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!

Jessica Beaudet is the Star of the Day!

We enjoyed a thrilling presentation by Eugene Modern Quilt Guild President Jessica Beaudet Wednesday afternoon, “The Modern Quilt Movement & Trunk Show.”  And what a trunk show she shared with us!

Jessica is an accomplished and passionate speaker; I am so very glad I was able to hear her presentation:

Jessica Beaudet

Jessica Beaudet

She very generously shared her knowledge of the Modern Quilt Movement, reminding the audience that we all speak the same quilting language, no matter what the form of our communication is: in person, by telephone, or by internet connection.  She uses the internet as a tool to enhance and share her quilting knowledge with quilters worldwide.

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

And here are some of the quilts!  (Please excuse the head views — every seat was taken today!)

This "Improvised Chair" quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

This “Improvised Chair” quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

Isn't this compelling?

Isn’t this compelling?

Note the setting of the bolder blocks -- just a slightly different take

Note the setting of the bolder blocks — just a slightly different take

A traditional block, and really, a red & green quilt, but with a definite edge!

A traditional block, a red & green quilt, but with a definite color edge!

We thank Jessica profusely, for her presentation at the show today!  Our community is so fortunate to have such a talented and generous quilter in our midst!

And lastly, exhibited in our show, is a marvelous quilt by Jenny Bonynge (quilted by Cynthia Brunz) in the modern aesthetic.

"First Flight" by Jenny Bonynge

“First Flight” by Jenny Bonynge