Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AQSG Past & Present 1825 Challenge

It is a mystery how someone who quilts a little every day, can only seem to post once a week! I'll never make it in the Facebook world where people seem to post every hour. Anyway, my daughter and I have plans away next weekend so we had an early  Father's Day celebration this weekend. I didn't get a lot of quilting done but I was able to finish my AQSG 1825 challenge quilt. I will show just a part of it since I haven't really entered it yet. If you are not familiar with the American Quilt Study Group, I recommend you go to their website (here) and look around. It is a must for anyone interested in quilts and quilt history. I was fortunate enough to have served on the board in the late 1980's and early 1990's and met some fantastic people who share the same passion for history that I do. They have a seminar ever Fall full of wonderful things pertaining to quilt history and research. This is where authors present their research on a particular part of quilt history which is published in Uncoverings (a must have every year) and distributed to members. It is well worth the annual dues just to receive the annual Uncoverings!


and, this is why I didn't get a lot of quilting done. What a fantastic weekend with our kiddos! Our grandson will do anything to just be in the water. It was way too cold for Nana!


The big boys got in on the act of relaxation too. 
My son in law and my son with miss Loa Bella in the middle.


When rest became too much, we played a little "corn hole" on the croquet lawn,
or paddled about in the kayaks.


We know how very fortunate we are to have this place to go to when life's stresses become too great.

 I never take my machine, but I do take hand sewing to work on until the sun goes down.
Enjoy your day!




17 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous location! I am shocked you never sew there with your machine--I would probably leave a machine and everything else there and treat it as my own retreat place! :0)

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    1. I don't take it partly because we share it with 5 (non sewing) siblings and partly because it is so relaxing to just sit and hand stitch. We have power there, but I don't like to turn on the lights when we are watching the sunset in the sun parlor so I wait until after dark!

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  2. Looks soooo relaxing! and like such a great family retreat!

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    1. Yes indeed, we are truly blessed. My husband's grandfather was born in the house. The upkeep can be taxing (no pun intended), but now with the next generation coming along, we can sit a little more and watch them work!

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  3. Love the sneak peak! Such wonderful hand quilting! It always makes me smile. What a beautiful place to relax and destress too!

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    1. Thanks Carla, I just love hand quilting. I didn't follow the theme of Past & Present so this one probably won't be in the exhibit, but it was fun to make.

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  4. I didn't realize you had been so active with the quilt study group. I can definitely see your love of antique quilts through your blog posts.

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    1. I feel so fortunate to have known so many quilt historians who are no longer with us. Sally Garoutte, Lucy Hilty, Ricky Clark, Cuesta Benberry, Joyce Gross, to name but a few. They were all so dedicated and really made their mark on quilt history. I am looking forward to 2017 when Seminar will be in Manchester, NH and I can drive there!

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  5. Lovely sneak peek! It must be constantly inspiring to be a part of this study group - thanks for the link. Nothing beats family fun in the sun with the 'young uns' and such a marvelous private spot! I couldn't cope with facebook either and think you do remarkably well to post once a week...and glad you do!

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    1. Yes Hilda, it is so inspiring to be around such dedicated quilt historians. I haven't been to a seminar since 2007 so I am really looking forward to 2017 when it will be in New Hampshire. If you ever decide to come to New England, I have a spare room!

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  6. Very nice! Wish I had a consistent place to go unwind.

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    1. Well... if you ever get to Maine you have a place to stay!

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  7. Sometimes, it's a good thing to stop our stressed life, let the machine at home, and enjoy this cool retreat with your family !

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    1. Thanks. We surely are blessed to live in paradise.

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  8. What a lovely spot! we're going to our retreat farm next week - I love a place to go to make family memories!
    I need to re-join AQSG

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    1. It is beautiful. I'm off tomorrow to our annual retreat in the mountains of Maine. Can't wait!

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