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November 15, 2021
Vintage Little Humble Quilt from Humble Quilts

I told my sweet friend, Laurie, that the only "payment" I wanted to advertise some of her lovely goods on the facebook group was to make sure I had a place to sleep the next time I made it to her house. 
I'm sure she will still honor that, but she also sent me this adorable little quilt I shared on facebook during the show she was vending at. 

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It is the epitome of a humble quilt!


Ira Woods was an optometrist in the 40's and 50's and I would date this quilt about the same. 

It ...

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October 7, 2021
I Like Thursday: trip preparation, guild rummage sale, and donation follow up from With Strings Attached

 We leave tomorrow morning for our trip east -- Road Scholar and granddaughter's wedding with sight seeing before, between, and after.  No blog posts until the end of October. . . . and no time for wildflower or even garden photos!

While I'm away my sewing machine will be in the shop for a much-needed cleaning. 

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Last evening our guild had a members' rummage sale.  $20 per table.  I split with Irene -- I had a table and a half and  she had the other half.  I packed boxes with books, patterns, notions, kits, and fabric. Every time I turned around I found ...

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September 20, 2021
Weekly update: quilt rescue and reading from With Strings Attached

 

Be sure to read the previous post to see the week's wildflowers and other activities.

On the way back from a lake shore walk we saw two cranes at the edge of a pond in the park.  I was able to get pretty close to them.

This weekend there was an estate sale about three blocks away.   I had walked past the house often but I didn't know the people who lived there.  (I looked them up: he died in 2012 and she died earlier this year.) I went on Saturday when  everything was 50% off.

There were ...

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August 6, 2021
This and That on a Friday! from Humble Quilts

I found this adorable crib size quilt from the 30's-40's in my closet while hunting for the "missing" blocks.  It was so charming! I hung it up in my room to consider what I should do with it and admire it up close and personal.

Look at the terrific binding! 2 sides green, 2 sides blue

It has a bit of simple cross hatch quilting through some of the 4 patches. 

And then some small ties with thin floss. 

It is very lightweight with no batting and very sturdy. I don't understand how the black is stitched ...

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April 1, 2021
Everything Old is New Again: EQ8 Design Inspiration From a Vintage Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Good morning!  Happy Passover to my Jewish friends, Happy Holy Week to my Christian friends, and Happy Spring to one and all!  In my house, my younger son has a half day of remote learning today and then he is off for a week of Spring break.  My older son is coming home from college tomorrow afternoon, and we are all going to attend a real, live, in-person worship service together for Easter Sunday, followed by Easter dinner with my mom.  I'm so excited; it's like seeing the light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel ...

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March 19, 2021
Quilting a Vintage Quilt Top from Gwen's Quilts

In last week’s blog post I explained how I prepared a not-so-flat vintage quilt top for finishing. If you didn’t catch it, be sure to read it first. No worries, I’ll wait.

detail of vintage quilt top quilted

 

Basic plan

Now that I had a nice flat quilt top, I could start thinking about the quilting. I wanted to ignore the seam lines in an effort to hide all the added sashing. This would make the tulips come forward and float on the background.

I planned to stitch-in-the-ditch around each set of tulips and do minimal quilting within the tulips so that they ...

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Quilting a Vintage Quilt Top from Essie's Quilts

In last week’s blog post I explained how I prepared a not-so-flat vintage quilt top for finishing. If you didn’t catch it, be sure to read it first. No worries, I’ll wait.

detail of vintage quilt top quilted

 

Basic plan

Now that I had a nice flat quilt top, I could start thinking about the quilting. I wanted to ignore the seam lines in an effort to hide all the added sashing. This would make the tulips come forward and float on the background.

I planned to stitch-in-the-ditch around each set of tulips and do minimal quilting within the tulips so that they ...

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March 12, 2021
Preparing a Vintage Quilt Top from Gwen's Quilts

I’d like to share with you my process of preparing a vintage quilt top for finishing. Each top is different and will require different things of course, but this one is my latest finish and it has an interesting story and was extra challenging.

Choosing the vintage quilt top

I loved the colors in this top the minute I saw it. And one of my favorite flowers is the tulip. Those things drew me to choose it. I did notice some fullness in the blocks, but since I have experience with quilting hand pieced vintage tops, I had confidence ...

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Preparing a Vintage Quilt Top from Essie's Quilts

I’d like to share with you my process of preparing a vintage quilt top for finishing. Each top is different and will require different things of course, but this one is my latest finish and it has an interesting story and was extra challenging.

Choosing the vintage quilt top

I loved the colors in this top the minute I saw it. And one of my favorite flowers is the tulip. Those things drew me to choose it. I did notice some fullness in the blocks, but since I have experience with quilting hand pieced vintage tops, I had confidence ...

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January 22, 2021
Odds and Ends: All the Amazing Things I Forgot to Tell You This Week from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Friday!  We made it to the end of another week!  Yay!

So, you know that drawer in your house, probably in your kitchen, that is full of random things that don't belong anywhere else?  That is your frame of reference for today's blog post.  I have a "junk drawer" full of loose ideas in my head that I meant to share with you in earlier posts.  For instance:

A Ball of Feed Sack String, Next to a Golf Ball

Feed Sack String!!!

In a recent post about a vintage quilt repair that I ...

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January 16, 2021
Textile Archaeology: Exploring a Vintage Quilt Through Dissection and Repair from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Yesterday morning, while drinking my latte, I read through a string of National Geographic articles about recently discovered hominid remains in the Rising Star cave system of South Africa.  On my giant desktop monitor, I clicked through slide shows of exploration scientists cramming themselves and their equipment into narrow channels of rock as they gingerly worked to free fragile, ancient fossils that would shed new light on our understanding of early human history.

Client's Vintage Summer Quilt, Prior to Repair

And then, I headed up to my studio, and began a delicate excavation of my own, the beginning of ...

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December 10, 2020
The Blazing Star Block from Quilt Collection M.

 I did it again: I quilted along in the Classic and Vintage Series of Fatquartershop. I so love the Vintage blocks and I also love the outcome of the blocks.

For a few years (since 2017)  I have been quilting along with Fatquartershop and their blog The Jolly Jabber. It is always in their Classic and Vintage Series that I have sewn the blocks. This year was the sixth time. Again I really like the pattern: It is the Blazing Star. Please check all the other versions. The pattern is free. There are many more interesting blocks on the blog ...

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December 7, 2020
Antiques from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Do you have days when you feel like an antique? It happens to me from time to time, but thankfully very rarely! 

I don't often visit antique shops as I never seem to find anything, so what's the point? Last week, I had a chance to pop into one for a few minutes, and I thought, "why not?" Well, I managed to pick up some old photographs for 50 cents each, which is rare in antique shops. BUT I also found a treasure, so I think the timing was meant to be. 

Pretty much the first thing I ...

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August 9, 2020
Wednesday's Word: Psalm 22. Wednesday Wrap Ups: 1930's Baby Quilt/Table Topper! I Like Vintage Quilts from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Wednesday's Word:  
Let’s continue with the verses from Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin. As her sisters are hospitalized on Ellis Island, Sofia finds herself all alone waiting for them to recover. Her friend shares yet more Scriptures with her. 



So much is happening in our world, in our nation, even in our homes!
Perhaps you are also waiting for loved ones to recover from an illness/addiction.
Perhaps you are also feeling abandoned by God.
Perhaps you are putting on a brave, cheerful face all the while feeling all alone in your own private pain, your ...

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March 22, 2020
The Beastly Y-Seam Block Has a Name: Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, 1933 Chicago Tribune from Cheeky Cognoscenti

When I was recreating, resizing, recoloring and revising the Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler in EQ8 Quilt Design Software, swapping out some of the blocks for others in my EQ Block Library, I didn't pay much attention to the information contained in the software "notecard" for each block.  After toiling away at all of these Y-seams, however, I was curious about where this block I'm making came from and I went back to my software to find out.

Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, Originally Published in 1933 Chicago Tribune

The 20" block I'm currently working on was ...

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December 23, 2019
Vintage Double Wedding Ring Bed Runners Finished and Delivered! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Remember that Double Wedding Ring UFO that I told you about back in August?  A woman had contacted our Charlotte Quilters' Guild looking for someone who could finish an in-progress Double Wedding Ring quilt that she found in her mother's attic. She had a tub of assembled circular wedding ring blocks, a small section of a handful of blocks sewn together, and lots of tiny wedge pieces cut out.  Based on the client's recollection of when her grandmother had grown too ill to sew, as well as rough dating of the fabrics in the blocks and the techniques ...

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December 18, 2019
♪♪Christmas Time is Coming Soon ♪♪ from Humble Quilts

Hello friends! I really try and enjoy the season and don't go crazy purchasing presents for every single extended family member. Sometimes the extended family ages out...... LOL But I do love the season! Here's a few photos of my world when I'm not at work.

 A well loved vintage quilt.
The guest room ready for company this week. 



You never know where you'll find a Danish Nisse.  
This is Sven and we've got history! Check it out HERE!
Santa chats with friends!

Chilly blue sky Christmas walks.....


 with new friends and Santa hats




Love ...

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December 12, 2019
Kaffe Fassett in Bath, Part 2 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, opened its doors in 1961 for the first time at Claverton Manor. It is the only museum outside the United States dedicated to the American arts. Unfortunately, the manor part of the museum was closed for Christmas decorating, but thankfully the Kaffe Fassett exhibit was held in another building, so much to may delight, we were able to see the unique combination of old and new quilts. As promised, here are the rest of the quilts from the exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

Fan
Katy Clark Elmore, 1937
Chula, Missouri

Dotty ...

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December 5, 2019
Kaffe Fasset in Bath, Part One from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about a lovely quilt shop, Poppy Patch, over in England, with a little teaser of the Kaffe Fasset exhibit at the American Museum in Bath, UK. Wait no more, because today and next week, I will be sharing some of the amazing antique quilts and the Kaffe Fasset reproductions of those quilts. 

This was one of my favorite exhibits ever. For me, it was the best of both worlds—antique quilts and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. While Teri and I don't usually work with really bright colors, there is a "bright" side ...

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November 13, 2019
Kovals Antique Quilt Exhibit- Houston from Humble Quilts

Joe and Mary Koval generously shared an amazing array of antique quilts in Houston! Here's a sampling.



 This was actually one of my favorites. I can't get enough of this setting!!



 If I had to make 14 diamonds meet in the center, I'd never have a quilt!
 It's okay to cut up a toile. Still makes a pretty effective and fun quilt.



 I'm so glad I don't worry about which direction my stripes run!


 As precise looking as this applique is................
The maker added this funky folk art dog? I love it!



Quilts that ...

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