Some very special quilts were brought to our workshops and to the guild presentations this week in Rhode Island!
Oh, how I have missed this part of my travel life. I’ve been busy and it isn’t that I haven’t been teaching, but when you are on a cruise, there isn’t a show & share event as everyone has weight limits, and who is going to pack 4 extra quilts for show & share?
I went to Colorado, and that was still quilt related, but it was just me in the studio with the quilts, I didn’t get to see what anyone else had made!
And these ladies brought it ALL to the lectures and to the workshops and it was a wonderful show!
I especially love when quilts come with stories, as does this one.
And before I go further into the story, you need to see a close up:
1940s Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
English Paper Pieced.
FUSSY CUTTING GALORE!
Now, if this were in your family, don’t you think you would cherish it, keep the history with it and be sure to pass it down?
It was found at a yard sale for $20.00 because no one wanted it.
When our quilter heard about it [if I am getting the story right here] there was also a family bible up for sale at this yard sale. By the time she had gotten a hold of the quilt, [$20.00!!] the family bible had been thrown away so all of that history was lost.
We all gasped in horror at how things change and what folks put value on these days. We nearly cried at the idea of the bible going in the trash.
My thought is this: The quilt top has found loving hands who will care for it and make sure it is passed down through HER family to folks who will care about it. It now has a new legacy, one the maker would be proud of. Because she is surely rolling in her grave over her current progency.
Louise’s Bricks & Stepping Stones!
This is a big shout out to Louise, shown on the left with the microphone – She doesn’t know I’m posting this, but she was the representative for the Narragansett Bay half of our combined workshops and she worked really hard along with Tina, the Ninigret half to make this week come together. And she is a quilting dynamo with the scraps!
Her quilts are full of amazing color and they just sing with everything that she put into them! So, Louise, whether this embarrasses you or not, this is your 15 minutes of fame! You brought quilts to each workshop that enhanced our show & share and inspired so many, I’m sharing them all here on the blog with a big thank you for everything that both guilds did to make this past week possible!
Another Bricks & Stepping Stones, in blues and yellows by Louise!
Pattern from the Free Patterns tab.
Louise’s Fair & Square from Scraps & Shirttails II!
Louise and Easy Street number one!
And Easy Street number two!
Pattern from M ORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders.
Lazy Sunday from More Adventures!
Scrappy Bargello from the Free Patterns tab!
And a Glorious Orca Bay from String Fling!
These quilts were just outstanding in every way and it was so fun to watch Louise put her scraps together in our Narragansett Blues and Pineapple Blossom workshops this week. There will be some more gorgeous quilts happening as she works these to completion.
And that’s not all. So many quilts came to be shown, and each one was SO inspirational! You’ll see them all in the slide show below.
On the way to the airport there was a little bit of:
New Sewing Jammies!
Target was across the street from where FedEx was, and we ran over to pick up our sleep shirts complete with vintage sewing machines! It’s what Quilters are wearing these days!
THIS came home with me!
I regretted not picking one up in Venice. Who would think there would be a Murano glass jewelry shop in the Providence airport?! And the price was comparable to what I would have paid in Venice. I didn’t think twice. It came home with me.
And fill-in corner number 4 is growing as I complete rows 1 & 2!
I have ONE WEEK before I leave for Delaware. On the heels of Delaware is our Quiltville CARRIBEAN CRUISE! I leave for Florida on the 30th of September. This mystery quilt has to be sewn as much as possible THIS WEEK.
So as soon as this posts, I’m filling book orders up until the post office closes at noon, and I’m headed to the cabin for some concentrated mystery sewing time.
Watch my dust!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Every morning is a reality check on how this day is going to go and much of the outcome depends upon taking control of my thoughts, my decisions, and my actions and reactions.
Vintage Grandmother's flower garden quilt top shared by a student and this week's Rhode Island workshops.
Happy Saturday, Everyone!