Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday

This time last year...

and the year before...

 and back in 2008...

Monday, January 28, 2013

January Quilt List...a B

I stayed pretty focused on my list this month.  Only two slight diversions!

First, I made the binding for the Scrappy trip around the world.  Don;t ask me why it took so long!  Still haven't sewn it down but I am closer to a finish!  I ended up using red...think I'll like it.

Second, I handed off Orca Bay and Material Obsessions to my friend to be long arm quilted!  which I guess means I should start thinking of making more binding....a lot more binding!
                                                                                       Material Obsession,,,,

Third, I pieced a backing for Charleston Baskets.  I'm going to hand quilt this one using Perl cotton and a large stitch.  I want it to have lots of texture!  Next step is to baste it....need to pick out a good long movie for this task!
                                                                 Charleston Basket....
I basted my little quilt, Crayon Rows.  I had an extra incentive to do that as I presented a program on basting quilts to my guild!  I'm going to machine quilt this one.
                                                                                               Crayon Rows
                                                                                 Donation Quilt pieced background
Lots of progress was made on the donation quilt.   All of the backgrounds are pieced!  Feel like I've already "made" a quilt!   Kits were made up for all of the blocks and the borders.  Half were given to volunteers to applique early in the month and the remainder will be distributed on Saturday.   Still need to figure out what the added inner border will be...goal is to have the top finished by June!  This is the first time I have used this much gray in a quilt...

So what were the distractions?  Well, a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer so we made a "care quilt" with lots of inspirational messages to keep her spirits up during radiation therapy.  The other diversion is not as commendable is that darn internet!  V over at Bumblebee quilting is doing a challenge using linen tea towels as a center medallion   I have lots of those towels so I rationalized it as "but I will not be buying anything for this challenge...."  (hey, I can hear you snickering!)

Friday, January 25, 2013

A little sunlight on the matter...

I feel a bit guilty to say it since so much of the country is freezing but the weather here in Georgia is downright gorgeous.

Yesterday the girl that walks Macbeth offered to plant the pansies that had been sitting in front of my garage for at least a week.  I bought them the day I came down with the flu.  It was nice to sit outside in the sunshine for a bit and watch the neighbor's kitten "help" with the planting!

I had forgotten how expensive it can be to be sick.  No, I'm not talking about the Chinese Restaurant's repeated deliveries of Won Ton Soup, nor refilling the  tray of cough drops, eye drops, vapor rub and Tylenol next to the bed.  I'm talking about the deliveries that UPS and the Post Office are making to my front door...I'm talking about internet pity purchases.

Don't get me wrong as of yet I'm not unhappy with anything I found.  I just can't believe I've found so much!

The is this new hexagon quilt that fits into my collection so has lots of my favorite has a flour sack on the back (which means I now have quilts with backs from chicken feed sacks, sugar sacks, flour sacks, and corn...wonder what I'm missing....)

I needed gray...

So with the help of I now have lots of gray.  You get the picture.  There are some books from Amazon...some Kaffe Fasset from Hancocks...and a new pair of pajamas (with scottie dogs on them) from   Glad I'm feeling well enough to sew again!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Log cabin and flu...

Combining flu and MS is not a good thing...have gotten little done the past week.  Every-time I think I am better and venture out - whamm.
                                                     MacBeth sleeping on a project that has been on the floor too long!
Today is a whamm day...this morning couldn't use the left leg at all.  I get up for 20 minutes then have to nap for 30...urghhhhh.  About the only "quilt-y" thing I've done is sort scraps for the challenge over at Victoria's blog 15 Minutes of Play.  At this moment I 'd give anything to stay alert for 15 minutes!

Heck I even fell asleep during Downton Abbey!  Maybe if I watch it three times I'll get the whole storyline...

Anyway, before I this all hit I was putting away some of the quilt collection and trying to get more photos so I could do a better job documenting them.  The logcabin quilt above is actually tied not quilted.  The logs are less than an inch wide.  There are some wonderful example of indigo, double pinks and just a touch of cheddar.

  I really love this layout.  Quilt is about 65 inches by 65 inches so hangs nicely on a wall.  The quilt was purchased in Pennsylvania.

Here is a photo of the back of this quilt.  Interesting note - when documenting or appraising a quilt it is best to start with the back.  Generally it is the last fabric purchased for a quilt so may give a hint to the age or there may be a label....

