Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scrappy Sunday

Block #31see them together on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bunny Faces

the girls are on school break this week. just wanted to share the bunny faces we made yesterday. using this pattern.added - here they were waiting for us this morning.each arm & leg perfectly stuffed by the owner. rolled so as not to get mixed up. one bunny designer had a sleepover. & preferred to complete her own tummy stuffing. so only three were actually finished today.fabrics have been chosen for their new outfits. but no date as yet when we will meet again. for more bunny fun go to Flickr.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Back To The Museum

who is Anna Tuels? even the museum doesn't really know. but her quilt was made by her mother in 1785. marking items with names or initials was important as "legally, married women had no right to own property". this quilt was quite worn but made from fabrics only a well-to-do family could have obtained. named "Hourglass".made in 1794 using fabrics from "her wedding dress, family dresses, and dresses of famous women". of course we all know that this pattern came from England. but it may be the oldest American one on record. named "Hexagon Mosaic".made in 1842 and received a silver medal. initially women were reluctant to show their homemade items at agricultural shows. named "Star of Bethlehem".made 1885-90 by two sisters. plenty of inexpensive American printed cotton made "charm" quilts and fussy cutting popular. named "Broken Star".made 1860-70 from beautiful silks that her sister brought back from New York City. she traced a tin template on paper which she removed before assembling. named "Tumbling Blocks".quiltmaker in family is undecided. date is inaccurate. but "synthetic dyes" were not used until 1856. this led to the "jewel-toned" shades which make this quilt exciting. named "Sunburst".ooooh. a sad bit about the crazy quilt i showed you here. designed using 1,047 pieces it took 4 years but was to remember all of her 3 children which died very young. the other crazy quilt which was too dark to photo was made in 1888 by a dressmaker using silk scraps and gave to her son as a wedding present. although he divorced he donated to the museum just prior to his death in 1924.museums are so clean. i think i left some dust or threads in there before i left. mostly my own words came from information provided in a Labels and Gallery Guide i purchased from the museum. i will post pics of full size quilts later. but if you have any questions i will try to answer. i assumed that this was a traveling exhibit but was pleasantly surprised that most were made in or very close to Hartford and are part of the museum collection.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tea Pics

not mine anymore. belongs to Jodi now. i love it. she loves it. i hope you like it too.head on over to Jodi's as she has more pics than i do.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Scrappy Sunday

Block #30see them together on Flickr.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tea Pics

my Time For Tea Swap package arrived and here is what i got.

a beautiful card. & one of my favorite cookies. how did she know.the cutest fabric basket.filled with all i need for a nice hot cup of tea.ooh. what a pretty set. i'll need that too.and some vintage fab for some good proper daydreaming.but it's also a fantastic apron.all my Tea goodies came from Jodi. thank you Jodi. if you get a chance to visit Jodi's blog This That and The Other you'll find she generously spends her time highlighting other blogs even showing all the nice things that they are doing and creating.

& another big thank you to Stephanie of Loft Creations for organizing this swap. here's what Stephanie sent. on the other side is a tea bag inside a little pocket. so cute.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

AQB1 - for Sarah

update - Sarah put our blocks in a group pic here.this is my block for Sarah at Sarah's Corner.then i made another one.and here they are on Flickr.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Summer Postcard

this was a fun's been cold here. but in Australia it has been warm and sunny. can't wait until that happens here. this was a little thank you to Helen for her mystery quilt. her daughter Matilda has really enjoyed receiving cards from all over.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Broken Sugar Bowl

i just love the smaller 6-1/2 in. block.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scrappy Sunday

block #29phooey. i used that yellow & blue last time. see all blocks on Flickr.