One Day in May

The last few weeks I’ve been starting new projects.  I haven’t actually been doing a lot of sewing, but quite a bit of pulling fabric and cutting fabric out.  Then I zoom on to the next project…I’m not sure how many things I currently have going — well actually none of them are “going,” just ready to go.  After working today, I walked back into my studio, enthused about making a table mat for my son Michal and his wife Rebecca.  The one they have now is pitiful, the quilting on it is soo sad, and it’s at least 6 or 7 years old…

So I started pulling some fabric for it and looking for a set of fabrics I’m already working with.  I opened several totes before I found the one I was looking for.  In the midst of this, I stopped and took a look around.  So here it is for your viewing pleasure, a tour of my studio, as is (warning: these images may disturb some viewers):

My stash, or most of it

My stash, or most of it

From my spinning & weaving days.  Her outfit is made from a horoscope warp -- each thread represents a color assigned for every horoscope degree - 360 threads

From my spinning & weaving days. Her outfit is made from a horoscope warp — each thread represents a color assigned for every horoscope degree – 360 threads

Taken from in front of the stash shelving, looking across my cutting table to the design wall

Taken from in front of the stash shelving, looking across my cutting table to the design wall. See the lamb?  Made from an antique quilt, it’s so cute!

The fabrics overlapping each other are for the table mat

The fabrics overlapping each other are for the table mat. The totes are evidence of my frenzied search

My sewing station, with a couple projects laying beside it (moved so I could clear the cutting area)

My sewing station, with a couple projects laying beside it (moved so I could clear the cutting area). There’s a pile of Dresden Plate blocks on the right…I don’t like their background now.

Just a closeup of a couple projects

A sorted pile of squares…

On the design wall: Winding Ways, 4 blocks assembled; a Dresden Plate modern style quilt; Halie's doll quilt blocks; Serpentine Dresden color run; Mike & Rebecca's replacement Double Wedding Ring blocks

On the design wall: on the left, 4 Winding Way blocks; a Dresden Plate modern style quilt project; Halie’s doll quilt blocks; serpentine Dresden color run; Mike & Rebecca’s replacement Double Wedding Ring blocks (remember their original quilt top is being quilted by the Pioneer Quilters, so I needed to make them another.)

My ironing station, with a Round Robin quilt that Debby and I worked on together

My ironing station, with a Round Robin quilt that Debby and I worked on together. Those are Dresden Plate blades on the board.

Debby made this quilt as a commemoration of a visit to our Elkton home

Debby made this quilt as a commemoration of a visit to our Elkton home, called “Memories of Oregon.”

These tubs and kids' carseats do NOT belong in my studio!  Aargh!

These tubs and kids’ carseats do NOT belong in my studio! Aargh!

A clent's quilt in progress

A clent’s quilt in progress

I drew ten designs for the Grandmother's Flower Garden; the back side shows the quilting

I drew ten designs for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden; the back side shows the quilting

These shelving units and cupboard have all my longarm tools, reference books, thread, and quilts stored in them

These shelving units and cupboard have all my longarm tools, reference books, thread, and quilts stored in them. The quilt above the shelf is done by Sheila Steers, purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ, 2010

And assorted treasure

And assorted treasure

Family photos

Family photos on the front of the storage cupboard.  No, you can’t look inside!!

Matt about 5, I think; I'm in my 30's in our kitchen/dining room at the ranch

Matt about 4, I think; I’m in my 30’s in our kitchen/dining room at the ranch. What you see is all there was to that kitchen. Notice the drawer being used as a cutting board.

Michal at 17...Rebecca had painted his face for Halloween...

Michal at 17…Rebecca had painted his face for Halloween…

A display plaque from Pioneer Quilters as a thank you for chairing our quilt show

A display plaque from Pioneer Quilters as a thank you for chairing our quilt show

This is our "hospital" quilt.  Whenever a family member is in the hospital, this quilt goes with them.  Apparently we are all healthy right now!

This is our “hospital” quilt. Whenever a family member is in the hospital, this quilt goes with them. Apparently we are all healthy right now!

Photoshopped quiltlet from a picture taken at Black Sheep Gathering 2004(?)

