Friday, November 25, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving. I can't believe how fast it came this year.
Turkey Giblets was another I found. I wondered at the time if some nice woman was cooking and thought her giblets looked like a quilt pattern:
One of the funniest sunbonnet blocks was one on a local woman's quilt that showed a sunbonnet pursuing a turkey. I can't find the photo now. Years later, I found a similar block but the sunbonnet was chasing a chicken. I guess it will work today:
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
By this time, the industrial revolution had hit children's clothing and through the 1890s, more boys' clothes appeared in ads well into the 20th century:
Monday, November 21, 2022
I don't keep up with the modern trends anymore. There's just so much going on and I like the kinds of quilts I've made for years. I figure it's my right as a senior to just have fun sewing what I want.
When Beth's oldest daughter was pregnant, she requested Beth make a modern style wall hanging. This is the piece Beth ended up making:
These modern styles are apparently the rage with the younger generations. There are many semi-circle modern quilts now and pinterest is full of them. If these pieces seem reminiscent to you of modern art from the 1950s and 1960s, you're not alone. Many artists refer to their pieces in this style as modern but the word "retro" might be more fitting. Here are some examples I found on pinterest.
When I was preparing yesterday's post on Nancy Cabot's I stumbled upon a quilt pattern called Chinese Gongs:
Friday, November 18, 2022
Happy Flower Friday!
Thank you to everyone who gave advice regarding the "Out of the Blue" quilt I want to make! Yes I will include the navy squares in the quilt! Thank you!
Well it's the last celebration of flowers for the season--unless you live in a warm climate and can still share photos with us.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
This fall seems to be full of sickness and health for me and my family. I'm fine now but next Monday I'm having hand surgery...again. This time it is for stenosing tenosynovitis--commonly known as trigger finger. I never seem to do anything half-way and actually have trigger finger in 8 of my digits. The good news is that I don't have any arthritis in those fingers which my doctor thinks is amazing (whoo-hoo and keep on quilting).
I've had all the cortisone shots I'm allowed and the doctor had always told me that I would likely need surgery. Doc T. told me from the start I wouldn't be able to garden but I could sew during recovery. The hand he's working on next week is my less dominant one (left).
How does one prepare for this kind of surgery?
Well if you are a quilter, you think about how you use your hands--even the less dominant one. I'm confident I will be able to guide pieces of fabric through the machine afterwards with one hand. But the cutting of the fabric might be problematic. Rotary cutting does make things easier but I use my left hand to keep the ruler stationary. So a few weeks ago, I began "pre-surgical prep!"
The darker fabric really sticks out and I wondered if I should mix all the blocks up and let the dark just add some interest or do one in just the dark navy fabric? Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Ever need a bit of whimsy and cuteness? I do right now so I thought I would post some of my favorite Nancy Cabot patterns. Since Christmas is around a corner, you may want to applique or embroider some of these for the little ones in your family. In any event, they made me smile.
All these Nancy Cabot patterns were published in the Chicago Tribune in 1938.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Monday, November 14, 2022
One of the many quilts awaiting for my attention is a tree quilt that I would like to make one day. A similar version is at Diary of A Quilter blog here. I thought it would be a good way to use up bigger but not novelty scraps. Anyway, I've been thinking about it and recently Jocelyn blogged she is currently working on one too.
We are all noticing that our trees are getting bare and then Sue M. reminded me that Christmas is only 6 weeks away! Do you still put up a Christmas tree? We haven't in years although we have a nice small one I could put out.
Anyway--let's look at some quilt patterns for trees. I have a whole forest for you!
This quilt pattern is one of the oldest I know of. I have one as well in my collection.
Friday, November 11, 2022
Happy Flower Friday--and Veterans Day!
It's autumn and just look at the lovely photos Susan S. sent that capture the glory of changing leaves!
Susan's photos capture what is going on so much in the country! But here in the valley, the weather has been weird. The foxgloves have bloomed again during this warm then cool pattern: