Monday, May 23, 2011

New Free Quilt Pattern

It's been a while since I blogged.  Being gone a week for spring quilt market threw me for a loop.  Market was in Salt Lake (spring markets rotate which is nice - next year it'll be in Kansas City).  You can read about my market adventures at Sew Graceful Quilting

I had the honor of making Lynette Anderson's free to use pattern for Lecien Fabrics.  I love Lecien fabrics - so soft and nice to work with.  Here's the quilt.

Sew Graceful will have kits available once the fabric arrrived late June/early July.  If you'd like Darlene to hold one for you, give her a call at 479-372-7403.

I will post more later this week.  The weather is looking threatening and it's too dreary to get good photos.    Our Moda man notified us that the quilt shop in Joplin proper, Sew Neat, is gone.  Like everyone, my heart breaks for all those who lost loved ones.  Donating to the Red Cross is a small way we can make a difference. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Reward

You may recall I decided to reward myself by working on the Friends of Baltimore quilt.  Here is block #2 almost ready to be stitched down.  I still need to make a few circles and add a white strip to the boat but it's close enough to be shared with you.

Baltimore Album quilts were made from 1846 to 1854.  Many feel the trend ended with quiltmakers turning their attention to the Civil War.  Dr William Dunton, a psychiatrist, began collecting Baltimore Album quilts in the 1920s.  He became so interested in them that he self published a book of album quilts in 1946.  Only 2000 copies were printed so finding one in any condition is rare.  Here's my copy. 

I am a book-a-holic so knew I had to have a copy.  Dr Dunton alludes to quiltmaking as a therapeutic occupation.  He says "In making a quilt top the worker has the stimulation of color and she also has to concentrate upon her task of sewing the pieces together...."  He goes on to say "It is easily understood that a nervous lady who is concentrating on making a quilt block has no time to worry over her fancied physical ill health or even worse over wrongs or slights which may be real, so she is cultivating a more healthy mental attitude and habit."  

......and I thought quiltmaking was just fun.  Didn't know I was contributing to my mental well being. 

This week I also started creating a new block of the month for Sew Graceful Quilting.  After working on the album quilt, these pieces seem SO large.

I'm going to the spring quilt market in Salt Lake City next week so will have some things to share with you from SLC.  Mom has chemo #6 tomorrow and I have a quilt to bind to keep my hands busy. 

Hope you have a great weekend!