Down Memory Lane

I did a little cleaning and sorting in the basement today. While doing so, I came across an old box of magazines and papers from WAY back. Too funny! But there were a lot of photos and clippings that are to great NOT to share. So here goes.

First, this is me back in 1983-84ish in our first house. The living room was tiny, and I managed to cram a quilting frame in it.

This two-tone quilt, called “Wheel of Mystery – Nashville,” was made in 1982. I ran out of the light fabric and bought something I THOUGHT was it, only to find out the first time I washed the quilt that it was NOT the right fabric. A lesson that will always stick with me! This quilt was featured in the March/April 1983 issue of Quilt World, page 46. It was also entered in the Great Smoky Mountain show in 83, where it got an honorable mention.

The next quilt has already been shown on this blog, but here is a better photo of it, taken for Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine’s July/August 1984 issue (page 6). The quilt was made for my dad’s retirement, and is called “From The Woods to the Water.” It is hand quilted.

I had forgotten about the next photo. The American Quilter’s Society started publishing their Quilt Art Engagement Calendar at the same time they published my first book. They included the cover quilt from America’s Pictorial Quilts in the calendar. This photo is a montage of photos from the calendar.

The next picture is too funny not to share. Can you guess who these people are? L to R: Loren Mosey (my youngest), me, doll, Ami Simms, doll, and Mary Andrews. This photo was one of several taken by Randy Edmonds of the Flint Journal in a photo shoot on Nov. 14, 1983. Ami and I sponsored an annual quilting show at the Genesee Valley Center in Flint, Michigan, and Randy took photos for a newspaper artice on the show. Too funny! You can see I got REALLY dressed up for the event! (P.S. Don’t tell Ami I showed you this!)

More later… this is fun!

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Two great sites!

A real quick post this morning before I head off to work. First, you can win a FREE quilt!!! Click on the photo to the left and follow the directions at the Old Red Barn Co.
Don’t forget about my free book giveaway, either!
Second, I wanted to share a great resource with you that I happened upon yesterday. It’s called The Blog Doctor,” and never before have I seen so many fantastic tips for those of you that blog. You owe it to yourself to check it out.

Off to work!

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Works in Progress: Circles and Squares

I love hand quilting, and I think there should always be a quilt in the hoop to work on when the mood strikes. Since I haven’t been feeling well over the last week, I’ve found more time to just sit and stitch on my “Circles” quilt. It’s been good therapy. Here’s a sneak peek. You can see I’m coming along nicely!

Circles Quilt

Squares Quilt

I’ve also managed to make it to the basement a little to add more rows to the blue and brown “Squares” quilt. I think I’m at 6 by 8 now. I want to have a total of 9 by 11 plus a simple border. So more blocks to sew in my future!
I love the fabrics!!!

What have YOU been working on? Share it with us!

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Thanksgiving is Coming!

In America, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the 27th of November this year. That date is sneaking up fast!

I am so thankful to all of the people who read my blog on a regular basis. The friendships I have made are so precious to me. If you comment on one of my posts, rest assured I ALWAYS go visit your blog to see what is new in your life. Many of your blogs are a part of my daily “blog read with coffee.” And if you skip posting for awhile, I miss you!

I wish I had enough of these to share with everyone, but one reader will receive a copy of my book “Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs.” There are only two things that you need to do to be included in the fun:

1) Post a link to my blog on your blog. It should look something like this:

Visit Caron Mosey: Michigan Quilts to participate in a Thanksgiving drawing for a FREE copy of Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs.

You can download the quilt photo (above) by right clicking on it, or by using this link: CaronMoseyQuiltsm.jpg

The link to my blog is: .

2) Post a comment on my blog that tells THREE things you are MOST thankful for related to quilting.

That’s it! It’s that easy! I will draw a random winner from the list of people who have participated on November 28th and mail your FREE book off to you as soon as you send me your snail mail address.

Once again, thank you SO much for visiting Caron Mosey: Michigan Quilts!

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Hop on the Motorcycle – Or Not!

If you live where the climate is warm year ’round, having a motorcycle can be a really fun thing. Unfortunately, living in Michigan (USA) reduces your opportunity to enjoy anything that is best suited for warm times… swimming pools, motorcycles, playing golf, etc.

Because we have four seasons – which I absolutely love – it also means that SOME people have seasonal allergies. I am one of them. Every fall and spring, my allergies flare up and turn into the mother of all upper respitory infections. I’m on the down side of one right now, and it’s driving me nuts.

But, I managed to “hop on the motorcycle” by creating H5-Michael’s Motorcycle for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt.
Hope your weekend is a great one, wherever you live. I’ll leave you now while I go find more tissues.

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New Year’s Resolution – early

I made a big decision over the weekend. I don’t know what prompted it… perhaps it was spending most of Saturday in the basement in my sewing area, staring at all the fabric I have. Perhaps it was looking at the pile of fabric in the laundry basket on the floor that still needs putting away. Or maybe it was looking at several of my older quilt books that show quilts from the 1800’s made from scraps. Whatever.

I have decided to make a New Year’s Resolution for 2009. The only fabric I will purchase for quilting will be for the backing of any quilts I make. And, maybe I can get by without even buying those! I have tons of solid fabrics, and have been looking at Amish quilts lately. I love their boldness, and over the past year or two, have noticed the emphasis in decorating towards big splashes of color. So I have several quilts floating around in my brain that will help me reduce the amount of fabric I have while creating some (hopefully) beautiful quilts. It’s a personal challenge, and I like trying.

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We Have a Stash Winner!

On October 19th, I posted about the organization (disorganization) of my stash here. I offered to send some of my stash to the winner…

“On the first day of November, I will send a small part of my stash to a “randomly selected quilter” who has been brave enough to respond. Yes, this is a FREE GIVEAWAY. I will use a number generator to determine the “winner.” That person will receive “some stash.” It could be a little, it could be a lot. It will probably not be pressed or folded. But then, there is a chance that it will.”

So, this being November 1st, I used a random number generator that I found here . I had 23 comments posted, and the random number generator kicked out #12. That person is Pam . Comment #9 was mine, so I didn’t count that one. I skipped over it. Pam states that her stash used to be kept very similarly to mine, but she now uses the 6 inch ruler method to keep her stash in check… so I guess there is hope for me. Probably not, but maybe. So Pam, be prepared to receive and fold some stash. I will email you for your address.

Here’s what your new stash looks like leaving my house. Maybe you can post how it looks as you join it with YOUR stash so we can all learn something? (Just a thought…)

I encourage everyone to visit Pam’s website. If you leave her a comment, please tell her Caron sent you!

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