Sunday, July 20, 2014

At Long Last .... Books are here!!!!!!

Finally...after lots of hard book is in print and available for purchase.  "Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures".  I am so pleased with the result; I hope I have done justice to the topic!
The cost is $29.99 plus $4.01 for media mail rate shipping.  I accept Paypal or personal checks. 6% sales tax applies to PA residents.  
Visit my website at or simply email me at for details.  I have 75 copies sitting in my living room warehouse.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sweet little dresses

I did a little antique shopping out in the Lancaster, PA area.  I found two irresistible, 19th century little-girl dresses.  Here they are hanging in my living room, along with a little quilt I made.  See page 27 of Childhood Treasures, Doll Quilts By and For Children by Merikay Waldvogel, for the quilt inspiration.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hey Spring...about time

It's going to be in the high 60's today.  Woo hoo!  I've been doing spring cleaning--not my house, but my website.  

I changed the whole look and layout.  It's a work in progress but please take a look.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.
Book update:  I reviewed the page layout, this is the point in the process when I see the pictures and the text combined for the first time.  Corrections are underway and I get to review it one more time.  

Pretty Spring Quilt

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pincushions, needle cases, bunnies, oh my

The sun is shining and the snow is melting.  The winter blues are lifting just a bit.  I listed several hand made items on Etsy and will list some vintage textiles later today.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

quick little quilt

I cleaned out the bookcase where I keep my quilt books.  Behind the books I found an envelope of reproduction swatches from the Judy Rothermel collections, Lancaster County and Lancaster County II.  I had been saving them for future reference.  The repros will start showing up in quilts that may be miss-identified as antique quilts some day.  Rather than stick them back in the envelope and lose them again, I stitched them into a small quilt.  I made a label for the back identifying the collection.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pincushions and needlecase from antique fabric

The Pennsylvania German folk art show this past December was quite successful.  Lots of sales--good for the Mennonite Heritage Center and the artists.

I have one needle case left.  It is for sale, $24, includes a small pair of scissors and shipping (in continental US).  It measures 3.25" x 4.75" closed.  Made from antique cottons and lined with new wool. Perle cotton loop and a vintage button serve as the closure. See photo of front, back and inside.

I also have several pincushions available for $18, including shipping in continental US.  The pincushions measure 4 inches square, are made from antique fabric and have a vintage button in the center.  They are stuffed with sawdust (which gives them a nice weight).  contact me at if you are interested.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Big Day in the Quilt Lab

My book is one step closer to reality, it has been announced in the Schiffer Spring 2014 catalog (  Available in June.  I am on cloud nine.
Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases & Other Small Treasures: 1820-1920

Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases & Other Small Treasures: 1820-1920

Ann R. Hermes

Available June 2014
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The German immigrants to Southeastern Pennsylvania developed a rich and very colorful quilting heritage after they arrived in America. This book focuses on a rare subset of that tradition–the patchwork pillowcase. If antique Pennsylvania quilts number in the thousands, patchwork pillowcases number in the hundreds. Gathered from private collectors and museums, the pillowcases presented here were made from about 1820 to 1920. Over 250 color photos showcase a huge assortment of nineteenth century printed fabrics used in both pieced and appliqué pillowcases. Quilt designs range from a simple four-patch to a complex carpenter’s wheel, while color schemes range from reserved red and white to bold pink and cheddar. This book will delight the quilt historian and inspire the quilt-maker.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 284 color images | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346101 | Binding: hard cov