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MARTHA WASHINGTON QUILTS

MARTHA WASHINGTON QUILTS

This quilter is fascinated by historical quilts, especially those made 1820 and before. I have been researching historical quilts for many years. Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899 was purchases specifically because of the few historical quilts that were in it. Finding Martha Washington quilts in it was a bonus to me. However, the book contains many examples of quilts and quilting – especially the mid to late 1800’s. Yes, most of the quilts in this wonderful book are past the time…

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REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

Sometimes in my travels, I find quilts in unexpected places. Such is the occurrence of rest stop quilts in Iowa. There was no expectation of quilts in the rest stop on I-80 near Davenport, Iowa. All of these photos were taken inside this rest stop. Many years ago, a woman in the quilt guild was raving about a book discussing how quilts were used as signals for the Underground Railroad. My first thought was why has this never been discussed…

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FLOCK OF CHRISTMAS GEESE

FLOCK OF CHRISTMAS GEESE

One of my goals for this year is to finish binding and tagging 9 quilts that need just that. Well, this quilt is the second one completed, and I am doing a happy dance! This Flock of Christmas Geese is an easy project to make. This simple wall hanging was made over a weekend in April 2021, and machine quilted in November 2021. Then it stayed in a pile of UFOs waiting on binding and a tag. Making a Flock…

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YIPPEE!! A UFO COMPLETE

YIPPEE!! A UFO COMPLETE

As of January 7, 2023, I finally put the last stitch in the binding of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2020. It was one of the quilts in my post last week that needed to be bound. Yippee!! A UFO complete. This lovely quilt came back from the machine quilter. I trimmed up the edges and got it ready to bind. Then I got distracted by some other project. Yep, it suddenly became a quilting UFO. Shame on me….

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NEW YEAR & OLD PROJECTS

NEW YEAR & OLD PROJECTS

Hello and welcome to the New Year!!! The last blog post was about my goals for 2023. This post is a continuation about my goals completing old projects. It is also about a few quilting trends for 2023 I found. So, a mix of New Year & old projects. Hopefully this finds all of you happy and ready to start a fresh new year. Personally, 2022 was a very hard year and I am glad to see it go. A…

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GOALS FOR 2023

GOALS FOR 2023

Tis the season to make quilting goals for 2023. I am not organized without a list. The weather here has been cold and windy – which means a great time to clean up the sewing room. I like to have a paper list that I can cross off items as they are completed. Here is a PDF of a simple list you are welcome to use – it is the one I made for myself. I keep the list hanging…

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SHOWING OFF QUILTS

SHOWING OFF QUILTS

Quilters love to show off quilts to anyone who will stop long enough to look – we are just like that. Yep, we are show-offs, at least when it comes to our quilts. I thought that starting off this week by showing off quilts would be a great way to deal with Monday. All these photos were taken in June 1995 in Montana. A co-worker allowed me to “borrow” the old barn and wooden fence on her family farm for…

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PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

Sometimes as American quilters, we forget that other countries and cultures have their own quilting traditions. I found this article while looking through old quilting magazines. Historical quilts, especially those made before 1825, are very interesting to me. I thought it would be fun to share this patchwork from Finland with you. The article is “Humble Treasures” from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine Dec. 1997 page 26 – 27. All four of the patchwork examples in the article are from the Eastern…

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CAN YOU BE A FRUGAL QUILTER?

CAN YOU BE A FRUGAL QUILTER?

Over the years, I have met many quilters. Lots of them admit to being frugal to make their quilting budget stretch further. I watched, asked questions, and can agree that it is possible to be a frugal quilter. I always encourage quilters to stick to their budget. However, buy the best fabric, tools and sewing machine that the budget can handle. Choosing to be a frugal quilter means there is little or no waste – time, supplies, or fabric. However,…

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BOOST YOUR HEALTH – QUILT

BOOST YOUR HEALTH – QUILT

Many years ago, I realized that I feel better when I quilt – emotionally, mentally, and physically. And it is way cheaper than seeing a therapist. Other quilters have told me the same, which is reassuring as it means I am not alone. I thought a post about the subject of how quilting (or hobbies in general) can boost your health would be an encouragement. Hobbies are good for us According to an article The Enduring Joy of Making Things…

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