Friday, October 20, 2017

Visitors.....




My adorable niece is performing in a play at the University of Utah, so today was a busy day with both of her Grandmothers arriving into town for the play.  Her parents come tomorrow, and her aunt and uncle come tomorrow afternoon.  We will all be in attendance to let her know how proud of her we all are. 


This is a quilt I've been working on.  I think I will name it, Christmas Or Not.


Now we are back at the museum.  There were several school house quilts.....always one of my favorites.  Little did the maker of these quilts realize that they would one day hang in a museum and be admired by so many.










This school house has panes in the windows and even a door knob.





A charming color combination.






Another Delectable Mountain....very different layout from the one I posted yesterday. I really find this to be an attractive quilt.


A few points cut off in this quilt too.  As Kaye England wrote in one of her books, "I always try to do my best, but if there are points cut off, that okay, they are just hiding."  Completed is better than perfect!!






I do not purposely look for imperfections, but when I see them it makes me smile.








"Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be known.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween....




......Unfortunately I will be gone for Halloween.  I will miss the joy in handing out treats to little ghosts and goblins, and many other varieties!  I have many happy memories stored away from this holiday.  One year my daughter went to stores looking for costume donations.  Then she brought them to the family shelter, where she was assisting children with homework.  She and many of her friends parked their cars by the shelter, and the kids trick or treated from their cars.  You see, Abbie loves Halloween and couldn't deal with the thought that these kids were missing out.  One of my special memories was when I was with my son in Ohio, who lives on the most picturesque street with big trees, and just a cozy homey appeal to the street.  It was so heart warming to watch all of the young families with their little ones.  Plus there were Jack O Lantern's glowing on the steps.

There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight......There was definitely magic in that Halloween night!


I haven't carved a pumpkin.....this is my claim to the holiday. I do love the charm of this cat who hangs out on my bench.


This chubby Mr. Pumpkin man is also a favorite.  It's quite apparent he had too much fun with his treats!


More from the International Quilt Study Museum.  Notice the little patch to the border on the upper right corner......I love it!


I am so drawn to this mishmash of fabrics.  I have a brown fabric very similar to the brown in this quilt.











I've always loved different variations of the Delectable Mountain block.


I just used a red fabric very similar to the red in this quilt.  I think I used it while making kits for the Sweet and Simple kits.  This green fabric is amazing.






There is always something new to learn every time I go through the museum.




Double Irish Chain.  Definitely a scrap quilt. Notice the one random yellow block.....making do with the scraps they had.


"Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you."  -Augustine of Hippo


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I have dinner un the oven.....




.....and I will take a minute to write tomorrows post.  First of all let me join my wishes  to Carolyn who commented on yesterdays blog........she hopes that she lives long enough to gain just a percentage of the skill that other quilters have shown!  Now with that said, we will continue our journey through the museum.


This post is going to be a bit confusing.  I took a picture of this sweet sentiment, left as a label, but I'm not sure for which quilt.  It doesn't really matter though as this bit of sentiment written in 1843 stands on it's own merit.


What a stunning quilt this is.  The border fabric is just sensational.


I'm sorry, but the information for these quilts are out of order, so I'm inviting you to be sleuths, and come up with the proper deduction!!!



How about this gorgeous sashing fabric.  I have a reproduction copy of the brown fabric in the center of the bottom star.  The folks who reproduce fabric must have access to amazing old fabric samples......and I'm happy that they do.




Notice how astoundingly incredible this quilting is.  We marvel at quilting like this when it is accomplished by machine applique......how about done by hand?!!




We often hear how important it is to use only certain types of quality thread.  I wondered what this woman used that has endured the test of time.  History tells us that  thread was often selvaged from garments to be reused.  These were thrifty women who knew how to make do.  However, this is not a scrap quilt, so that probably does not apply here.



A close up of this gorgeous blue fabric.


I believe this is the most beautiful Mariner's Compass quilt I have ever seen. I just love everything about this quilt, right down to the fact that the center circle is not a perfect round circle!  And that a few of the points are cut off.  So you see Carolyn, the work of these quilters was not perfect. We need to be kind to ourselves, and appreciate our efforts.




"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls."  -Joseph Campbell

P.S.  I've found this to be true! :-)