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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Keeper of the Quilts....Part 1

....is what I have become. My Dad is one of two beneficiaries of cousin Susan's estate in southern Virginia. We will miss her so much for many reasons, one being that she was our family historian. She was the Keeper of Memories; which relative lived where, who married who, what kind of work they did; so many stories filled with humor and warmth. Dad asked me if there was anything we would like amongst the furniture pieces and I chose a large blanket chest. Working out shipping arrangements with the attorney handling the estate, a long ago conversation with Susan about family quilts came to mind. On checking, no one was interested in any quilts and they would be packed in the chest and sent along...

This is the blanket chest...ball feet, dovetail joints

And this is what was inside....

A much used and tattered 4 patch, widely sashed with a tiny faded blue print (Cadet or Soldier blue?) this is the best part of it...any fabrics printed with black have long since broken down...

Irish Chain - overdyed green print and chrome yellow

Close up...

Identified from one of my favorite books..

Same print - first row, 3rd on right. 1860-1880
A 20th century quilt - more modern fabrics -
look closely at the way the triangles were pieced -

Would like to know more about this one - love the pieced center medallion. Looking at the fabrics could go on forever...can you see how the quilter made an "adjustment" when her blocks did not fit just right - and the little flipped flying geese...

Who was this quilter? My great grandmother?

And did she serve holiday dinners on this circa 1840's platter? Red transferware by Adams (English). My Dad says he remembers seeing this used when he was growing up. It has been in the family forever and it was wrapped in the quilts from the blanket chest. What a treasure....

Hope you enjoyed my little Show and Tell...check back in a few days for Part 2... I have a total of 8 to share with you and there are some lovely ones yet to come....


Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A little Slow Sunday stitching....

...after a visit to my Mom & Dad...our worries have continued to grow over Christmas - a difficult day. Need a little mental break and I have fallen so far behind on my Di Ford Mystery quilt project. What is in order calls for feet up, a little coffee, and some stitching....

I tend to be a "messy" quilter, leaving a trail of snippets & threads as I go. While visiting Kyle's blog Timeless Reflections, spotted a very cute thread catcher she had made by way of Moose Bay Muses - the tutorial is well done and the little catchers work up quickly. I made 4 for my stitching Buds and just got one made for myself using some leftover scraps from my purse & some chunky buttons made out of caribou antler that I got in Talkeetna, Alaska this summer. (Went a little larger on mine - I need more room!) Just noticed, forgot to round the corners...told you a mental break is in order!

So, the plan for the day? Visit my folks, come home, put my feet up and do some Slow Sunday Stitching while watching our Pack welcome the Lions to Lambeau Field - Cheesehead style...

Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Pat

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Unpacking Joy....


... This will be the first Christmas in my 70 years, that Mom & Dad will not celebrate the holidays in their own home. My Mom is still recovering at the nursing home from her October 6th fall. The level of care for my Dad has exceeded what Mr. Outback & I can handle ourselves. He has joined Mom for the time being - the hours leading up to his move were some of the most difficult we have experienced. What the future holds is an unknown place we have yet to enter.

2014 has been a year filled with so much - visiting with Dave and Jena during our 5th trip through Canada and Alaska; meeting new friends...sorrow at hearing that far away family members are gone; keeping up with all of you who visit this little blog and share your creative ideas so generously. There have been happy times and sadness - yet we can all keep each other close even though many miles and even oceans separate us.

Once again, boxes are brought up from the basement - years of gathered ornaments and memories are hung on our fresh tree - and it is like unpacking renewed Joy everytime -

I remember the timeless letter of Fra Giovanni who wrote in A.D. 1513 -

"I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy.

Take Joy!

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away..."

Wishing each of you a New Year filled with Joy and Peace from our house to yours.....

Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Little accomplishments...

Sometimes it feels like you don't get much done when deep in challenging times....but then little things pop up - and you realize - now, I did finish that afterall...

Our Thanksgiving turkey dinner did get prepared and enjoyed - a day early, so time could be spent visiting Mom onThanksgiving Day. Another sewing room bin got sorted and ready for disposal, a few kitchen drawers got cleaned out and a jumble of canning jars are now organized in the basement. Little things but accomplished...

I never did share 3 earlier projects made back in September - 2 purses made - 1 for our dear DIL, Jena. She chose the batiks at The Quilted Raven in Anchorage when we were there visiting this summer.

And the same style purse for me - both using Texture Magic on the over flap areas ...I found my fabric at Bears Paw Quilt Shop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Like the tiny bear paw print for the lining. Remembering where you found the fabrics as you travelled always adds a special touch to a project, don't you think?

And this little tablerunner for Jena - she was able to pack both the purse and the tablerunner in her luggage when she returned to Alaska after a much too short visit.... she has used it during the weeks of Fall on their dining room table.

My last little accomplishment is made of 2" hexies and is now in place on our dining room table...

As we head into the next few weeks of more holiday preparations, I wish each of you time for accomplishments - big or small.

Pat




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pieces - pieces everywhere....

Ever feel as though your life is in scattered pieces? At Taylorsoutback, our days continue much like that, but this post is about scattered quilting pieces. Leaving my Dad in the capable hands of Mr. Outback (I owe him big time!), I recently attended a 4 day quilting retreat. A group of us have gathered every Fall for so many years, we have lost count.

We drove down a quiet snow dusted road that led us to our lodgings...food was plentiful and a variety of beverages were available with the Pumpkin liqueur a favorite....we are not sure how it happened - she will remain anonymous :-) but never put lemonade in your steam iron !

For the first time my machine stayed home - taking only handwork seemed the easiest...

Hexies - 2" and triangles - pieces finally joined up together...need to remove the papers, quilt and bind - maybe in time for a Thanksgiving center piece?

And lots of putsy work but enjoyed getting back to Di Ford's Mystery quilt project - so far behind and any day the final installment will arrive!

Even had time to do some hand quilting on the Cherry Tree quilt - and use the big floor space to spread it out and check progress...

With the early arrival of cold weather and a foot of snow, having this huge quilt to work on seems more doable...

So those are the pieces in my life - mostly scattered - mostly not joined to make a whole but I just keep working on it...day by day.


Wishing each of you time to stitch your pieces together...


Pat

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Long, long ago....

.....and far away, we lived in southern Virginia, just a short distance from the Colonial Williamsburg area. It was B.Q. - before I fell in love with all things quilting. The architecture and furniture drew my attention. How could I have been so unaware of the extensive quilt collection that existed there?

Check out the gorgeous new publication - Four Centuries of Quilts - The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. "Almost" as good as being there! Beautiful photography and extensive historic reading material...a book to cherish and curl up with next to this coming winter's warming fires. No tricks for this kid - just a total treat!

(PS - I ordered it through Amazon at a very nice savings!)

 

The days continue stress-filled at Taylorsoutback...my Mom's recovery is slow and caring for my Dad is full time. We run daily to the nursing home and it is taking its toll on all of us. Stitching time is precious and takes place late at night when the house has grown quiet. It took awhile, but just caught up on the last 3 Benjamin Biggs blocks -

August block
September block
October block

Ready for November's offering...


Pat

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Where are my manners....

... My apologies to all of you who have taken time to comment on my most recent posts. An integral part of blogging are the comments or responses that we leave with each other. It forms a special connection with kindred souls across the miles. The days here at Taylorsoutback have been filled with stress and time consuming obligations. My Mom has sustained yet another very serious fall and is hospitalized. The weeks ahead will require rehab and time to heal. My Dad is staying with us for now.

We will take each day and handle what it brings - taking a blogging break and hope to be back in the near future. I do apologize for not responding to each of you...


Pat (thankful for just a few quiet moments of stitching)