Monday, January 20, 2020


 Here we are In the Stichin' Post taking a little break from sewing for some retail therapy.
We had a fun space with great lighting at Eagle Crest Resort.

 Here's a bit more of the quilt shop.
 Lovely indigo.
Service with a smile from Wendy!

Of course, we had to get exercise and fresh air!

Have an amazing week!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday This and That

Remember this quilt? I asked Barbara Brackman about it and this was her response:

I noticed that quilt on your blog. Interesting because of the red behind the lilies. Dating hard as so little to go on. All the fabrics not very good clues. But you wouldn't see a red & green style quilt like this in the 1830s so now we are up to 1840...
The earliest examples I have in the pattern are in the early 1840s.
More reason to think after 1840

R & G quilts 1840 to 1890 but in conservative places like Penn you see them into the 1920s and I'm beginning to think a lot of r&g Southern quilts were made up into the 1930s.

The quilting in yours is so utilitarian--if it were fancier I'd think 1840-1860 but it's so typical of the late 19th c

So to be conservative I'd say 1840-1890, most likely after 1870.
Hope this is helpful.

Thank you Barbara!!

Remember this toile I was gifted by Suzette?
It was called Cape Cod printed by Waverly.

I wrote to Waverly asking about the approximate date and this was the response I received.
The printing was approx. 1920’s. Short and sweet- at least I received an answer! 

My son moved to Central Oregon for a promotion! Now instead of 3 hours away they are only 1 hour. After moving them I could hardly move my arms!! LOL 

They lost their big sweetie Cleo. They adopted an older kitty but was able to show her lots of love for the time they had her. She was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and they opted to love her and give her lots of treats until she passed to rainbow bridge. 

I made a trip to see my daughter Rene and talk about our Peru trip coming up in May. We ate at a Peruvian restaurant but the real deal is much better.

This was my city view from my daughters apartment yesterday morning. A little different than my country view.

I'm off to a sewing retreat today! Enjoy your weekend friends!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Anniversary Quilt 2020 Quiltalong

Here's our 2020 Humble quilts quiltalong! It's called Anniversary Quilt designed by Linda Brannock and Jan Patek. It's an oldie, but it seems many of us have the book and a few are still on the hunt!

Here is a single block that's in the book that I made several years ago.

The block is a variation of a whig rose- primitive style and Barbara Brackman has a bit to say about that block, if you are interested go HERE.

We'll start off slow, just choosing fabric for the center background.
I'm not planning on purchasing any fabric but using what I have in my stash. Here is the background for the center blocks, which will finish at 30"

And here are some pieces I'll use to make the center top pieced section. 

If you are joining in, go ahead and start pulling some fabrics for your background. I'm also keeping in mind the large border for the fun applique. (I may have to break my no purchases rule for that border!) 

I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be using!!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Toile and Fun Story of "Stinky Dump Quilt"

Last fall I purchased this at the Aurora Quilt show fundraiser. It was in a bag with a few other repros which I got for a few cents.  I was told it was reproduced by Sharon Yenter.

Wendy Reed has it in a few colorways. 

Such a delicate panel/toile!!

Marsha McCloskey published this in her book, Blended Quilts 2. 

Click to zoom in and read about it.

You can see an antique piece online at the Winterthur museum- HERE. So gorgeous!!

My friend, Paula, from Maine shared this story with me about her "stinky dump" quilt with the ORIGINAL panel!!
 With her permission I share it here:

So, here’s the story behind the antique quilt…My cousin, Nicky, and I were sitting in our car at the old Chebeague Dump watching stuff that was being dumped by the new home owners of an old homestead on the island.  That was a big deal…whenever some old house that had been in the same family for generations passed out of the family and into new owners, it was usual for a lot of stuff to be taken to the dump.  Usually lots of antiques.  In those days the dump was not a transfer station, but an old fashioned dump.  It was a good day at the dump, or “Macy’s as the islanders call it.  Plastic trash bags were opened by the other ladies waiting to check out what was just dumped.

So, we’re sitting there, as are a ton of other women in cars and see a new load of stuff get placed on the dump heap.  I saw something that looked like a striped mattress pad and thought it looked more like an old quilt and we got out of the car to investigate.  When I flipped the quilt over I saw the toile print and just had a feeling about it and its age so we grabbed it and took it home.  Originally we thought it might make good pillows since it had a sizable hole in the center, almost as if the quit had been placed between a mattress and an old fashioned metal bed spring or a mouse had used the batting for nesting material..  But, I just had a feeling about it.  It smelled as if it was also used as a baby mattress pad…had a really bad stink.  We spread it out on top of the hammock and there it stayed for the weekend and was put out for a few more weekends when we were at the cottage so it would air out. 

Long story short, I did some research on the print and then on the age of the thread and the prints on the backing.  The quilt is two sided with the front being whole cloth made up with the panels of the print and the back  sewn stripes of two different prints, A floral and a stripe.  A few years later I was at a workshop about dating and appraisal of quilts where we were asked to bring some old quilts to discuss during the class.  I hesitated to bring “old stinky” with me, but in the end did.  Before this class we brought the quilt to The Museum of Textile History in Andover, Mass, where the curator told us that it was most probably a Victorian knock off of an old print and was pretty dismissive of my research on the date of 1820. She told us that her area of expertise was much later than the early prints, 1860 to the present.   So fast forward back to the appraisal class….I finally pulled old stinky out for the class’ discussion and the appraiser running the class got really excited and ran to get the teacher from the other appraisal class who specialized in very early fabrics.  What I’d felt all along and researched proved to be correct and the print was from 1820, copper roller printed  in England.  I felt vindicated when that appraiser confirmed my date.

I’ve since found pictures of an entire bedroom done in the print in the same colorway and read that it was also done in black and white, brown and white as well as the blue and white. 

And when Paula  finds the quilt from a recent move, she will snap a photo and I'll share it with you!!

I'm not sure what I'll do with my toile, but probably something similar that Marsha did with hers in the book. 

Let's all have an amazing week!