Wednesday, April 25, 2018

About Soldiers Quilt.....



Someone asked about a soldiers quilt.  They were popular during the Civil War.  They were long and narrow, to be rolled up in their pack.  Barbara Brackman has written about this.  Taken from her book, Quilts From the Civil War, she writes; "When the war began in April, 1861, the armies were ill prepared.  Regiments often required that soldiers supply their own guns, uniforms, and bedding.  Many men caught the train to battle with a valued patchwork quilt or one quickly made to accommodate."  This is a poem which was also a song, called...

 Take your gun and go, John
"The army's short of blankets, John,
Then take this heavy pair.
I spun and wove them when a girl
And work'd them with great care,
A rose in every corner, John,
And here's my name, you see!
On the cold ground they'll warmer feel
Because they're made by me."

Our son in law, Jess, takes all of the photo's of my quilts, and does the work as a gift to me.  I love and appreciate him for this, but it is just the tip of his generous spirit.  It was our pleasure to have he and Katrina join us for dinner last evening.  I have to say I am over cooking!  It is an art I used to enjoy and still do on occasion.  However, I love food that someone else prepares.


Katrina's entre'.....absolutely fabulous.


Jess chose a pizza.  Exceptional!  The ball of cheese, which is made in the restaurant, is called Burrata.
 It is creamy and divine.  Jess added fresh arugula to his.


Chicken with fresh spinach on the side.


And my margarita pizza......unbelievable!  I think pizza is only as good as the crust, and this crust was perfectly amazing.....and the best part, I brought half of it home!


Here is Peace and Plenty ready for the magic of the quilter.


Today a group of quilting friends met at my house.  Leslie share her Dear Jane quilt.  And best of all, she is 3/4 of the way in the hand quilting of it.  What a treasure.








"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."
-C.S. Lewis



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"Peace and Plenty......



...here abide, smiling sweet on every side.  Time doth sweetly, glide when there's love at home."  This is a line from a hymn which was sent to me by a friend, Bonnie miles. This is a familiar favorite hymn of Bonnie's which I was not familiar with.  I so appreciate that she shared that with me.  Progress on the quilt continues.

I try not to ever be political in my posts.  However, I want to share my admiration for Barbara Busch.  Bruce and I have read her Memoir, and we loved what we read.  I loved how real she was.  I believe this country is richer because of her influence.


This quilt top is a creative study in someone making do with the scraps in their stash!  It is the size of a soldiers quilt.


If I was in possession of the quilt top, I'd make time to hand quilt this treasure!


Piecing pieces in making do....I'm in love with this quilt top!



Here we see a sort of Ohio Star.....who worries about those points!!!!


Here the pin wheel is the block of the moment.....:-) and some more piecing make do.


Why not add some bright orange to add a little punch!  A mixture of 4 patches and 9 patches.....thinking outside the box.


This little patched corner is cause for celebration!


All of the quilts at the museum were marvelous, but this one spoke loud and clear to me!


A crazy quilt that could be studied for some time.  All sorts of little niceties endeavoring to create something of beauty.


A good man indeed!

"Be kind to others without reason.  The world needs more of this."  -unknown



Saturday, April 21, 2018

About Bloggging....




I have been asked numerous times, by numerous people, about how I got started blogging.  It began about 5 years ago, and I've been mainly blogging ever since.  A very special friend helped me set it up and get started.  I am not savvy at this sort of thing, but new I wanted to share my love of quilting with other quilters.  I also felt I wanted to send good things out into the world......thus my thought for each day that I write.  These thoughts are first and for most for me to consider for myself for daily living.  I have continues writing because of all of the encouragement and appreciation I receive from my readers.  I've received emails and phone calls from those who say my blog has helped them get through difficult times.  I feel a real connection and kinship to many of you.  I have received back more than I have ever given.

Coming up in May, I will be travelling to Grand Rapids, Michigan to share my love of quilting with the guild there.  I love these times when I connect with like minded quilters from around the country.  If you are reading this and you are in the area, I'd love to meet with you.  I will be doing a trunk show and teaching a couple of classes.


This new little quilt is growing.  I just have the bottom border to complete.  I just love this ideal of having peace and an awareness that I also have plenty.  And because I do, I'd like to be generous in sharing what I have.


Another exceptional quilt from the museum.


Isn't the hand quilting just phenomenal?


Kaye is a very talented local designer and quilter.


When we stood back and viewed this quilt, it seemed to us that there was a subtle design......especially in the center of the quilt.  Do you see it?


I part with this thought....Kindness is FREE!  Sprinkle that stuff everywhere.  This is something I saw on Pinterest and couldn't pass it up. Have a perfectly enjoyable week end.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flowers in Bloom.....



.....is what I shared in my last post.  Well, a lot changed very quickly.  I woke up to snow......craziness!


I was so pleased to be able to stay hunkered down in side!


And 24 hours later, the blue skies and sunshine has returned.  The snow had again disappeared and we are left with much good moisture.


I have a few more photos from the museum.


This simple quilt gives evidence that women used what they had to make comforts to keep their family's warm.




What an incredibly beautiful cross stitched top on this quilt.


The quilting is equally beautiful!




The popularity of quilts created from hexagons and English Paper Piecing seems to endure.




"Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles....Notice them."


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I've been hearing.....



....about the huge snow fall in parts of the country.  I sympathize with you all.  I'm watching my tulips getting ready to bloom and a few other early flowering plants ready to do their thing, and this is all so exciting!  I love big snows in the winter, but run out of enthusiasm at this time of the year. Stay warm and just keep on stitching.


The Front Porch Quilt, will be available  on my web site tomorrow.






I will share a few more quilts from the antique quilts from the museum in Brigham City.


I particularly like the quilting on this wall hanging.




A utility quilt from the 1830's.  Perhaps there are some feed sacks used in this quilt.


I found the red in the border to be quite over powering.


The design itself is clever, and it has been repeated in many ways over the years.








"In the end, only three things matter; how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." - Buddha