I’ve always known that when I meet another person named Marsha, she is likely to be close my age. Today I found a website called the historical name analysis tool that confirms that lifelong survey. As you can see, The vast majority of us were born right around 1950. I’m right in there at 1952. This explains why there were 3 of us named Marsha in my 6th grade class! If you want to check your name, just click on the link and put your name in the box at the top.
With all the snow days recently, I have finished a couple of projects. Last April I bought a kit at the People, Places and Quilts shop in Summerville, SC. We were visiting Charleston and the only quilt shop I could find was the one in Summerville. It was a lovely shop and the historian in me fell for the story behind this quilt. It said, “Original pattern by PPQ with Jan Patek celebrating the life of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who at 17 was managing her father’s plantation just north of Charleston where she perfected the growth of indigo in the 1700s.” We visited several historic sites around Charleston associated with Eliza Pinckney and I bought a book of her letters. She was a remarkable woman who had a tremendous impact on agriculture in the Carolinas. She lived from 1722 to 1793. If you are interested in more info about her, check out wiki. I did use modern techniques to make the quilt though! It’s machine appliqued and machine quilted. It’s way more traditional than my usual but I couldn’t resist the history and I do love blue!
I quilted this quilt for the Quilts of Valor project. The blocks were donated and Bernadette sewed them together at scrap group get together while the rest of us worked on another Quilt of Valor project. I brought it home and finally got it quilted and bound. It will be donated later this month. I’m now ahead of the game on my charity quilt donations. I’ve finished this one and two kid’s quilts so far this year!
This past week was the annual Piece Mill Quilters January retreat. This is always a wonderful week. Two of our members who now live elsewhere, Sherry and Bonnie, came back to joins us. It was wonderful to see them and, as always, I had a great week. I finished some small projects.
I put together and quilted these blocks, on the left, which were made by Marilyn, another former member. She donated them and I made the quilt which will go to hospital for the kid’s quilt project.
Then I put together these left over blocks and made a table runner, right, which will be donated to Bits n Pieces Guild for the charity auction at the upcoming quilt show.
The green blocks are the start of the pattern, Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell.
The blocks on the right are for my original sampler quilt using red and purple Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
Here are some projects being worked on others at retreat. To see more of Candy’s projects check out her blog. She was a very busy girl! To see more of everyone’s projects, go to the Piece Mill Quilter’s blog.
Trudy’s quilt top
Judy’s fabulous eagle
Bonnie’s blue and white
It’s New Year’s Day and I’m looking back to see what I accomplished in my quilt world for 2013. My project list for the year has 28 finished projects listed. Some of them were quilts I quilted for charity projects, some were small pieces and one was a queen sized quilt. Here is a gallery that includes some of the projects. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have a picture of all of them! And I suspect is missed adding more than one project to the list. But this is my best estimate!
Altogether I made and quilted or quilted for someone else a total of 16 charity quilts. These were mostly for children in the hospital but I also worked on several Quilts of Valor.
This year had several challenges that competed for time with my quilting so I didn’t finish as many projects as I would have liked. I completed a number of projects on my UFO list, did some things that weren’t even on the UFO list and then added several new items to the list!
Last night, at the November Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting, Tracy and I wrapped up the 2013 Kid’s Quilt challenge project. Members brought in a total of 74 quilts made from the brown bag challenge packets. I know of another 8 to 10 quilts that will come in during the next month so we felt that the challenge was really successful. All of these quilts will be donated to children in the hospital. Susan, the Cover our Kids chair, had arranged a guest clown who made some festive holiday head wear for some of us.
This very bright quilt resulted from a PMQ block exchange. I finally got it quilted and am now trying to decide where it will eventually end up. It might be an auction quilt or it might be a donation quilt, we’ll see. Either fate will be a good cause!
Now I’m off to peel 5 pounds of potatoes! We’re hosting 11 family members for Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that everyone brings part of the dinner so I don’t have to make everything! I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good company and good food!
It’s been a very busy month so far! I was home for a week after Quilt Market and then took off again for California to visit Beth and John. It was a very fun week with visits to Trinidad, Crescent City, Trees of Mystery, the Arcata Farmer’s Market, a great trail along the Eel River, and more. Beth’s good friends Maya and Matthew had their baby the day I arrived. I was allowed to hold little Noah when he was just two days old. Here are some photo highlights of the week!
I’ve always been very proud of my daughter who does so much for her community. Here’s an article that talks about just one of the many ways she contributed to making a better world. This article was published in the Newsletter of Food for People, The Food Bank of Humboldt County.
This year I went to Quilt Market with Louise, the owner of The Quilted Fox. Always before, I’ve gone on my own and viewed market from the perspective of a teacher. This year, I got to view it from the lens of a quilt shop owner. It was very interesting and, as always, lots of fun.
One of the most interesting sessions was sponsored by Andover Fabrics. They are introducing a new line of fabrics inspired by the PBS show Downton Abbey. The set designer and the costume designer for the show both gave a talk.
The Quilted Fox will have lots of the collection when it ships out to the stores!
I’m really excited because Louise also ordered a whole new display cabinet of Aurifil thread. The shop will be carrying the 28 wt. cotton which will be great for machine quilting and decorative stitching. We’ll also have more colors of the 50 wt. thread. Aurifil had this cool miniature golf course made of thread spools in their booth. If you got a hole in one, you could win thread. Despite numerous attempts, I remained a loser! Louise came very close with one of her shots!
Louise also ordered more than 60 new bolts of Australian fabric. Here she is browsing through the swatches. The fabrics come from M & S Textiles of Australia.
We found some new notions that look like winners and we ordered lots of fun gift items. We also picked out some cool new patterns that will eventually turn into kits for the shop.