Daisy Chain Quilt

A sweet lady that belongs to the same Dear Jane group I’m in gave me the above book and it is so sweet!
I love this cover quilt called Daisy Chain and plan on making it.
In the very back of the book a pattern is provided, but I’m going to make it a little different.  The original quilt is made of 7 1/2″ finished size blocks and I think I’m going to do 9″ finished size blocks. The math is just easier on a 9″ block and I can rotary cut it faster! I’ve started cutting the pieces for it already and after I have a good size scrappy pile of pieces to work with, I’ll get started on the sewing part!  Fun!!!
Have a great day!

Old Ladies Quilting & Quilt Book Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Old ladies and quilting……….
Now, before anyone jumps on me and comments something in defense of the “Old Ladies and Quilting” title of this blog post – please continue to read on.
I’m 39 years young and will be turning 40 in October.  In my children’s eyes and I’m sure the eyes of their peers – I am old – practically antique.  In the eyes of the world, my life is half way over.  In my eyes, I’m still young, have many things to learn and have many years left ahead of me and have much to do.  I’ve been fortunate to have several women in my life who are older than I am that I’ve learned a great deal from through their actions, words or the stories of old that they have told.
(this picture is of my Grandma marking a quilt for hand quilting)
 I’ve also been fortunate to learn many great lessons from people younger than I am.
Today while reading through some of my favorite blogs the subject of “Old Ladies Quilting” came up and it perked me up and got me thinking right away.  Here is the original post I read:
Which led me to this great and well thought out blog post:
Is is a fact, that when you walk into a quilt guild meeting, a quilt shop or any quilt show whether it be large of small – the majority of the people in the room will be “of a certain age” and above.  I myself still to this day feel in the minority. I myself have been made to feel like an outcast while at quilt shows or guild meetings.  I myself have felt “not so welcome” at quilt guild meetings by rude stares, comments under breath or just plain looked at and ignored with never a welcoming word coming from anyone’s mouth.  I myself have been made the subject of the room by my quilting peers pointing out to everyone in the room at a quilt guild meeting “Oh how young you are!” or “You’re the baby here!” or my favorite – said with much shock and that “look” in the eye of the beholder “You’re a quilter?????” – which by the way always made me feel like a circus clown in a room full of people that I only wish to become friends with and feel like I belonged!
  When I began my adventure in the quilting industry I was at the ripe and tender age of 26 – (I actually began sewing and dabbling in quilting at a very young age – single digit age to be exact.) If you consider my craft show days as part of being in this industry – I began in my teens to earn extra money.  When I started in the creative industry I had two wee little babes – one strapped to my back in a baby carrier and the other attached to my leg trailing along beside me in my craft show days and a few quick years later as I began this journey in the quilting industry as a career – they were both toddlers.  They have grown up in this industry right along beside me.  For this I am blessed.  I have found memories of my two precious toddlers along with my husband taking this first adventure with me to Atlantic City, New Jersey to vend at our first International Quilt Market.  I have pictures of my cuties sitting on a pile of boxes in that single small booth at that quilt show with big huge grins on their faces while their Momma was near heart attack status at the worry of them falling from a top those boxes and the stress of doing a “first” quilt market and having no clue what I was doing.
Thankfully I never gave up throughout the past several years along this journey, but their have been many times I came close.
Yet, I better stop rambling and get to the point.
I have seen and done many things in my short amount of time in the quilting industry.  I’ve met some wonderful people and I’ve met some people that we will just think of as “not so nice” to put it kindly.  I’ve learned to overlook the not so nice and look for the good in all people.  I’ve seen many different attitudes and learned a lot through all of the quilt guild meetings and quilt shows that I’ve attended.
One thing I would like to stress today is the fact that we need the “old ladies of quilting” or let’s say “Ladies of a certain age” (I like that better) in our industry to keep it alive.  We have much to learn from “Ladies Of A Certain Age”.  Without you, we would lose a great deal of our heritage and lose many lessons we “middle age” and “younger” women have to learn.
So, for those of you women and men in our fine industry that are “Of A Certain Age”, I challenge you to a few things in your quilting adventure in life.  I beg of you to help me teach my children, my peers and anyone of any age for that matter looking to become involved in quilting the fine qualities of our chosen craft, hobby or passion.
Always be kind to those wanting to learn. Leave the negativity at home.  Leave the “looking down the nose” at others persona at home.  Put on a smile and keep it positive and encouraging to all those looking to become a part of our great passion.  
Think before you speak.  If something could be perceived as negative or taken “in another way” or coy – don’t say it.
Always be encouraging to the younger generation at quilting shows and guild meetings and involve them in their surroundings and make them feel welcome. Trust me – you will never be forgotten for your kindness and generosity.
Offer to volunteer at your local schools to help with crafts, teach after school activities to promote home economics type lessons or if you are lucky enough to still have a school that has a home economics department in your area – offer to come in and speak about your quilting passion and offer demos.
Take a child or younger person under your wing and encourage them to explore creativity.  There are so many children in this world that are looking for outlets and many of them would enjoy our passion.
Or one of my favorite quotes from a recent excellent book titled “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
You is Kind
You is Smart
You is Important
Isn’t that something we all want to feel about our selves? Kind, Smart and Important?  I like to feel that I’m kind, smart and important – but I also like to make other feel like they are kind, smart and important.  And to do that I never wish to belittle anyone or make them ever feel as if they were not kind, smart or important.
I really believe in keeping our industry growing and alive.  I encourage each of you to be kind, smart and important at your next quilt guild meeting, quilt show or whatever opportunity you find yourself in. It is possible to pass on your quilting knowledge and make whomever you come in contact with feel kind, smart and important in a nice and pleasant way.
Now – I’d like to remind you of the fantastic Quilt Book Tour we have going on this week!  Yesterday you read about this new quilt book by my friend Kathy Brown of The Teachers Pet here on my blog. (Don’t forget to read yesterday’s post and comment for you chance to win a copy of this book!)
Well, today I invite you to visit this wonderful blog:
It’s my good friend Carrie and her cute pooch Miss Rosie’s day to blog about this great quilting book!  Carrie and Miss Rosie are ubber talented and if you’ve never visited their blog I encourage you to do so.  Always a good read and a good laugh or too when visiting there!
Here’s your link to visit them – now go and read and have a great, awesome day!

