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At 6:31am on June 17, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Excellent job of matching the "feel" of the vintage quilt.  Looks like it has been there since the beginning.  Well done!

At 3:02pm on June 7, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Great!  Glad to help.  I'm sure it will look great and I'll look forward to pictures.

At 2:50pm on August 8, 2016, Marianne said…

Hello, I love your story of your childhood together with your memories, sounds wonderful

At 2:59pm on January 15, 2016, Carol Ann Hinton said…

Yes, they do!  DH wisely bought one of the models designed for getting up pet hair, and with a HEPA filter ('cause I'm asthmatic).  Once you pick up the shoes and other miscellaneous clutter and define the area where you want it to work; it just chugs along by itself and turns itself off when it is done.  I just don't hang around in the same room.

At 7:16am on January 13, 2016, Pam/NY said…

I think that is one advantage of quilting...we can express our feelings of loss or success of life through fabric!

At 5:01am on January 13, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

We are headed to Omaha today for a liver biopsy and a repeat pancreas biopsy.  There are two types of pancreatic cancer, and they need to know which type he has so they know how to treat it.  Each one has its own treatment regimen.  

He is doing well.  Still rides when the men move cattle.  (DS saddles his horse for him because he has lost some strength.)  Still gets out and about and does what he wants.  I am hoping he'll continue to do so for as long as he feels up to it.  

Thank you for asking.  And how is your daughter?  

At 3:57pm on January 10, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I'm sorry to hear it, handstitcher.  Hopefully the red tape will be resolved soon and she'll be able to get treatment.  

We've had some frustrating setbacks with my dad's cancer diagnosis and treatment as well.  But interestingly enough, each one of those setbacks has resulted in a blessing that we could not have seen beforehand.  I hope you'll be able to see some silver linings in the midst of disappointment and frustration.  

At 7:01am on December 31, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Prayers sent for your daughter, her doctors and for you.  

At 5:08am on June 11, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I wish you could see the wool quilts close up - the pictures don't do them justice in showing all of the various random  piecework from small, oddly shaped pieces.  No rhyme or reason at all, and not "crazy quilt" style either.  I was a little hesitant to suggest that they reminded me of the Gees Bend quilts, because I hoped that wouldn't be disrespectful.  I just found it very interesting that two similar styles of quilts made in the same general time frame would be found so far apart geographically, especially since the Gees Bend quilts were in a pretty closed community.  

The quiltmaker's crazy quilts were definitely different than these wool quilts.  Also, the wool quilts have no fancy stitching on them, but the crazy quilts were heavily embroidered.  

As for letting them go, I didn't feel they ever really belonged to me.  I felt from the beginning that they belonged to family somewhere, I just didn't know where to start.  I was surprised but very excited when I found out that my friend was a descendant.  I mostly rescued them because I couldn't bear to have them burned or sent to a dumpster.  He'd already burned some, which makes me cringe.  

I was delighted with the little cotton quilts and wouldn't have minded keeping them - the quilting on those were very fine.  But again, they weren't really ever mine to begin with, so I haven't felt badly about letting them go.  They wouldn't mean anything to my kids, since no one in our family made them, and they will mean something to hers.  

At 9:40pm on February 15, 2015, betweens said…

Thanks so much on your comment Handstitcher, the heart is from a pattern called Affairs from the heart. they are small blocks to work up and are alot of fun, not so easy for the beginner appliquer though..LOL

At 3:58pm on December 30, 2014, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

We've found no hide or hair of her since that day.  No carcass, no crows (which would indicate something dead), nothing turned up at local shelters or vet clinics.  All the neighbors know he's missing a dog.  Most of them have spent time looking through their pastures for her, but of course, this country is just too big to make a thorough search.  I think Tell has resigned himself to the fact that she is dead.  She wouldn't get in anyone else'e vehicle, so he doesn't think someone else has her.  It's a mystery.  He sure misses her.  She was as good a help with the cattle as another cowboy.  Todd's dog died earlier this fall, so for the first time since we've been married, we have no dog on the place.  Thanks for thinking of Tell and asking.  

At 5:19am on December 8, 2014, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Thanks, handstitcher.  I was disappointed in my hair that day, but guess that's the way it goes.  We sure hope Tell's dog shows up, but he thinks she must be dead.  She sticks to him like glue, so he thinks if she could get home, she'd have shown up by now.  We've spent a lot of time looking and getting the word out to neighbors and such.  Thanks for caring.  Hope all is well with your and yours this holiday season.  I think I'm off to make a mug rug or two to see if I can't get some creative juices going.

At 12:23am on May 12, 2014, betweens said…

I am sure it won't take as long for your next BAQ as it will be your second one with more knowledge. Which pattern will you be making another Elle S from her books. You know her most of her books you cannot buy anymore? they are collectors

At 5:26am on March 7, 2014, Ellen Pearce said…

Love your work!  Your embroidery is superb.  I like your scrap quilts.  Did you have all these fabrics in your collection or did you buy fat quarters?  I've spent most of my sewing life making clothes for children.  My scraps are mostly from novelty prints.  These make nice "I Spy" quilts but not scrap quilts.  I did make a large pinwheel quilt with the fabrics from my grandchildren's dresses and pj's.  Hope you are having a sunny day!

At 5:20am on March 7, 2014, Ellen Pearce said…

Thanks!  I did finally figured out what to do and signed up for the newsletter.  I was on the wrong page.  It helps to read all the directions  DUH! Last night I browsed catalog to get ideas about a background.  I love the Hancock Paducah catalog to look at fabrics and combinations.  I love the washed look of the original.  I saw some printed muslin which may fit my purposes.  That is what I used for the redwork.  I love to consider the possibilities.

At 7:11pm on October 7, 2013, Jodi Cramer said…

Thanks for your post on my page about the silver spoons. A friend of my mom's said, "Everything taste better on real china and real silver!" I think she was right.

At 3:55pm on October 7, 2013, Pam/NY said…

Please share the story on my recent post about the silver spoons...I think many would enjoy it.

At 11:31am on September 16, 2013, Jodi Cramer said…

I have to confess that I did not treasure the needlework when I was younger. It was the typical younger generation feeling that the old ones and their needlework would be there forever. My dad made a wonderful little plaque that hangs on my kitchen wall. It says, "Ve get too soon oldt und too late schmart." Certainly true in my respect!!

At 2:15pm on September 15, 2013, Donna Sykes said…

Handstitcher, I, too, love to combine my quilting projects with special events, family history - making projects very personal. My mother had given me a bunch of antique handkerchiefs that she found in my grandmother's things. I held on to them for quite a few years but for Christmas 2 years ago I made pillows out of them and gave one to each of my siblings and cousins. I hpe yor crazy quilt honoring the memory of your grandmother and siblings gets passed on through many generations to come.    Donna

At 8:07pm on September 14, 2013, Janet/MO said…

I grew up without knowing my grandmothers so I think it is wonderful that you were able to spend some time with yours.  My dad's mom died in childbirth when he was 9 yrs old and my mom's mother died from complications of diabetes when I was 3. 

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