Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bus man's Holiday

I recently spent a week in Minneapolis caring care for my youngest grandson while the rest of the family went on Spring Break. One day I went to lunch with a friend there...and then onto the Flower Show at Macy's. What a delight. Susan told me I would smell the flowers once we got off the elevator...and she was so right! The 'layout' of the flowers/shrubs was wonderful and it was being enjoyed by multiple generations. Very nice.

We then visited Glad Creations. It is always good, as a shop owner, to visit other stores. I got a chance to met Nancy, learn about their line of patterns (see Union Star) and see some of her mother's quilts. So...a Bus man's Holiday. The tricky part was explaining this term to the Spanish speaking exchange teacher staying with my daughter!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Peanut Butter and Honey

I am working on 2 Halloween quilts for my older grandsons. The first one is finished and will hang in the store all summer. Now...can I keep working on the second one?

Gathering the fabrics has been fun. We have FQ bundles of blacks (Licorice) and oranges (Honey) as well as a great background (#MF214F). I am going to use a flannel plaid (each different) for the backing. The pattern is by Painted Pony.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


A little spring house cleaning....and a pile of French textile history books for sale. Contact for a complete list with pricing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Of Needle, Thread and Thimble

A new book by Michelle Yeo, Of Needle, Thread and Thimble, features our Black Octagon Chintz Center Panel. We have reproduced this, with permission, from a quilt in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

In the Sewing Room

Booklet from my 1954 Singer

Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manuel 

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.
Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing. When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home, and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.
Both my mother and mother in law were sewing for their families in the late 1940s. This is the 'advice' they were getting!
Text courtesy of Tater Patch Quilts in Merrill, Oregon. Thank you.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Center Medallion

Center Medallion

Please see one of my Chintz Center Medallions in a quilt by Hilda. It is about 1/2 way down the page...under Medallion Final Border. Her work is very beautiful!   

Sunday, January 12, 2014

3 Day Stars

As some of you know, I injured my right (dominant) hand in a kayak accident in July last year. When blisters appeared about 8 days later, I was attending a family reunion in WV. At the local Urgent Care, I was diagnosed with Poison Ivy. By the time I returned to MT, my hand was swollen like a mallet......on top of the injury I had Shingles! I was unable to drive, work (no rotary cutting) or prepare food until late November!

In early December the Occupational Therapist gave me a ‘squishy ball’ for exercise and told me I had 3 more months to make any improvement in the strength and dexterity of my damaged hand.

While visiting my daughter and family over Christmas I was presented with assorted patches for my grandsons’ Cub Scout shirts. It was a struggle! When I returned home I decided to start a hand piecing project...thinking it might help my hand. It is working...and when I go back in March to the therapist for a check up, I am planning to take along my blocks and offer to help any of their ‘hand’ teaching them how to hand piece!
I am using a pattern from Somerset Designs called Star a Day. It is however taking me about 3 days per Star! The background fabric is a wonderful complex Ramoneur.