LaVieEnRosie – the Quilt Blog by Carrie and Miss Rosie of Miss Rosies Quilt Quilt Co.

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!

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!

Idle Moments and Peaceful Quiet Time

After a full days work yesterday, I needed a few minutes of quiet “me time” late in the evening.  I sat down to do a little hand piecing and my mind started to wander a bit.  My mind drifted back to memories of my Grandma hand piecing and quilting.  I thought about my Great Aunt who still hand pieces and hand quilts.  I thought about both of my Aunts who are both avid quilters – both hand and machine.
As I sat stitching and thinking in this quiet and peaceful time, I happened to think about some older patterns that I had produced awhile ago, specifically for those people that enjoy hand piecing or smaller type projects that can be completed in a day by machine.  I thought I would share one of those out of print pattern with you today and send you many wishes for a little quiet, peaceful time in your day.  Pick up a needle and thread and practice your hand piecing or learn a new technique and try your talents at hand piecing.
Here is:
Blazing Star
The following files are in PDF format, click on the link to download each.
Also, I’ve converted a set of instructions that I included with each of these patterns.  It’s a very simple set of General Instructions for Hand Piecing, Applique & Quilting. The following file is also in PDF format, click on the link to download it.
And for those of you new to my blog, we do have a special page on our website that is dedicate to free pattens that we offer.  Almost all the free patterns there were past patterns that have now been discontinued.  I welcome you to use those patterns, enjoy them and share them with friends and family.  Here is the link to our Free Pattern Page

