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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Largo Cracker Show

This morning I went to the Largo Cracker Quilters show.  They had more than 200 quilts on display, all of a high standard.  It's a great opportunity to meet up with other quilting friends, and just enjoy the quilts.  Here are just a few of them, as always my personal favorites ;-)
I made one of these myself, only I substituted some different elements - instead of the hand, I made a smaller heart, etc.

What a clever idea to applique on top of the cat !


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mary Wigham

For my last birthday I received a wonderful gift from Lou.  She knows that I have never done any cross stitch, but that I love the Quaker motifs.  So she made me a Mary Wigham - her second !  And she personalized it with our initials, some small birds, her own name and date.  I adore it, and have now had it framed (my husband chose the setting).  Go to Lou's blog http://www.boutis-et-cie.blogspot.com/ to see her wonderful Mary.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Antique Applique and Thimbles

I have been indulging.  Yesterday my husband suggested we visit an antique fair (maybe he didn't realize the danger ???) and we had a pleasant morning browsing.  I had purchased some silver thimbles from a stand I knew previously, and so was really happy to be adding to my collection.  I use these thimbles, I really like the soft feel of the old silver and as Sharon says, they already know how to sew.
Then, on the way out ...... I noticed a folded quilt on a chair.  A lovely old applique in red and green (my favorite), which when unfolded turned into a soft, intact, thin, beautifully quilted gem.  Well, you can guess the rest .... and here it is, spread out in my garden in the morning sun.  It is very clean, I think the binding has been replaced on one side and there are two small spots on the back, but otherwise perfect.  The quilting is tiny, the batting extremely thin with cotton seeds visible, and there are two different greens.  The border vine is still a fairly strong green with some yellow shadowing, the green used for the blocks is very "prussian" blue with yellow clearly visible.
What do you think ?

By the way - for Isabelle our dog, a quilt spread in the garden can mean only one thing LOL
Ich habe mich verwoehnt.  Gestern hat mein GG vorgeschlagen, eine Antikmesse hier in der Gegend zu besuchen (hat er die Gefahr nicht erkannt ???) und wir haben einen angenehmen Vormittag verbracht.  Ich kaufte einige Silberfingerhuete von einem mir bekannten Stand, und war schon sehr zufrieden, meine kleine Sammlung etwas zu vergroessern.  Ich naehe immer mit diesen Fingerhueten, ich mag das weiche Gefuehl des alten Silbers, und wie Sharon immer sagt, sie koennen schon naehen.
Dann auf dem Weg nach draussen, habe ich einen Quilt auf einem Stuhl bemerkt.  Schoen alt und appliziert in rot und gruen (meine Lieblingsquilts), einmal ausgepackt entpuppte er sich als weich, perfekt, duenn und sehr schoen gesteppt.  Ihr koennt ja schon den Rest raten......und hier ist er, ausgebreitet in der Morgensonne.  Die Stiche sind sehr klein, die Fuelle sehr duenn mit sichtbaren Baumwollsamen, und es gibt zwei unterschiedliche Gruentoene.  Die Borduere ist noch sehr gruen mit gelbem Unterton, das Gruen der Bloecke ist sehr blau mit sichtbarem Gelb.
Was meint Ihr dazu ?
PS - eine ausgebreitete Decke im Garten kann fuer unseren Hund nur eines bedeuten LOL