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I've spent the last few days rearranging my antique quilts.  I use most of them for guild programs and lectures which means I am in an almost constant state of packing or unpacking!  Right now I am unpacking "100 years of quilts" and packing "Signature quilts - clues to family history" which I am presenting to a Genealogical group for the second time.

This did however also give me a chance to look at the purple fabrics from around 1850.  Why you ask?  Well, I am making a quilt that uses a quilt from that time period as inspiration.  I need a lavender fabric.  So far I've ordered two on the internet and not been happy with either when it arrived.  The first was just wrong.  The second the color was right but the print was too large for the applique pieces I'm doing.
This is about the period I'm looking for - These are from an Irish Chain, circa 1850.

These other purples are more difficult to date as the quilt has fabrics from 1850 to 1880 in it!

So I guess this calls for a "Quilt Emergency" road-trip   Maybe the last week of the month I'll either head to Mary Jo's or down to Atlanta and go to Little Quilts and the little shop in Conyers.  We do not have a LQS that carries reproduction sad.

Which brings me to this little doll quilt (18x24 inches.)  It was given to me after a quilt program.  I know it is in poor shape but I love how the older 9-patch blocks were put together, most likely in the 20's, to make a little quilt for some child's doll....and it has purple!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Update on the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative...

Below is an update from Ami Simms on the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  This has been a wonderful program that not only raised money for Alzheimer's research but increased awareness of the disease and provided support for family members by letting them know they were not alone in facing this disease. 

So if you haven't made a small quilt or bought a quilt to support this great cause know this is the last year to be a part of it!  Lets help make this a banner year for AAQI!

Note from Ami:

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will most likely reach the $1,000,000 mark in money raised for Alzheimer’s research some time in 2013!

The work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts has brought us to this milestone. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support and dedication.
Ami and her mother, Beebe, in 2006 shortly after the AAQI began.

What began as one person’s response to sorrow and frustration has grown into a national charity embraced by a large portion of the quilting community. More than 13,000 quilts have beendonated, turning sweat equity into over $883,000 for research so far. For many donors these quilts were healing works of art which helped them grieve as they stitched for the greater good. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the AAQI’s two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer’s. Through this artistry came the realization for many that they were not alone on this journey of heartbreak; others understood, perhaps for the first time, what a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s really means. Together quilters have funded 11 research studies at six universities and a medical school. Three more studies will be funded this month and hopefully more throughout 2013. Because of the AAQI, scientists know a little bit more about Alzheimer’s than they did before. Hopefully this understanding will bring us all closer to a cure.

When I created the AAQI back in 2006, I never expected it to become so successful! I also never imaged how much work it would take to keep it going. As the AAQI blossomed, board members and core volunteers have had to increase our hours and pace to keep up. While I find enormous satisfaction in nurturing the AAQI, I much prefer sewing to administrating. I miss just being a full-time quilter.

For this reason, 2013 will be the last year of fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I hope you will help the AAQI reach our goal of One Million Dollars for research and then at the end of 2013 celebrate with everyone who made this tremendous achievement possible. Please review the important dates below:
February 15, 2013All bookings for the traveling exhibit “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” must be finalized.
March 1, 2013 First online auction of quilts from “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” traveling exhibit. Twenty-six Name Quilts will be auctioned during the first 10 days of March, April, May, June, July, August, and September. Payment will be required at the conclusion of each auction with shipping in October 2013 after the exhibit retires. The 54 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts from the traveling exhibit will be auctioned during the first 10 days of October and December.
July 2013: Last month to participate in the Quilt-A-Month Club.
August 1, 2013: Last day to register Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. Quilts delivered to scanners after August 20 will be refused.
October 29 – November 3, 2013: International Quilt Festival. We hope to be invited back one last time to sell quilts in Houston, TX.
November 1-10, 2013: Celebrity Invitational Quilt Online Auction
December 30, 2013: Last day Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts can be purchased online.
December 31, 2013: Quilts For Sale and Donation pages will be removed from the AAQI website and all solicitations will cease.
2014-2015: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will monitor research grants awarded in 2013. The AQQI web page will be left intact for at least six months. Any funds not needed to sustain the AAQI’s final expenses will be donated to research. Remaining assets will be disposed of according to IRS regulations after which time the corporation will be dissolved.

There is still much work to this year as we sprint to the finish line. I hope everyone who reads this will join in, either as a seasoned veteran or a first time quilt donor or quilt buyer. We will continue to make a difference until the very last quilt is sold. Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

Thank you for your support,
Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

Monday, January 14, 2013

Back from Quilt Retreat...

