Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time Warp update

Here are the last 3 weeks of Time Warp stars. When Barbara started this fun sew a long back in January, I was so gung-ho. I made 2 or 3 each week from the chosen topic that week. This summer I feel lucky if I get 3 done in 3 weeks! No worries, Fall is just around the corner and I'll have lots more quilting time (I hope).

Week 30: Floral trailing vines (one of my favorites!)

Week 31: Toiles (another of my favorites)

Week 32: Faded synthetic dyes. Not one of my favorites, but I think I captured the faded green that is so prevalent late 19th century and early 20th century quilts. I really went crazy with the "think like the 18th century quilter" here. 

I am formulating a plan for these little babies, but nothing has materialized yet. Stay tuned. Can't wait to see what others will do. Gladi Porche has made a wonderful little quilt with some of her stars. I just love her colors. And Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi quilts) is planning two different layouts for hers. Check them out and have a great day.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New England Quilt Museum - AQSG Study Quilts

Cyndi (Busy Thimble) and I went to the New England Quilt Museum last week to see their latest exhibits. We like to take a trip down whenever exhibits change. It is a wonderful museum and well worth the trip! Please check out Cynid's blog (here) to see some of the "Summer Celebration" of New England guild quilts. It was a fantastic display and I saw many quilts from friends throughout New England.

We went specifically to see the AQSG Civil War study quilts. This one is the work of Dawn Cook Ronningen (Collector With a Needle) and it was fantastic! Very true to the original. It was definitely one of my favorites. Here are a few more views of the ones in the classroom. 

Unfortunately the ones I took in the Nancy L. Donahue gallery didn't come out, but they are in the publication from AQSG. The book is great but it was wonderful to see them all in person.

They are up until October 31 so I hope you all get a chance to see them. I know I have mentioned it before, but if you are at all interested in quilt history you should become a member of the American Quilt Study Group. It is amazing how much this organization has done for quilt study over the past 35 years. I am proud to have served on the board with some exceptional quilt scholars. The annual seminar will be in Indiana this year, in Arizona in 2016 and will be coming to NH in 2017. I can't wait!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Now I understand!

When I started this blog last Fall, I had already been reading my favorites for a few years.  It amazed me that people who were so prolific and dedicated to their art and their blogs, posted so little in the summer months. “How hard is it to post what you have been working on that day or week?” I asked myself. Well, now I know! I apologize to all my blogging friends for even thinking such a silly thing. My only excuse is that I work in a marina/boatyard and our business doubles in the summer. I still manage to work a bit each morning on my hand quilting or applique before I hit the road at 6:30 a.m., but I just don’t seem to have the time to photograph and post!

I look at the summer postings of what some of you have accomplished and it amazes me!  Take a moment to check out Debra at “My Life is a Stitch” and see what happy things she has created this summer, all while helping to care for her grandchildren! Audrey at “Quilty Folk” has finished some wonderful quilts this summer. Her “Happy Flowers” quilt is sensational and very aptly named. Hilda of “EveryStitch” has started another sensational hand applique project. Her applique is exquisite. Nancy at “Tom Miner Quilts and Folk Art” is making a delightfully scrappy string quilt which is now on my “to do” list. My friend Cyndi at “BusyThimble” never ceases to amaze me at what she accomplishes while running a shop and assisting with the family farm. And perhaps the most frequent “poster” is Lori at “Humble Quilts” who is constantly sharing her inspiring quilts and charity projects all while taking care of her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I hope that by next week I can share a few of the little dresses I will be sending her to ship to little girls in Bolivia. I have only mentioned a few of my favorite bloggers. Check out all my favorites along my sidebar and enjoy the posts of others until I can get my act (and camera) in gear and post what I’ve been working on. Fall is just around the corner and I look forward to sharing lots of new things! Thanks to all of you for sharing!