I have designed quite a few quilts using the design from the original quilt.
I've decided to call the quilt Lizzy's quilt, I don't know the original makers name, but I can imagine. You could piece the blocks, but I have decided to appliqué my blocks. However, I will include instructions for both methods.
This is my constant companion, Ralf. A storm raged last night and Ralf and I snuggled under my favorite quilt and watched TV. Some 80 years ago, a lady made this quilt. She collected feed sacks and patiently hand pieced a large utilitarian quilt. The colors are vintage. Brown, tan, blue, mint green and 20's pink. The batting is thin cotton and the back it the same coarse brown homespun that she used in the construction of the blocks. Where did she get the pattern from? I can't find it in any of my old pattern books. I can't find a name for it, and I think it is probably a version of drunkards path. Was she sitting in her kitchen by the fire in a small town of Minnesota. Was it snowing when she began the quilt. Did she continue it through the green of spring and the heat haze of a summer day by the lake. I believe she was in her 60's + because the quilt had never been used when I purchased it in an antique store in my American hometown of Long Prairie MN. Then again, she could have made it for a daughter or a friend who didn't like it and never used it. I imagine, it was sold in a job lot at an auction of a deceased estate. Maybe the family found it in a trunk and sold it along with her other "Womens Art Projects" to the local antique dealer? In summer of 2005 I had a short break in Long Prairie and I rode my bike the 2 miles into town. It was a hot misty summer day, and I was just taking in the beauty of our little town. Lake Charlotte glistening blue in the sun, the green maples by the shore and the fields of ripening corn. I stopped for a drink in one of the cafes and then went to the antique shop for my compulsory visit. The quilt was hanging by the counter and I asked the price. $45 I think..... so I packed it up and put it in my back back and rode home with it for show and tell. I love this quilt and use it daily when I'm home. Grandson Kodi loves it too and he sits and watching TV under the quilt with a teddy bear biscuit in each hand. When the biscuits have been eaten he has to turn off the TV. It's amazing just how long he make two cookies last. Things made in the past last for a long time. We never know what will happen to them in the future. Where will your quilts end up in 80 years? I have collected these treasures for many years. I believe that the doilies, pinnies, embroidered tablecloths and dishtowels that I've collected over the years are a form of "Womens Art" I showed some of my Australian treasures once at Guild. They were rather ugly, but had been patiently made by hand and the makers used the fabric of the day. One lady was heard to exlaim "She'd buy anything" Hmm, she missed the point. Art comes in many forms. The art of my Mother and her sisters did around their homes to make it "nice" is as important to me as a beautiful painting. A quilt made by a lady in Minnesota has given me much joy and comfort and I share in her friendship as a fellow quilter. Her memory will live on in her handwork as will yours and mine in the future.
I worked on this cruise earlier this year. It was just wonderful. We had 80 people in class and had a ball. We taught for 3 days when we were at sea and the rest of the time we toured. Some of the places we visited were, Haiti, The Bahamas, Mexico, Cayman Islands.
Kaye and I will keep you entertained in many ways.!!!!! We wined and dined, we exercised and ate the most delicious food.
Many of the participants signed up for the next cruise so I guess it was a huge success.
Jim West of Sew Many Places organizes some wonderful tours, check them out.
We were actually going to do a cruise just before this one, from Australia to New Zealand. However, the cruise company is booked out. So I hope it will be the following year.
This is a photo of the dropped petals of my Christmas roses. Don't you wish you could keep the petals without them withering?
I bought them out to the shed to photograph them because the colour is just delicious and just happened to put them on my daily folder. Voila! another vase of flowers.
Just returned from the dentist.
I detest going to the dentist and I'm not ashamed to say that I only go in emergencies.... There is something just not right about two people with lights ablaze holding undistinguishable metal instruments peering into your open mouth and doing things.
How come I had to go to the dentist and spol Christmas...? I bit into one of those soft round chocolates that fill your mouth like a gobstopper. Crunch, out came the filling just to spoil my enjoyment.
Hence the visit to the Dentist. I've been meaning to do the Paris Hilton teeth whitening thing for a while, so back I go for a touch up in a few weeks.
It's taken 4 hours for the anaesthetic to wear off... I couldn't talk properly for hours!
I've also been to the Adelaide Central Market for the weekly curry tasting. Daughter Rachael bought me a new trolley for Christmas. It's bright red patent leather with a silver chain and the letter A dangling on the clasp. Does that mean Audacious, Adored, Angel?
