Thursday, July 25, 2013

TINY TREASURES AT MY PRAIRIE WOMEN'S SEWING CIRCLE MEETING

It was so delightful to hear from all of you who left comments about my new pink bike in my previous post! Glad to hear there are lots of fellow pink lovers out there! I'm back today with a quick recap of my latest Prairie Women's Sewing Circle group, which meets once a month at our local library. This month, our guest speaker was my friend, Marge, who took us on a fascinating historical tour of textiles from 1600s through the 1900s. Marge is an antique doll quilt collector, and it was such a treat to see some of her tiny treasures. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Marge found these 19th-century gems on her many trips to antiques shows and fairs.




Marge recently returned from a textile tour in France and found this lovely antique lap protector embellished with cording and stuffing. 


She also found this enchanting toile print while in France.


Last I spoke with Marge, I believe she was going to pattern some of her tiny treasures, so if you're interested in making any of the designs you see in this post, you might want to check with her to see if she has a pattern available or to ask her permission to make them. Simply email me and I can put you in touch with her (please email me directly rather than leaving a comment as many of you are non-reply bloggers, meaning I have no way to return your email because no email address comes through with your message).

Marge also brought some wonderful 19th-century clothing to share with the group. My how tiny the women's waists were! Marge told us that this block-printed dress uses straight pins for closures.


And just look at this darling copper-plated girl's dress from the Civil War era. 


And here's another darling piece of 19th-century clothing from Marge's collection—a sweet doll apron. The pink print in the background is a reproduction but offers a nice backdrop for the little apron.


These photos only scratch the very surface of all the fun things we learned last Saturday and at all our Prairie Women's Sewing Circles. I almost hesitated to post the photos here because I want to encourage those local quilters who can actually attend to join us in person, but I did want to share them with all of you fellow bloggers who live farther away and can't join us. If you want to catch all the action, I highly recommend joining us. Every meeting not only includes the typical PWSC program but a guest speaker as well! With the additional historical programs facilitated by our shop owner, Jacque, this program is a terrific value. I will be giving one of the programs on the history of pincushions and sharing some of my new 19th-century-inspired pincushion designs later this year. To join, call Jacque at 515/993-1170.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

BLISS IS A PINK BIKE

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you already know I'm a pink person. For a long time, I've wanted to get a vintage-style pink bike and my wish was finally granted earlier this year when my hubby got me this sweet pink women's cruiser bike as an anniversary gift.


It's not suitable for serious bike riding but I enjoy using it to run errands around town or for a quick ride through the local cemetery where I usually like to take an evening stroll with my hubby. I love just about everything about my new bike. It's just the right size for someone my height. I'd say it's ideal for someone who is 5'3"–5'6". I was delighted to see that it came with this handy little basket and drink holder.


Pink and brown is one of my favorite color combos, so I swooned over the pretty brown and pink seat. I haven't yet used the bike rack on the back but I'm sure I will.


I even love the faux bois look of the handle covers...


The bike even has a bottle opener if you have to stop a get a nice cold pop on a summer day! How fun is that?!


As you might imagine, I'm in bike heaven! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Just a quick note today to announce the two winners in my recent quilt book and wool giveaway. By random draw, the winner of Tara's book is...



I am a follower of this blog.


And the winner of the 5" squares of wool from my stash is...


Oh I saw this book and have it on my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway! The wool sounds nice too!

Congratulations, Judy and Margaret! You both have until this Friday (July 12) at midnight central time to claim your prizes by contacting me via my email button under my profile pic. Be sure to include your mailing address so I can get your goodies to you!

Monday, July 8, 2013

QUILT BOOK GIVEAWAY #2

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT NOON ON 7/11/13; ANY ENTRIES AFTER THAT WERE NOT COUNTED

It's time for quilt book giveaway #2! I recently had the pleasure of editing Tara Darr's latest book on wool appliqué and patchwork quilts. As most of you know, I'm a huge wool fan, so it was a thrill working on this project with Tara and I'm so delighted with the results.


In the book, Tara shows you how to spice up your quilts with a cozy mix of wool hexagons, stars, blooms, and much more. The designs are a great way to put your scrap basket of cotton and wool fabrics to use! Whether you love the classic charm of the Rose of Sharon block, the delightful whimsy of Dresden Plates, or the twinkling splendor of Texas Stars, you'll find the perfect project in this medley of 11 small scrappy projects. Yes, all of the quilts are delightfully small! Here's a glimpse of the back cover, which showcases snippets of the book projects:


The book not only contains projects but a handy wool appliqué primer covering all the basics you'll need to create beautiful wool-on-cotton quilts. I regularly receive emails from blog readers with questions about working with wool. This section should be a terrific resource for those of you who are interested in working with this wondrous fiber. If you'd like to find out more about Tara's book, go to the Kansas City Star Quilt books website here

I'd like to give away a copy of this book, which is a must-have for any wool lover! To help spread the wealth, I'll also draw a second name this time, and that winner will receive eight 5" squares of some of my favorite wools picked from my own wool stash (PLEASE NOTE: the wool will be the second winner's prize, not a copy of the book as I only have one of the books to give away). Anyone can enter this giveaway. You do NOT have to be an official Blogger follower who shows up in the follower list in my blog sidebar at right, but if you are an official Blogger follower, you are welcome to a second entry as a thank you for your support--simply enter a SEPARATE comment telling me you're an official follower. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me what kinds of wool projects you like or would like to make. If you have any favorite tips for working with wool, please share those as well so that other blog visitors may learn from your wisdom. International entries are welcome. This giveaway will end on this Thursday, July 11, at NOON central time. I'll draw the winner randomly and announce the name that evening. The winner will then have until Friday, July 12, at midnight central time to contact me with her/his mailing address. If I don't hear from him/her by then, I will draw another name. Best of luck to all who enter!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

NEW NEIGHBORS

Look who moved in next door! Yes, a small flock of chickens have made their home there, thanks to our neighbors. I was so excited to see these girls (there are more but the others were too camera shy) as I've pondered getting some myself for a couple years now. Because we live in town, there is a limit to how many we can have. These feathered friends are all rather fancy with features such as spots and feathered feet. The neighbor told me that one of them lays eggs with light green-colored shells. I can hardly wait to see those.


The chickens live in a charming home that the neighbors purchased pre-made. The lid on the left of the coop opens to access the freshly-laid eggs. Our neighbors estimate they'll get about 30 per week. They also built the chickens a nice fenced-in area just outside their coop that they can roam around in. While we were gardening early this morning, they wandered outside their coop to check out what were doing. Didn't know they were such curious creatures! It should be a fun summer watching this fanciful flock!

Friday, July 5, 2013

QUILT BOOK WINNER

Thanks to all who entered my recent quilt book giveaway. I enjoyed reading about your favorite 1800s reproduction colors and must agree with many of you who said it was hard to pick just one! If I had to, though, I'd have to pick pink with brown coming in a close second! Without further adieu, the winner of the Kindred Spirits book by random draw is:


Beautiful book! I would love to win...it's just my style. :)

Congratulations, Sue! You have until tomorrow, Saturday, July 6, at noon to email me with your mailing address. You can find my email address by clicking the "Email Me" button under my profile info. If I don't hear from Sue by then, I'll draw for another name.

And for those of you who love quilt books, there will be another chance to win one next week when I'll be giving away a copy of my other quilt book editing project, Tara Darr's Cozy Quilts: A Charming Blend of Wool Appliqué and Cotton Patchwork. It's a must-have book for you wool lovers out there!



Monday, July 1, 2013

QUILT BOOK GIVEAWAY #1

My latest quilt book editing project has now been released, so it's time for another quilt book giveaway! We were thrilled to have sisters and quilt designers, Jill Shaulis and Vicki Olsen, write their first book for us. Since 1992, they've shared their passion for traditional quilts through their quilt shop and pattern business, Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, known for its warm 1800s reproduction prints and wool. Now they celebrate their mutual love of these classic quilts in their new book, aptly titled Kindred Spirits: Celebrating Pieces of the Past. That's a childhood photo of the two on the cover below!



As you can see from the cover, Jill and Vicki (pictured below in the photo I took of them at the photo shoot earlier this year) love working with 1800s reproduction prints and weave them into their quilts beautifully. They were a delight to work with, and their quilts are gorgeous. The book cover features two quilts from the book, which contains 13 cozy projects ranging from bed-size quilts and wall hangings to table runners and framed art. In an earlier post, I wrote about the photo shoot for the book, which took place in a grand old home in Kansas City. You can read more about it here.


You can see more of the book's enchanting projects on the back cover!



I'd love to share a copy of this beautiful book with one of you, so I'm giving one away! Anyone can enter this giveaway. You do NOT have to be an official Blogger follower who shows up in the follower list in my blog sidebar at right, but if you are an official follower, you are welcome to a second entry as a thank you for your support--simply enter a SEPARATE comment telling me you're an official follower. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite color of reproduction 1800s fabric is and why. International entries welcome. This giveaway will end on Thursday, July 4, at NOON central time. I'll draw the winner randomly and announce the name on July 5. The winner will then have until Saturday, July 6th, at noon central time to contact me with her/his mailing address. If I don't hear from him/her by then, I will draw another name. Best of luck to all who enter! And if you'd like to find out more about this charming book, go to the Kansas City Star Quilt Books website here.

Be sure to come back next week when I'll be giving away another terrific quilt book that I edited!