Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Sometimes you just gotta "WIN" an ebay auction, even when it costs you! :cD

One thing I've always wanted to collect were hand made quilting templates. I've been to the Lancaster PA quilt show a few times, and I've seen vendors with these, and always thought...wow...how neat. Yes, they are cardboard, but imagine the hands the traced them and cut them so skillfully, and then imagine all the quilts that they were used upon!

I just purchased this box of cardboard templates on ebay. 5 pictures are shown, but the tempting part is....she says NOT ALL are pictured! So what else is in the box?

I'll have to wait for the box to arrive to find out.

It's a humble lot of quilt-americana, and I would really like to find a way to use these on some of my amishy type hand quilting projects...

Of course, DH can't believe I paid this amount for "JUST OLD CARDBOARD?!" MEN!

Another Fun Thing: I just sent in my reserveations for the Southeast Dear Jane Retreat!! The dates are November 2-4 2007. The coordinator is Angela Ulrich, and she can be reached by EMAIL.

The best part is....you don't have to work on Dear Jane..you can bring your own project and just enjoy the weekend! The OTHER best part...I will be offering massage to retreat attendees :c)

The info she sent is below! I would love to meet some of you in person there!

Dear Ladies,
I now have the info about the DJ Southeast Retreat. Now before you think this is just Dear Jane related, let me tell you we have grown & tastes have changed & many are now doing applique & piecing! Some are still working on their Dear Janes.

We will be meeting at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center. The address is 563 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055

Our dates are the first weekend in Nov., Nov. 2-4. We can arrive as early as 8a.m. on Friday (This gives us an extra day to retreat!) & leave anytime on Sunday. A minimum of 10 people (10 rooms at $70/night--$35 each night!) is required. Only 8 of these have 2 full beds. There are another 12 rooms w/1 full bed & a set of bunk beds. So these are enough to accommodate us.

10 people are a required minimum for meals. A full Sat. night buffet requires 20+ people; otherwise, it will be something like a salad, lasagne, dessert. Prices are as follows: Breakfast--$6; Lunch--$7; Dinner $15 (I think this is the charge whether it's the buffet or not.) They will be glad to prepare all or a selection of meals for us, but we will need to agree to a certain number for them to occur.

So this puts the weekend at $70 each (double occupancy--2 nights) + cost of meals. Sept. 20th (I can now extend this somewhat bc we have met the minimum.) is the deadline to have your checks to me for the rooms. I will get back to you for a 2nd check for the meals. BUT know that you will get your choice of room arrangement on a first come basis. Your check is your reservation. B/c of their requirements, no refunds can be given; however, you will be able to transfer your reservation to someone else should you find you are not able to go. This will be up to you. If I have a waiting list, I can share names w/you. I am already receiving checks.

Angelia Ulrich


  1. oh oh ohhh you lucky girl!! what a find and what a thrill you won it ! The lily block is awesome !

  2. What treasures...don't you just wish those templates could talk :)

  3. Woo hoo is right! You have a connection to 'someone' in the past. I'm going to have to start checking out E-Bay! Haven't been there yet.

    I've got 22 Rocky Road to Kansas blocks made up, with that side triangle just one piece! It was a headache at first, but got easier once I learned the trick. Looks so very different than yours, but a great use of scraps.

  4. Oh how fun! Fun templates and a fun retreat all booked! Lucky you! I love some of those templates!

  5. Very cool! I have some of my great-grandmother's homemade cardboard quilting templates. It's so neat to use one knowing she made them herself. I use them often in family quilts although I've made template plastic copies of the ones I use-I hate to risk damaging them.


  6. Yay for you winning the E-bay auction!!! Color me *GREEN* with envy for your win. Remember that any of those templates you don't want, you can always send to me! I'm a handquilter that would be your BFF if I got those/copy of those in the mail. LOL!!!!!

  7. Oh, man, I am envious. Those feather templates are to die for!

  8. Those are amazing! I never thought to make them in cardboard and have them all ready to go. I'll have to try making a few for myself. Excellent score no matter the price!


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