Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday Shopping

Yesterday was the last Sunday antique market at the local fairgrounds for 2014.  My first purchase of the morning brought sunshine to my day.  This late 19th century top has a couple double-pink fabric tears, but its been reproduced and repair shouldn't be a problem.  I think this top was meant to find me.  The dealer had the top for only one day - fate!
I found this beautiful pitcher.  I love serving iced-tea out of old pitchers
because the tea highlights the glass detail.  Be sure to let the brewed tea come to room temperature before pouring into the pitcher - learned the hard way on that one.   
These old linens will look great in the summer kitchen.  The top one is a towel and the bottom one looks like a table runner ($2 each and in perfect condition).

 I found a mulberry transferware plate to add to my collection. Fall is the perfect season to display mulberry dishes.

I also found a glass frog for flower arranging for $.50 and old perforated quilting stencils for $1.  A crisp autumn morning for a treasure hunt!  And the BEARS WON!!!   

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where's Waldo?

October 17th is the last day for the 'Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois' quilt exhibit at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.  This exhibit has made its way thru multiple locations, so you've probably seen these quilts on other blogs.  They are worth another look.                                           This Oak Leaf quilt (ca. 1860) was made by Sarah Ann (Elliott) Dunn from Elliottstown, IL.  Sarah's husband, Andrew, enlisted in the IL U.S. Infantry at age 49.  Her son, Thomas, served his country at the age of 18.


The Sunburst Quilt (ca. 1855) was made by Jan Gaunt (Richards) Russell.  This crib quilt was made for Jane's granddaughter, Sadie B. Fulkerson (born 1866).  Sadie's father was a confederate soldier. The fabrics in the quilt predate the Civil War.

The Seven Sisters Quilt (ca. 1870) was made by Mary Ellen (McLain) James and George W. James from Indian Creek, IL.  Following the war, George (an injured veteran) made the template and cut the 14,320 pieces for the quilt. 

So, now for the "Where's Waldo" reference.  I've been absent from the blog for the summer.  I had a couple of deadlines that monopolized my free time.  The first project was a knitted shawl for my niece's Paris honeymoon.  Knitting is a great travel project and I got alot accomplished on my work commute.  She returned home last Sunday - can't wait to catch up with her.
Second project - in mid May my number came up on the AQSG Civil War Quilt Study waiting list.  The deadline for quilt delivery was Sept. 11, 9:00 AM.  It literally took every minute - I am now re-acquainted with hand quilting.  The label was sewed on the night before the 5:30 AM road trip to Milwaukee.  Unfortunately, I had no picture taking opportunity in daylight hours prior to handing over custody.  The lighting in the exhibit area was a tad dark.  The quilt measures 42.5" square.  The inspiration quilt is from The Quilt Index #09.0207.  Now we're all caught up!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quilt for Caelyn

My granddaughter loves bright colors, red in particular.  She is quite a good, little artist (9yo), and chose fabrics for a nap quilt herself.  She approved a simple design -
Not wanting the remnants, I pieced the back, and kind of like it.  But I'm yearning to work with repros again soon.  First I have to work on my daughter's modern quilt of aqua and grey.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doll Quilts

If you remember my find in Iowa a few months ago, it finally has fulfilled it's purpose.
The inside of the box was quite rough.  Varnishing still left it that way, even after three coats, so I decided to line the box.  While looking for the right fabric, I came across some scraps of low- loft poly batting.  I have no recollection of why it was there, but there was just enough to do the job.

Looks more like a dolly coffin, doesn't it?  The batting stuck to the rough wood, so I didn't bother with another liner.  Easy, peasy!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fabric Search

I'm looking for 1/3 yard of this fabric.  I think it's 'Seaweed' from P & B - an older line.  If you have some you're willing to part with, I'll buy or trade (if I have something you're looking for).  You can leave a comment or email me (click on my name from right sidebar and then click on 'email' from left sidebar).

Thanks so much for checking!

Update:  Ding, Ding, Ding - we have a winner!  Thanks to the wonder of the internet quilting community, the fabric is found.  Thanks so much to Jan at 'Bemused'!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Teapot, Peony and Frog

Instant success.  A perfect, aromatic bouquet every time.  If you don't have a small collection of glass frogs, start collecting.  Peonies don't last long when cut, but they are a showstopper. 

Monday, May 26, 2014


 Close-up of a beautiful star quilt.  I didn't find this one in the book.  I have no details about the quilt.  The tour is sensory overload - quickly snapping pictures while quilt treasures fly by.  The fabric colors are still so vibrant on this quilt.

I've updated yesterday's post with info on the current 'Workt by Hand' exhibit in Sacramento, CA.


The excerpts in this post are from The Smithsonian Treasury American Quilts by Doris M. Bowman.

The Copp Quilt from Stonington, Connecticut (pg 23 if you're following along) was one of the first three quilts collected by the museum in the late 19th century.  This is a framed center quilt with cut out corners.  From The Smithsonian Treasury American Quilts, 'Two dresses in the Copp family collection are made of fabrics that appear in the quilt.  One dress dates from about 1800, and the other from about 1815, the time when the quilt was probably made.'

Double Irish Chain (pg 25)
So amazing!  This quilt was started in 1825 and finished in 1830 by Jane Valentine in Cayuga Co. NY.  From the book, 'There are 348 white cruciform-shaped pieces, and 348 pieced blocks made of 10,092 squares, each 5/8 inch.'

Rising Sun Quilt, quiltmaker Betsy Totten (pg 28-29)  From the book, 'The Rising Sun pieced pattern in the center of Betsy's quilt is an eight-pointed star measuring 76 inches across, and containing 648 diamond-shaped pieces of printed cottons arranged concentrically by color.  Appliqued between the points of the star are elaborate vases of flowers and birds, combining floral glazed chintzes with some of the same fabrics used in the star.  A matching floral vine runs around the four sides of the quilt between a swag-and-bow border on the inside, and a chain along the outer edge.  The appliqued flower stems, vine, swags, bows, and chain are only 3/32 inch wide.'

Betsy Totten, born 1791 in Tottenville, Staten Island, NY, married twice but had no children.  The quilt was willed to her sister's granddaughter.  

Groom's Quilt pg 48  Presented to Benoni Pearce for his betrothal.                                From the book, 'This quilt was made for Benoni Pearce in 1850 when he was twenty-eight years old.  The eighty-one squares are signed by friends and members of his family...  Benoni was then a farmer living on his father's farm in Pawling, Duchess County, New York.  By 1860, census records show that Benoni was still farming with his father, but he had acquired a wife, Emma, and two childresn, seven-year-old Augusta and three-year-old Jesse.'
Printed Quilt Center (pg 27)
From the book, 'The central diagonal block of this handsome quilt, specially printed to be used as a quilt center or cushion cover, was one of many produced in the first half of the nineteenth century.  It dates from between 1815 and 1830, as do the rest of the printed fabrics in the quilt, which belonged to Mrs. William Alston.  She lived at Fairfield, her husband's plantation on the Waccamaw River, near Georgetown and Charleston, South Carolina.'
Sunburst Quilt (pg 52)  From the book, 'This quilt was made in the mid-nineteenth century, in Funkstown, Maryland, by Anna Sophie Shriver for her sister, Catherine Shriver Knode, wife of Frisbe Knode.  It is exquisitely worked, with a pieced sunburst pattern complemented by elaborate stuffed quilting.'

One drawer included a beautiful sampler from 1826 made by nine-year-old Mary Howard.