Friday, March 27, 2015

Ohio Sampler

 I looked at several eagles in the Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley and they were pretty primitive, not at all like the sampler eagle of Anita's. So, here's my version from Electric Quilt.
 Reading the book the eagle block is what drew the author in and made these so familiar to one another. Many had embroidery from the mouth to a banner. Mine is not appliqued and not sure it will be, but I'm ready to add it if I want to. I love making eagles and have made many. After making this one I wasn't sure it would go with the other sampler blocks I made.

After seeing them all together I don't think it looks too bad. I'm going to replace my drunkards path and add that to my orphan block quilt. I am not liking it at all.
Karen and Cathy are making the Ohio sampler too! See their work HERE and HERE.

Here's what was happening on Instagram this week!

                                                            Have a beautiful weekend.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

European Patchwork Meeting

Look what I'll be enjoying this fall! This is the countryside in Alsace, France where the
European Patchwork Meeting will take place. This show tends to be more modern, but what an opportunity to see France.

 My daughter and I have talked about going for a couple of years now and she mentioned it again so, we thought, if not now, then when?

 She visited last week and we went back and forth about dates/flights etc.. then she left me this note.
 " I really cannot wait to go to France with you. Any way we get there, and however long it will take doesn't matter. What matters is spending time with you and exploring the quilt world of France together."

 How cool is that? She speaks French too, so that will be very helpful! We will be in Paris for a few days as well. If you have any tips, sites, museums or textile places we must see, please let me know. If you happened to be going I'd love to know that too.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Few Finishes

I had these all quilted, binding on and ready to hand sew. Now they are DONE!

my sample from Sujata's book, Cultural Fusion

Small version of Market Day by Pam Buda

Folksy Christmas by Cheri

Fun pumpkin quilt made by Barb Veddar, finished by me.

My stars in a time warp- green calico/ditsy prints.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Airing of the Quilts 2015

I saw a blurb on Bill's facebook about a quilt show and lecture he was doing this past weekend, so I took the opportunity to go to my first quilt show of the year! I met Bill Volckening at the debut of the Oregon Quilt Documentation  project in 2010 and we run into each other now and then. 

Willow Tree whole cloth c1815
 He had a small exhibit of botanical quilts on display. If you have followed Bill's blog you have seen these, but when it comes to spectacular antique quilts, once is not enough!
Prince's Feather c 1840

Floral 6 block c 1860

Album with Lyre c1850

block-printed blue resist from 1760

Album with rooster c 1868
My favorite of this collection

Birds and Wreaths c1870

six block whirling leaves c 1880

This is my favorite from his hour long lecture. He has posted his lecture quilts HERE. I recommend a peak!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Label Mabel

I was surprised to hear how many of you do not label your quilts. It doesn't have to be a long, drawn out chore. Mine are usually super simple and easy in my own messy handwriting.

 I adhere my label fabric (usually muslin) to freezer paper to stabilize it as I write.  I've always been known to write uphill, so I draw lines with my Frixion pen using a ruler.
Then I write whatever I want. If I made the quilt for someone, I write their name and the occasion. I usually add who quilted it as well, and I know some designers would like you to add their name as the designer. If you were entering it into a show that would be an excellent idea.

 Then I iron away my lines made with the frixion pen. Look how crooked it is even when I used lines! lol
 And this is how I apply it to my quilt. The raw edge will be sewn in as I apply the binding and I will applique the other two edges down. Done!

I picked up this book from Amazon and now I wish I would have made my sampler block more like Karen's, imitating these wonderful quilts. I do plan on adding more cheddar!

And if you aren't following me on Instagram this week, here's a few photos of what you missed!

Have a great weekend!



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