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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Inspiring the next generation

I hope you have had a great week!

As some of you know, I am a middle school librarian by day (for a few more years, anyway...).  When students lose books I offer several ways they can take responsibility for it.  One way is to stay after school and "work" it off with me.  Normally, students will stay after school and dust shelves, help me process new books, shelve books, etc.  Well, these two young ladies were in for a treat.  They got to help me baste a quilt!  This quilt top was gifted to me about 15 years ago by a friend.  Her grandmother made it by machine, maybe in the 50s.  I'm no expert on the date, though.  You should have seen the look on these two students' faces when I asked for help basting it!  "You mean this is our detention?"  "Mrs. Hall, your detentions ROCK!" was the excitement in the room.  This was similar to an old fashioned quilting bee, I learned about more gossip from these two 7th grade girls than I had learned all YEAR.  Let me just say, TMI (too much

Here they are:

The tables in my library are just right for basting a quilt.  If you ever need a place to baste a quilt, ask your local school librarian if you can use her tables.  I'll bet for a small donation to the PTO or in exchange for some volunteer hours shelving she would be glad to let you come in after school and use the tables.  She might even be able to recruit a few helpers for you!

This is one of 3 UFO's that I have left to do this year...better get busy!

until next time, keep quilting!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free online mag (4 issues, anyway!)

How is your day going?

I mentioned in my newsletter (have you signed up yet?) about this issue I received in my email the other day when I signed up for this online magazine.  I'm all about!

I wanted to pass it on to you, my BQF (best quilting friends...)

Thank you for joining us at The Quilt Pattern Magazine!


Help us get the word out by letting everyone know about the  , 4-month subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine!


This is what they need to know to obtain their free subscription.

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With this information ready, they can go to our website at and click the red pincushion
keep quilting!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

International Quilt Study--latest quilt

Hi Everyone!

This quilt is part of the new exhibit on display at the International Quilt Study Museum.  I love how women made do with what they had.  I know my quilting philosophy is very similar.  "Make do or do without".  I try not to let even the tiniest of scraps go to waste!

Quilt Of The Month

Bed Cover with Petticoat Borders
Maker unknown
Probably made in Connecticut, early 19th century from circa 1750 clothing
IQSCM 2005.016.0001
Purchase made possible through James Foundation Acquisition Fund
This bed cover is constructed of recycled clothing. The center area was made from a wool broadcloth hooded cloak, cut apart and pieced back together to make a flat rectangle, then embroidered with a variety of trees.
The maker also took apart a quilted petticoat and added it to the sides and foot of the center rectangle. The petticoat went out of style when neoclassical dresses with slim skirts came into vogue about 1800. The motifs and stitching style are related to other petticoats with Connecticut and Rhode Island ties.
The petticoat is embellished with motifs in the border, including insects, birds, a lion, an owl, a sailing ship, a mermaid and a turtle. The border is worked with backstitches, while the grid is worked with running stitches.

On a similar note, I've decided at the top of my "to do" list is a visit to the Quilt Museum of Virginia.  Harrisonburg is about 2 1/2 hours away, so this is a day trip on a Saturday with my two boys in tow (and hopefully my Mom, too!).  I would love to know if any of my readers have visited this museum and what you thought.  Also, if you live close, email me and maybe we can plan to meet up for lunch or a visit together at the museum?

Here is a link to the museum:

Head over to my Facebook page and "like" it if you haven't already.  I give a free kit away for every 10 likes, and every once in awhile, the prize is a USTOM CUT  kit, just for YOU!

Keep quilting!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Locker Hook Project--UFO continues...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ok, Ok, since I'm actually WORKING on this project, I'm going to call it a Work In Progress (WIP).  I know, it's still Unfinished, but progress is being made.  I'm so mental...

I would consider myself about 2/3 of the way done.  I don't watch much TV, in fact, I don't sit much period. I do, though, watch Bubble Guppies and Team UmiZoomi on Nick Jr. on Friday and Saturday nights with my 2 boys.  If you've never watched it, you are missing a treat! My boys look forward to it all week.  It comes on after their typical 8pm bedtime, so they "work" towards it as a reward.  It's amazing what I can get done in 4 hours of TV between Friday and Saturday.

This was taken on my back porch and you can't really see all the colors in it.  I started out only using scraps~ a strip here, a strip there.  Then I got impatient and have started cutting up larger and larger pieces of material.   Right now I have quite a few pieces of material that I am wondering what I was thinking when I purchased them.  They are getting cut up and put into this rug.  It's amazing how the UGLIEST fabric looks good when put into it.

Gotta get busy!