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Happy Monday All!  (I still love Mondays; five whole days of quilting ahead . . . . .

Anyways last blog post I promised info about what becomes of the quilt tops I send off out into the big wide world all by themselves.  Here's the original quilt top:

It made its way to New Jersey, and the wonderful quilter who finished it sent me pictures!

Her detail work is wonderful . . . .

But this is my favorite . . . . 

And thank you so much D. for sending the pictures.  Your work is simply beautiful.

Time to turn up the music and get to work!

Think Spring

Its Thursday again, and its MARCH!  I realize some of you are buried in snow, but I'm pretty sure spring is coming!  (Actually, we've had spring-like weather here for most of the winter - very little snow, lots of rain, and ice, ice, and more ice!)

Anyways, in anticipation of spring arriving officially (in 20 days, to be exact), for today's Throwback Thursday quilt pattern, I have my childhood favorite.  My mother called the pattern "Bay Leaf" and she always used pastels;  come to think of it, she used pastels for everything. . . .

Nothing Grabs Your Attention Like a Good Fire Hydrant!

It's Throwback Thursday again!  This week I have a dog quilt block.  Keep reading for my inspiration . . .

I designed this in EQ7, loosely based on a pattern that Barbara Brackman credits to Nancy Cabot, which probably dates it back to the 1930's, since that's when Nancy Cabot wrote her quilting column for the Chicago Tribune.  It's a postage stamp type of pieced block, but wouldn't it be cute for a kids room??

There's more about Nancy Cabot's work here, and thanks to the blog writer for the incredible amount of work put into that blog!

Hearts and . . . . . Gizzards?

Since yesterday was St. Valentine's Day, I went looking for a traditional heart quilt, and remembered this block, known as . . . . . Hearts and Gizzards (among other things).  I can only imagine that the name must have something to do with eating chicken, but it is one of my favorite blocks, and I'm sure it has many other names. I think it probably dates back to the 1930's, and I seem to remember my mother attempting it and giving up.  But then she was before the age of rotary cutters and fusibles.

In any case, it makes really pretty heart quilt:

Butterflies on my Mind

Maybe it was the foot and a half of new snow that was outside my door this morning;  maybe I'm projecting myself into spring.  In any case, butterflies seem to be popping into my brain.

I designed this one in EQ7, but its very similar to, and inspired by, a 1928 butterfly pattern which Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilts refers to as being designed by Verdie Foster in about 1928, and also says it may be the first pieced butterfly quilt pattern, since most were applique.

Throwback Thursday

Here's an interesting, more traditional version of a New York Beauty block that I came across this week.  It's a large block, and the triangles could be smaller, but I'm not sure if I'm motivated to make all those triangles!  I may play around with it a bit more.

Here's an idea what it would look like in a larger quilt.

Throwback Thursday for January 17th - Nocturne

Along the same lines as last week's Throwback Thursday block, here is "Nocturne".  According to Barbara Brackman, Nocturne dates back to 1934, and is credited to Nancy Cabot.  I took artistic license with the the arcs a bit, as they appeared to be somewhat flatter in the original.  Here's the block:

If you decide to try this block, just remember, the arcs are not symmetrical.  

Wow - It's Thursday Again!

Well, after so many days of watching snow blow sideways past the windows, the sun finally came out today,  so I went fabric shopping!  Now I'm all set for the next storm - which is scheduled to arrive Saturday.  (Sigh)  But - hey - more time to quilt, right????

 

For Throwback Thursday this week, may I present . . . . . . . Evelyne's Whirling Dust Storm!  According to Barbara Brackman, Evelyne dates back to the Kansas City Star in 1943.  I don't know if I'm up to all those curves, but maybe . . .

A Riddle

And, I have a riddle for you . . . . . . 

When is it a good thing when a stranger dressed in camo from head to toe, and wearing a face mask comes into your yard????

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Answer . . . . . when it's been snowing for 12 days straight (no exaggeration),  the wind chill is -27, and he's pushing a snowblower!

Happy Weekend . . . Make Stuff . . . Be Happy!

- Maggie

 

 

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