Thursday, June 21, 2012
Marcia sent me photos of a TERRIFIC quilt top made by her grandmother, thinking it was one I would like to see.
She is SO RIGHT!!
I get so much inspiration from seeing these lovely antiques ---and you know what is also fun --- try to imagine the MUSIC of that era playing in the background while you look at these photos. I like to imagine the radio on, big band music wafting on a late summer evening, the style of the vintage kitchen, what might have been cooking for dinner, and what it was like in Grandma’s found moments of piecing!
All of your hand pieced hexies made me think of my grandma’s quilt top stored away in a drawer.
I have had it in a drawer for more than 35 years when my mother passed it on to me when she made a move to a smaller house.
The June 20 posting of older quilts in Fairborn, Ohio, and your comments about fabrics made me get it out and take some photos to send you.
She made it in the early 50s from scraps from her “house dresses” and aprons. I know her fabric store was Woolworth's in downtown Fremont, Ohio. I remember sitting on her porch working to sew very small pieces together. I did not like it.
I started quilting about five years ago when I went into a nearby quilt shop to purchase a birthday gift for a friend. I joined a class, as well as finding the gift.
It isn’t hexies, but is it hand pieced. It has the mustard you love that I thought was tooooo bright. Now I know mustard is a sign of an era.
((Can you find the gingham check square with the “frugal piecing in it?! Love it!))
The bright turquoise border (shows lighter than it is) was stitched on with her electrified treadle machine:
She also left a hand pieced quilt that was to be my wedding present. About 20 years ago a quilter friend hand quilted it for me.
Although I had been to your web site several times in recent years, I just started reading your blog daily after a friend told me about it at a February Quilt Retreat.
Wish I had known about the workshops in Fairborn sooner, I would have made arrangements to come. My mother-in-law attended lunches and programs in that senior center. My sister-in-law probably knows ladies who attended.
Hope you enjoy seeing another mustard, hand pieced scrap quilt.
Your Grandmother’s quilt top is a treasure! Look at all those wonderful dress fabrics in it..and the patience to piece this design! I think it is related somewhat to a “jacks chain” pattern ---this is just a WONDERFUL top, and you are so lucky that your grandmother quilted, and that you have these in your possession.
Thank you for allowing me to share this quilt, and your story – with quilters everywhere!
I can't believe I've had this van for a year now---and wonder of wonders, just when I was thinking that I needed to call the dealership to schedule my appointment---the phone rings through the bluetooth---
"This is Tom at Modern Toyota. I'm calling to wish your Sienna a happy birthday."
Lol!! I talked to him a bit---told him how I love this van--and then asked him to transfer me over to the service department.
How convenient is this?? What were the chances he would call me right after the engine light came on?
This adds a whole new dimension to the phrase "Don't call us, We'll call you!"
So here I sit while Shamu gets the once over so we will be ready to head to the mountains this evening.
And because it was already in the car----I'm stitching on a binding making good use of found time---and keeping myself from freezing in here because the A/C is set on SNOW!
The first time I drove through Lynchburg, VA --- and saw the Craddock-Terry Hotel, I knew I wanted to stay there.
This place is SO unique! It used to be a shoe factory--- in fact, it was the first shoe factory SOUTH of the Mason Dixon line, and had quite a booming business for many many years.
The over-view on on the Historic Hotels of America website states:
Today a name inextricably connected with the finest in luxury accommodations and hospitality, Craddock Terry was once associated with shoes.
The Craddock Terry Shoe Company was, in fact, the first shoe company south of the Mason-Dixon Line and the fifth largest in the world. Built on the edge of the James River in 1901, the factory immediately became the backbone of the city’s commercial success.
In recent years, it was converted into a luxury boutique hotel occupying the original building and the historic tobacco warehouse next door. Original architectural details such as brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows with views of downtown, the river, and the Blue Ridge Mountains complement the stylish modern décor, appropriately accented with shoes.
Shoes are celebrated in the services of this landmark hotel. Daily, guests enjoy a signature in-room shoebox breakfast, and overnight, they are treated to shoe shine.
Lynchburg is a beautiful historic town set into a hillside. The downtown area is vibrant and bustling and there are quaint restaurants, museums and lots of things to intrigue you if you are a history nut like I am. Thomas Jefferson’s getaway, Poplar Forest, is found nearby in Forest, VA.
Upon entering the Craddock Terry lobby --- you are greeted with shoes abounding!
Tazzie, if you are reading this – I was thinking of you and knowing you would love this place!
Everything is shoe themed! How about a shoe “holder” for a bottle of local wine?
Displays of old shoes are scattered here and there….from children’s shoes, to styles for men and women through the decades.
Can you date the shoes just based on the style?
The lobby also boasts the original safe ---I just love fun historic places like this!
Boots and wooden shoe forms on a window sill in the lobby---
Shoe shine chairs are a fun accent!
I loved the little vignettes tucked under stairwells, complete with vintage advertising posters.
Even the room key has a shoe on it!
Pick a room! Do you want the one with pink ballet slippers on the door?
How about a lumberjack boot!
