Monday, February 19, 2018

Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group: 2-15-18

Themes of the meeting included feedsacks:
Towel feedsack and below feedsack pillowcases!

Quilts and Tops:

 Backing fabric had ombre stripe

Catasauqua Charm Quilt (with actual charms and added embellishments)  
A friendship quilt of sorts:

Multitudinous Quilts:

 "Calico Sunflower", a Paragon Quilt Kit introduced in 1956, based on an antique quilt in Florence Peto's collection:

Summer coverlet:


Mountain Mist Nosegay:

 Border plaid is cotton not flannel:

Doll Quilts:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Fastnacht Day! Happy Valentine's Day!

This redwork quilt is featured in my Storytime Stitches program.  The red and white quilt seems appropriate for the week of Valentine's Day!

But today is Fastnacht Day!

Jessica, my adorable daughter-in-law, came home to make fastnachts with her aunt last weekend.  Fastnacht Day is how the Pennsylvania Dutch refer to what most people call Fat Tuesday.  A fastnacht (Pennsylvania Dutch translation:  Fast Night)  are special donuts made especially for the Tuesday before Lent begins.  

Jessica and her aunt are determined to continue the family tradition and use Jessica's grandmother's recipe.  There are a variety of different recipes for the donuts; all I know is that Jessica's grandmother always made a yeast based donut that had to be risen two times before the dough is cut into squares and fried.  It takes them most of the day to make all the batches they want done.  

Unfortunately, my family ate all the ones she made already so I have to venture out today to pick up some more fastnachts--mostly for my elderly neighbors who like the celebration but don't venture out much.

The block is a rendition from a book illustrated by Margaret Evans Price.  Isn't it adorable?  There are many redwork blocks on this quilt that have storybook counterparts and I talk about that in my program.
Have a wonderful Fastnacht Day and great Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

January Tops Completed

I completed two tops in January and have been trying to whittle down some of my stash, especially scraps!  I finished this I-spy quilt top in January.  I have enough left over to make a second quilt!  Both will be donation quilts--one for Camp Erin and another for our local hospital.

Then there is my aqua snowflake quilt.  I think this might be a gift, possibly for my granddaughter who has an aqua room.  It will be quilted with a snowflake motif.  I used a few fat quarters and  lot of scraps leftover from other quilts.  I had some leftover blocks and used them for two premie quilt tops.


 It's lightly starting to snow outside and that is why the photos are so dark.  I just can't seem to get enough light these days!

My dog Scout is recovering nicely from her spaying and will get her sutures removed tomorrow.  It will be nice to get some sleep; my usually busy puppy has been restless and wakes me often in the middle of the night.  But it is great to have her fixed now.

Well I'm off to set up the sewing machine and get more of my 2nd I-spy top done!  Have a great day and enjoy the superbowl!  Go Eagles Go!