Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I have dinner un the oven.....




.....and I will take a minute to write tomorrows post.  First of all let me join my wishes  to Carolyn who commented on yesterdays blog........she hopes that she lives long enough to gain just a percentage of the skill that other quilters have shown!  Now with that said, we will continue our journey through the museum.


This post is going to be a bit confusing.  I took a picture of this sweet sentiment, left as a label, but I'm not sure for which quilt.  It doesn't really matter though as this bit of sentiment written in 1843 stands on it's own merit.


What a stunning quilt this is.  The border fabric is just sensational.


I'm sorry, but the information for these quilts are out of order, so I'm inviting you to be sleuths, and come up with the proper deduction!!!



How about this gorgeous sashing fabric.  I have a reproduction copy of the brown fabric in the center of the bottom star.  The folks who reproduce fabric must have access to amazing old fabric samples......and I'm happy that they do.




Notice how astoundingly incredible this quilting is.  We marvel at quilting like this when it is accomplished by machine applique......how about done by hand?!!




We often hear how important it is to use only certain types of quality thread.  I wondered what this woman used that has endured the test of time.  History tells us that  thread was often selvaged from garments to be reused.  These were thrifty women who knew how to make do.  However, this is not a scrap quilt, so that probably does not apply here.



A close up of this gorgeous blue fabric.


I believe this is the most beautiful Mariner's Compass quilt I have ever seen. I just love everything about this quilt, right down to the fact that the center circle is not a perfect round circle!  And that a few of the points are cut off.  So you see Carolyn, the work of these quilters was not perfect. We need to be kind to ourselves, and appreciate our efforts.




"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls."  -Joseph Campbell

P.S.  I've found this to be true! :-)


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I think to myself......




...that the best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been, and the memories we've made along the way.  I was able to wake up leisurely this morning, and these were the thoughts I entertained before I started my day.  I'm finishing a red and cream quilt and just have the top and bottom borders to finish, and then it will go off to be quilted.


The museum had just received a few new quilts that they hadn't displayed as of yet.  Remember, that we were at the museum at the time of the eclipse.




I always marvel at the hand quilting on old quilts.  I think it makes them extra special.










This unusual piece caught my attention, because I grew up near Worthington, Minnesota.








I remember polyester.....when it was introduced I was a fan.  It meant you could ride in the car for hours and when you arrived at your destination you didn't have a wrinkle.  One can't mention polyester with out mentioning leisure suits!  Anyway, this quilt is made of polyester.







There was not enough of the yellow print for the alternate block, so a plain yellow was added.  This quilt also had an interesting narrow red border.


I believe the date reads 1843.


For some unknown reason, I do not have information for this quilt.

"We can often do more for others by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs." -Francois Fenelon






Monday, October 16, 2017

International Quilt Study Museum.....



I believe this should be an inspiring start to your week.  I have always thoroughly enjoyed my many visits to the museum.


Here are Julie and Karen who were with me on this trip.  It is Karen's first visit.  I am excited for her!


On the wall when entering the museum.


One of the exhibits at the museum was the Edyta Sitar family quilts.  This is the Trip Around The World, dating back to the 1880's and was hand pieced and hand quilted.  What an amazing quilt from a one patch and a 4 patch that became a square in a square.  The key is the layout of blocks.


This amazing and beautiful Sunflower quilt dates back to 1885, and was hand pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted.  On this applique, all of the raw edges have been appliqued under.....most likely using the needle turn method.



This is a creation of Edyta herself.....machine pieced and quilted.


This is another of her lovely designs.....which she has entitled
Slow and Steady.  Also from 2014, machine pieced and quilted, which is the method used by the majority of quilters today.




A couple of close up pictures from the Sunflower quilt.  Fabulous fabrics.




This charming quilt, uses her present day technique for applique.  The raw edges are not appliqued under.





What a sweet little block...a variety of fabrics were used, and I recognize many of them.


What a beautifully striking quilt design!


"Try to make at least one person happy every day.  If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word.  If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought.  Count up if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!"  
-Lawrence G. Lovasik


Friday, October 13, 2017

I am blessed to have an....




exceptionally kind, sweet and loving sister in law.  I had she and Bruce pose for a picture together holding up a new design.


It is sorta out of focus....sorry.  Why Bruce has shorts on, I'm unsure.  You will notice Brenda has jeans and a sweater.....obviously different thermostats.  


Here is a close up that isn't as foggy as the other one.


This post will conclude the browsing through crafts and antique stores.


This Dresden Plate quilt was very charming and in great conditioned.  Of course, hand quilted.


This tied quilt was someone creating a utility quilt no doubt.  As written in a pioneer woman's journal, "I make quilts as fast as I can to keep my family warm and as pretty as I can to keep my heart from breaking."  I know I've quoted this before, but I love it so very much.


And all of the days during the week are quite appreciated also.  We do enjoy our week end though.


Isn't this a mishmash  of items?  That quilt in the back is quite a gem though.




Days gone by, with a sweet sentiment.




This was an absolute fabulous hand croqueted piece.  Would be gorgeous on a table or a bed.


"There is a world of difference between truth and facts.  Facts can obscure the truth."  -Maya Angelou