Well, folks, the 1890s quilt I researched for several years and then exhibited last winter is, as they say, the gift that keeps on giving. (Check the highlighted links for background on the quilt and it's story.)
Last spring, a woman brought me a rail fence quilt to repair. It had been made for her by her grandmother. A few days later, as I was looking over the quilt as part of making an estimate on the repairs, I discovered that the grandmother had signed and dated (1998) the quilt. Lo and behold, her last name was a name of someone on my research quilt.
Can you guess where this is going?!
Grab your favorite beverage (mine would be a cuppa tea) and put your feet up - it's story time!
January 27, 2020
January 20, 2020
I am happy to announce that my daughter, aka my darlin' daughter, just finished making a gorgeous quilt. She's always been an artist and a crafter and now a great DIYer, but as far as fiber goes, she's been much more smitten with crochet and clothing than with quilting.
But quilting made its big debut because a new baby needs a great quilt. The new baby in question is her boyfriend's brand new nephew. The boyfriend loves astronomy, and the two of them planned a solar system quilt to introduce the new little one to his new home.
January 10, 2020
Just about three years ago, I posted about a quilt I repaired. The great-granddaughter who brought me the quilt for repair wrote the story of the quilt and its maker, and sent photos, all of which are included in my post. The pattern is Pointed Tile, and both the great-grandma and the great-grandpa were quite handy with all sorts of needlework and crafts.
Christina Waldman found that post and wrote to me about a Pointed Tile top made by her grandmother that she was quilting up.
Well, she's finished the quilting and written a most lovely story on her blog. She perfectly captures the love and memories that make family quilts so special. She's included tons of details, the kinds of things small children notice, which I find especially touching.
It's fun to see these expressions of the personalities of two different women and to read about their lives:
The story of the quilt I repaired.
The story of the top that Christina quilted. (These photos are hers.)
And here's Christina's grandmother.
January 6, 2020
We had just a few holiday plans, no travel, no guests, and so I decided that sewing on all sorts of back-burner projects of my own was The Thing To Do. It was so fun! Here are the results.
Another (could it be the last?) quilt in my Something From Nothing series. This one's been in the planning stage for nearly two years, taking tiny steps towards construction. It entered full-out construction mode during a fiber retreat in October. And now it's done! (It's made with plastic produce bags.)