Family Quilts

I woke up this morning with my great Aunt on my mind.  She recently has been stumbling and falling a little and had to be taken to the doctor last week for a cut on her leg from one of those falls.  She put quite the scare into all of us!  My great Aunt Columbia is my oldest living relative in our immediate family.  She is such a gem and still lives on her own and quilts on a daily basis.  She has this wonderful old quilt frame in her bedroom that is hung from the ceiling and “let down” when it’s time to quilt.  She has not been doing a lot of hand quilting lately as it’s hard for her now.  But she still peddles away on her treadle sewing machine!
Above are 2 photographs that she gave to me this past November when we went down for a visit.  I treasure these photos.  Both of these quilts were sold some years ago and I would so love to stumble upon them one day, but what are the chances of that.  I would also like to find out the names of the quilt patterns – so if you have any idea what the blocks are called – leave me a comment!
You might remember me speaking of my great Aunt in the past here on the blog and on FaceBook.  Here’s a photo of her:
In this photo is my Aunt Teresa on the left, great Aunt Columbia in the middle helping to hold up one of her beautiful creations and then on the right is my Aunt Julie.  All three of these women are quilters in my family and each of them are special to me.  They also have a quilt named after them in my new book
which my favorite boy in brown lovingly known as Mr. UPS will be delivering today.  He better have that hand dolly ready to haul all those boxes of books up the driveway!  Knowing me – I’ll probably run down the driveway and give him a huge hug when he pulls up.  I just cannot put into words how utterly excited I am about this book.  To think – it’s somewhere on a truck in my town right now – so close, yet just not here yet – I wish he had a GPS tracking system where I could stalk his every move (just kidding, I am not a stalker!)!
Here’s another pretty creation my great Aunt made.  I will make a quilt just like this one day – colors and all – just like this one!  I so love this quilt!

Jacks Chain & Rosalia Flower Garden Quilt Patterns

We are up to our ear’s in fabric here with the UPS truck making daily deliveries.
So, I thought I’d take a little coffee break and show you a little treasure I purchased in an ebay auction.
I just love a good scrappy project, now granted – this one is a little on the bright side for me, but it’s still neat.  It’s scrappy!  The fabrics and various pieces that came with this unfinished quilt top are just a treasure to look at and enjoy.  When I saw this quilt up for auction on Ebay – I immediately thought of my Aunt who is making one of these quilts right now out of 1″ squares of scrap fabrics!
Here’s a picture of one of the quilt blocks included in the auction.
And a few completed nine patches:
This quilt pattern is called Jack’s Chain or Rosalia Flower Garden. It’s block #430 in Barbara Brackman’s encyclopedia of pieced quilt patterns or in BlockBase if you have that program for Electric Quilt (love those 2 programs!)
I also found this pattern in the book called “The Romance Of  Double Wedding Ring Quilts” by Robert Bishop (which by the way you can pick up a copy really cheap on amazon.com right now!)  In his book it’s called Amish Nine Patch Wedding Ring.

Below is the quilt shown in the book.
Well, that’s all for today.  I have to get back to work. Bonnie Blue Basics III and The Cocheco Mills II collections arrived today and we need to get the bundles cut!
Have a good one!

A Fabricologist Resource Center…..

I have a “Fabricologist Resource Center”…..now doesn’t that sound more impressive than “fabric stash”. (author unknown)

I love this quote. Fabricologist Resource Center – can I use that on my homeowners insurance as an impressive title for my hoarding tendencies toward fabrics?  Do you think the insurance company would laugh at me and think I’ve lost my mind?  LOL

Along with a growing stash of fabrics that I love and have no regrets about having, I’ve been building a “resource center” of old quilt blocks, templates, quilt tops, old vintage fabrics etc.

