Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Special Exhibit at the Grand Rapids AQS Show in August

I am far behind in showing you pictures of quilts that I've seen this summer, and quilts that I have been working on.   But today I want to share a special exhibit of one woman's quilts that was part of the August AQS Show in Grand Rapids.

Aileen O'Toole Stannis was remembered and honored with a special tribute exhibit of 26 of her quilts.  This display of 35 years of beautiful master quilting was a real treat for me.  It included her quilt "Baltimore Remembered", which received the 1996 Gingher Hand Workmanship Award in 1996. But I enjoyed all of her work just as much as her award winning quilt.  Here are pictures of some of her beautiful quilts:

This quilt was a tribute to the year 2000, and has 2,000 triangles of vintage quilt fabric.  

Next is a reproduction of an old quilt.  Her hand quilting is so beautiful.

Next is her Calico Garden quilt.  I have always wanted to make this quilt - it's on my bucket list.
I love, love, love the blue and pink of this quilt:

Well, I will show you more of her quilts tomorrow, if you would like me to.  Her quilts are so beautiful.  

I haven't blogged for a month because I broke my right wrist, but it is all better, and I am now back in action.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Planning the Quilt Room in Michigan

We are busy little beavers, cleaning and polishing everything in the VA house, getting ready to put it on the market.  Boy does this home look great!  We may keep it!

While working on the VA home, my mind is thinking about the new quilt room in Michigan, and what I am going to put in it.  This three piece old kitchen cabinet has been in our screened porch, and is my only "antique".  It's outside on the deck today, while the screened porch floor is getting stained.  Here is the middle section:

Another picture of the middle section with the porcelain drop down section open:

I think it will go into my new quilt room, to store fabric.  The drop down work area will be a great help when auditioning fabrics, don't you think?

There are two companion cabinets that go with it, one for each side of the main cabinet:

Here's the label on the back:

My husband was born in Stanton, Michigan, and the cabinet was in a house in that small town that his mother bought from the French family.  I liked the cabinets, and my dear mother-in-law gave them to me.  They are the start of my new quilt room design.

Here's a small doll quilt that I'm working on this week.  It was inspired by a blog post that I saw (Here).  The little corners are just snippets of orange that I had left over, and aren't any special size.  It's 14" by 14" right now.  Most of my fabric is packed away, and the black and little bits of orange were the only things here.

I cleaned out the attic space where we store our holiday decorations, and found these two noisemakers to show you today.  Do any of you remember using them?  We used to shake these noisy metal things as we were coming up the sidewalk, and the homeowners would come out to meet us when they heard the racket!

We would yell "Trick or Treat!", but would never even dream of "trick" - didn't even know what that meant, really.  Hope you are having a great September.  I am checking on Design Wall Mondays, as usual, to see what others are doing.  (Here)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A New Quilt Book Today!

To prepare for the move, I'm determined to go through all of the "hot spots" in this house and get rid of things we no longer need.  I made a list of 12 areas, and today I chose a number at random from the list, #7.   It was "cookbooks stored in the vintage Hoosier cabinet."  For years I've collected cookbooks, thinking that somehow they would make me an unbelievable cook.  Well, I am a decent cook but I find that I cook less and less in my senior years, and when I try something new, I usually search for recipes on the internet.  Hence, I need to unload a lot of cookbooks.  

I loaded up a big bin of books and took them to the local used book store, Book Exchange of Williamsburg.  They take books from customers, giving them "store credit" value, that can be used to buy other books from their store.   After the transaction, I had $40 in credit, and found one book that I wanted to buy with my credit.

Look what I bought:

It has a whole chapter on doll quilts, and several lovely doll quilts I would like to replicate, plus I have $32 in store credit for later visits to their store!

Here's two lovely old doll quilts from my new treasure book:

I hope someone else will be enjoying the cookbooks that they will find on their shelves as much as I'm going to enjoy this new book.  

Who knows what adventures will happen when I tackle the next listed area in my house.  I know whatever it is, I can have some fun doing it.

Do you have a book exchange in your area?  There might be some great quilt books there!