I thought the vintage baby bootie was adorable!
Maybe a pair for rainy puddle splashing?
Or, could be you are in the mood for some cowboy boot kickin’!
The rooms are awesome….the original stone and mortar walls are exposed, and the furnishings are inviting and comfy!
The only bad part is that after a long day of driving I was too tired to set up in here and sew……I was asleep by 9:30pm!
Through the tall window of my room, I could see people enjoying the patio and outdoor dining below. There is an awesome pizza place ---I sat out on the deck and soaked up the last of the late evening splendor, unwinding from an extra long day of driving.
In the morning, your continental breakfast is found INSIDE the shoe shine box outside your door!
Morning pictures, the sun is quickly rising and the day is getting hot by the time I was leaving.
The old tobacco warehouse is now an event center.
There are a lot of unremarkable “Days Inn” type stays out there. This is not one of them! I love this place!
And if I haven’t won you over yet --- this is Buster Brown! He lives at the Craddock-Terry and is quite the character. You can even get a leash from the desk and he will accompany you on a walk about town. What a sweetie!
Don’t you love buildings with the remnants of old advertising still visible? Shamu was waiting for us to begin the last leg of our journey home ----
I definitely need a windshield wash ---but this was a glimpse of my view as I drove toward Lynchburg ---LOVE the mountains!
And because we love the mountains ---my little family is getting away for a belated Father’s Day weekend --- TODAY. Yes. TODAY. I have gotten as far as unpacking the quilt stuff from the car – leaving some project stuff IN the car –we are off to spend the weekend at a little cabin outside of Boone. It’s time for some down time! I know that I’ll be sewing away while others are playing golf or doing guy things. We plan on chillin’ and grillin’ and sleeping in late.
Bring on the weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I wish I was going to be home to attend this event ---but I’m going to be in Idaho and Oregon!
I’ve been asked if I could help spread the word about the Virginia Embroidery Conference as it is just a few weeks away.
What: Virginia Quilting and Embroidery Conference (VQEC)
Where: Holiday Inn University & Conference Center Charlottesville, VA
When: July 11 -14, 2012
Who: VQEC Instructors are Locally, nationally, and some internationally recognized teachers including Sewing and Machine Arts Expert, Denise Allen, Quilting Expert Liz Buchanan; Award-Winning Hand Appliqué Artist; Melanie Rodriquez; Art Quilter, Karen Lee Carter; and Fabric Designer, Quilt teacher, Quilt Talk Show Host Pat Sloan. Masters of Machine Embroidery from Arizona: Claudia Dinnell, Angie Steveson, Sarah Vedeler and BERNINA Educator Debbi Lashbrook.
Workshops –Choose from 22 different six-hour workshops 8:30 -4:30:
Machine Embroidery Quilting with Embellishment
Traditional Quilting Techniques and Twists
Machine Mastery utilizing Various Machine Feet and Techniques
If you are anywhere NEAR Charlottesville, VA you’ll want to check this out!
Click HERE to view the VQEC website where you can print a PDF brocure.
Those of you going? You are going to have the BEST time!
The car thermometer hit 95 today while I was poking around Danville in search of treasures.
HOT HOT HOT HOT!
And our humidity is quickly reaching summer levels. That means that through the next few months our A/C will be running 24/7. And this is when I think back 100 years and wonder HOW they did it with corsets and stays and girdles and chemises, long skirts, hosiery, boots ----
I am absolutely POSITIVE that I was not meant to live in any other life time than this one.
It was a long two days to get home ----yesterday I just could NOT drive any more than the 9 hours I already had ---and I only took time to stop at the ONE antique mall in Verona ---by the time I left there and got to anywhere else, everything was closed. I've got pics from that jaunt to post ---be watching for those!
Upon recommendation from some other quilter-friends I have discovered a WONDERFUL place to stay in Lynchburg ---and I will share my photos from the Craddock-Terry hotel with you in tomorrow’s post ---
And to readers in the Lynchburg area ---I know I could have called or been welcomed to stay, but I really just wanted a quiet room, quiet bed ---and I was asleep by 9:30pm!
The reason I stayed there, besides the fact that I was exhausted? It’s an old shoe-factory turned hotel, and there are several fun antiquey places to hit in Lynchburg, one of them within WALKING distance!
And that is what I hit first thing this morning ---
I walked in, I saw this quilt, I paid for it, and walked out of there with it.
How happy is this green?!?
I love how scrappy the stars are --- again, all dress making fabrics, not a quilt shop fabric in the bunch. I love that the maker used lavender as her background ---I even love how the sashings are not matched across the quilt, giving the layout a “stair-step” appearance.
Aren’t the hand quilted fans just GREAT?!? And she was VERY consistent with her star centers --- NOT A SINGLE ONE MATCHED! :c)
1930s & 1940s fabrics….so many fun ones!
Look closely – do you see that this block floats to the left?? My guess is that this row of the quilt was shorter than the row next to it and she sewed extra background to the row to make it “long enough”. AWESOME!
