April 28, 2015

A Quilt-y Excursion

I spent last Thursday through Sunday at a most enjoyable quilters' retreat.

Good times all 'round!  A recently retired friend has bought and furnished a house and is bringing folks up a few at a time to eat great food, visit the quilt and antique shops between here and there, make new friends, and sew and talk until the wee hours.  She is most talented at all these things.

We had some lovely views of the amazing colors of Lake Michigan on the way there.


 Here's me waking up next to an Amish quilt!

It's so wonderful to be able to set aside the time for solid sewing and relaxation and fun.  I made a lot of progress quilting my Magic Vine quilt, as well as working on odds and ends of other things.  What a treat to be sewing along, say "ooops!", and have several people come right over to help figure out the next sticky spot in the process!

While touring around, I discovered a wonderful shop that focuses on reproduction fabrics.  It's called Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop, because the building it's in was, well, the old schoolhouse.  This place will definitely be on my list now whenever I'm searching for fabrics for quilt repair.  It was a delight to chat with the owner, Jeanie Rudich.  It was a joyful stop for me, for sure.  I mean, can there be anything better than a view like this:

Between the button basket at Ye Olde Schoolhouse and a bin of buttons at an antique mall, here's my haul for the weekend.  I'm getting so I just can't pass up great buttons.  I have to admit that this batch puts me over the line, and I now need to pick up a couple of more baskets for storing them all.  I really do need to figure out what I'm going to do with them!  Aside from having them on hand for vintage clothing fixes and the occasional embellishment on a quilt, I am still up in the air.  I was glad to find some with enough multiples that I can replace a whole set on a piece of clothing if necessary.  

Here are my favorites from this batch.  The ones on the card could be lovely in a necklace or something.......

And in amongst them: this little lapel pin.  It's about 3/4" long.  



April 22, 2015

Now on Pinterest

Two of my buddies, with whom I share and discuss business plans for our on-line businesses, have been urging me to join the Pinterest world.  I've been resisting having yet another "thing" to keep me at the computer.

At first, I also resisted having this very blog until both my kids told me, in no uncertain terms, "Mom, everyone who has a business has to have a blog." And here I am, so happy to be a blogger.  So I finally succumbed to Pinterest a few months ago.  After all, I already collect photos!

So, I'm introducing you to my boards.

The one I'm most fond of is called "Quilt Repairs: Before and After".  I'm proud of figuring out how to post two photos in one pin, like this:

"Art Quilts" simply has photos of my art pieces.

"My favorite posts from my blog" has basically the same things you'll find here on the blog under the heading "Featured Posts."

"Dated Quilts" is pretty fun, a compilation of quilts I have worked on that have inscribed or documented dates. I love these for the fabric history they illustrate so neatly.  You can read about these quilts by staying right here at the blog and using the label of the same name - Dated Quilts.

"Favorite fabrics and superior needlework" shows off the quilts and vintage clothing that have really added sparkle to the (yes, sometimes tedious) work I do.

"Textiles that tell stories" is collection of both antiques and new art by me, all pieces that are notable for the stories they carry.  That's the other category that makes this job so exciting.

"Looking through things" is a collection of photos I've been taking that may someday, somehow find themselves becoming an art quilt series.  The first one I took was a pair of chain link fences.  I found myself staring at them while I waited to pick my son up from something or other.  I loved the offset rhythm they created.

"Photos I dream on" is a collection of photos by me. I've been taking a photo nearly every day that speaks somehow to what's going on in my life or is just plain lovely, and sometimes both at the same time.  This board contains some of my favorites.  I began this "photo diary" as a mindfulness exercise last summer when I became an empty-nester.

"Artists and inspiration" are photos of works by other people that I have come across online, with links to more of their work.  Making this board turned out to be a really educational process - now I can see a pattern to what draws me in which I have never seen so clearly.
by Jude Hill, at spirit cloth

I can see already that the Pinterest outreach has already begun sending my blog some new visitors.  A shout out and thanks to Julia at Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions and Cheryl at Sk8 Gr8 Designs Custom Figure Skating Dresses for spurring me onward!


April 12, 2015

When I Grow Up


The blog that posted this photo is called Advanced Style.  These ladies are just the best inspiration ever. Yep, out of the box in definitely the place to be!



April 6, 2015

Tapestry Repair


There's a wonderful post over at Treasures From A French Attic.

It's about a tapestry fragment - just the top border - which was repaired in 1902 and still bears the lovely cross-stitch label documenting that work!


This is a perfect moment for me to step up on my soapbox and proclaim that we should all be documenting and labeling our work, both newly created and newly repaired.  You could be the person who creates such joy for a collector and historian 100+ years from now!

So head right on over and read the whole post, which includes more photos and a discussion of the repair work and changes in dyes between when the tapestry was woven and when it was repaired.  Really, really interesting!




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