I’ll bet you guys thought I forgot you yesterday, didn’t you? Well, I didn’t but since I did not have any dogs here boarding, I took the day off and went thrift shopping. After about a week or 10 days of just being home and taking care of everybody, I need a little day trip. My dogs usually go along so I don’t go very far – about 4-5 hours worth and then it’s back home. When I got home, a couple girlfriends came and after a couple beers with them Rick got home, and then there was basketball to watch. Whew!
Today’s quilt is called Dixie and it’s smaller, 40″ x 40″, one of those great sizes to make because it isn’t necessary to piece the backing. Three simple units are used in this quilt – 4 patches, hourglass units, and triangle squares. When you make other projects and have simple units such as these leftover, you do save them, don’t you? Just think – this quilt might be waiting to be assembled just using units from previous projects. Many different fabrics make for an interesting quilt.
After I took this picture I backed up and took the whole picture – dog beds and all so you know how it really is at our house. The door to the upstairs is standing wide open and dog toys are just outside of the frame. We live in a very casual house because of the animals. It is so very easy to live in!
Have a great weekend, everybody!!
Who remembers attending country school? I do – I went to Kindergarten 1-1/2 miles from home and rode behind my older brother on a horse. Ha! My teacher’s name was Mrs. Austin and there was one other boy in my class – we ended up graduating from high school together.
The schoolhouse block is another very traditional block that has been loved by quilters for years and years. Our quilt measures 41″ x 50″ and I remember Connie and I taught this class in the early 80’s using Eleanor Burns illustrated book. Pick out some nice dark colors and start cutting schoolhouse blocks.
The quilt is shown in my office that is right off that pass-through room from yesterday. If you look carefully through the window, you can see the piano. I like to leave the screened window open so I can hear the parakeets that live in there.
And this is why I continue to haunt the thrift stores and flea markets! If I’m going to enjoy the things I collect, they have to be in sight making them suseptible to all kinds of animal “accidents”. I loved everybody’s comments about dusting – and you’re right – the dust doesn’t show in the pictures. Ha!
And there was the question about hanging the quilts on the wooden ladder rungs. If I owned a valuable antique quilt, I’d be worried but my quilts are run-of-the-mill, machine quilted quilts that I make for fun. There is no harm in hanging them on the ladder.
Connie will return from Florida next week so I’ll have to go back to working. It’s been fun to just sew random stuff without a deadline or a schedule. I hope there’s more time for that type of sewing in my future.
Quest For Freedom, 51″ x 57″, required some creativity in photography because I wanted to show you my kitchen cupboards, built in the 30’s with a very low countertop due to the short stature of the lady living here at the time.
The quilt is a beloved 9 patch in a diagonal medallion layout. Note the reverse “negative” blocks – which are difficult to see without viewing the quilt as a whole – you’ll have to look on page 52. The border has 4 patch blocks on the diagonal as the final round of the quilt making this quilt a nice twist on the common 9 patch block.
The wooden ladder was used for years in our booth at shows and now it holds quilts on the rungs and is rested on the railing in the loft. Yes, this is a big house and I love it!
I raised my camera to that beam above that displays all the white ironstone pitchers so you could make the connection to Day 9. This is that pass-through room to the piano room that used to be the dining room. As I took the picture the French doors to the piano room were right behind me.
And if you look carefully in the first photo you will see this small display of glass salt and pepper shakers and butter pats above the counter top. Look for the red flower to find the location. Why do I like these little things so much? Someone asked me about dusting all this stuff – it is never all dusted at the same time but over the course of a year, I suppose, everything gets dusted at least once.
And this is Bella who was here last weekend and who went home yesterday. This morning Biscuit and Sassy arrived and Bentley is coming on Friday. As Becky commented, “Never a dull moment!”
P.S. Jane Dumler – my organ has a very interesting past story and the owners documented the trip to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977 when it was leased for $1.00 for a month. It is an Epworth Organ by the Williams Organ Co.
This quilt is called “Brother Fought Brother” and if you look carefully you will notice that the star block is set with an alternating snowball block. Quilt measures 47″ x 55.
I took the picture in the piano room and then decided to take it again so I could show you this tall white cupboard. It sat in the garage for at least 10 years and was, in most mens’ opinion, ready for the burn pile. Originally it was a built-in pantry-type cupboard painted turquoise so admittedly it needed some work but Dawn painted it for me and now it holds all my piano music. I love it!