Wednesday, May 24, 2023

It's A Finish!

Ladies' Aid NY Sampler is done! I started this quilt two years ago when Barbara Brackman asked if I was interested in making blocks for her upcoming block-of-the month. Having just moved from NJ to NY I said 'Yes'! See Barbara's post here.

This photo was taken when I finished the top in Dec '21.

I had decided to quilt various motifs--birds, flowers, stars, butterfly, squirrel--rather than an overall design. I also didn't quilt the sashing or border. This was indicative of the style of album quilts that were being made in NY in the 1860s or so. It felt strange not to get carried away with lots of quilting.

I know it's hard to see but this one has a bird in all four corners. 

And this one has birds, a flower, and a squirrel.

I also quilted around each applique with minor quilting on the tops of some but not all. 

Had to put it on a bed to photograph because there's no room on my design wall.

Barbara's Ladies' Legacy fabric is on the back :)

Moving on to my next project . . .

Since I last posted a photo of my log cabin blocks, I turned them all 1/4 to the right so now the dark strips are at the left and top rather than the left and bottom. I like them this way. I plan on making another 10 giving me 6 across and 7 down. Not sure where I'm heading after that . . .

On Memorial Day let us not forget PFC James Ohlinger who was killed in Vietnam at the age of twenty-one. His final resting place is Restland Memorial Park, E. Hanover, NJ. 

Enjoy the holiday and all it entails--family, friends, cookouts, games, and just plain FUN!                                                                  



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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Mother's Day Hike Wild Flowers

For Mother's Day Connie and I hiked the Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail in Lake Placid. It's 4.7 miles round trip and took almost 3 hours. There were wildflowers the entire route and the view at the top was incredible.

Hobblebush was a first for me.

Painted Trillium

  Purple Trillium 

Spring Beauty

Trout Lily

The trail was constructed with low stone stairs and switchbacks making it an easy climb to the summit.

A panoramic view :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!

I'll be back soon with a finished Ladies' Aid Album quilt. Here's a preview.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Crazy 13-16, Log Cabin, Rolodex

After I had sewn one of the strips together in block #13 double hearts, I discovered there was an error. Oh no! 

I had mis-marked a hst on the paper pattern as being white instead of pink . . . 

What to do? I wasn't going to cut another whole set of pieces and start over. So---I had this brilliant idea to cut the correct pink and glue it on top of the incorrect white and that's what I did. You can't even tell that it wasn't stitched in. And if that piece ever falls off in the far distant future it will be a surprise to the person who discovers it :)

The 2nd iteration of the log cabin blocks I've been making. I like this layout better than sunshine and shadows. Of course they're on top of the Deacon quilt which remains in a state of limbo.

I've made 25 blocks so far and still going strong. So much fun!

Some Rolodex cards with a book theme: Florence Peto's Historic Quilts, Alice in Wonderland, Arithmetic, and Betsy Ross and The Flag. 

And these are the backs: endpaper of Peto book, inscription presented to my gr-aunt Leila Bower in 1896, my mother's arithmetic book 1918 and one of my Landmark books with bookplate. I LOVED reading Landmark books, did you? Wish I still had my collection . . . 

Remember when I was on an apron kick a while ago? The one on top caught my eye on Ebay. I laughed when I read "I'm Betty Not Mary Lou." Must have referred to identical twins, don't you think? 

Another beautiful sunset and a pic of the river that flooded after all the rain we got. 

Looking forward to some sun in the next day or two!


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