Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Must Correct Myself!

   Even though I try to always tell the truth, sometimes I make mistakes. After my nephew read my last few posts, he informed me of a few! The first mistake was in the Monday, August 22nd posting; Melissa's house was built in 1880, which makes it a 19th century home. I had said 18th century. Jimmie sent me a link for Melissa's garden that is from his website: You will see pictures of her garden in different seasons than when I was there.

  My next correction is in the Saturday, August 27th posting. I said Flip's house was 1700's, more exactly, it was built in 1740. The BH&G article was in the February issue not May/June (I think that's when I finally got a copy!)My biggest blunder is this:  Jimmie is a Landscape Designer not a Landscape Architect. I really didn't know there was a difference, but he says it's a different degree entirely. See, he's handsome, talented, and honest! He also sent me a link for Flip's garden: 
   Jimmie sent me these corrections this morning as the hurricane was gaining strength in Maine. He said they were getting 40mph winds with some stronger gusts and expecting worse. He stored all patio furniture and flower pots, etc. inside yesterday in preparation. He went to Melissa's (his sister) and helped her to prepare her property too. She at least lives back from the ocean nestled in a neighborhood. Jimmie is right on the water about 100 yards back, but at a 50-60 feet elevation on a hillside. He says, it's a cove protected by some islands that actually front the ocean, so he doesn't fear a surge of water, just the high winds. Flip is just up the coast in Cumberland a few miles from Jimmie and back off the water. He expected that they would all lose electricity. Let's hope that's the worst of it. I'm praying for all those on the East Coast this weekend.

 This post should be a lesson to all fellow bloggers; when you talk about someone, you'd better get it right, even if you're saying nice things about them. They are bound to read it and call you on it! I'll try to be more diligent in the future with my facts, promise!

  I'd better go quilt... I know I can get that right! Keep stitching,

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A New Tradition!

   My sister and I, along with James, were invited to a brunch at the home of "Flip" Meyer on my last Friday in Maine. Flip is one of Jimmie's clients and they've become great friends. She had a wonderful garden before Jimmie was hired to do some design work and the result is a gardener's dream come true. Every year for the last several years he has added new trees and perrennials and maintains it's lush bounty. Flips' garden was featured in an article in the May/June 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. She lives in a lovely old 1700's Cape in that rambling New England style of additions and attached barn that one can only expect to see in New England. Her Cape has been lovingly restored to all it's former glory and Flip had a master suite wing added to the house a few years ago that seems to always have been there it blends so well. Flip shares her home with her two little dogs, Snickers and Taffy, (at least I think that's their names), please forgive me if I'm wrong Flip!

   Here are some photos of her home from the front...

    And some rear views...
Her lush garden seems to go on forever!

   The rose covered fence out front. Jimmie plants thousands of tulips in front of that fence each year for a traffic-stopping spring time display. People do actually stop to take pictures!

   Here we are with our scrumptious brunch of fresh pastries, scones, fruit, yogurt, juice, and of course, cups of tea! From left to right, our lovely hostess, Flip, myself, and my sister, Sandra. Jimmie had to take the picture.

And the gorgeous centerpiece. Flip has a gift for flower arranging and these were freshly picked from her garden...

I couldn't leave without a picture with my hostess. I'm on the left and Flip is on the right, with my handsome and talented nephew, Jimmie in the middle. No, I'm not the least bit prejudiced, I'm just stating the facts!

  This was Sandra's 3rd or 4th brunch at Flip's and my 2nd. Flip informed us it's now a tradition. Hey, I love traditions. See you next year, Flip!

Keep stitching,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Antique Show in Union, Maine

   A few days during my visit, Melissa had to conduct business via conference calls, up to 6 hours a day! This was a compromise so she didn't have to fly out to California and miss my Civil War presentation. The problem was that during these calls, Sandy and I couldn't be in the room with her so as not to be a distraction. The solution was to give us her keys and take little expeditions on our own. Sandra and I have never had a problem finding fun ways to occupy ourselves! One of those days we took off for Union, Maine for a big antique show at the fairgrounds. Oh my, did we have fun! Once again, I had no trouble finding vintage Civil War quilts. I bought 2!

   I spotted this baby quilt from 50 feet away and made a bee line for it! It may be only simple stripes, but, oh, the brown and pink fabrics "sing"  and I couldn't resist it. The back is blue and pink pieced stripes too, but solids. It is tied and filled with wool batting and bound with a different pink fabric.

  The next one is a large quilt that must have been made for a high bed because it would drape over a modern queen-size bed. It is in excellent condition and only had one large oval-shaped brownish stain right  in the center. I looked it over and had to think about it, because of the price and the thought that getting it home would mean more shipping costs. We walked the entire show and when we came back by, I had to have another look at it. Once again, I couldn't resist.
   When we got home and were having a show'n'tell with Melissa, she fell in love with this quilt. She wanted to buy it for the bedroom Sandra uses when visiting. She offered me a profit even and how could I refuse her? I wouldn't have to ship it after all. We hand-washed it with Oxyclean and the stain came out. It is in mint condition now and looks beautiful on that bed. She assured me that she wouldn't let anyone sleep under it though.

    One of my favorite booths at the Union show was run by Paul and Nancy Hahn, called Country Things. She had lots  of antique quilts, vintage fabrics (some with original paper labels attached), and sewing collectibles. She got some of them in England and France. Oh, they were NICE! Out of my price range, but she let me take pictures for my blog. I got their card, but it doesn't give their address. Their phone number is 301-249-1813. I hope to visit them again someday when I'm more "flush"!

