Sunday, August 14, 2011

Random Thoughts

Pulling together random thoughts for this post.  The first is a finish!  This quilt was started at Beaver Island Quilt Retreat - strippy theme.  The quilt doesn't look like a vertical strip quilt, but that's how the quilt was constructed (corner close-up at left).  After much debate on quilting, we decided stippling would be best - machine quilted by Anne Spiotta from Blue House Quilting.  I'm really happy with the result.  The pics of the front and back are a little blurry and not true to color (quilt is much darker), but wearing out my welcome with the holder.

(edit) The quilt has been complaining that the pic above 'adds ten pounds', so I'm including a better image. 
Jan and I visited the LaPorte Co. Historical Society quilt exhibit in June.  There were a number of nice quilts displayed - some well loved.  This Lone Star greeted you as you walked in the door.

One of our favorites was the folded cradle quilt .  The coverlet on the bed was very nice, too.

The museum had a large collection of 'invalid' cups.  I haven't run across these before.  The cups were used before drinking straws to feed soft foods and liquids to infants and patients.  They were offered as an accessory piece to many china sets.  There is an elongated spout opposite the handle topped by a lip to contain the liquid when the cup is tipped.

I had to be in San Francisco for two consecutive weeks for work, so I stayed thru the week-end.  This was my first opportunity to sight see in San Fran.  I did alot of walking and took lots of pictures of beautiful old homes.  I visited two yarn shops, but no quilt shops.  I'm including two of my favorite pics - the famous Painted Ladies and Lombard St.

Last pic is from my flower garden - swallowtail butterfly on the flowering Bethany.


MB in MI said...

Such a nice post--a little bit of everything! Enjoyed it very much!

regan said...

Great the stripey border! I had never heard of an invalid cup.....very interesting! Glad you got to sight see a bit in San Fran....I love that town....there is so much to see!

Janet said...

Your quilt looks wonderful - cozy and ready for snuggling. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the antique quilts as well.
To see the invalid cup in use you could watch "North and South" a 4 part mini-series by the BBC based on the Elizabeth Gaskel novel. (they have it on Netflix) It's my current favorite - I'd never seen an invalid cup before watching it.

Lisa said...

You have certainly been busy. What an interesting post, and I love the San Fran pics. Congrats on your finish, as well.

Janet O. said...

I love the scrappy finished quilt. The backing is wonderful. I think the 9-patch was a great idea!
Beautiful vintage quilts and I love the invalid cup. I'd never heard of that before, either.
Gorgeous Monarch. I used to teach entomology in 4-H and these beautiful creatures never ceased to amaze me. I had to enlarge the photo and stare. : )

antique quilter said...

I love your new quilt, looks like a lot of oldie but goodie fabrics went into that scrappy quilt! thanks for sharing it with us!
I am trying to be a bit more frugal with my backings too, I see a lot of pieced backs in my future thanks for sharing this idea.
oh to walk around San Francisco a dream of mine, someday I hope soon!

Lori said...

Congrats on the finished quilt. I love it and adore the pieced back.

Wendy said...

The SF pictures are so beautiful. Congrats on finishing your quilt, time to celebrate with a new project, that's what I do anyway.

Barb said...

i - I love your nine patch backing! Congrats on the BIQR finish.
Isn't SF wonderful? Haven't been there in years, but I have fond memories.
The invalid cup is really interesting, I have never seen or heard of one - makes good sense and is pretty too!

Marilyn Robertson said...

Congrats on your finish! I love scrappy quilts, and yours is a beauty! I found the invalid cup interesting too, I don't ever remember seeing one before.

O'Quilts said...

I love the porch quilt top...just love it! And I want one of those china drink cups for my poor old mother who still likes to be classy. Unfortunately she would drop it. Sigh!