Antique Alley Day!!!

I love this quilt.  Oh how I love red and green quilts.  I found this quilt titled Antique Quilt Floral Applique Within Pieced Maze on the internet.  Sadly I do not own it – wish I did!
You can view more pictures of this quilt and read a little about it here:
Have a great day – get busy quilting!

Antique Alley Day!!

Isn’t this a gorgeous antique pineapple quilt!  I found this on a blog by the Online Quilt Museum.
You can read a little bit about this quilt here:
Or here is a link to the most recent post on the blog – they have not posted anything in quite awhile but to go back and read through some of the post is wonderful!  Lots of eye candy!


QuiltMania Magazine – Ooooo’s and Ahhh’s

Yesterday while I was at one of my local quilt shops, The Quilt Merchant – for my monthly Applique Society meeting, I was finally able to get my hands on the latest issue of Quiltmania.  This is issue #94 March/April 2013.
I’m so happy I was able to find this issue, there are so many wonderful patterns and articles.  It’s a must buy!
Just look:

All of the above quilts and projects have been added to my to-do list!  Linda Collins of Quilts In The Barn – you have been a busy gal!  Love each of your patterns in this issue!  Hope to see you at spring quilt market in Portland next month!
Also, there is a nice write up on Di Ford.  I’m barely hanging on to my seat waiting for the arrival of her new book:
Primarily Quilts.
I’m a huge fan of Di Fords designs and I like to study her quilts and the way she uses color.  My copy of this book is on order and I sure hope it gets here soon!  I cannot wait much longer!
If you would like to pre-order this book visit Homestead Hearth and place your order today!  This book is hard to find so far here in the states!

Mary Schafer….. and favorite reads of mine

Several years back, I discovered this quilting book by accident during my travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for International Quilt Market.  I’ll never forget that trip for many reasons – it was a trip there and back of never ending problems and weird experiences! Regardless, I found this book in a very out of the way quilt shop that I search high and low for – drove many miles off the beaten path to get too it – arrived and it was closed (no I did not call first).  As I turned away from the door – a gal from the inside unlocked the door and asked me if I needed something….
My first thought was to be a real smart-aleck and retort with something on the lines of the journey I had come to visit this shop, only to find it closed even thought the nice sign just to the right of this lady claimed they should be open.  Instead, I was pleasant and said, I had came to shop and didn’t realize that you were closed.
Well – long story short – she wasn’t happy and wasn’t very nice, but said I could come in and look around as long as I was “quick” about it.  Holy Moly – I felt like I was in a thrift store.  Much disappointment from that shop – but I came away with one treasure – this book.
Mary Schafer… American Quilt Maker by Gwen Marston. Oh my – I love this book.  It’s great to read all about Mary.  I love seeing all her quilts.  The story of her life is wonderful.
Isn’t this photo of Mary enduring? This is how she quilted – sitting on the floor with no frame.  I’ve read, she pieced that way too because she was most comfortable and had great lightening from that window in her Michigan home.
Here are some other books that feature Mary:
She was in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine:
Mary is definitely one quilter on my list I would to have loved to have met.  I enjoy reading and re-reading all of the materials I own about her.  I spent the evening last night re-reading and looking at her beautiful quilts in the first book I spoke about.  It was a wonderful evening.
Here are some more links with photos of her exhibits and accomplishments!
Here’s an exhibit with photos of her quilts:
This is one of Mary’s quilts shown on The Quilt Index and the information provided there –
Title: Clamshell
Artist(s): Mary Vida Schafer
Material(s): Cotton, Polyester filling
Technique(s): Hand pieced and hand quilted
Dimensions: 96″ x 81″
Date made: 1966
Place Created: Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Collection: Great Lakes Quilt Center/Michigan State University Museum
Photo Credit: KEVA
Interpretative Commentary:
This is Mary Schafer’s most celebrated quilt and was made during Mary’s “Challene Period.” The complexity of piecing the Clamshell pattern, due to the connecting of convex and concave edges, made this historically a quilt with a high level of difficulty. Noted quilt author, Delores Hinson called it “One of Mary’s best!” — Mary Worrall
Additional Commentary:
This quilt won Best Pieced and Viewer’s Choice awards in 1971 at the first National Quilt Association show, Greenbelt, Maryland. It was also exhibited at the Whaley House Museum and the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan, and included in the exhibit Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History from July 29-December 31, 2001 at Michigan State University Museum. It was illustrated in Delores Hinson, A Quilter’s Companion and Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham, Mary Scafer and Her Quilts (figure 16, page 16). — Beth Donaldson

Information on Mary’s pineapple quilt can be found here:
Mary’s Whig Rose quilt can be found here:
In fact – here’s a link to a bunch of Mary’s quilts on 
A lot of these quilts are in the first book I mentioned above!
Here’s more information on 
Mary was quite the lady!

Stars In Progress!

For the past week or so, I’ve had a new project brewing in my mind.
These cute little antique 4″ finished stars that I bought a year or so ago have been my inspiration along with this:
This is an antique quilt top that I also bought a year or so ago.  I love this quilt top – so many wonderful old fabrics in it!
So I set out creating my new design in EQ and then went on to pulling fabrics from the stash!
A yummy pile of “light” fabrics.
Excellent pile of reproduction fabrics – oh how i love color and design!
Then I set out to make a test block:
Oops – cut off a point there – oh well – life goes on!
Then with the assistance of my boss Bella:
We starched and cut fabric for most of the day yesterday!  Bella is such a good boss to have around – she doesn’t say to much or complain, but let me tell you – she was really being a stinker last night and had to be in the middle of everything I was doing!  She was really intrigued with my hot iron and she scared the daylights out of me with how closely she was getting to it to sniff it out and see what was going on! Thankfully, no kitties were burned or hurt in this process!
After quite a busy and long day of starching, ironing, cutting and many breaks! (Remember – I’m still recovering from Carpal Tunnel surgeries – and yes, I do take frequent breaks when doing repetitive work like cutting and ironing because my hands are still healing.  If I try to do something for too long of a period – I get an achy feeling in the heels of my hands and sometimes a few fingers, so I take breaks and stretch and do my exercises just like I’m supposed to be doing! Did you know it can take up to a year or more for complete recovery – if complete recovery ever does occur?  Oh yes – quite interesting stuff!)
Here is the result of a days work.  44 little piles of yummy fabrics, cut to size and ready to be created into tiny little 4″ finished size stars for my next new pattern design!
Want a sneak peek?
Not much of a sneak peek – but trust me – you’ll see more of this in the future!  Think – cottons and wool – pieced stars and yummy wool applique blocks!  Oh joy – I’m going to have a super fun day today! And I hope your day is just as fun!

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to each of you!
Yesterday after posting about this beautiful quilt that by Great Aunt gifted to me:
I started thinking back to a few years ago when she first showed me this quilt.  I was utterly consumed with this quilt and so amused and delighted with it – that I went back to her house twice that day to take more pictures and measurements so that I could draft the pattern. And do you know – she still remembers that day and that is how she decided upon this quilt to send to me.  She remembered how much I loved it!
My memory was also jolted a bit yesterday into remembering that this quilt pattern used for this exact quilt was originally given to my Great Aunt and my Grandmother by my Great Grandmother Juliana!  How neat!
Anyhow – here is a link to the post where I first spoke about this quilt in April, 2010!
Last night, I went on a mad search through my quilting cupboard to locate the sample I sewed up two years ago after returning from my visit to see family.  That’s how intrigued I was with this quilt! This original quilt that I now proudly own is a bit smaller in the finished product than a pattern I found for it in a printed publication – but you still get the same over all effect with slightly larger pieces!
I have located the pattern for this quilt that was originally published in one of the Aunt Martha’s publications, If you would like to order the booklet – or search for it in your stash of quilting patterns – it was printed in Issue #3230 titled Aunt Martha’s Favorite Quilts and is located on page 12.  You can order this booklet that is still in print on the Aunt Martha’s website!

I’m Crying Like A Newborn Baby Today!! (In A Good Way!)

Oh my!
Many of you that follow my blog may remember me speaking in the past of my dear sweet Great Aunt Columbia Jane.  That woman has gone and put me in tears today – in a good way though!
Last week a cousin of mine FaceBooked me a private message and told me to be on the lookout for a package from my Great Aunt.
It arrived today.
Here’s the next phase of opening my package – this is where the tears started to flow.  I knew I was receiving a quilt at this point and the letter enclosed was so precious and will soon be framed and hung in my sewing room.
At this point I’m crying and shaking because I’m so excited.  I can hardly stand the anticipation, but I continue slowly unfolding the quilt to enjoy this thrill and take photos for you!
Look at this incredible backing and the wonderfully delightful hand quilting!
And here is the quilt!
Here is a close up for you!
And of course a picture of Bella – she had to inspect the quilt herself!
Oh dear sweet Great Aunt of mine – you made my day!  I had not intended on blogging today because I’m buried under a pile of paper work and I’m writing pattern instructions today, – but in the back of my mind I kept nagging at myself to blog about something!!!  This surprise is very much welcomed to my day today!  It was so wonderful to take a mini break to go upstairs to check to see if the mail had been delivered and see this delightful box waiting for me on my front steps.
I was like a kid in a candy store opening it up. I wish my kids would have been home to take pictures of me during each step of me opening this box, because you all would have gotten a good laugh out of it – I was jumping up and down, crying, shaking – you name it – I did it all!
Now, I will continue my day, wrapped in my warm and wonderful quilt in my freezing cold basement office, happily typing away on my computer and writing these pattern instructions with a big huge grin on my face!
Love you Great Aunt Columbia Jane – you are such a treasure to me and our family!

