Monday, December 5, 2016

McKim Monday: Toy Shop Window Quilt

Happy December!  This is the last installment of McKim Monday and I must say, I have enjoyed sharing parts of my collection on the blog.  In 2017, I'll be offering a new program entitled "Designs Still Worth Doing:  A Celebration of Ruby Short McKim".

The Toy Shop Window Quilt seems perfect as we prepare for the holidays.  The pattern was originally offered in the early 1930s.  My friend Martha has the pattern on her website here if you are interested in making one for yourself.  Like Martha, I would be inclined to do this quilt with embroidery rather than applique because--depending on your applique skills--the pattern can be a bit tricky.

Here is an example of an appliqued quilt that I have in my collection:
 I'm sorry but the weather has been very overcast and I'm having a problem getting good photographs.  I also want to point out that not all the blocks on the quilt are from the Toy Shop Window Quilt.  Some blocks are from the Happy Childhood Quilt (you can see it here) and of course, there is even an Overall Sam/Bill on the quilt (bottom row).
 I am sure the child who received it really appreciated it; the quilt is VERY loved and worn in some places. 
 The doll (below) is apparently a bit of a challenge, I've never seen her done really well.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of quilts throughout the last year.  I'm ready to finish up writing the program and hope to get it out to blogs soon!  

Have fun preparing for the holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

McKim Monday

This is a special edition of McKim Monday because it fits so well with the upcoming holiday. Martha over at "Q is for Quilter" offered this pattern a few years ago.  I loved it and I hope you do too!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mark your calendar!!

Ladies Ramble at Bergen County Historical Society!
January 29th, 2017
Bergen County Historical Society
1201-1209 Main St., River EdgeNJ 07661

 Selections from BCHS quilt collection on exhibit. Quilter demonstrations. Quilts are considered both a creative and utilitarian household craft. The quilt exhibit will celebrate the contributions of women artists in Bergen County. Check back for updates on their website or sign up for our email blasts. (contact us at

Monday, October 24, 2016

Part 3: LV Quilt Study Group, October meeting

We had many good discussion about fabric this past week!
Barb G. had just returned from a conference on Turkey Red and shared pieces and insights:

Some other pieces Barb brought that we enjoyed:

Dana B. discussed hexagon quilts, here is a neat fabric from one of her pieces:
 Dana recommended a book that we were all interested in.  Here is the cover of the book in case you wish to order one:
REMINDER:  Our next meeting is December 15.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

LV Quilt Study Group, October Meeting, Part 2

Pat and Arlan brought some real beauties in on Thursday!!!
This piece was a real stunner and prompted a lot of discussion about the fabric used:

Unique Floral Quilts!!

Pat admits she loves quilts that use circles, this one was gorgeous!

 Crib Quilt

 Lovely lyre quilt!

 This piece prompted some discussion on shirtings:

Another piece was amazing fabric!

A wonderful eagle quilt which lead to a discussion about dyes:
 The dealer also made sure that Pat and Arlan had this cup to go with the quilt.  We aren't really quite sure about the story, but it did prompt discussion about the quilt show.

 A beautiful crazy quilt closed the selections they shared with us!  It was wonderful!  Tomorrow we will share more quilts brought by members!  See you then!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Meeting: October 2016! Part One

We had some wonderful quilts brought in this month!  So many that I'm going to have to break up the photos into multiple posts again.  
Sherry was new to our group and brought two wonderful pieces!  This one was a family quilt she inherited:

and this wonderful goose track!

We had some wonderful things related to quilting discussed and brought in this month.  We were all fascinated with the cotton boll Carolyn brought in.  She had gotten it from Texas:
Sue P. brought in a few quilts for us:
 Check out the color combo in this one below (one of my favorites for the day):

Lorraine B. brought this amazing piece in!

Jayne brought this wonderful piece in, I want to make one:

Yes, there is much much more to show!  Tomorrow I will post the quilts that Pat and Arlen brought in!  We have at least three days worth of photos for the blog!  Have a wonderful day!