Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vintage fabrics for sale

Doing some end of the year downsizing.  I listed a whole bunch of 1930-1950 fabrics in my Etsy shop here:
Here are a few of the fabrics there now.

Stripe reinforcements have arrived

I am continuing my work on reproducing an antique four-patch doll quilt in my collection.  The antique quilt is just loaded with striped fabrics and I had very few in my stash.  Thanks to the inventor of the internet, I was able to find several candidates without leaving the comfort of my living room.  Not all of them made the cut.

Here are the fabrics I have chosen, cut into 2 inch squares which will match the scale of the antique quilt, 3-inch four-patches.  I am also going to make a smaller scale version with 2 inch blocks.
If you remember the antique from my last post, you might be wondering why there are purple and orange fabrics included.  On close examination you can see the faded orange calico.  In person I can see that one the tan fabrics is actually a fugitive purple.

As far as the green stripe, I could not find anything in that color, but I found this blue stripe that captures the essence and scale or the original.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Changing the Blade

I'm serious now.  I put a new blade in my rotary cutter.  Time to make a quilt!

I am going to make a reproduction of this antique four-patch doll quilt.  Here are some of the fabrics I have chosen so far.  These are repros, not antique fabrics that I often use.  Notice how many different striped fabrics there are in the original quilt.  I haven't found a fabric to use for the sashing yet.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter cleaning?

I am doing a lot of organizing and cleaning today.  I don't put up my Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, but I can get ready for the season.  I went through some of my antique quilt collection and decided to sell a few.  I love them all, but its time to let someone else enjoy them!  Details in my Etsy shop.
If you don't do Etsy, I can sell to you directly.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Survived my radio debut!

I did a phone in interview on the radio show "Whatcha Got?" with host Harry Rinker. 

It was simply a 5 minute chat about my new book, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures.

I haven't listened to the archive broadcast yet, but you should be able to find it here:  My interview is about 30 minutes into hour 2 of the November 9 broadcast.  It was fun and hopefully I was coherent!

I also listed a bunch of antique quilts and pillowcases in my Etsy shop.  Time to start your antique patchwork pillowcase collection.

Friday, November 7, 2014

All done and find me on the radio

I finished all the items for the Mennonite Heritage Center Folk Art Sale. I am dropping offquilts, ornaments, needle cases and pincushions tomorrow when I attend a Christmas ornament workshop.  We will be making sgraffito redware hearts and weaving Mennonite stars.

 Needle cases

On Sunday I make my radio debut.  I will have a brief interview on a program call "Whatcha Got".  It is a program about antiques and we will talking about my book:  Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Folk Art Sale

Local folks!  Mark your calendar for the annual Folk Art Sale at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA, December 6-13, 2014.

I have finished quilts and ornaments for the show.  Next I  plan to design needle/scissor cases and pincushions, inspired by the quilts I made.  Last year the cases and pin cushions were quite popular, but I need a fresh design.  I am thinking of a tiny log cabin block for a pincushion and needle case done in same fabrics.  Hmmm....