Quilt from a photoshopped picture taken at Black Sheep Gathering 2002(?) and a cute plaque Debby gave me

Our antique Cuckoo clock, and a quiltlet by Sandie Massett purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ 2010

Our antique Cuckoo clock, and a quilt by Sandie Massett purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ 2010

Fat quarters from the Fat Quarter Queen (every year at PIQF Debby buys me a dozen new fat quarters) and Sporty Barbie wearing a 1st Place medal I won in a 10k race years ago...a table topper made by Ann Pfrender and a cow with yoyo flowers...

Fat quarters from the Fat Quarter Queen (every year at PIQF Debby buys me a dozen new fat quarters) and Sporty Barbie wearing a 1st Place medal I won in a 10k race years ago…a table topper made by Ann Pfrender and a cow with yoyo flowers…

This is where the magic is supposed to happen.  I supposed even magicians have times when all they do is just think about things…

Back to the fabrics for the table mat for Mike & Rebecca

Back to the fabrics for the table mat for Mike & Rebecca

So now I’m ready to cut those fabrics into pieces.  I hope I will be able to sew a few seams, perhaps even complete a project?

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Oh My!

This post was begun Saturday, April 27, 2013:

I can’t fully express my feelings this evening.  Today we enjoyed a presentation by Molly Schiessl, owner of Fourth Corner Fine Quilt Gallery in Ashland, Oregon.  Molly has recently relocated to Eugene, and agreed to share some of her antique quilt collection at our quilt show.  The presentation was amazing!

She began by asking members of the audience what type of documentation they included on their quilts: the date, a dedication, signature of the quiltmaker, and even the age of the quiltmaker are all very useful information to attach to the quilt.  Most historical quilts do not have that information; they are undated and unsigned.  Molly’s collection dates from the 1840’s to the 1940’s.  Here are a few photos of quilts she shared with us:

 Crib quilt, probably from a kit

Crib quilt, probably from a kit

Closeup, isn't it nice?

Closeup, isn’t it nice?

Here’s another one:

I love this circus theme!

I love this circus theme!

And look what she also had!

And look what she also had!

So that tells you a lot about how common this kit must have been!!

Then she showed this sensational quilt, Elizabeth Norcross’ 1847 New Jersey Quaker Friendship Quilt.  This quilt has inscriptions throughout the blocks, ink drawings, wonderful detail!

Truly a beautiful quilt!

Truly a beautiful quilt!

One of my favorite blocks

One of my favorite blocks

Many unique blocks in this quilt

Many unique blocks in this quilt

Note the spiral inscription here!

Note the spiral inscription here!

More information is available about antique quilts at www.fcfquilts.com

But before I finish this post, let me just show you this marvelous example of Broderie Perse

1819 Broderie Perse Quilt

1819 Broderie Perse Quilt

Here's a nice closeup.  The workmanship is wonderful!

Here’s a nice closeup. The workmanship is wonderful!

Seeing these marvelous quilts made my heart sing!  Quilting transcends the generations, and I can imagine the quilters who lived long ago as well as the quilters yet to be.  We were so fortunate to have Molly Schiessl share her wonderful quilts with us!

On With the Show!!

The Pioneer Quilters show, “Our Quilting Family,” begins Tuesday morning, April 23, at the Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene, Oregon!  Today the show was hung, a quilt set up for us to work on during the show, and the Pioneer Quilters Boutique was set up!  We are ready!

This show is the largest fundraiser of each year for the Museum.  Our dedicated group works all year to provide Boutique items to sell during the show, and 100% of all those proceeds go to the Museum.  In addition, the Museum has purchased a few hard-to-find quilting books you might be interested in:

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston

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Barbara Brackman’s books belong in all our libraries. She is the authority on quilt blocks

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Another Brackman I need to own…

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This one is delightful!

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A DVD! The staff was thinking of quilt visitors when they stocked up…

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This is a great DVD, what a talent!

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This whole shelf is filled with quilting goodies. They even have a sewing machine pencil sharpener!

Here are just a few photos from setup:

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Our quilt take-in crew, ready for some action.

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Our featured quilters Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle. Barbara Ganzel is sitting in the middle.

I will have some photos of Boutique items for you tomorrow, but for now I’ll show you a quilt that John sewed and I quilted.  This is his first Jellyroll quilt, all in soft pastel batiks.  He likes to use Minky backing, because it is so soft and cuddly.  I added some fancy quilting, and we are offering it for sale at the quilt show.  All proceeds will go to the Museum!

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It measures 55×63, just the right size for a lap quilt

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Here’s a closeup of the center quilting from the front

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I really love quilting…I got a little carried away with this one…

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A bit of the back

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The photos don’t show the color accurately. The Minky back is a nice lavender.

