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Saturday, December 1, 2007

I think I can help, and I need help


Dutchrose, I have one of Shelley's books, how can I get what you need to you? I'm hoping the pattern you need is in there. She does machine pieced cathederal windows. Beautiful quilts and directions, but I haven't made one--yet.

I need help finding a paper pieced rose and rose bud. Can anyone help? We're expecting a great-niece in Feb., her name is going to be Rose, named after a favorite aunt. I thought a rose quilt would be appropriate. This is one for the packrats--I had more than 10 years worth of quilting magazines accumulting, to the point that I was running out of space, creating more fuel (secondary to my fabrics) in the event of a fire, and company coming needing the room--so this last summer I did a major purge--one of those magazines I remember had what I needed.

Even though I haven't posted in a long time, I check in faithfully every day.

California King

HELP! Does anyone know the dimensions of a California king bed? I think the only difference is in the length, but I'm not sure. TIA

Ginny-still in FL

Some of My Grandmother's Sewing & Mending Items

This small glass cabinet holds some of my maternal grandmother's items from her sewing basket that I have never used but cherish nonetheless. The case has a mirror on the back so items are duplicated by reflection.

My grandmother (born in 1891) left school after the third grade to work in a glove factory to help support her family. My mother, her only daughter, inherited all of her "sewing stuff" and when my mother died all of her "sewing stuff" wound up in my sewing room. This cabinet holds my grandmother's sewing silks for mending silk hosiery in different colors, a soapstone pencil, a glove darning "egg stick" (two sizes of very small darning eggs on either end) and some needle cases. Plus over the years I have added some vintage sterling silver sewing accessories that I've picked up an antique shows. I have used my grandmother's thimbles on the rare occasions that I use a thimble. My mother's baby fork is in there as well as other small things like a six inch ruler from a dairy and the receipt from when my great-great-great grandfather bought a Singer V-2 treadle machine for my great-great-great grandmother. (No, I don't have the machine ... just the receipt for its purchase.)


What's Hanging on Your Sewing Room Wall

I know many of you have small (or large!) collections of sewing items which I hope some of you will share with us. This is a small display in my sewing room. The half-dolls were once surrounded by a wide skirt which served as pincushions. The smaller ones are vintage. The larger one is a repro. If you look carefully at the top of the photo you will see a brush doll which I purchased at an estate auction of a dear friend.
You may ask, what is that yellow needle at the top of the photo. That, dear quilters, is a former toothbrush. The handle was cut and polished down to a point to make a needle for making rag rugs. It's golden color reminds me of amber ... even though I know it is just plastic. LOL.

Friday, November 30, 2007

shelley swanland.. still need help tho

an e-mail and two phone calls later... success!!!

first, thank you for the help received from the BB. i was able to track down the correct name via a quilt guild who hosted shelley swanland as a speaker back in sept. '03. i was fortunate to be able to remember the timeframe because i missed her workshop due to the death of my father. with that information the current programs person was able to help me... never underestimate who's life you might touch ;)

so in case anyone is interested (and might be able to help me), you can view her website and the quilt at http://www.shelleysstudio.com/index.htm i did write an e-mail to her but am not sure how long it might take for an answer. i need to find out if possibly someone here has this pattern and can get me the fabric requirements. a friend of mine is visiting in an area where there are wonderful batiks and can bring me back some IF i can tell her how much i need. she is only there two more days, so time is of the essence!

dutchrose ---{-@

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Guided Tour of Libby Lehman's Studio & Office

One exciting benefit of being a member of The Quilt Show has finally presented itself to me today ... and you can be a Basic Member (that means free) and enjoy this tour of Libby Lehman's work space as well. There are over 24,000 members now, some paying members and some free members, but all can view the blogs written by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.

As the author of the famous book "Threadplay" you might expect Libby Lehman to have a mind-boggling stash of thread and I am here to tell you that it is unreal. And her stash of fabrics makes the knees weak as well. Plus the woman is so tidy and well organized that it makes you certain that she has librarians and drill sergeants in her family tree.

