The only good thing I can say about the cold weather we've been having this past week, is it's been "quilting weather." I have to admit though, it hasn't been a bad winter so far, and we've dodged the bullet on any heavy snow storms. I'm like Goldilocks, I want the weather "just right!" which means neither too hot, nor too cold. I've resigned myself though, to not always getting my way. Some strange people actually like cold and snow, so I guess God has to allow them to have their way sometimes.
I've cut charm packs everyday after work. I'm trying to build my inventory of them. A lot of you have sent me emails for the particulars on them and some have placed orders. For those who don't know and are interested, I'll give the details. I'm cutting 4 1/2" charms from my large collection of toile and pictorial fabrics, putting 56 squares in charm packs. These are perfect to use as the center of the blocks in my Civil War Images pattern. Some quilters are buying them to use in other Civil War quilts, like the Barbara Brackman BOM. I'll keep offering these till my stash runs out. (Of course, I saved some for me!) Each charm is different, featuring flags, generals, cannons, eagles, battle scenes, soldiers, plantations, Abe Lincoln, etc. Some of these fabrics have been out of print for years. I mixed fabrics from many fabric lines, designers, and textile mills. Because there are a limited number and the rarity of some fabrics, I'm selling the charm packs for $20 each plus shipping.
Here is a sampling of charm packs ready to ship...
When not cutting charms, I've been quilting on the frame at night. It's set up in the family room and I can "watch" TV with Randy too. Sometimes it seems like I live in my sewing room and it's good to spend time with Randy so he remembers what I look like. :-) I quilted the full length of the frame twice as of midnight last night and I'll roll the quilt again after dinner today and quilt till bedtime tonight. I'd like to finish this quilt before my next workshop/speaking engagement in Davenport in mid-February so I can display it.
Yesterday was the 3rd Saturday, so that meant Breakfast Club at Inspirations. We always have a good time at BC and this time was no exception. There were some really neat quilts brought for show n tell. I took my George Washington Tribute quilt and an antique quilt that belongs to a gal I work with, Kim Perron. Her husband rescued it from a box of junk ready to be thrown out at the end of an auction. She wasn't sure it was worth anything and brought it to school for me to see. She thought it was made from double knits, so I wasn't prepared for a quilt this good! It is a string-pieced 4 point star made with turkey red cottons, wools, and silks, definitely NOT double knits! I'm estimating it's a circa 1890-1910. The condition isn't great, but it is a charmer. It needs a binding sewn on since it was turned in and sewn originally and that is wearing out. My friend, Darla, will bind it after I add tulle on the back to protect the worn fabric, and add a sleeve for hanging. After my excitement over seeing it, Kim has decided to hang it in her living room. She has only had it out at Christmas to use as a tree skirt before now. I can't imagine anyone thinking it was only good to throw out! Another worthy quilt has been saved a sorry end.
This is the "Throw Away" quilt...
A quilt she bought last week at auction for $17.50!
Jane's baby quilt...
While I was at breakfast Cub, Randy was in Illinois at a family auction. He bid on some quilts for me (he didn't get them) and some Civil war era family tintypes. One of a soldier brought $195! Randy wasn't the winning bid. He was able to get three tintypes for me, two of children and one of a man. He has no idea who they are other than they're family on his father's side. The little boy is holding a book, the man looks dapper with one hand grabbing his lapel, the little girl is sweet in her off the shoulder dress. They are clear in person, but didn't scan well unfortunately.
Dinner is in the oven and Randy is bundled in blankets in the family room with a bad cold, so I'd better go keep him company...and quilt! Keep stitching.
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