one beside it.  Why is this font "bold"?  No idea!

 Now for the greenish-brown Manganese.....please excuse the crookedness....working on a different laptop that doesn't have the nice Edit program on it!  
 And another Manganese that seems to also be a Cretonne print, which is this week's fabric less from Barbara Brackman's Stars in a Time Warp!  So, by accident, I am caught up!  

 Fabric arrivals yesterday were the Pre-cuts from Barbara Brackman's "Alice's Scrapbag"..............

Aren't the colors in her bundle scrumptious?!?!?

A few bolts of Margo Krager's "Polychromes" are here but will wait to photograph until after I remove the plastic.  Jo Morton's "Isabella" is due this month also.

Please note that the shop will be closed the week of Sep 23,24,25,26 for a vacation with my granddaughter.  

September/October have always been favorite months ever since I was a child....loved Fall even then!  And I loved going back to the school routine!  Here is another poem-of-the-month that my fifth-grade teacher, Marguerite Fitzsimmons, had us memorize....this was the first.

by: Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)
The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.

'T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.

Wonder what that "one day of one September was"??

Friday, September 4, 2015

Time Warp Stars and, and, and

More Time Warp Stars......hope Barbara has another good idea like this for next year!  Love the inspiration/motivation we get from her weekly posts!!

Upper left is my "dun" pretending to be a faded green but could not resist making the background with the lovely Froncie Quinn chintz wood block-type print!  Upper right is from "Savery Quilt" 1844 PA signature quilt reproduction line.  All other fabrics in the line were beautiful, bright colors and this one looked so faded and out of place!  Turned out to be perfect for a faded print!
Lower left is Later Turkey Red with just a touch of pink with a Conversational background.  Lower left is Turkey Red with black. 

Isn't this little Pineapple ornament sent to me by Janet O just darling?!?!
Will be on my Christmas tree front and center!

And she has yet Another Talent!  She makes soaps that look good enough to eat!  LOL  Before I opened the package I thought they were candy (the rectangular one looked like Penuche fudge to favorite but I rarely make know why!) but upon opening, a most delicious spicy scent wafted upward!  They are wonderful......almost too good to use, but I the way they make my skin feel!  Thanks, Janet!

Anew quilt acquisition at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA.

Dated 1865
 Love Lemoyne Stars and all that whimsical applique interspersed among them!  
 Beautiful fabrics and good workmanship!
 Broderie Perse applique is so gorgeous!

"Cloverdale House" by Di Ford for Andover......the whole line....... the Pillar prints and serpentine stripes are going fast!!!  Beautiful colors.....the teal is my favorite.  Love all the "Go-Withs" too!!

My first block, made in "potholder style", for my entry into our MaineQuilts16 "Small Quilts from Antique Inspiration".  Need to make "only" 39 more....all different.....based on a c.1840 quilt made in Bristol, tackling a more difficult one next so I won't save all the hard ones for last!  Haven't yet decided on which method for binding......either separate or back brought to front..........time enough for that decision later!

NOTE:  Shop will be closed week of Sep 23 thru Sep 26 for a vacation adventure with one of my granddaughters!!