Monday, December 29, 2008
Having a wonderful, busy time in NYC...just walking along the avenues in Manhattan is such a treat...very crowded however. I'd forgotten how many beautiful Art Deco buildings there are. That's my daughter in the white hat and her co-worker in front of their office building-I love the numbers and the grill work over the entrance.This is the painted ceiling in the entranceway-Dutch New Amsterdam and the skyscraper NY skyline!
I did get to see the Christmas windows at Lord and Taylor (Victorian scenes of favorite Christmas stories, songs, etc. just wonderful-the best windows by far-the attention to detail and workmanship of the clothes is amazing) but I couldn't get any pictures to come out, I kept getting me and the crowd reflected in the windows :( but no loss-you can see the windows here If you're ever in NYC at this time of year-don't miss the windows at Lord and Taylor-Macy's are ok, Saks Fifth-ok but even as a kid, I knew the Lord and Taylor windows were the best (that's at Fifth Avenue and 39th street).
We ate at Ellen's Stardust Diner-real singing waiters, met friends and family , caught a movie and stopped in at the Morgan Library and Museum to see the manuscript of the first book of Milton's Paradise Lost.
I went to the quilt exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum...very interesting. The theme was recycling and resourcefulness and there was one very odd quilt made of bits of old sweaters, scarves and even a 1920s bathing suit! Actually, I don't get it-why not unravel the sweaters, knit vests, etc and reuse the yarn? (ok, you'd still have the bathing suit!) I think the intention was to make something different and humorous more than to recycle...again, no picture taking allowed, you can see a selection of the quilts here but unfortunately not the sweater quilt. The postage stamp quilt was very beautiful-3/4" squares sewn into 5" blocks, creating "new fabric". The alphabet quilt was also a bit wacky-A-J was just as expected and then oops, lost some letters there but liked the H so much there were 5. I loved the Sunbonnet Sue quilt-she wears many styles of hats!
I'm off to Philadelphia tomorrow-lunch with friends and to the Philadelphia Art Museum for the Afro-American quilt exhibit...This is so much fun!
Happy New Year!!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
It took 7 hours to drive from Boston to NYC on Saturday because of the snowfall-we postponed visiting the quilt exhibit in Hartford, CT till later in the trip. We spent yesterday close to "home" with rainy and sleety weather but today, Manhattan beckoned-lower Manhattan to be exact.
The present exhibit was perfect for me: woman's clothing! While I was familiar with the beaded dresses from animal hides (even in old westerns, the costumers got that right) I was struck by these muslin dresses and their painted decoration (both dresses are Sioux from South Dakota circa 1890).
I also liked these woolen dresses-the fabric made in Gloucestershire, England was called "saved-list" which was a corruption of "selvage"-the favorite color was red but blue was also used, often with the white (undyed) selvage left on as a trim...very clever!
After this, we walked over to Ground Zero to pay our respects...so sad.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
American Folk Art Museum and their exhibit- Recycling and Resoursefulness: Quilts of the 1930s. This is one of the quilts I expect to see!!
There'll be other quilty outings too: I may take a side trip to Baltimore. I've heard that the Baltimore Museum of Art is showing Baltimore Album quilts this month and next...a rather rare event and only a train ride from Philadelphia! And then there's always fabric shopping :)
Since I'll be staying with family, I'll have access to a computer and will post my quilty adventures and some others too...I can't wait to see Rockefeller Center and the big tree in NY, the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia and new places I don't even know yet in Boston.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I love vintage jewelry-when I wear it I feel like I am experiencing something from another age. For example, I can tell you that those clip-on earrings really hurt, so now I understand why in 1940s movies, women were always taking their earrings off to talk on the phone-any momentary relief was welcome!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
These aluminum (yes, aluminum!) candlesticks were made by the Wendell August Forge in Pennsylvania. I had never seen aluminum used this way before I got these.(mostly just as pots and pans!) I am now on the lookout-I would love a bud vase :)
I love the design, especially of the candleholder part-it looks like a curled leaf. The floral pattern on the dish part is raised as you can just see in the pix. They are quite small, about 2 1/4" tall and the dishes are 4" across.
In 1928, James McCausland became the chief designer at the Wendell August Forge which had opened in 1923 . By 1929 he was already working with hand wrought aluminum. By 1932, the first known catalog for Wendell August featuring items such as these candlesticks was produced. I don't know when these were actually made-there is no date on the bottom but stylically I think they are from the 1930s.
Wendell August Forge is still in business and they still have aluminum pieces but nothing like this: mainly commorative plaques and plates for businesses.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
when I realized I had to make quarter blocks
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Now if I can only learn to turn on the gas ...there's this safety feature that keeps turning off the gas so the flame goes out...hold for 5 seconds... release the button gently...
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I didn't cut all the triangles in case I didn't like it -just enough to see what it looked like- and placed them on the left side.
Definitely the half blocks! Wow-they really look good-so its back to the sewing room to cut and sew the half blocks. I will cut these extra blocks and then just sew half blocks for the rest.
I almost never used to take pictures of my quilts finished let alone in progress but this is actually very helpful-there's a distance that helps me see the quilt more objectively. Maybe its because most quilts I look at on a computer screen aren't mine!
Looking forward to your comments...don't forget that orange block, what do you think?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Look at how much brighter the colors are on the back where they were protected from the light.
It usually sits here on our antique deck chair-late 19th century (which you can't sit on because its been repaired twice and we were told can't survive anyone else "plopping down" on it. The other Guardians of the Chair are my handiwork and not vintage.)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I like the fabric I used on the back of this quilt so much. It is a kind of Colonial Children at Play. See the boys fishing, the girl and boy "playing house"-she's holding her doll, and two boys with a bird.I often use the backs of quilts for displaying favorite fabrics. (I then I have the leftovers for cutting up.)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I don't think it was anything especially fancy in its time: it is machine made and is decorated mainly with tambour work. Tambour work, which looks like chain stitch embroidery, began to be machine made in 1834!I find the idea that this was just a practical item to hold your stockings or lingerie all the more enchanting: beauty should be part of everyday life. Even the back is lovely!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
And now its time for me to pass this award on. The Rules of this award are :
1. 5 People are allowed to receive this award
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And I'm passing it on to these blogging friends:
1. Susan at http://homespunquilts.blogspot.com/
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4. Ulla at http://kotkarankki.blogspot.com/
5 Kris at http://quiltbeadsandothersuch.blogspot.com/
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I started making this easy 4-patch/9-patch block.
I like the “bow” effect when the block is on-point.
It’s a great block for scraps as all the pieces are the same width. I decided I wanted a 9” block so I cut strips 2 ¾” . The squares are cut 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” and the rectangles are cut 2 ¾” x 5”. Strips that are 2 ½” make 8” blocks with the squares cut 2 ½” x 2 ½” and the rectangles cut
Then I started experimenting with different placements of light and dark. I made this block which is a little boring
Then I tried having both the light and dark squares making an X.
I’ve decided to make half the blocks the original "bow" way and half with the light/dark X and see how they look together. For me that’s the fun part-I always want to jump ahead to the setting before I’ve even made enough blocks to play around with!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
It is hand appliqued and hand quilted in an overall diamond pattern and around the applique leaves and stem.
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