For the last few days I was up at Hickory Knob State Park for my guild's annual retreat.  As always it was lots of good food, friends and fabric.

Unlike past years it was so mild that the doors of the "barn" where we gathered could stay open and one afternoon we ate out at a picnic table!  Last year at this time we were covered in snow and ice and had to chip a path to the meeting room...go figure!
Retreat block this year was Bonnie Hunter's Moth in the Window...some lucky quilter went home with enough for a small top!

I didn't finish anything this year...though I did hand off two tops to be longarmed (thus standing a good chance of finishing them this year!)  Most of the time I worked on getting the blocks for our next donation quilt kitted up...which is another way of saying I played in fabric most of the weekend.

The folks at Piece of Cake gave us permission to use this pattern.  The proceeds of our quilt go to support Camp Rainbow, a camp for Children with Cancer run here in Georgia.  We are using gray for the background in honor of the guild's 25th anniversary.  Can't wait to see the blocks finished! 

A couple of members brought antique or vintage quilts.  Kat brought this one from Tennessee.

It is a family quilt circa 1830.  She is wonderful at telling the family history and the role this quilt plays.

I love the label on this quilt!

This quilt also came from Kat's family.

The quality of the stitches is amazing.  It was made in the 1930's.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Monday quilting update...

I cannot believe how many quilters have finished (quilting, binding and everything) the Easy Street Mystery designed and hosted by Bonnie Hunter.  Needless to say I am not among the over-achievers!

My top is plugging along nicely, thank-you-very-much.  I have the four corners and most of the setting triangle pieced along with two of each type of 15 in center block.  Not breaking any speed records but steady as I go....

I basted one of my small quilts - rows of crayons.  I am going to quilt this one on my domestic machine.  I find thread basting easier on my hands these days.  To baste this 36 by 45 quilt took me most of the Redskins Games yesterday.

Started packing for my guild's annual retreat.  Every year I pack way too much.  This year I'm promising myself only a few projects...perhaps one for my machine and another hand-quilting for the cabin....

Friday, January 04, 2013

Three days and holding....

Wow, three days into the New Year and I can report I have stuck to both my quilting and my healthy eating resolutions.  Neither was easy!
                                                  dubbed "guardian of the quilt-top pile"
I went to my Guild meeting today.  Every time I looked up there was another plate of cookies or bowl of fudge being handed around!  On top of that there is another workshop this month that I signed up for before I made my resolutions (workshops are breeding grounds for UFO's.)  Then they announced a mystery quilt program for the guild.  So no cookies or fudge and no mystery quilt...I will do the workshop.  "Two out of three aint bad...."

I have made a couple backs for my tops and I have worked diligently on my Easy Street.  Let's just say Easy Street is not the first thing that comes to mind as I sew these blocks together...

I still like it but Easy Street...really?  Does that look easy to you?  Jus' sayin.....

And this is the guild's 2013 Donation quilt.  Proceeds go to benefit a camp for children with cancer.  It really is much brighter in person.

Photographing the green batik background is really difficult...any hints from real photographers out there?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2012 in review...

I noticed many bloggers being so much more positive than I.  Instead of focusing on UFO's and what they need to do in 2013 they posted what they did in here goes...

This crib size quilt was finished up during my guild's National Quilt Day and donated to the Ronald McDonald house along with stack made by other members.

I can't seem to find the finished quit photo but the finished version of this quilt was presented to a local veteran who was severely injured.  Homes for our Troops built and adapted home for him and his family and this was presented to them at the key ceremony.

I made this little quilt for a friend who was named teacher of the year for our county!

My biggest quilt finish was not a quilt at all!  In April I took the test for AQS Quilt Appraiser Certification and passed!

My Pensieve Quilt, a string project done with Tonya Ricucci and others online.  I had fun with the border on this one.  Amazingly the entire quilt did not make a dent in the 1-1/2 inch strip bin....

We finished another guild donation quilt to benefit Camp Rainbow, a camp for children with cancer.

I attended the American Quilt Study Seminar in Lincoln in November...learned lots!  This photo was taken at the International Quilt Museum during their behind the scenes tour.

Of course there is the chubby sheep pincushion...

The last finish of the year was my embroidered Christmas pillow which used a vintage plate block.

So yes, the starts way outnumber the finishes in 2012 but some quilts went to some good causes.  Maybe I finish best when I have deadlines or a reason to get that final binding on....something to think about!