Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Antique Baltimore Album Chicken Scratch Quilt

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At an antique mall in Door County I found this chicken scratch quilt on sale for $51.00.  I love the chicken scratch to start with and with this wonderful design in this good of condition it’s a find!

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Machine quilted.  by the unevenness of the design I’d say it was done on a home machine.

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The eagle is my favorite of all the blocks.

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Each block is individually stitched and then all sewn together.

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I don’t know if it was preprinted but I would have to think it was, or it was traced expertly, all of the designs are nicely done.

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The edge going all the way around has little peaking triangles.

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The very edge of the quilt had a cute peaky design all the way around.

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Close up of the stitching.

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I believe this quilt is from the 1930’s.   It’s got a cotton batting, and it’s a good weight, it feels comfy.

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I’ll have it appraised at some time and keep you posted on the results.

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I’m really happy with my purchase.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cindy Blackberg visits NSQG

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The month of April brought Cindy Blackberg to NSQG guild meeting.  Check out Cindy’s blog for lots of tips and tricks and teaching and patterns, all free!  Really fun blog to visit over and over again.

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Cindy did a wonderful and funny lecture on organizing your sewing studio, your fabric, and tools.

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Cindy brought along a wonderful trunk show of small quilts that she pieced by hand, embroidered, and quilted by hand.   Beautiful to see.

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Cindy is teaching two classes for NSQG, her very last teaching tour!  She is retiring, however, you can still see many of her methods on her blog.

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I particularly loved the one above.  I’d never make anything with such tiny pieces but it certainly is impressive to see.

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Beautiful embroidery on the above quilt.

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Look at the embroidery below!

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Below is a block Cindy was working on while visiting NSQG.

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The evening was topped off by several guild members telling me that WGN Noon News featured my photo of the moon!     I was thrilled to hear that WGN Weatherman Tom Skilling enjoyed my photo so much that he featured it on the broadcast.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Snowy Day!

 

Long commute home from work followed by snow removal!  Great excitement!

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P.D. is excited about the snow too!

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While P.D. and I played in the snow, hubby was busy removing snow.

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The snow is so deep in our yard, it’s higher than the bird house.

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Hubby is happy with his snow blower.  Think of all the shoveling he didn’t have to do this winter!

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Deep snow in front of our home.

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  Look at that snowless driveway!

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I threw out birdseed for the mourning doves, P.D. thought it was delicious!

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P.D. was covered in snow!  She loves it.  Me too.

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P.D. is telling me, “Time for treats”!

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How much more snow can our street hold?

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We measured 3” additional snow but it was still falling after we went inside so I’m making it officially 3.5”.

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Making snow angels is a snowfall requirement!

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The flakes were like little beads on my jacket!

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My red reindeer mittens in the snow!

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Measuring snow in another spot while heavy snow fell!

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Enjoying a fire while P.D. and hubby shoveled, I was shoveling too,

but then decided it was time to play.

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Trying to get my hands warmed up, I look like I’m too close to the fire, but really I wasn’t too close.

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Snow is a great way to keep a glass of wine cold!

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In the morning when I come out the door on the way to work, hubby has my

Valentine tree timed so it’s lit.  I’ve been trying to capture

the glow that makes me feel happy all day.

It’s a snowy porch!

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My Valentine Tree early in the morning glows!

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I love the little animals who play under the tree.

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After work, the snow made my Valentine Tree sparkle even more!

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I love my Valentine Tree!

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