Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Something good even better...

Isn't it great when you find someone has improved upon something you already like. Take the latest recipe posted on Big Black Dogs blog - a butter cookie (I'm sold already) made with hazelnut-butter and mini chocolate chips...sigh! Then there is the latest improvements to the Quilt Index.

The Quilt Index is a joint project of Michigan State University Museum and the Alliance for American Quilts and is one of my favorite sites in all of the internet. (If Dr. Spock was a quilter he would hang out here....) So here is a site I love as much as butter cookies (and that my friends is saying something!) that they have relaunched with some even cooler additions.

The now have nearly 50,000 search-able quilt records from more than 29 contributors. What does this mean. Say you find an interesting Irish Chain quilt like mine in the photo above in your Grandmothers attic and wonder if there are others like it. You just type "Irish Chain" into the seach box at www.quiltindex.org and just see how many photos you get to look through! If you go to the basic display page you can even play with the zoom feature that lets you focus on specific parts of the quilt. (This is a great feature for the applique and sampler quilts!) The history pages for the quilts can be really interesting reads too.)

They just completed a new project on Signature quilts (the Signature Quilt Project.) This project allowed for public submissions to the listing in a narrow field. I forwarded this to the folks in that own the really fun signature quilt that I saw in October. There were several similar to it in the Index along with information on how to research these quilts.This quilt is one of my favorites in the signature study. It is the Quaker signature quilt and combines piecing, applique and signatures. (the little applique signature block at the top of this post is from my collection...one I mean to research soon....)

So my plan for today - make up a batch of cookies and a pot of tea, then change into my most comfortable jammies and spend this rainy day playing in the new quilt index...do I know how to have a good time or what!

9 comments:

BUMBLE BEANS said...

oooh! can I swing by? i'm up for butter cookies and tea! i think we need a girls day...

*karendianne. said...

With 50,000 search-able quilt records from more than 29 contributors this might mean I'm not going to get any closer to a FINISH! hee!

Tammy said...

Great information that I will for sure be checking out. As for the cookies, oh boy do I wish I was your neighbor who happened by when the first batch was ready for taste testing!!

Nines said...

Kewl. Really. Love your signature quilt block. Very different.

Karen said...

I can't do it today but will surely investigate the site you have mentioned. I am sure there are lots of interesting quilts to drool over.

Clare said...

I'm sitting in front of the PC in my PJ's with a cup of tea looking at this marvellous site! I typed in Gwen Marston and up came loads! The 5th one down is wonderful!

Michelle said...

I have to say that the MI State Library has really done so much. The Quilt index is an invaluable reference!

They also have a site where they've scanned historical cookbooks and it's completely searchable. It's a hoot to read the old cookbooks and yes I've tried many of the recipes.

Sweet that you mentioned my cookies. Thanks so much!

Kathie said...

always love reading your posts and seeing your quilts and quilt pictures!
The quilt index is an amazing place, great way to spend an afternoon just looking and dreaming of all the ones you want to make
hope all is well by you.
Would love to come over for cookies and tea!
Kathie

The Rabbit Factory said...

Can't wait to check out this website...sounds really great! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your very nice comment! Have a wonderful relaxing holiday!