So ... if you have a high-speed internet connection I would like to suggest that it would be fun for you to hustle over to www.thequiltshow.com and sign up to become a basic member. Then you could click on Blogs and view Alex Anderson's two recent blogs where Libby invites Alex to come into her home in Houston for a look-see and Alex Anderson almost dies of envy.

And I must tell you that I have been inspired to go down in my basement and dig out my old Girl Scout badge sash. I will hang it on my sewing room wall so I can say that I have something in common with the great Libby Lehman. LOL

Judy in Ohio

can't find it, can't think of it...

i'm hoping someone on the board can help me. several years ago (maybe 7-10?) i bought a pattern at road to california quilt show. it was called something like "blueberry pie" or "raspberry swirl" or something that made me think of berries in food. the quilt was made with two different batiks and looked SO much better in person than the picture on the pattern. the author's name started with "s" or "sh" and might have been swan-something.

i've googled all of that information with no luck. BUT the technique of the quilt was cutting edge at the time. lots of little squares that were folded on the bias and sewn into seams, similar to jackie robinson's 3-D quilts. but then she turned that bias edge back and stitched it down AFTER the quilt was sandwiched. thus you quilted and got the pattern all at the same time. i know she also was speaking in southern california and had varied traditional patterns into rounded edges using her technique.

does this sound familiar to anyone? i bought the pattern and can't find it, and now i'm ready to make the quilt. ain't that always the way??!? i'd appreciate any help or leads, or if someone has the pattern they aren't going to use.

thanx much,
dutchrose ---{-@


I just posted this on the chat page too.

It recently dawned on me that my passport will expire in a few months and I need to take care of that. Don't forget all you US types; we need a passport to travel to and fro the Canadian border. The process has been overloaded lately and I hear that it can take six months to get a passport so best get busy now. That's on my list to take care of this week.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I have small muslin and civil war fabric scraps, great for mini blocks, to give away. If you would like to have them email me at lightningsj@juno.com I only ask that you pay the postage cost.
Sandra from SC

Monday, November 26, 2007

There is a Famous Website for Listing Stolen Quilts

There is a famous website that has been online for years where people can list their lost or stolen quilts ..... quilts that have been lost in the mail or just outright stolen from quilt shows.

If you go to http://www.lostquilt.com/LostQuilts.html you can see the procedures to follow to register a stolen quilt.

I did not see any mention of the quilt that was stolen from the museum on November 1st (but perhaps I entered its name incorrectly) so someone should contact the museum about notifying the Lost Quilts website.

Judy in Ohio

Stolen Quilt

For those who have not heard, I wanted to fill you in on the events
of last Thursday night, Nov.1 when the Virginia Quilt Museum
> was burglarized about 10:30 p.m. One of the Indian quilts was
stolen from our new exhibit 'To Honor and Comfort, Native
> Quilting Traditions'.
> An image of the stolen quilt ["Daybreak/Dawn
> Quilt," 1995, by Charlie and Julia Grinell, Parshall, N.D.] can be
[seen at:
> http://www.craftsreport.com/september97/nativequilts.html ]
> and I am asking that each of you forward it to whoever you think
might help in getting the word out about what happened with
> hopes that someone may spot it.
> The quilt is made of cotton solid colors, rectangular pieces. It
was made by Charlie and Julia Grinnell in 1995 and measures
> 81'x89'. It is part of the Michigan State Museum Collection. A
reward of $1000 is currently being offered ( this amount may
> increase) and anyone with information should contact the
Harrisonburg Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050 or the Harrisonburg
> Police at 540-434-4436.
> It is disappointing to think that our final exhibit celebrating
Jamestown 2007 would take this turn. How could anyone think to
> dishonor Native Americans by stealing a piece from this important
exhibit that represents them?

Swihart's Rabbit Habit