Chugach memories

Chugach memories

Friday, April 17, 2015

Trying to get caught up...

Being so far behind makes me feel like this little one - Trying so hard to keep up with everything...

Our Wisconsin winter is finally leaving - lovely bare ground, daffodils budding out and prepping the raised beds for the garden season. Geese nesting on the pond, amidst a chorus of spring peepers, ducks visiting, deer moving about and a beautiful Mama bear and her 3 roly poly cubs strolling across our south field this week...I love this time of year when everything seems to be in movement...

The lure of the outdoors is too the time I am through playing in the dirt, staying awake in the evening when finally sitting down presents a challenge...but there is stitching to be caught up on -

January through April blocks done for my Benjamin Biggs Wedding tickled to be caught up...

...and happy to be back working on Di Ford's Mystery quilt - Mountmellick EPP 'ing (36) 6 pointed stars is slow going but satisfying...

Wishing each of you moments to get caught up - this morning the gardens are calling and a trailer load of compost to pick up...if only I could be in 2 places at once!






Sunday, March 29, 2015

Red and White Quilts - Infinite Variety!

At long last - the book can be preordered at Amazon! I so wanted to see that stunning quilt exhibit - how long ago? 4 years? but could not get there. Now the long promised book will be available for shipping September 22, 2015. $60 - oh yes!! A must have!!

Race you over to Amazon!

Pat in snowy, icy sleet Wisconsin



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Don't Tread On Me....

Oh so very long ago - think it was in 4th or 5th grade, we were assigned a specific art project...instead, while most of the other students were dutifully completing their assignment, I went off in another direction and drew a version of this famous 1775-1776 flag....

Given my totally obsessive fear of anything that slithers, just can't figure out what got into my young head. Needless to say, my teacher was not pleased with my what, you ask, has this got to do with quilting? But of late, my quilting mojo has taken a nose dive. Three huge projects - all of which involve major handwork, are proving to be very long term with no finish in sight yet. Do you ever just want to switch gears temporarily - Just because....? I could have chosen something from my long list of "started" projects. But nooooo...lets do something from scrappy scratch..

Here is the top - not an official finish yet but it was nice to just sit at the Bernina and hear it hum along

It is all ready a nice lap size so will probably just finish it up with a striped binding cut on the bias. Think it should be called No Rhyme Or Reason and keep it in the RV.

Now back to some of that handwork - and Don't Tread On Me while the search is on for my quilting mojo - its out there somewhere. Maybe frozen in place due to what feels like an endlessly cold winter..





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Keeper of the Quilts - Part 2 happy you have come back to see the other quilts!

The first one is quite large with a coarser backing and somewhat heavier batting. It was evidently used quite a bit. There is a little rip in one of the side sashings but everything else has stayed pretty much in tack. Attached to the plastic bag it was stored in (such a big No No) was a dry cleaning slip dated 1982....(another big No No - dry cleaning chemicals and quilts should not be used in the same sentence!)

Obviously, the quilter ran short for binding fabric and made do with what was on hand. To me it just adds more charm.

This red and white Bear Paw quilt is another one probably made in the 20th century. The hand quilting is simple, the borders a tad wavy and one of the HST's in a block is a bit unruly. But I love rich red (Turkey red?) and white in any quilt. It is going to be draped over our log railing up in the loft.
Log Cabin! the softly faded colors and it appears to have been used regularly also. Some of the dark browns are about gone - apparently common due to dyes being used. Early 1900's?
Binding - indigo blue print/rounded corners
And lastly - Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem - I feel this was made as a gift for some one or perhaps a couple , newly married? It was obviously planned by the maker as they would have needed enough of the turkey red print to complete the large border. The fabrics remain bright with little fading. It appears to have minimal use if any. The pencil marks are still visible where the quilter drew her design lines - quilting stitches are 10 to the inch. This quilt has taken my heart....

I will continue to research and study these family treasures - it will be difficult to find out who made them - but I have all ready bonded with them and hope that she knows they are with someone who appreciates them and will keep them safe for now until they can be passed on to the next generation.










Friday, January 16, 2015

The Keeper of the Quilts....Part 1 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....















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!



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.....