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Is anyone familiar with this pattern?

I purchased this vintage quilt top at an antique mall two years ago. It has 36 blocks in various colors. The stitching is excellent! I've been unsuccessfully trying to find the name of the pattern or see other examples. Any ideas?…

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Added by handstitcher/IL on June 13, 2018 at 7:11am — 5 Comments

18 Mountain Road

In the early 1920s, my grandmother Virginia bought the house on 18 Mountain Road, with her mother and sister. She was teaching nearby while the others cared for the house. In 1924, Virginia married a widower named Benjamin. He moved into the house, along with his young son and his father. Virginia and…

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Added by handstitcher/IL on January 10, 2016 at 6:55pm — 11 Comments

The Taylor Children

I made this small crazy quilt to honor the memory of my grandmother and her siblings. Their mother died in Dec. 1904, and their father immediately took the children to his family’s farm in New York, before leaving them and returning to Wisconsin a month later. The children were split up and taken in by…

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Added by handstitcher/IL on September 13, 2013 at 6:01pm — 9 Comments

Return of the International Quilt Festival to the Chicago area!

For all of you in the Chicagoland area, the International Quilt Festival will be returning to Rosemont next June. The dates are June 21-23, 2013, with a preview night of June 20th. This show will be in addition to the one in Ohio. Here's the link with the details. Welcome back, IQF! We've missed you!!

Added by handstitcher/IL on August 9, 2012 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Dilemma solved -- old block, new block

Last month, I posted a picture of one of 11 blocks I'd bought at a flea market. None would lay flat since they all flared out, measuring over an inch longer at the outer edges than across the middle. I was looking for suggestions on how to make the blocks workable. I ended up carefully handwashing two of the blocks, unsewing them from the pieced (and very filthy) background, and hand appliqueing them to a new background. I'm not sure how large I'll want the final blocks to be, so I left lots of… Continue

Added by handstitcher/IL on August 22, 2010 at 4:35pm — 16 Comments

Suggestions welcome!

Hello ladies,



I know how you all love to help. I bought 11 blocks at a fund-raising white elephant sale today. They are hand pieced tulips, vintage 1930s. When I got them home, however, I discovered that not a single block would lie flat. I got out my trusty ruler and found they measured 15" across at the center, but 16-16.25" at the edges. Any ideas as to how to fix this problem? Since the background fabric has spots on some of the blocks, I am thinking of unsewing the background… Continue

Added by handstitcher/IL on July 11, 2010 at 4:05pm — 11 Comments

Thanks for the kind words.....

Thank you to all who wished me a happy birthday today. It's actually been a rough week here, since my siblings and I are in the process of moving my father from his home in Arkansas where he's been living independently, to my house in preparation for assisted living. It breaks my heart that he has to give up his friends and lifestyle, but unfortunately, it is time. In the midst of a sad birthday (and no quilting time in sight for awhile), your kind words were appreciated.

Added by handstitcher/IL on September 2, 2009 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

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