So here’s the deal.  The materials and quilting for this quilt would come to over $250.  I donated my quilting time, and the materials, and John donated the sewing time.  We’re offering this work of art (that you can snuggle with) for $175.  And, yes, you can buy it by calling me.  But I’ll be at the quilt show all week, so if you really want t, come to the show!  Soon!

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The crew loading the quilt for our group to work on during the show

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These are the raffle blocks we are offering this year. The blocks were made using the original 1929 Nancy Page patterns, printed in the Portland Oregonian. There was a contest and monetary prize for the best quilt. We have two quilts hanging beside the blocks that were made during that contest!
Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and the winner will also receive some coordinating fabric yadage!

So this all starts tomorrow morning at 10!  Admission is $5 per person.  You can buy a weekly pass for $10 and come several times to enjoy the speaker presentations and demonstrations.  See you there!

Robin

Random Quiltings

These quilts were done during December 2012 and January 2013, but haven’t been published yet.

Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

Quilting Closeup

Quilting Closeup

Quilting on the Back

Quilting on the Back

I’ve quilted this quilt one time before, and I was very happy to see another one come to my frame.  I’d like to make this quilt for myself, it’s just very beautiful. Here’s a little bit of the sky:

Morning Stars

Morning Stars

And this quilt was done in January, a raffle quilt for the Daffodil Festival held each year at the Long Tom Grange, Junction City, Oregon.  This was a five-part block of the month quilt through a magazine.  The group followed the pattern, then in the last segment there was a note that the patterns for months 3 and 4 were published in the wrong size…oops…

Daffodil Quilt

Daffodil Quilt

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I love these roses

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The Cardinal and the Butterfly are just wonderful!

When you look at the overall view of the quilt, you can see the amount of work that went into each block.  I could only imagine the amount of juggling the quilting group, led by Elenita Saltmarsh, had to do to make those pieces fit together seamlessly.  I did have a copy of the magazine on hand and could see the very slight differences necessitated by the magazine’s mistake.  The quilt is extremely beautiful, and I know its new owner loves it!

I still have a few more quilts to show; I’ll share them in a followup post.

Leaves & Life

I have been very busy this winter: John had been in the hospital for 18 days during December, and I worked very little during that time. Just enough to meet Christmas deadlines for clients, and putting aside quilts that could wait. So I started the new year about four quilts behind, and soon zoomed to six quilts behind. January 1st my folks moved to Cottage Grove, and came to live with us until they can move into their home here.

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

The move to their home here has been complicated: first it had to clear escrow. Then they wanted a little work done on it. Then they found the entire foundation was rotten…so they’ve been delayed moving to their house, but we now have two Lowrey organs in our home. Mom & Dad love GoodWill. They visit nearly every day.  It’s amazing the bargains you find there.

Mom's Lowrey Organ on the right, John's on the left...

Mom’s Lowrey Organ on the right,  John’s on the left…

In addition to collecting organs, teaching John to quilt, and working on my clients’ quilts, I’ve also been relearning to cook dinner for four every night! It’s been a very intense time. John and I also started going to the gym and working out…it’s been busy, but good. Very good. And just because you’re probably wondering, we’re all getting along very well.

That’s just the lead-up to show you what I’ve just finished, a quilt for a very special client, Joyce Garrett. Joyce and her sister Jamie are the featured quilters at this year’s Pioneer Quilters’ show (um, yes, I am the chairperson), and I’m quilting a quilt for each of them. Here is Joyce’s:

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt, maybe 2002

I was working at Quilter’s Junction in Junction City, Oregon, when they hosted this $5 Sampler quilt.  You began the quilt by paying $5 for the first block kit.  The next month you brought your completed block to their meeting and were issued another block kit.  This is one of my favorite quilts, and I have one of my own from that time.

Jamie made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with

Joyce made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with – note the doubled cross-hatch lines

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I became very attached to this feather-fern motif and used it throughout the quilt. Each cornerstone is an individual motif

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These half stars are fantastic, aren’t they? More feathers, more tendrils, lots more quilting!

Apparently neither Joyce nor Jamie make small quilts! And in fact, most of the quilts in my queue are large  I have a Grandmother’s Flower Garden that just arrived yesterday that is 100×101. “The better to quilt upon, my dear!”

The really good news is I’m now only three quilts behind.