I woke up this morning thinking about these little gems:

I’m assuming these little blocks should be arranged in this fashion.  They remind me of a double wedding ring quilt.  I do not know the name of this pattern, have no templates for the shapes at all.  I received these in a “treasure” box that I purchased on ebay last year.  There were only a couple completed blocks and several cut pieces of fabric.

I like this block, I would love to make a quilt like this some day. I do not need another project right now!  LOL

Anyone out there ever seen a block like this?  Do you know the name of it?  As I looked through my goodie bin this morning searching for these blocks and fabrics (because they were engraved in my brain when I woke up – I wonder if I was having a dream about them – why do I wake up thinking about these!), I just kept wondering about the quilters that made these beauties that I know have.  

Grand Daughter’s Flower Garden Quilt Block Templates

I posted earlier today asking for a little help on the above quilt block that so far – all we know is called Grand Daughters Flower Garden.  Below is a link to a PDF file that I have created that includes templates that we have drafted out this evening for the quilt block.
Also below is some “wording” that I added to the above PDF file and I am providing below to answer any questions that may come up!  Enjoy!
Please note – I have very little information on this quilt block.  I did not design it.  My Aunt has traced this quilt block from an older quilting magazine, and we think it may have been “Quilt” magazine from several years ago.  Her notes from when she traced the pattern states it is a 7″ block.
 I have drafted the pattern out for you.  I have not actually pieced this block yet and I honestly do not know what size it will finished at as my pattern pieces vary slightly from my aunt’s drawing.  While I was drafting the pieces I was trying to keep everything within the same “size” range. With this in mind – all of the pieces for the quilt block can be cut from 1 3/4″ wide strips of fabric.  
Also I need to remind you – I have only drawn the block out and traced the templates for you at this point.  I strongly recommend that if  you are planning to make a quilt using the templates I have provided, that you make a test block first to check for accuracy!!!!  Also check to make sure your printer is set to print at the “actual size” – like I mentioned above – the templates were create to be cut from 1 3/4″ wide strips – if your templates are smaller or larger than that – you need to either re-adjust your printer settings or enlarge or reduce your pattern pieces on a copier.
Also – please note – I am not educated enough in quilting history to claim what I am about to say is 100% accurate according to the block that was originally printed in a magazine – but I honestly believe this quilt block includes the yellow center, the next round of green fabric shown in the photo above, and then finally the third round shown in red above.  I believe the fabrics that I am showing above in shirting prints or off white prints would be the sashing around each of the blocks and not part of the actual quilt block itself.  I know for myself – the outer row shown on the drawing below (shown in the upper right hand corner of the photo below) or in the off white fabrics shown in the photo on the previous page were throwing me off a little when I was trying to research the block itself!
Also, please remember that I have drawn these templates out as a courtesy to you.  I am in no way trying to profit from sharing what information I have about this quilt block or any templates I am sharing with you and I ask out of respect that you do the same – share with others and do not attempt to copy this information to profit from it!  Thank you!
PS – let’s all try to learn from this.  There are several people that I am aware of that are interested in learning more about this quilt block and its history.  If you know of anything or can locate which quilt magazine it appeared in, please let us know so that we can share it with others!  You can email me at sewunique7@aol.com

I Have a Challenge For Everyone!

OK – here is a photograph/drawing of a quilt block called Grand Daughters Flower Garden. Here is the only information I have so far on this block:

7″ finished size, came from an older issue of a quilt magazine – Possibly “Quilt” Magazine itself. My Aunt traced this out of the magazine that she borrowed from a friend a few years ago, so we have no way to get the magazine itself anymore to narrow down “just what” magazine it was!

I cannot locate any block by this name on the internet or in 2 of the book sources I use the most. I love a good mystery!

Let’s put our thinking caps on today and see if anyone out there has any information on this block! Help! I have to fill orders today, but later on this evening, I plan on researching this quilt block more and seeing if I can draft up a pattern. It looks like a really good challenging quilt block to make!

 

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