Remember this quilt I made last winter? Today is Lavohn’s birthday and I gave it to her with 2 matching pillowcases. When Mom was at the Care Center, she and Lavohn were friends, both having suffered the same type of stroke. We ate lunch together and topped it off with Heath Bar cake that I made last night. She is a sweet lady!
So windy here today, my power gate wouldn’t even close – now that’s windy!!!
Do any of you readers live in the Marietta/Atlanta, GA area? If so, some of the quilts from our book Civil War Remembered are on display at Little Quilts and you may want to stop by to see them in person. For me personally, I would love to visit Little Quilts – get a little “retail therapy” as Connie says and just see what’s new in the quilt world. I’m sure Mary Ellen has it on hand.
And here is a sad sight at a local thrift store – our tall snowman quilt for sale. It’s seen its better days but it always startles me to see a rabbit doll in an antique store or a wall quilt of ours in a second hand store. I’m showing my age, I know.
And here are some of my “finds” from a recent junking day with Claudia.
The tin “lunchbox” with the wooden knob on top was purchased to hold Susannah’s ashes. Maggie’s ashes fit in it also and now they are residing together on a shelf in my living room. Some days I’m still shocked when I go to the barn and Susannah’s isn’t there.
It’s a “beautiful day in the neighborhood” and I’m heading outside to do some yardwork.
These little quilts are each about 16″ square and are made entirely of scraps – one quilt is Broken Dishes pattern and the other is a simple 4 patch block. We wanted these little gems to look like doll quilts from the Civil War era so when they were finished we aged them in a coffee bath and after drying, we used a candle to scorch and even burn holes and corners of the quilt. I took close-ups of the scrorched areas for an up close and personal look. Of course, be careful when burning the quilt with a candle and know that the scorching is optional.
That concludes the house/quilt tour with the exception of 2 quilts still at Martingale. It’s been a fun activity for me, too, and I have loved hearing from you. I am not very social on a daily basis except for “talking” to you guys so thank you. I will continue to blog and have a terrific Colton story to tell you. My van is going to the dealer for work – the sliding door motor went out and the door will not open or close! This happened when we went to Mpls. on a day when the wind chill in the parking lot was about 30 below and we were stuck in a van with a door that was stuck open and that would not close. And being in Mpls on a Sunday afternoon, nobody would help us. Now, that’s a story in itself.
We are almost finished with the quilts/house tour. Two quilts remain at the Martingale offices for display at Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis in May. Today’s quilt is called “Path of Freedom” and measures 36″ x 36″ – if you recall, I love this size! I have taught some of my students to look carefully at a quilt and break down the units that usually make up a square – here we have triangle squares and star blocks in rows of carefully placed colors that create a “barn raising” type of layout. Nice, very nice!
Tomorrow’s the last day and I can’t thank you enough for your many kind comments about our new book. I will be wrapping up the house tour tomorrow.