Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ARBA Bicentennial Quilt Kit

Recently I received a note from fellow blogger Julie Sefton (Quiltdivajulie) about a Star of '76 Bicentennial Quilt Kit she had for sale. Of course, I snapped it up. When it arrived, I took a closer look at the package and realized it was an Officially Recognized Commemorative of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA) and was manufactured by B & B Needlecrafts of Memphis, Tennessee.

The kit includes precut fabric, printed foundation, instructions a label, and certificate of authenticity printed with the name of the woman who ordered the kit, Mrs. Joseph Curtis Matthews. In mint condition, Mrs. Matthews may have found the idea of all the appliqué daunting.

ARBA also produced Bicentennial flags, among other commemoratives. A while back, I acquired a nice, large one. It was manufactured by the Baldwin Regalia Company of St. Louis, Missouri.

I have not yet found an example of the finished ARBA quilt, not even a picture of one that I can recall, but the design is similar to the Mountain Mist quilt and pillow featured previously on my blog.

If you search my blog, you will find several posts in the archive related to Bicentennial quilts and textiles. To read more about the Mountain Mist Bicentennial Quilt pattern, click here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Generation Q


A wonderful article by Susan Beal in the latest issue of Generation Q Magazine includes quilts from my collection, and one I made. The subject is wool, and Susan is the perfect person to write about it. She recently published a book with Pendleton called "Hand-Stitched Home, Projects to sew with Pendleton & other wools" - a must-have, in my opinion.

Three of the antique wool quilts illustrating the article are from my collection. One is an old New England patchwork quilt; one is an embellished crazy quilt from the late Victorian period, and the other is a sampler from the turn of the century. All three show the richness and versatility of wool, a material that can be used in many ways. 

old New England patchwork quilt, c. 1810
wool Crazy Quilt, c. 1900
sampler quilt made for Jasper Barnthouse, PA 1902
It was fun to see my "Wild Eyed Susans" quilt included with the article. This little quilt is probably ready to sign autographs with all the positive attention it has received. Props to the unknown person who made the tufted stars, upcycled and used as flowers.

Love everything about this magazine, the articles, the pictures, the staff-- and I'm honored to be included in it. Thank you, Susan Beal and Generation Q!! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quilters Questions, A Book of Curious Queries by Kyra E. Hicks

Would you accept $25,000 to stop quilting forever? What if the offer were only $2000? These questions and many others are included in Kyra Hicks' new book, "Quilters Questions, A Book of Curious Queries" - out just in time for holiday gift shopping season.

Quilters Questions is perfect for quilters of any age or skill level. Packed with delightful, humorous, and thought-provoking questions, this engaging read will provide hours of fun and conversation. Explore topics ranging from quilter identity, creative inspiration, collaboration, legacy and more!

One of my favorite questions is #179, "What is the value of your quilt collection? Have you had any of your quilts professionally appraised? Why or why not?" The answers depend on the individuals, and that's what I love about it. We all have our own answers.

Highly recommended, this book would make the perfect holiday gift for the quilter who has everything. Truly, I have never seen a book anything like it for quilters. It is wonderfully original, amusing, and poignant at times. A great read!

Kyra Hicks is a self-taught quilter who uses cotton to explore political, religious, family and romantic themes. She resides in Arlington, Virginia, where she tends her fragrant rose garden and researches the lives of quilters past. For information about this wonderful new book, click here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2014 Ikebana Aki Matsuri & Sale

The 74th annual Aki Matsuri Ikebana Exhibition hosted by the Saga Goryu Hokubei Shisho is on display this weekend at the Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple at 2634 SE 12th Avenue, Portland. Hours are 10AM to 4PM, and the exhibition will be open tomorrow. As always there are many wonderful arrangements to be enjoyed.

The Exhibition also has local artisans vending in the lower level of the temple, and my favorite local potter, Ken Pincus is back! I couldn't resist doing a little shopping while I was there. 

The theme for this year's exhibition is "Sei Ga" - refined elegance. In addition to the ikebana, there will be demonstrations of Chado- Way of Tea; shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Ikebana presentations. Kudos to the organizers, especially David Komeiji who once again organized the event. This exhibition is one of the loveliest Portland traditions, so please go, enjoy, and do a little holiday shopping while you're there!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Awesome Rotary Cutter Coat by Dawn White, First Light Designs

An awesome Rotary Cutter Coat made by Dawn White of First Light Designs. 
Dawn White of First Light Designs was having a giveaway on her blog recently, and I was one of three lucky winners who received a Rotary Cutter Coat, designed and made by Dawn. I have to be the luckiest person in the world! Dawn says I came up first in the drawing, great luck considering how much I have coveted the Rotary Cutter Coats since they appeared on Dawn's blog.

I love how the design makes the case look like a coat, and that's how it got the name Rotary Cutter Coat. Dawn owns a small home pattern business called First Light Designs here in Portland, and she is always working on something wonderful. I enjoy following her blog, and always marvel at her sewing skill. If there was ever something I wanted to figure out with sewing, I'm sure I could ask Dawn and she would know. 

Thank you to Dawn for the good luck and the great Rotary Cutter Coat!! Check out her Rotary Cutter Coat tutorial and learn how it is made. To view the tutorial click here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

American Quilts, The Democratic Art

The second edition of "American Quilts, The Democratic Art" by Bob Shaw is now available, and two of my quilts are part of the book.

A pieced quilt from South Carolina, made around 1870 by Florence Shealy of Saluda County, appears in the preface. It is an outstanding example of the design known today as New York Beauty.

The velvet fans quilt, c. 1920 from New York, was on the cover of the first edition of the book and is also included in the second edition.

The new book is available in bookstores and online, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys quilts and art. Check it out on Amazon, click here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Green Alien Space Baby Fabric

"Green Alien Space Baby" is my first Spoonflower fabric design. I was thinking about it because Halloween is coming.  Aliens are fun any time of the year, but especially around Halloween!!

Green Alien Space Baby

Where on Earth did I come up with such a crazy idea for a fabric design? Silly question! I got the inspiration from Mars, not Earth. The fabric may be more of a challenge than a gift to some quiltmakers, but a deep Halloween fabric or novelty print stash wouldn't be complete without it.