2 Finishes This Week!!!!

I am having sew much fun in my sewing room this week!
I finished this yesterday:
This is Weaving The Rails and is designed by Kathie Holland of Inspired By Antiques Quilts Blog !

Here’s a picture of Bella again – she says to tell you all hello!

Sometimes friends come into your life by surprise.  I’m glad to have a really good internet friend who can make me smile with just a simple text, email or comment on my blog.  We’ve never met in person, have only talked on the phone one time – but we hope to rectify that and meet some day!    What a treasure she is to me,  she has helped me work through some dark and depressing moments, inspired me to sew, created excitement in me when I was feeling low and is just an over all kind and sweet person. This person suggested a little something to add to those blocks in this quilt that I talked about the other day – you know the ones with the same fabric located in the same position in the same row!  Here’s a reminder:

Here’s what she suggest via text and I jumped on the idea!

Words that mean something to me written on each of the strips!

When life gives you scraps…… make a quilt!

Family, Friends, Love and Peace – 4 words that mean a lot to me

New Beginnings 2012.  This one is important to me also, as this year will be a year of many new things for me and also getting back to what I truly love to do – designing and playing with fabrics.

I also started working on this project yesterday:

This project was inspired by Keryn of the blog titled “Quilting Twin”.  She’s working on her scraps and trying to bust them a little.  After working on my scrappy rail fence quilt, I realized I had a bunch of leftovers.  I trimmed all the leftover rail fence bits and pieces to 4″ wide and then cut the other fabric to 6″ wide strips and started going to town after I realized Keryn’s project would be the perfect thing for me to do also to help finish up those extra bits and pieces! This will be a work in progress and might take me a bit to finish as I’ll probably have to piece more 1 1/2″ wide strips together!  Thanks Keryn!

I’m also piecing 2 1/2″ strips together to work on this scrappy project:

Spider Web blocks – this should be a blast to work on and it will really put a dent in all my white, cream and red scraps!

Here’s a sneak peek at an up and coming project I’m working on.  I’ll be teaching in March at a retreat and I’m working on a special wool project just for them!  This weekend I’ll be hand stitching this also!

Yesterday we received a whopper of a storm here.  So after trying to clean up the driveway and sidewalks a bit, we decided it was time for a little fun!

Now granted, after using the snow-blower twice yesterday and realizing that the vibration in the handles was making my hands ache a little – I decided not to play on the quad in the snow.  The vibration from the handles on that Quad machine would have probably aggravated my recovery from carpal tunnel surgeries, so I played photographer instead and baked a few Chocolate Chip Cookies for the riders when they were done playing.  I’ll be back to riding my Quad this summer, now it’s time for me to continue healing so I’m back to 100%!

Here’s a few other snow pictures from this morning:

Picture of the snow on my deck rail.  From my measurements – we received well over the 3″ to 6″ predicted.  More like 8″ if my calculations are correct!

A photo across the fence in our back yard – I love this neighbors shed – I really want one like this!  So old fashioned looking!  Would look great in my yard!

And now I need to get ready for our busy weekend.  We have a birthday party this evening and I am baking the cake!  A triple layer chocolate cake with strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting!  I’ll take pictures to share, if I remember!

Here’s a picture of my Grandma quilting.  This is the only picture that I’m aware of that exists of my Grandma at her quilt frame.  The quilt she is working on is still in my family, my dear Aunt Julie has it and sleeps under it often.

This is my Grandma, Lucille Baisden.  She was my Dad’s Mom.  She left us several years back and we miss her so much. I was thinking about her a lot a couple days ago and decided to scan this photo to share.  I showed it on FaceBook and it brought on a good discussion between family and friends. According to my Aunt, the yellow fabric used in this quilt was from one of her dresses.  She’s drawing out her quilt pattern here.  She used a simple string tied to a pencil.  She held the string and then drew out her baptist fans pattern on many of her quilts.  She also quilted on a quilting frame that my Grandpa made for her.  It was one of those wonderful old quilting frames that could be raised up to the ceiling when not in use and lowered when she took the notion to quilt, which was often.  The frame was stored on the ceiling of the family room when not in use. Thankfully, the quilt frame is also still in the family!