As our country continues to struggle and unite, I thought about a story from Allentown that has always touched me. When I went to research it again, I found I had already written about this in a blog post from 2015. It's still a great story and I thought I would reprint here.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Happy Flower Friday!
Today we have lots of cheerful flowers to raise our spirits before the holidays! Thank you Lorraine and Sue for participating this week!
Lorraine sent some wonderful photos from her garden:
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Like some of you, I spent most of my childhood reading. I rarely went anywhere without a book. I was particularly drawn to older books and found a wonderful supply in our elementary school library and at my grandmother's house. But I really didn't care what I was reading: picture books, books written for boys, whatever I could get my hands on, I read. As an adult, I collected vintage/antique children's picture books and illustrated ephemera long before I collected quilts.
In part, I was always in search of my favorite childhood picture book, My Dolly and Me, written by Patricia Scarry and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. My mother had discarded it because as she explained, "you wore that book out!" As a chld, the book was my Velveteen Rabbit; as an adult it became my Holy Grail.
4. Brigg's iron-on embroidery transfer from the later part of the 19th century. Various sources indicate that spiders and spiderwebs were symbolic of (depending on the source) hardwork, creativity, wisdom or good luck.
5. Illustration by Emma Clark from the Metropolitan Mother Goose, No copyright. This was a booklet published by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the first half of the 20th century and distributed to clients (or potential clients) with children.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
From the NOT file I keep are these two ads that I find interesting and you might as well:
Monday, May 24, 2021
Susan had taken a zoom class with Australian quilter, Racheldaisy Dodd. The workshop was called "Whizz Bang"; Rachel Daisy's website is here.
In other news, Wendy sent a link that is both helpful and interesting when your colors bleed. I hope this never happens again but I bookmarked the article just in case. You can read it here.
In other developments, the copyright for Story Time Stitches arrived! I'll be starting the series with a forward this Wednesday. I've decided to use a footnote format for the illustrations and some information because it makes it easier to read.
Have a safe and happy day!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
In April I posted about my poodle quilt that had begun to bleed when I tried to get a spot off it.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Happy Tuesday! Here are some tidbits for your week!
The American Quilt Study Group recently shared a story on Facebook. It's about a quilt that was started during the 1918 pandemic. Great story and you can read it here.
Many of you had a lot to share during the last week's posts! In particular regarding the Church Ladies:
Kathie shared that her grandmother, aunts, and mum all were church lady quilters at a church in Slippery Rock, PA. Kathie's mum is the last survivor and turned 95 on Saturday.
Happy Birthday Mum!!!
Sue S. belongs to a church where they still make "prayer quilts". The members say a prayer for the recipient as they tie the quilt! What a great thing to do!
Libby also is a Church Lady Quilter and her group was finally going to get together after 15 month separation due to the pandemic! Have fun Libby!
Robin has a quilt from her grandmother that was quilted by "The ladies at the Methodist Church." COOL!
Tomorrow I'll have some more tidbits. I have to pick up groceries for the young man comes to mulch!
Have a safe and happy day!
Monday, May 17, 2021
I hope you had a pleasant weekend!
I spent the entire weekend and most of last week working in the garden! I'm trying to get the garden set-up so I can switch to maintenance and not the massive weeding, planting, mulching and soaker-hose set up I've been doing. I'm tired and a bit sore but it's a good tired. This past week I haven't done much sewing (or anything else for that matter).
It's lovely being outside right now. The rhododendrons and tree peonies are beginning to bloom: