Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quilts in the Mill Quilt Show!

Looking for a road trip this weekend?  Why not attend the Courthouse Quilters quilt show?

"Quilts in the Mill" is held at Prallsville Mill in Stockton NJ, about an hour from Allentown.  The guild has a show every other year and you may wish to check it out!!!  

The link to the website about the show is here.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Paws Day: Adios to the Dog Days of Summer

My dog has been ill since May.  At this point, after many tests and procedures all we know is that his liver is the problem (everything else was ruled out).  My job all summer has been to regulate his medication and keep him comfortable.  I don't mind.  As one writer stated, "Dogs are not our whole life--but they make our life whole."  Amen to that.

So I've spent the summer updating my inventory of quilts and finishing UFOs (unfinished quilts). The dog quilt above is one I just completed.  It was Ami Simms pattern, "Dog-Yeared."  I made many quilts using this pattern years ago and this is the last set of blocks.  Once quilted, I will probably donate it to the local hospital or to Camp Erin.

It is hard to imagine that the first day of autumn is later this week.  So I thought I would do another Paws Day posting as we hopefully say good-bye to the dog days of summer.  This one is entitled the "Cuddle Pup Coverlet".  

Here is a close-up; the photography is better:

I love the concept of this piece and think it is something to incorporate in kids' quilts today.  The wagon is actually a pocket and had a little stuffed puppy in it (a string kept him in the wagon-pocket.  I have the actual ad for this piece, in my McCall's Needlework, Fall/Winter 1953-53 magazine.  Isn't this an adorable idea?

Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

McKim Monday ( a day late)

Happy Labor Day (a day late)!
Clara Lemlich

Apologies for the late post!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!!!

This month, I'm featuring a quilt top that is a variation of the pattern that Mckim referred to as "Indian Hatchet".  The pattern was published in McKim's book, One Hundred and One Patterns which was published in 1931.  It was also published in the Kansas City Star in 1935.  
Later that decade, Kansas City Star would feature my variation as "A Quilt of Variety"; Nancy Page quilt patterns would refer to it as "Lattice".  The variation is simple, the middle sections meet to form an X.  
I love the wild and scrappy look of this piece.  It seems to have everything in it but the kitchen sink and I find it cheerful and inspiring.  I hope you do too!

Saturday, September 3, 2016



August 6, 2016 - 9:30am to January 31, 2017 - 4:30pm
Take an up close look at more than a dozen exquisite quilts recently donated to CCHS that have never before been on exhibit.  Pieced or appliqued in the 1800s, they reveal an array of designs in cotton or silk fabrics.  This exhbit is being held at the Chester County Historical Society at  225 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380.  Also, you can visit the website here. Barb G. said there were 24 quilts to view!  Enjoy!