Friday, April 22, 2016

Our Quilt with Words

For several years, I had the pleasure of attending a quilt retreat at Point Bonita, California. It was heaven for me: a week to sew, visit with friends, hike, be fed by very good cooks - all right by the San Francisco Bay. Julie Silber stopped by one year and showed some quirky quilts. One of our favorites was what we called a quilt with words. It was made up of odd little sayings embroidered on wool. My favorite was, "Mister xxxx ran through the screen door." We were mesmerized and my stitch group decided to make our own version of it.

We recorded personal events, phrases that we overheard, favorite quotes, pictures of our pets, whatever! We stitched them for a long while ... finally, someone (CGJ I recall) gathered all of the pieces together and stitched them to a wool background. Someone else (LF) added the rickrack and it was displayed at our guild show last month. It is 53 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Blocks were contributed by Kathe Dougherty, Carol Jones, Georgann Eglinski, Barbara Brackman, LInda Frost and me.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Mini for Our Quilt Show

Here's a mini-quilt I made recently. I named it Hot Mess. You can bid on this quilt and a host of other wonderful minis at the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild quilt show on April 2-3. It's in Lawrence at Crown Toyota, 3430 Iowa Street. Hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-3.

Proceeds from the sale of our minis benefit these local non profits: Douglas County CASA, GADUGI, Habitat for Humanity, The Social Service League, Spencer Museum of Art, the Lawrence Humane Society and our guild.

Bidding ends just before the show ends on Sunday! Here is more information about the show.

Be sure to hear Marge Banks' talk - her Seminole scraps inspired my Holy Seminoley!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alice's Aprons 5

Last but hardly least. Our apron seamstress went nuts on this one. She must have had a new sewing machine with fancy stitches - note 2 colors of thread used on this decorative stitching!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Alice's Aprons 4

This apron shows no use at all and there was clearly more fabric available for it ...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Alice's Aprons 3

Another apron that celebrates flowers! Look how the lace outlines the pocket. I am having fun imagining WHEN these were worn. Just for ladies teas? They truly are more for show than anything else ...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Alice's Aprons 2

I love the way these aprons use fabric pieces. This one was cut so the pocket is accessible from both sides.

It sounds like these aprons come from Alice's family - they lived in Westphalia, Kansas long ago ...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Alice's Aprons 1

Happy Spring! Our mid-century modern book club met last night - we discussed Russel and Mary Wright's Guide to Easier Living, originally published in 1950. It's a manual for the modern family - how to entertain, organize a home, clean ... I have read that this book influenced and inspired none other than Martha Stewart. You get the drift.

As we discussed housework then compared to now, the conversation got around to aprons. My friend Alice had a few she wanted to pass on so you-know-who brought them home. Me. They are dressy aprons. A few were used, a few not. I'm going to post an apron a day to show them off.

This apron got the most use and you'll see why - it is reversible, which makes it the most functional one of the bunch. Note there are 2 layers - the chiffon (with the pocket) and the cotton.

Here's the other side. It shows the use. How about that fussy-cut waistband.

The pocket is darn cute too. I love the tiny rick rack.