  I wonder if they have a layaway plan!

  I gave my CW presentation for the Threads of Friendship Guild in Freeport, Thursday (Aug.6th) at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop in their upstairs classroom. The shop was closed for the day when we got there so I couldn't shop, darn! I was there last year and remember it as being a very good shop. At that time they were in the planning stage of expanding into the second floor space. It's a wonderful space. I could spread out my display to good advantage. The quilts hanging on the wall behind in this picture are not mine. They were shop samples.

Some close-ups...
  The hostess, Kim Barbour, giving my introduction...
Here I'm explaining my costume...
   Sharing a bit of humor...

   Answering a question during open forum afterwards...
And visiting with the audience...

  It was a wonderful night and I met some great quilters. Many purchased my patterns, even a couple of neighboring shop owners were in the audience, placed orders, and will now be carrying my patterns in their shops. It was a little nerve wracking having my sister, niece and nephew in the audience. I was afraid I'd "bomb" and embarrass them. They assured me that they enjoyed themselves, but they are prejudiced of course.  James was a little embarrassed when I held up the vintage bloomers and demonstrated how they were split between the legs making it easy to go to the bathroom without pulling them down. He didn't expect that little bit of intimate info. Sorry Jimmie! I wasn't sure if a New England audience would appreciate my midwest sense of humor, but they laughed at the usual times that my audiences here do. What a relief! By 10:30 PM we were packed up in the car and heading back to Portland.

  I still have more adventures to share. Till tomorrow night, keep stitching.

Monday, August 22, 2011

More Fun in Maine.

  Another wonderful place to go in Portland is Portland Architectural Salvage, 131 Preble Street. OMG!!! What a great place to find vintage doors, windows, plumbling, lights, furniture, fireplace mantles, garden sculptures,built-ins, etc. The building is huge with 3 floors of goodies packed to the rafters. Sandra and I couldn't believe it when we found an autopsy table (or embalming table) on the second floor! Honest! I took a picture on my cell phone, but don't know how to get it on my computer. Who would buy that?! I joked that it was the right size and height to use as a center island if you put a sheet of plate glass on top. I wonder if there's anyone weird enough to do that. They had the best sign hanging on a beam. It said " Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden!" Isn't that the truth?! I found a wonderful cabinet with glass on 3 sides that I wanted to stack antique quilts in. It was sold, but the buyer changed their mind. They have a "no refund" policy so they thought the owner would let me buy it. The trick is getting it to Iowa. It would have to be crated and the shipping would be hugely expensive. They are trying to work a deal with another dealer to haul it to me that will be at the same monster antique show they go to in Massachusetts every year in September. I'm anxiously awaiting word on that.

  It occurred to me that I haven't posted any pictures of Melissa's house. It is late 18th century and totally renovated.
The cobbled driveway...

Side view showing the kitchen and master suite addition...
Rear view...
Garden shots...
   You can tell her brother, James McCain, is a landscape architect and loves designing for her yard. I was always going to take inside pictures of her house, but never got around to it. Maybe my sister did and can send them for me to post.

  Here are the pictures of Mom with her birthday quilt. She was so thrilled and couldn't wait to have company so she could show it off.
The colors are richer than the pictures show. The light blue area is a French toile and the greens are poison green.
   Normally Mom hates to have her picture taken. Funny how she hurried to her bedroom when I said I wanted a picture!

   Here is one last photo for tonight. I bought this CW quilt at an antique show in Union, Maine. It wasn't even for sale, but I persisted and got it! It was made for a poster bed so the bottom corners are notched out. It was a real find and at a great price. It will be added to my presentation display. The colors are so vibrant considering it's age, madders, brown, and cinnamon pink.
  More to come! Keep stitching,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Antiqueing in Maine.

   Some of the most fun I had in Maine was the day trips Sandra and I took antiqueing. She collects photos of dogs, dog tins, and dog figurines, but likes to look at antique hooked rugs (my Sis is a hooker!) and samplers. I collect sewing items, postcards of outhouses, and antique quilts, tops, and blocks.Ok, so I have eclectic taste! Sandra brought her Garmin, Melissa loaned us her Audi, and off we went! I saw Civil War Era quilts galore and even some earlier ones.
   This shop was one of our favorites. When in Maine, travel south on HWY 1 and you'll see 120 + antique shops. 

A beauty I spotted there...a little over my budget and not CW.

Here are assorted quilts I saw, was tempted, but didn't buy:

This baby quilt was an 1820 chintz, to die for and drool over, but definitely beyond my budget!

  I did buy some orphan blocks to add to my collection: I LOVE Poison Green. Theses are c1850-1860.

These are made with fabric using a "fugitive" purple dye. There were more, but they had already started to fade to beige. I bought the best ones.
At first glance, these appear to be the same pattern, but they're not. The cinnamon pink one has an inked signature, Fannie L. Rall.
I adore this little 1860's  doll quilt. It measures 9" x 13 3/4".

This doll quilt is silk, so I'm not sure how to date it, but it's very old. It measures 12 3/4" x 15 3/4".
  We went more than one day, so I'll share more later. I'm going to my Mom's this afternoon to surprise her with her birthday quilt (4/01/1923). I got it back from the quilter, Kym Ward, yesterday and sewed the binding on last night. It is gorgeous and I can't wait to see her reaction.

Keep stitching,