Thursday, September 30, 2010


Yatchi's Baltimore Album Blocks

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joyce and Cuesta

In the Research Room which was fast evolving into a sewing room.
See Georgann's quilt over their heads.

Sue A. found this sweet post about Cuesta and Joyce.

What a great friendship they had.


There is a conference on Cuesta, her papers and collecting in East Lansing, Michigan on October 8-10.
Michigan State University Museum will host "Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry and a Symposium on Using Quilt History Collections" to explore the connections between using collections in making or studying quilts. Click here:  

Merikay is one of the speakers.

At Merikay's. Joyce is on the left, then clockwise:
Linda, Eva Earl, Merikay, Bets and Cuesta in the dots.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Second Home Quilts


Guin sent photos she took at the San Diego Quilt Show of our Second Home Quilts.


Susan E.


Pat G.




Kathy R.

Judy M.

Judi B.
The rules were 18" x 18", a house shape somewhere, the theme: Pt.B. Second Home.





Carol M.

Carol J.




Ann H.


These aren't all of them---but it was a good showing. Thanks to Kim and Guin for arranging the show and documenting it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Echoes of Civil War Women

Kim's The Civil War: Now That Was a Challenge

Guin and Kim have put up a YouTube tour of their group show at the San Diego Quilt Show last week.
Click here to see a six and a half minute video of the eight quilts that the group from Scissorhands made.

Echoes of Civil War Women is based on a block exchange.  In 2008, Bettina, Brenda, Carmel, Debra H., Guin, Janet L. and Pam exchanged blocks made in Civil War reproduction prints and drawn from the book The Civil War Diary . Kim wrote she wasn't that interested in reproductions when they began---but she must have found out that purple was a popular mid-19th century shade as she seems to have gotten into the project.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Nancy H., The Year of the Chick II 1993
"Made for Gabriel, born in the Year of the Rooster. It's a counting game. See how many eggs you can find."

Just Us Chicks 1995
Nancy and Rhoda
"Inspired by a photo in a National Geographic magazine of a West Virginian woman with her crazy quilt and chickens, these birds wonder if bright fabrics and embroidered flowers are tasty."

Sitting Pretty 1995
"Rhoda decreed that the bottom of [the quilt above], which I had laboriously embroidered, had to go. I salvaged this hem and made a story: the little red hen (Rhoda) keeps us all in line."

Dorreen's Norwegian Chicken Pincushion
Megan sells the pattern. Click here:

From EBHQ website.
Is it Jane's?

From an old crazy quilt

Here's a how-to about the Chicken Dance from the Lawrence Welk Show on YouTube. Click on the triangle on the left to get the video to begin. Click on the two bars on the left to get it to STOP.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some People Like a Mess

Some Don't

Joyce sorting her M&Ms

Friday, September 10, 2010

Joe Boxer Fabric

Sirius the Dog Star
by the Sewhatevers

Remember years ago when the Joe Boxer company gave someone (Deanna I bet) a bunch of factory cutaways. I think we bought them at the auction.

Carol J. has saved hers all this time and when we were looking for an idea for an animal quilt to benefit the Lawrence Humane Society she pulled it out.

The Joe Boxer print is the giant running hound that looks a lot like Sarah the dog, who came from the Humane Society.

Don't even ask why she's on the table.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hot Flash Post card

I was trying to think up something for the Hot Flash Postcard.. and remembered I made a Day of the Dead Celebration Quilt, with "Hot" Items.. Took a look and found parts that make me think about the ole Hot Flash..For those that signed up to exchange. look for this post card in your mail box soon, and sent some of the No Theme folks also.. Will think of another theme later for the rest of them.
Have our Sierra Art Trails Home Studio tour coming up first week-end in Oct.. Way behind as usual..
Please let me know that you received your postcard, never know where they might go astray, and don't want any one shorted. Vivian

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

More of Nancy's Quilts at the VQF

Red Tide, 1995
"Red tide, caused by a dinoflagellate that makes shellfish temporarily poisonous, is rarely visible. Canoeing into a Maine cove one late afternoon the sun struck the water at a sharp angle, and its red bloom was unexpectedly beautiful. In this imperfect world I want to accept both aspects."
The quotes are from Nancy's notes in the catalog.

Found this picture of Nancy on the web wearing a pair of watermelon gloves a friend made for her.

See a nice review of her retrospective at the Vermont Quilt Festival by clicking here:

Canaletti, 1998
"Canaletti is based on photographs of washlines and reflections I took in Venice in 1962 and 1996, and its reversible block mimics the inverted camera obscura images drawn by the Venetian artist Canaletto's assistants that form the basis of his paintings. It is also, like Venice itself, full of false leads, watery illusions and slippery detours."

Joie d'Ivresse, 2003
"Party animals all the way, these black squirrels are having a fine old time---with no designated driver either."

The Secret Life of Chairs, 2000
"A mysterious outgrowth of a friend's bleaching experiments, my silk screens, and a bottomless fascination with chairs in odd places."