Monday, October 16, 2017

International Quilt Study Museum.....

I believe this should be an inspiring start to your week.  I have always thoroughly enjoyed my many visits to the museum.

Here are Julie and Karen who were with me on this trip.  It is Karen's first visit.  I am excited for her!

On the wall when entering the museum.

One of the exhibits at the museum was the Edyta Sitar family quilts.  This is the Trip Around The World, dating back to the 1880's and was hand pieced and hand quilted.  What an amazing quilt from a one patch and a 4 patch that became a square in a square.  The key is the layout of blocks.

This amazing and beautiful Sunflower quilt dates back to 1885, and was hand pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted.  On this applique, all of the raw edges have been appliqued under.....most likely using the needle turn method.

This is a creation of Edyta herself.....machine pieced and quilted.

This is another of her lovely designs.....which she has entitled
Slow and Steady.  Also from 2014, machine pieced and quilted, which is the method used by the majority of quilters today.

A couple of close up pictures from the Sunflower quilt.  Fabulous fabrics.

This charming quilt, uses her present day technique for applique.  The raw edges are not appliqued under.

What a sweet little block...a variety of fabrics were used, and I recognize many of them.

What a beautifully striking quilt design!

"Try to make at least one person happy every day.  If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word.  If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought.  Count up if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!"  
-Lawrence G. Lovasik

Friday, October 13, 2017

I am blessed to have an....

exceptionally kind, sweet and loving sister in law.  I had she and Bruce pose for a picture together holding up a new design.

It is sorta out of focus....sorry.  Why Bruce has shorts on, I'm unsure.  You will notice Brenda has jeans and a sweater.....obviously different thermostats.  

Here is a close up that isn't as foggy as the other one.

This post will conclude the browsing through crafts and antique stores.

This Dresden Plate quilt was very charming and in great conditioned.  Of course, hand quilted.

This tied quilt was someone creating a utility quilt no doubt.  As written in a pioneer woman's journal, "I make quilts as fast as I can to keep my family warm and as pretty as I can to keep my heart from breaking."  I know I've quoted this before, but I love it so very much.

And all of the days during the week are quite appreciated also.  We do enjoy our week end though.

Isn't this a mishmash  of items?  That quilt in the back is quite a gem though.

Days gone by, with a sweet sentiment.

This was an absolute fabulous hand croqueted piece.  Would be gorgeous on a table or a bed.

"There is a world of difference between truth and facts.  Facts can obscure the truth."  -Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 12, 2017


....the year's last, loveliest smile! -John Howard Bryant

While running errands today, fall foliage worthy of a picture!

The real beauty is found at higher elevations in the mountains.  We simply have been so occupied, that we haven't found ourselves in the mountains as of yet. Hoping that will change in the near future.

A bit more shopping.

Once again, the stories they might tell.....the places they've been and the things they could bare witness too.

Kindness is always appropriate and in style.

What an elegant piece of furniture.


Gorgeous quilting.

I likes the duck.

An angel fashioned from a piece of an old quilt.

"Hope is all I got.  Hope gets you through the night."  This is a line I copied down from a recent novel which I enjoyed very much.  The title is Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm sunshine during the day....

but the nights draw in, thoughts of a crackling fire come into play!

This guy takes me for a stroll down memory lane.  I purchased him on a trip I took back to Ohio with some of my good friends.  It was Autumn time and he spoke loud and clear!

These are some new applique blocks I am working on.  I really enjoy needle turn applique.  It is so calming and relaxing.

Come along today, to view a few more antiques that I felt worthy to take a photo of.

It was the cat in this picture that stole the show.

I do believe this determines the outcome of our day.

The houses caught my attention here.

There is something about old suitcases.....where have their travels taken them?

This store had crafts tossed in with the antiques.

I couldn't pass by these beautifully written words.

I have made 2 lone star quilts, and have given them both away.  This one was worn and no doubt loved.

A cheerful scrap quilt.

"Without ambition one starts nothing.
Without work one finishes nothing.
The prize will not be sent to you.
You have to win it."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson