Tuesday, April 15, 2014

QUILTING NOSTALGIA from 1950's

Yesterday, Monday, began nice and bright and oh so humidly warm and I began dreaming of a moving my sewing machine out onto the deck and beginning a new project while soaking up the sunshine I hadn't really enjoyed since last September!    As is usual for me,  I made my first cup of coffee, played my begin the day game to get my fingers and reflexes limbered up (for those who suffer with Arthritis, you'll know what I am referring to), and by then it was time to feed my flock of birds, sweep off the deck from left over seed spillage from the day before, and generally tidy up my humble abode and then hit the sewing room.  NOT to be, nope, the rain came and took away that beautiful day I thought would be and when I finally sat to have my second cup, I spilled it all over the floor and me!

I did something so dumb and I am kicking myself for even contemplating it.  I actually took a finished tea cozy I had made and thinking it looked too plain, thought I could quilt it.  Dumb, dumb, dumb!!!!  So last night I sat picking out the unsightly mess I had made.  I learned when not feeling very well, I should leave well enough alone!

This morning can you believe it, snow!!!!  I cheered up a lot when I received this in my mail box and enjoyed it so very much I am thinking you might enjoy it too, especially if you were born in the 50's or 60's!  Head on over to You Tube and watch this delightful video, it's filled with nostalgia!!!

This entertaining video got me thinking of quilting in those by gone years.  Of course I was young then and quilting never entered my thoughts, I was too busy being a teen and Elvis was king...
Lets see, this picture 
was used for this interesting article about Extension Homemakers clubs in the 50's , where quilters would gather in Quilting B's, make quilts, raffle them off and with the funds from those raffled off quilts would put that money towards helping local groups, such as sending local children to college, or assist in fundraising efforts in their area.  You can read more of this interesting article here
Here is a fashion item which I found 1stdibs.  I grabbed this picture just in case it ends up being removed because this item sold. 
Here is the write up for it, "Incredible muted metallic silver vintage 1950s dress with a quilted skirt and classic fit and flare 50s silhouette. The dress features sleeveless sleeves, a high neckline, and glitter buttons up the back. It is unlined with rear zip and button closure. Side pockets." 
I don't remember seeing such dresses away back then, you must admit it is absolutely beautiful, this close up of the quilted motif shows just how beautifully quilted it was!  Too sad there is no mention of who designed or quilted this wearable fashion quilt works.  
In the early 20',30's,40's and 50's Quilt Exhibitions at County and State fairs all across North America were the place to showcase quilters hand quilting skills and many a quilter vied for a ribbon on their entry which they may have labored over for more than a year, maybe even longer!
I found this interesting picture 
The last picture I would like to share with you is this wonderful green cocktail skirt 
found here at Viva Vintage Clothing which I suspect was somehow machine quilted or possibly even mass produced look at it close up 
apparently it's label says "Joyce of Chicago".  I tried to find out more of this possible "Fashion designer or fashion company" but came up with nothing more than this wonderful photo from Viva Vintage Clothing. 
I admit, I never ever thought about quilting and fashion before I began quilting as sewing my own clothing was something I never learned, (no home economics classes where I went to school were offered).  Even today, I can piece and sew a quilt top, but ask me to make a simple article of clothing and that somehow is quite beyond me. 
This trip down memory lane was spurred on because wonderful nostalgia the video from You Tube  so inspired me to think of those years when I was a carefree teen who would rather go to dances and play baseball rather than investigate the possibility of learning what could be accomplished with a piece of fabric, a needle and some thread...
Now it is time for me to bid you a fond adieu for the day and re-introduce myself to my sewing machine and make the effort not to attempt something dumb like I attempted yesterday, why I would even contemplate quilting something all ready put together is beyond me!  Have you ever done something you deemed DUMB?
Have a simply marvelous day today and come back for a visit soon.  

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  ~Author Unknown







Sunday, April 13, 2014

Great Weather, Good Friends and Fabrics

Wasn't yesterday (Saturday) a very pretty day?  I enjoyed my day thoroughly because one of my most favored 4 legged fur friends Buddy
came to stay for several hours while his Humans were on a short trip.  It was so lovely we spent the best part of the day out of doors and when we came back, together he and I watched the 3rd round of the Masters.  When Buddys' humans returned they brought with them a very special treat and a surprise gift for me....and don't you just know it was fabric!!!!!  What a fantastic beginning to a wonderful weekend, great weather, good friends and fabrics, what more could a quilter want!

Buddy and his owners had spent the last three months down south in the warm climate and surroundings of Arizona and of course they chose the most gorgeous of fabrics as a gift for me, so I am going to share these with you today!

"Fabulous Felines" by Laurel Burch
"Flying Colors II" by Lauren Burch
"Kokopellies" designer Unknown


"Fiesta" by Lorilynn Simms a part of her Salsa Picante series


Another  from Laurel Burchs' "Fabulous Felines" Line

I have since been dreaming of what I can use these wonderfully bright and cheerful prints in!  It is wonderful to have such generous and thoughtful people as friends.  Least ways, this special  fur friend Buddy and his Human owners are on the way to becoming very friends. 

Can you believe it, I turned down an invitation to go out for a meal this evening!  I know the Masters won't finish at supper time, and to have watched it these past four days and not to watch the finish would be so unfair.  My favorite player is still in the tournament, so, I sincerely want to sit here and root for him.
Near time now to turn on and tune into the last round of the Masters, so I'll wish you a wonderful Sunday afternoon doing whatever it is your doing and hope you'll come and visit with me again. 


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
















Thursday, April 10, 2014

Phew!  I have been busy this morning doing something I really wanted to take care of but didn't plan on it starting it today, Spring Cleaning!!

I am washing bed linens, curtains, windows and cleaning my floors when really I think I should be sewing....
I have the wash hanging outside and it's dried already, what with the heavy winds we are getting here today it took no time at all to dry.  I am anticipating that delicious scent on the bed linens and how nice it will to climb between those scented sheets tonight when I finally make my way to sleep!  Finally I think Ms. Spring is fighting with ole man Winter to make her appearance and from the look of it today, she might finally be winning.

Do you do that?  Begin something you totally hadn't planned on starting! 

In the back of my mind I thought I would make a start at the spring cleaning next week, but then the Masters Golf Tournament 1st Round begins today and I really, really want to watch it all the way to its conclusion this year.  One of these years I might just visit Augusta.  Georgia is so beautiful at this time of year, with its shrubs and flowers as well as the forest of trees are always filled glorious color.  

I have acquired some golf themed fabrics from an estate sale, sort of vintage wouldn't you say?  I really wanted to buy the Bernina 850, but someone beat me to it....

I did make a few bags from this vintage fabric and a few even ended up being listed in my Etsy Shop.



Now I am creating a carry bag for little boys made from firefighting themed fabric.  Thought I might make one so that their little cars could be stored in there for any out of the house trips or play dates.  Little preschoolers love to carry their favorite little play toys with them, so I am attempting to make a medium sized little carry all for preschool boys and girls.  Little girls love to cart their little princess toys and dollies too.  What do you think, might these be a hit?

Time for me to bid you adieu and I hope to see you here again.  

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.  May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.  May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.  And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.  ~Irish Blessing



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bags, Bags, Bags!

My oh my, but it is still very chilly in my neck of the woods today!  Only 3 degrees Fahrenheit....hopefully it will warm up as the day progresses because I just turned up the heat and would dearly love not to hear my furnace for a long time.  

I have a wonderful covered deck and cannot wait to get my sewing machine out there so I can soak up warmth and sunshine while I am busy making inventory for my online Etsy Shop.  

Last Thanksgiving a fundraiser was held to assist a young man in our town who'd been involved in a nasty automobile accident wherein his sustained injuries left him as a paraplegic.  This is the quilt I made and donated for that fundraiser.

As I now live alone, I have more time to devote to my online shop at Etsy!  For this purpose I have made lots and lots of quilted bags all types and colors.  This pastime was so very therapeutic for me and I am thankful for the increasing skills the making of these bags have helped me to acquire.  Sometimes I have done the dumbest things and have become quite proficient at "frog-stitching"! 

I think this Cosmetic Bag turned out well. 
 Or, how do you think this tote-purse turned out?


Armed with a new order from Zipit@Etsy.com (zippers) I have been going non-stop making inventory for my online shop also at Etsy.com and for a shop in nearby resort Town of Gananoque!  

Come the Victoria Day long weekend it will experience an influx of returning visitors as well as many new tourists.  If your planning a trip up our way you'll see some of these bags in Donevan's, a long renowned business in Downtown Gananoque.  Over the past months the proprietor and his daughter have been remodeling the old store to make Booths available to local Artisans to display and sell their handmade articles to the public on a full time basis!  
Mary Donevan of Heirloom Creations sells her therapeutic magnetic jewelry there and people flock to buy her one of a kind pieces, all made from beautiful porcelain china tea and dinnerware no longer coveted by people anymore.  

It's time I say cheerio for today and get back behind the sewing machine.  Remember if your up around the 1000 Islands area, Gananoque is a town to visit and discover and the St. Lawrence is right on our doorstep.

Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Rainy Day here in Eastern Ontario and an Art Quilter

It has been raining here since early last evening.  Throughout the entire night I could here the rain dropping on the roof and splashing against the windows, such a wonderful sound. This soothing song of the rain is wonderful and is washing away the mountains of snow which covered our area since late October, and since I have been yearning for Ms. Spring to show herself, the rain is a welcome visitor. 

While surfing through the Janome site seeking information, I came across this wonderful quilter, Terry Aske, of Vancouver, B.C. and was thrilled to see her read all about her Art, actually, her Art Quilts.   Co-incidentally one of her art quilts depicts people standing/walking under umbrellas on a rainy day....Did you know she has completed over 100 quilts?  Amazing!! 


"Rainy Day People"   

The one quilt shown in this particular post, which blew me away was "Even Trees Get The Blues".  So meticulous, so very beautifully created and quilted.  I fell in love with this piece.  Then upon reading further I came across her 3D "Rainy Day People" art quilt.  what a wonderful use of her choice of colors.   Finishing this particular post written about Terry by Liza Frica for Janome I followed a link provided to Terry's personal site where you can personally become acquainted with her by clicking here.  It is here you will get a look into Terry's studio and become familiar with her and how she approaches her works of Art in the medium of fabric, color and texture.  

Time now for me to sew my way, never will I be a Terry Aske, or a Bonnie Hunter, but I satisfy myself and this is what matters to all people who craft in one medium or another, don't you think?

Thank you for stopping in, I hope you enjoyed your visit and if you have the time bookmark Terry's site to experience some visual art through Terrys' Quilts and her thought process. 

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Beautiful Day is Unfolding

Monday Morning and a most beautiful day is beginning to unfold!  Though the weatherman has been giving out weather warnings for our area, apparently we are to expect a mixed bag, guess Winter is having a dust up with Spring!  I am just grateful for the weather at this moment as it is lifting my spirits.

I can remember a day in 1965 when on April 17th it snowed!  Here I was all decked out in pink lace and tiny pearled pink pumps, a cute little velvet hat (can you remember wearing hats?) in church while waiting for the Bride to arrive for her special day....close to fifty years ago that was and those two will celebrate their 50th next year.  

What took my thoughts back to that day was not just the weather which looked so promising, just as it does today, but to the beautiful Double Wedding Ring Quilt the Bride and Groom were given on that day.  Back in the "Olden Days" as my grandson would say, married couples waited until after arriving from the church as newly weds to open their wedding gifts. 

The one gift I remember watching them unwrap was the most beautiful Double Wedding Ring quilt made especially for them by two of the Brides' Aunties.  It was the most perfect of gifts.   I can remember thinking how wonderful to be under that cover all deliciously warm and cozy.  

While this quilt pictured was not the quilt my friends received, it really did resemble this beautiful quilt pictured here.  

Imagine, two women sitting together for close to a year hand piecing this beautiful traditional quilt pattern, then finishing it with hand quilting.  I believe that quilt is still alive and well today...

Have you noticed, the movement towards a trend in the Quilt world during these past few years?  A new trend is making a statement in what is being called Modern Quilting. With the most technologically advanced sewing machines,  Fabric Designers with their visionary designs not just in the fabric lines, but in Design, the relationship between color, texture and movement!  

Awhile ago I stumbled across "The Quilting Edge" a blog by Marianne Haak, whose blog is too interesting not to visit each week and just take a peek into her Gallery and there you will find the most interesting quilts with colors that jump out and grab you. 

Time to wish you a marvelous day, I'm gonna grab a fresh coffee and take myself off to my sewing room, I have something to create! 

C'Ya tomorrow?

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.  ~William Arthur Ward




Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's Been Far Too Long

I realize I have been away for close to a year, BUT....I have been exploring my personal life which has not been an easy task for me.

Now, after such a looooooooong winter and Spring might actually be on the horizon, I think I am ready to once again take part in the activities I so enjoyed a year ago, and blogging was one activity I really enjoyed.

Since just prior to last Christmas I have been making a concentrated effort in applying myself to my Etsy Shop in an attempt to not only quilt and sew more, but as a hoped for alternative to increasing some earnings.  

Now I am finally up and running full time on Etsy and finding that a regimen of working at the sewing machine during the daytime hours is good, and helps me to focus on getting through each day and not stressing over those things which I simply cannot change or fix. 

I realize it has been too long, but I am hoping you will welcome me back into the Blogger Fold and come visit when you have the time.  I so missed being here but there you have it, Life Happens, as so many are want to say!

I have finished a few quilt tops, a baby quilt, finished and sent, and many, many cosmetic bags, pouches and totes as well as purses, many were made from my fabrics which I actually quilted myself.  Unfortunately buying prequilted fabrics just isn't economically feasible for me, so I have done the next best thing. 

I made this Baby Quilt using only scraps from long ago projects, one of which was Winnie and Friends, it is now being loved to pieces by the little man I sent it to. 


Two quilt tops pieced but not sandwiched or quilted are the Scrappy 4 patch top and the Scrappy Half Square Triangles.  Now to get the gumption to actually get these finished. 




I really apologize for taking so long to return to blog land and I sincerely hope you come and visit again. Meanwhile my wish to all who visit is to have a wonderful weekend...