Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Jack and Jill

The photos were adjusted so that you could see the pattern.
My friend Carol brought over this crib quilt she found in her attic.  She isn't sure which over her parents this was made for but knowing the history of the family, she knows it had to be either for her mother or father.  Both parents had been born in the mid to late 1920s.  I haven't been able to trace the pattern or kit yet.

The kids do resemble others I have seen from the 1920s, I nicknamed them "the calamity kids."

It always seemed to me that the kids depicted in these pieces seemed about to have some kind of accident and that is why their mouth is open (in alarm).  On both of these pieces, I imagined the calamity was caused by the dogs.  I may be way off base on this assumption but it is the only thing I could create.  Jack and Jill fit into this genre pretty well:

There are many things I like about this piece.  First of all, it has a satin binding which was always my grandmother's choice for babies.  She often said "babies like to play with the satin."  

I also love the embroidery on the script and am going to implement this in another piece I am doing:
I hope you enjoy Carol's wonderful quilt!  I know I am :)  Thanks Carol!

Monday, August 1, 2016

McKim Monday: Fruit Basket

Summertime is the time of enjoying and preserving fresh fruit!
Ruby Short McKim's "Fruit Basket Quilt" was a series quilt published in 1932.  A few years ago, I found this top:
The pattern was meant to be appliqued and embroidered but this one was drawn and colored with crayon.
I've now seen a few quilts with various colored baskets that had fruit colored with crayons.  Because it was a top, I knew I could make a point that I often make in my embroidery program: embroidery can make a quilt better.  
I've done some outline work on a few of the baskets to make my point.
I like to see how well people did with crayon, partially because it's not as easy as it looks and also because the Lehigh Valley is the home of Crayola Crayons factory.
Ad from Needlecraft The Home Arts Magazine, May 1933

Most of the quilts done in this pattern were appliqued and embroidered.  Probably the best example is on the McKim website, here.
Enjoy the opportunity to eat fresh local fruit and happy quilting!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pick-up Work for Hot Summer Days

It's July in the Lehigh Valley and that means heat waves and humidity.  It doesn't help that most of us are all experiencing near drought conditions; my neighbor tells me we are about 5 inches below our normal yearly rainfall.  When I was young, most people didn't have airconditioning like we do now.  It makes one wonder how our fore-mothers dealt with the heat in bygone eras.

Well it certainly could be worse; we could be wearing these kinds of garments AND dealing with a lack of air conditioning.  One of my favorite headlines from old publications is a common advice that I find in the early twentieth century:  "Pick-Up Work for Hot Summer Days."
The articles that I have read from the late 19th century and into the early twentieth century usually mean some kind of handwork, often called fancy work.  "Commence now." The Cultivator and Country Gentleman advised in 1896,   "The long summer days are grand for such work."  

In 1915, The Young Woman's Journal  reminded young women of their duty to always be working and that, "During the summer there will be many opportunities for taking our sewing or crochet work into all sorts of odd nooks..."

I don't know about you but even with airconditioning, it feels too hot to be binding a quilt. These months I often spend completing embroidery projects and small sewing pieces.  If you are interested in some kind of embroidery work,  I suggest Pinterest, Q is for Quilter, or the Antique Pattern Library for free patterns.

What kind of sewing do you complete during the hot summer months?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Upcoming Events in our Area!

The Crazy Quilters Guild (from Emmaus, Pa) will be celebrating the guilds 25th Anniversary with an exhibit at the Allentown Art Musuem!  The opening reception is Sunday, June 10, 2016 from Noon until 3.  Some demonstrations will be done that day and refreshments will be served.  

The exhibit will continue to August 6, 2016.  Admission to the exhibit is free!
For more details, go the Allentown Art Museum website at www.Allentownartmuseum.org
But wait! There's more!  
Boyertown is celebrating the 150th Anniversary!

Quilt Show and SaleCelebrating Boyertown's Sesquicentennial
September 16 to 18, 2016
Opening Event: A Review of the
Antique Quilts on Display by Nancy Roan,
Pennsylvania German Textile Historian,  and 
Candace Perry, Curator Schwenfelder Library
and Heritage Center.

There is a lot of information about the event here and 
you can even opt to enter your own quilt to display.  Enjoy and stay cool!

Monday, July 4, 2016

McKim Monday: Happy Fourth of July!

Published in 1930, the Colonial History Quilt seems like a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July!  There are 24 blocks in the embroidery set, including pieces depicting Vikings, Native Americans, and settlers.  The pattern was published in 1930.

One of my favorites includes George Washington at Valley Forge:

I bought these blocks a few years ago and am grateful to have found this blue fabric with stars.  I hope to get it completed in the coming year (along with my other long list of UFOs).

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Last set of photos from Study Group!!!

Sally brought a reversible crib quilt!

Liz brought this quilt top, love the red and brown together:

And this Flower Wreath, I believe this is the Grandmother Clark version.  Info about the W. L. M. Clark, Inc can be found here.

Judy just recently purchased this piece at Penn Dry Goods in May and is hoping to put a border on it and quilt it.  

Mary brought a reproduction quilt she made of a New Jersey quilt.  

Hope you enjoy the photos and treasures that our members shared!  Have a great day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

More quilts from the June Meeting of the LV Quilt Study

Lelane brought a pillow that a friend's brother had made when an old coverlet was falling apart: 

 And this lovely quilt:
Lelane, I think this is kit called "Mountain Star" that was featured in the Herrshner's Catalog in the late 1940s:

Barb brought a variety of things, including a friend's quilt featuring a pattern by Marion Cheever Whiteside Newtown's :

And these lovelies!

Rosemary brought a Trip Around the World and Split Nine Patch Quilt:

Jayne brought us more Hankie holders after discussion we had last meeting:
 To our delight, his feet were actually made of a wood!

And Jayne brought these lovely doll quilt treasures:

And a feedsack feature printed patchwork:
More things will be featured tomorrow!