Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Bird in the Hand

One of the fabrics Vicki sent me was a Judie Rothermel print (Regency II Collection) which compliments a set of nine patch blocks I’ve been saving for a “someday” quilt. My inspiration came from an antique I saw displayed at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The original quilt has been registered with the Montana Quilt Documentation Project, so much is known of its history and provenance.

The quilt was made by Mollie Stine for her daughter Alice. It traveled with the family from Hume, Missouri to Bozeman, Montana in 1898. Details of their four month covered wagon trek were reported in a Bozeman newspaper by one of the Stine daughters.

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In the original quilt, what packed a punch was the 224 tiny nine patch blocks. They contained an astounding variety of brown prints, which managed to hold their own against the predominant cheddar color. These simple, spunky blocks just begged to be reproduced.

My intention was to duplicate the entire Stine quilt. I knew I could come up with at least 50 different brown prints from my stash, and began making four identical blocks from each fabric. After 20 sets of blocks, I lost steam. As usual, MS sidetracked me.

Since 1999, the blocks have been tucked inside a box that’s been moved so many times, I forgot where it was. When I saw that Judy Rothermel fabric, it prompted a search for the box and a change of plans.

Because I have four identical sets of 20 blocks, I thought I’d make a doll quilt for myself and kit up the remaining blocks as a thank you for my friends who pieced the wedding quilt. Better to use up what I have than delude myself that I’ll ever make more. After all, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fiber Therapy

There’s been precious little fabric coming through my door of late. In fact, I can’t remember the last purchase I made. It was probably a cute little charm pack, intended to boost my spirits during a particularly “trying time.“ By that reasoning, I should be smothered with fabric. Times have been very trying lately. But that is the subject for another post… maybe.

Generally, I don’t submit my name for giveaways involving fabric. I’ve got more than I will ever use, and should probably consider giving away portions of my own stash. What made me linger over this post long enough to enter was the enticement of five fat quarters and fifty 3" squares of lovely reproduction fabrics. Wow, no cutting required, just the instant gratification of stroking and sorting, mixing and matching beautiful bits of cloth!

Before I knew it, I had entered the drawing. My comment was completely impulsive and when Vicki from "What a Load of Scrap" (best blog name ever, by the way) announced me as a winner, I felt a bit guilty about my good fortune.

You see, I know several of the other entrants and felt like I’d ripped this fabric right out of their far more capable and deserving hands.

Forgive me friends. I’m in desperate need of a pick-me-up and the pleasure of opening a squishy package filled with patchwork possibilities is just the best feeling around.

Thank you, Vicki, for the fiber therapy!