Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Olympic piecing marathon underway in blogland?  The gun has sounded in NW IN.   Finished piecing center of mid 1850 pinwheel inspired by Elizabeth Richardson exhibit - disappointing.  This top has been put in time-out - what I see on the design wall looks a bit boring.  I'll let this one sit for awhile.  

I've pulled out a top started in January at our little quilt retreat in Shipshe.  Jan helped me work thru design decisions - sometimes the quilt you see in your mind doesn't translate to the design wall.  This top is using bowties exchanged in our old sewing group.

I've also pre-washed fabric purchased for a wall hanging of one of my favorite NYC Red and White quilts -

pre-washing and drafting complete.  I have plenty to keep me occupied while rooting on the USA!

Jan and I had a wonderful NYC visit.  Wish I could spend hours exploring the library!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quilt Encounters

Jan and I attended the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in June.  Our visit included a lecture/trunk show by Rebecca Haarer on Amish quilts and a stop at the Goshen College Good Library antique quilt exhibit, Quilts from the Permanent Collection.  The gallery is tucked away in the library basement - we had the exhibit to ourselves. 

The trip included an overnight stay, so I brought along some of my Amish quilt books.  I kept returning to the crib quilt on pg 92 from Amish Crib Quilts from he Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection.  I looked for the perfect tomato red solid at Yoder's, but couldn't find the right color.  That's because the fabric match was in my stash!  The perfect border fabric was also in stash, but not enough yardage - will have to keep shopping - darn!

Update:  This morning was my first opportunity to surf the net in a few weeks.  It was the start to my belated birthday.  Serendipity - followed breadcrumbs to Quilts and Pieces blog and found a few posts about an antique quilt exhibit featuring cheddar - today was the last day for the exhibit.  It was worth the drive!  Quilts and Pieces has great pictures, so check out the exhibit on her blog - post one, post two, post three.