I thought this was a neat accent ---the backing is brought around the front for binding….and she “quilted” down the binding through the quilt instead of whip stitching or blind stitching it ...those little stitches on the edge in white thread are adorable….might have to consider that option at some point!
I’ve unloaded MOST of the car – I’ve done a few “must dos” but the only “must do” to follow my sending of this post is a well deserved NAP!
It’s good to be home!
My aunt Joy, who is more like my cousin since we are only 5 years apart ---and who I get to see on 4th of July and I am so stinking excited for that family reunion I can hardly stand it ----sent me this PICTURE!
I am FLABBERGASTED – jaw-dropping-drooling-stupid --- over this CAKE!
Yes. A CAKE.
((The hamster is NOT the picture of the cake...I just liked its sweet face!))
If you received a cake like this, could you even bear to cut into it?
Which piece would you want first……
“I’d like a piece of that hand wheel right there, and maybe just a bit of the needle bar, please!”
This is just beautiful -----
Wouldn’t you just love to see how a cake like this came to be? Every little detail – the sewing box, the fondant scissors and spools of thread..the way that fondant fabric is draped underneath the presser foot – the HAND CRANK!
Every time I look at this I see something new…….
Nope. I couldn’t cut into it. I’d probably have to have it dunked in resin to keep it forever as it is ----
My mind is already losing its ability to remember names.
I try really hard when I’m with a group to put names to people’s faces and remember who they are when I am there with them --- and I can do pretty good at recognizing their smiles, sometimes even remembering WHERE it was that I saw them last ---
And then there are times like today where --- oh, I can see that person plain as day in my mind, but their name? Whoooosh --- gone with the wind. It’s frustrating sometimes ---but I think in the plethora of “Cathy with a C” “and Sharon, Sharron, Sharyn ---and all the names that I find myself signing into books ---it’s really hard to retain the names, even after just a week away!
Back in Fairborn, I met the most fun lady! And knowing that I adore vintage quilts ---she brought in a couple family quilts and tops for showing and sharing just because of the terrific fabrics that were in them.
And I apologize once again for not writing her name down --- but I see her smile, and I hear her laugh in my memory, and I can picture her plain as day in those workshops – we sure had a great time!
As soon as she unfolded this Periwinkle Star with the solid red diamonds I was in love! I’ve loved this pattern for eons, haven’t pieced one because of all of those set in seams, but I can see myself doing this as a carry along project long after hexies are over.
There is a certain “kind” of quilt I like to think of as “Midwestern Farm Wife”. Not that all quilts like this were made on farms ---but they tend to be VERY scrappy, with most of the fabrics coming from the remnants of household sewing – dresses, blouses, aprons and the like ---
And this is the kind of quilt I think of when someone asks me during a trunk show “Aren’t you worried about your quilts not being made of all “quilt shop quality” fabrics?
No. I’m not. This quilt was made with fabrics from the 30’s, 40’s and into the 50s.
Some of the fabrics may have been ordered via the Sears catalogue. These are every day, ordinary dress making fabrics that found themselves in a fabulous quilt that has stood the test of time ---and NONE of them came from “quilt shop quality” fabrics.
I’m tired of “quilt shop quality” being passed around as a buzz phrase as the only way a quilt can be found “worthy” of praise or appeal.
I don’t want to sew with something that is crappy, crunchie, or that is going to deteriorate quickly ---I love quilt shop fabrics. But I am also tied deeply to the root of patchwork quilting ---and that was household sewing scraps ---wherever you could find, beg, trade or gather them.
Isn’t this turtle top so cute?
These are definitely household sewing scraps….many of them from the 1950s.
I loved their large size --- and look at that crazy plaid one! Just cut that piece however the template will fit on the fabric scrap and go with it.
I’m giggling to myself over the reaction some quilters may have had over this one --- we had some sweet students who were freaked out about their polka dots running off the edge of their half square triangles at a different angle than the triangle itself – it was driving them nuts ----oh yeah ---- and the one quilter who was aligning and matching her plaid so the stripes matched from star point to star point ---I’m seeing them squirm in my imagination as they view this turtle..LOL!
This one is a hoot – it’s made of vintage double wedding ring cheater cloth!
This one was my favorite --- 1950s keys! Grey and pink and white on black --- I would SO love to have some of this fabric!
Each and every one of these fabrics started out as a scrap left from making clothing. None of this fabric came from a “quilt shop”. All of them are fabulous and have not deteriorated over the past 60+ years.
My quilts are likely to long outlive me – even if I am sewing from fabric from recycled clothing, or fabric that I have picked up at such places as “gasp” Walmart, Joann, Hobby Lobby, Ben Franklin or any other number of places down-trodden by the quilt-media.
There are fabrics I would NEVER buy in those places as well --- but if the hand is good, if it feels good, if the fiber content is right – will I put those fabrics in my quilt?
No doubt. Absolutely.
60 years from now I don’t see anyone saying “It’s a pity that she didn’t make this out of quilt shop quality fabric”.
And that’s the end of what turned out to be a semi rant as I share these really fun vintage lovelies! I didn’t know this post was going to turn this way, but there you have it -----