Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Rest of Museum Quilts
There are a lot of posts here but they are to keep you looking while I go traveling. No quilt shows or fabric shops scheduled but I'll keep my camera ready just in case. Be back in October.

"The Log Cabin crib quilt blocks are arranged in a pattern of consecutive squares called Barn Raising. It is one of the most popular 19th century quilt patterns and was made in both silks and inexpensive printed cotton fabrics. It was made by Esther Dieter Gundry, 1920-1940. The boat-shaped wooden cradle was made by the Johnson Company in Michigan City, Indiana, 1880-1900."

"The Crazy quilt was made of many different neckties; note the maker's labels that were left on the ties. It was made by Florence Perrigo Covert (1910-1994) of Flint. A once very fashionable quilt style, crazy piecing continued to be a popular pattern for utility quilts, 1975."

Single Irish Chain is a variation of Nine Patch pattern. The quilt is pieced of a variety of early 19th century wood block printed and early roller printed cottons. It is embroidered in cross stitch along one edge with the maker's name: 'Sarah E. Davis, March 1838." Signatures worked in cross stitch seldom are found on quitls after 1850. Sarah Davis moved with her family from New York to Oakland Country, Michigan in 1852." Posted by Picasa

"The Medallion style quilt top is a wonderful eye-dazzling encyclopedia of printed fabrics from the first half of the 19th centray. Never washed, the colors are as bright and pristine as the day it was made, 1830-1850."
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"The Nine Patch pattern quilt blocks were put together with no apparent order, yet the cheerful colors of the fabrics give this basic utility quilt a jaunty air. It was made by Margaret Bradshaw Trevethan of Ontario, Canada, 1900-1920."

"The Bear's Paw pattern quilt may have been made by Elizabeth Nickless Cole. Born about 1904, she lived in both Birch Run and Clio , Michigan. The bright pastels and floral prints are typical of the 1920s through the 1940s."

"The Four Patch variation crib quilt with the blocks set on point was made by Gertrude Tucker Willison for her daughter Adelaide. Adelaide was born on May 20, 1894 in Flint. The spool-style crib was used by Adelaide, her mother Gertrude, and her aunt Carrie Tucker Handerson, 1860-1900." Posted by Picasa

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Kipper's Fur
Laurie Ann at Quilting Rush mentioned she hadn't heard of a dog having three layers of fur. That got me to thinking. She sure knows more about dogs then I do. I thought Kipper had the short ground hair, long guard hair and medium awn hair. I tried doing some reading and now I wonder if he just has a ton of the short fur. He feels just like a rabbit and is the softest dog I've ever petted. He definitely can stand his fur up to make the insulation layer to keep warm in cold weather. And he really can shed if I don't get him cut. I couldn't find Laurie Ann's e-mail address so am writing here. Anyone else know about dog fur?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Old Quilts at the Museum

Isn't this something? I know I promised quilt pictures from the museum so here is the first one. These are all in excellent condition and so well documented and presented.
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Just One More
I know I said I would move on from the pictures I took at the library but as I looked at the rest of them, I noticed there were several made from T-shirts. Most were from road races over the years. This one of their family reunions was so very impressive, I just had to show you. This must have been a another class held at their center. All of them were all so nicely made. This one was made by Iris Hare.
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Weird Things About Me

My name is Kipper and I'll take the challenge.
1) I lift my ears straight out when I'm trying to understand my mom. She calls me a flying dog when I do this.
2) I have three layers of fur and it is very hard to get me wet. I love to swim but don't get wet. In the Michigan winter I like to go outside and let the snow and ice collect on my outer fur layer. It just stays on top of my coat until I come in the house and lick it off.
3) I hate to be stepped on or over, so of course I lay in the door way. It makes sense to me.
4)I love to eat nuts. I have an oak tree in my back yard and the acorns are easy to eat. The squirrels try to take them but they are mine, so I chased the squirrels up the tree. In the side yard are walnut trees and they are good too. I like them shucked and dried. I can break them open with my strong jaws but it's so hard to get the nut meats out so I just eat the whole thing.
5)I love to have my teeth brushed. Whenever I hear Mom start her electric toothbrush, I come to get mine done. Yes, I have my own electric tooth brush. Mom says she can't take a picture while she is brushing my teeth but she has one of our cat brushing his own teeth. He is no longer with us but had a long life of nearly 20 years.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Old Quilts At The Library
All but one location had some old quilts. The first two pictures here don't show the correct color. The third one does. The edges are worn but the middle is in very good shape. I asked someone about it and they sent me to Jackie Williams who brought it for display. I took her picture by it and told her what a precious quilt she had. She said it was just an old quilt. She said she stored it between the matress and box springs of her bed. Have any of you heard of this? Must be better than plastic bag or window. It is displayed here on the back of one of the big Scotty dogs facing the street. She had titled it Tenesee Star. She said either her mother or grandmother made it and was going to check with her aunt to see if she could get more information about it.

Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow. The wonderful old quilts from the museum will be shown.
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This sure looks old but it had a sign saying it was made my Jeffalone Rumph. She was credited with making several of the quilts. I am so interested in this lady. I'd like to go to their center next year and try to get some of her life stories. It was in poor condition but I still loved it. I think the the third picture shows the fabric that the crazy pieces were sewn onto. I think I remember feather pillows being covered with materal like this.
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How about this fan? No information on it. Really beautiful hand stitching.  Posted by Picasa

Another one with no information. Is this upholstery fabric? Or could it be Scarlet's drapery? Posted by Picasa