Monday, December 5, 2016

Exciting Quilt Days with Friends Part 3 Potholder Quilt

Guess what this is! a not very timely manner I am sorry to write, the quilts from the Shelburne seen 22 Oct.......A Potholder Quilt from the Shelburne Museum collection!  Most unusual layout!  Perhaps someone made the Compass blocks intending to applique them onto background squares which is what we typically see.  Then, either the Maker or Someone Else quilted and bound the blocks in red and  proceeded to make the 4 quilted/bound (in blue) setting shapes!  Much more work IMHO but Very Striking!   Shelburne acquired the Maine quilt in 2001; maker unknown, Circa 1885.  Pam Weeks (aka Potholder Pam who is writing a book about Potholder Quilts) told me that the majority of potholder quilts found so far have a Maine connection.  This one  has cut corners for a 4 poster bed as a large percentage of antique Maine quilts have.

The short seams connecting the setting pieces can be seen here at the circle midpoints.

New fabrics and new books!    Lovely "Pumpkin Pie" line from Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts), one of my many favorite designers!  Ten bolts join the 80+ already in stock from previous lines!

Wonderful background for applique done with strong colors!

New books are ""Treasury of Quilts" by 19th Century Patchwork Divas from Texas (Betsy Churchian and Friends!) and "Scraps Made Simple" from the Moda All-Stars series.

I needed a 6" pine tree block for my History Repeated 9-Patch  (next post!) instead of the 8" in the book.  Took a long time to make but love the finished block!  Might be the block I should make with the shoeboxes full of half-square triangles that I just can't stop making!  It's an Addiction to be always preparing and thinking so far ahead for quilts down the road!  Should just concentrate on what I am working on Now!  (more on that in next post too!)

Love this Sawtooth block by Carrie Nelson!  Made one up very Quickly!  Tho this time I Enlarged the block (to 7-1/2") as I have oodles of precut 6"to 6-1/2" squares to work with and will not want to take the time to cut them into 4-1/2" squares tho I Love her darling little 5" block!  Yes, I would get little 1-1/2" strips which I use a lot but don't need any more for foreseeable future!

Scrap Box Giveaway is full again!  Leave a comment if you would like to be included in the drawing!  Please leave contact info if you are a No-Reply person and I am sorry that I can't mail overseas.
Today is our first Snow Day and it is already 4:30 pm and I have No Sewing Done!  Yet!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Exciting Quilt Days with Friends Part 2

I took so many photos at the Shelburne Museum AQSG event on Oct 22 that I will be able to show only one quilt at this time!  Hexagon Quilt circa 1830......first two overall photos are from Randy my excitement over the dazzling individual fabrics, I forgot to get an overall shot!!  Quilt was Huge!

Have developed more of a liking of Dots lately!  Who would have thought of using dots for the "path" of the hexagons!  But we all loved it!!

This shows the knife edge with a double row of stitching.

MANY different chintzes!  Antque Fabric lover heaven!

Quercitron yellow.........

Several rosettes had a red toile center.....anyone able to identify it from the scant photos?

This is the backing of the cut-corner quilt.

This photo pictures the tan color more accurately.

Forgot to post my QAL on Lori's Linky but here it is!  It was fun to do, not to mention enjoying searching through madder fabrics and shirtings and finding old friends I had nearly forgotten about!!

Not as much sewing/quilting happening these days as I would Like.....and this is Part of the Reason.......two great-granddaughters visited at the same time last week!  On the left is Madilyn who is 6 weeks old....lives only about 60 miles from me!  Penny is from FL and it was wonderful to see/hold/hug/kiss her at 10 weeks of age!  

Meanwhile, in Arizona, first great-grandchild, Baylor, is celebrating his first birthday!

 Usually, he hams it up for the camera!  But he looks a bit unhappy in the first photo.....what a difference a birthday cake can make!!
New fabrics have arrived and are on my Facebook page "Busy Thimble Maine" and tomorrow a salesrep visits with new goods from Fall market!