Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The "B"est of Times...

Have just returned from our annual Fall Retreat and feel refreshed...oh, life's stresses of before are still there and new ones have been added, but there is a little less befuddlement and the energy level has improved. Spending the weekend with 18 quilting sisters, being called to the dining room when meals are ready and non-stop sewing have a way of brightening these November days.


Bad blogger...I didn't even take my camera along...but can't show one of the projects I worked on anyway as it is going to be a gift. The rest of the time I did add to my stack of little 1 1/2" nine patches...
And a bit more piecing of HST's for the Canadian Rose quilt....
Was pretty good about the chocolate - ate in moderation - a big step for me!
Drank a little wine....


And had lots of good laughter, sharing and forgot about life's trials and tribulations...



Slowly I am gathering quilt history books from states & Canada that have a place in my heart...where we have lived, family roots, special trips...

This is the latest for my library...
 Interesting to find that many of  the quilts feature black fabrics...
Unknown pattern - circa 1877 - sold at auction in 1912 for $2.25!















This spectacular Whig's Defeat - a quilting triumph!

Love this Evening Star with cheddar...1900...
This one from Alamance County - I went to Elon College there (now University) back in the '60's. Wish I would have been more focused on quilts rather than parties! If I only knew....
"Cucumber" pattern - completely hand pieced including seams for backing.
Home for the day with much to catch up on...good thing as this is what we are having outside today...

Hoping you have the Best of Days this week...and be sure to visit Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday for lots of other "B" postings.


25 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed the retreat, Pat. It's refreshing to meet with friends wgo have the same interest. Collecting books on quilting seems very appropriate for you. Black in quilts? Who'd a thunk it? I see you have a grey day with snow. Hmmm.

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  2. Oh snow!! I see another summer of drooling over lovely white vistas while i sit sweltering in Sydney's humidity - I really think I was born in the wrong hemisphere! Glad you enjoyed your quilt retreat - always good for the soul!

    Happy stitching!

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  3. When my husband complained that our comforter was too hot, I went digging into some old quilts that we inherited from his aunt. I found a queen sized one - star pattern, the small pieces sewn on machine, then the whole thing was hand quilted! I'm enjoying it, and he is too!

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  4. That sounds like a wonderful retreat, wine and chocolate, wow. Can't go wrong there. Only teeny problem is that I don't sew! Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday xo

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  5. I stopped in via AlphabeThursday. I loved seeing your quilts and books. My mother was a quilter and your post brought back so many nice memories.
    We have enjoyed several snow days already and I've loved them. The weather gave me the perfect excuse to stay inside and do things inside!

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  6. Quilting is an awesome art. My grandma quilted beautifully. I didn't get that crafty gene:) Stay warm...

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  7. What a glorious outing. I feel like I was there...I know that Amish quilts use a lot of black in them. The pictures you shared are so lovely.

    And that snow.

    Ahhh...

    A perfect day to stay inside and stay cozy!

    Thanks for linking this beautiful post to the letter B.

    A+

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  8. Glad too you enjoyed the retreat!

    PS Agree too about Sean C.!

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  9. What a fun retreat. I am giving away a couple of quilts for my blogiversary this week. Quite a coincidence that you should be writing about them!

    =)

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  10. It looks like you had a perfect day for quilting.

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  11. There is something about spending time with others and creating. Sounds like a wonderful retreat. Feeling like I need one too.
    Dana

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  12. Pat, you have the patience of Job, and your quilts certainly show it! Your work is certainly done with love.

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  13. Wow, those are absolutely gorgeous. I've always wanted to learn to quilt, and you've re-inpsired me.

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  14. It sounds like you had a great time - I'll be we'd all like to have been on that retreat!
    I enjoyed your 'artifacts' post too.

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  15. Wow, with weather like that, it's a good thing you like quilting!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by! A compliment from an accomplished quilter means a lot to me.

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  17. Hi again! Last night I thought of you as I laughed quietly inside after talking with my daughter who is on vacation with her husband. I guess she has the quilting fever as badly as you. She went on a hunting trip in Wisconsin with her husband and took her sewing machine along. While he hunted she enjoyed going to quilt shops and spent her time quilting!

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  18. Those are some pretty intricate looking patterns. I'm lucky if I get a few squares lined up and sewn together...heehee.

    I missed the posting deadline for Alphabe-Thursday this week...feel free to stop by, tho... :)

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  19. Hello, that was the "Best" post. I love quilts, I'm not a quilter though..maybe someday.

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  20. 9-patches, HSTs and old quilts - love them all.
    One of these days I'll go on a retreat. They sound like so much fun.
    I'm hoping we get a good snow storm this year - something to close things down for a couple days. It doesn't take much to do that here in Virginia.

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  21. Hi Pat, Retreats are fun and full of inspiration! I attended on about a month ago!

    I have enjoyed viewing your blog and a new follower. I followed you from one of my blogging friends, Maureen.

    I will visit you again, soon!

    Carolyn :)

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  22. I liked the bit about moderate chocolate consumption; I recently ate so much of it in one sitting I made myself sick.

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  23. What a lovely way to get "refreshed"! I want to go! What a great idea about your quilting books. And oh my goodness! I talk to my dad almost every day and I guess I just didnt picture in my mind the snowfall already!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Hurrying by to say hello and thank you for your visit! Looking forward to our visit in the great northwoods :o)

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  24. I love that cheddar evening star! I may have to make a doll quilt just to satisfy my need of it!! xx
    Your nine patches are wonderful.

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