Everyone of my children, said "Oh Mum, that just looks like you" so now I definitely have to have the teeth whitened to match.
While we were eating I saw something incredible. A young Asian man, who looked like a student, sat down just by us and devoured the remnants of our neighbours dinner. He moved from table to table doing the same.... I was surprised to say the least.
Next an Indian lady who wanted to read my palm accosted me. "I will tell you your fortune, I know your future. I know how many children you will have..." Well honey, I'm coming up to the 40th wedding anniversary, I'm over all that sort of stuff"
She conned a few people and they handed over $20 for five minutes of hearing what they wanted to hear.
Reckon I could do that really.
Now I can get back to work and concentrate on the project rather than the dentist.
I just had an idea. I think we would do wonders for quilting if we taught Paris Hilton to quilt. Imagine what that would do for the image of quilting!!!
Is it really only 3 days since Christmas Day?
Recovering from Christmas Day, I've had the luxury of working in the 'shed' for the past few days. I'm doing 3 things at once. Quilting on my new Janome 6600P which was delivered on Wednesday.
I'm also working on a rather large portrait project and taking footage of the project at the same time.
I began filming yesterday, and this huge machine decided to do the annual street sweep. So I did a little quilting. I resumed again and then the phone rang (Make a note Pam, turn the phone off when filming)
The photo below is part of one of the buildings that go to make the background of the portraits. It's been appliqued and Drappliqued and will be placed on the quilt when I've finished the lower part of the house.
Do you all feel guilty like me, finishing off the left over Christmas food.? I managed to give away a Pavlova, all the brandy custard and cream and a Christmas pudding. Son Benny is helping out with the ham and finished the turkey. !!!! Never the less, I feel like a blimp.
This is an odd post because I changed my blog. However, I've submitted it again, because I didn't publish the blog.
December 22, 2006
A nice aurprise.
Monday began like ay other day. I was going to film all day with Di Mill. We had the Studio set and just about to begin the first session..... A crunch on the drive allerted us to a delivery Van. Could this be the delivery I was waiting for? I casually questioned the driver not daring to hope it was my book. "USA, I think" he said..... Yes, this is it. I've been waiting for 2 1/2 Years to see my completed bnook and finally it was here. Oh my goodness, the box even has may name printed on it as "Author" We scrabbled for the scissors and finally there it was, in all it's glory. My Book. 1776, Heartache, Heritage and Happiness. OK, I'm waxing lyrical, but what the heck.... I'm pretty darned choofed.
Sons Jamie, 36 and Matthew 34, were heard to express "pretty classy " when they went through it at the office.
The best laid plans
Each morning, I come out to the shed and open up the computer. "What do I have to do today". It's all in the calendar. Each notation in a different color and to do's on the attachment at the side. It's a great feeling to tick them off. Well, yesterday was to be a day to prepare my 2006 diary for printing. The best laid plans of mice and men..... My printer is having a hissy fit and despite working on it for an hour or so I'm not going to get the results I demand. I decided to sort out the years travelling stuff. As I travel I save things, bizarre things, like....... hotel key tags, boarding passes, tickets to events, cards from students and friends and even police reports..... yes, I have two. One when I talked the cop out of a speeding fine by showing him my quilts (is that called perverting the course of justice)? The other from South Africa when I got mugged. It all goes in the diary. Comments, good and bad and my reactions. I pulled out the pile of "things" and memories return as I look at each one. Cards from the girls in Washington State. It reminded me of the days I had free exploring the countryside and meeting the most wonderful people.
"Ding" goes the signal for incoming mail. Oh, its spooky, there was an email from one of the quilters I spent time with on that occasion.!!!! 87 boarding passes, at little bit excessive and 35 hotel keys. I sorted them out into months and returned them to their box for another day when the printer returns to normality. Darn it, I'll go shopping and get the last minute food items. Return home laden with bags. Now for the presents. I hate wrapping presents, so I decided to make it more interesting. I got out all the wonderful paper and bric a brac I collect while travelling. Just the norm, like porcupine quilts, stamps, papers and ribbon and antique buttons. I made each of the troops a special message card to accompany their present. I'll add a photo journal of the cards. I decided to photograph them, because I enjoyed making them so much, and some who are not very arty, might throw them out with the discarded wrapping paper. It was so much fun, and even better than doing the journal.
I have added some photos on my photo page.
Welcome This is the link to my official website.
Just click on the word 'Welcome.' and you will be transported to the web page.
You will learn about classes, view wonderful images and be privy to new information.
Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.