Have you made plans?

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Every morning, I receive an email from Google Alerts that brings me a list of news articles / blogs / websites that have been updated in the last 24 hours which include the words quilt / quilting / quilts in them.  And just about every day, one of the news articles is an obituary for a quilter.  Here’s an example: Mildred Julia Mabrey.

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I didn’t know Mildred, but she lived to be 97 years old and was an avid quilter, generously giving to her family.  Please say a prayer for Mildred and her family.

As I look at my list of updates from Google every morning, it causes me to stop and think; what will be said about each of us when we are no longer on this earth?  Will our final words include our color preferences for fabric?  Will it show statistically how many yards of fabric we have on our shelves?  Or how many quilt books we have accumulated?  How many UFO’s we have stashed in our closet?  Can our final paragraph talk about the quilts we had drafted in our mind, so clearly planned, in fact, that we had visualized the completed quilt right down to the design in the stitching?  Probably not.

This is not meant to be a morbid post.  But just as we should all have a will in place for that time, I think we should also have a plan in place for what will happen to our quilts and stash when we can no longer sew.  My friend and neighbor Mary Schafer had explicit plans in place for her vast collection of quilts.  Many went to the Michigan State Museum in Lansing.  Many went to her niece.  A few went to close friends.  Her stash and books were also dispersed; I have some in my own home. 

Who will appreciate your quilts, fabric, books, tools, sewing garbagemanmachine(s) and buckets of spools when you’re gone?  Plan carefully.  Don’t let somebody put them in a garage sale or at the end of your driveway for the garbage man.  Put your plans in writing, and put them with your will.  Let your family know your wishes.

But don’t leave for awhile;  You still have lots of quilting to do!

It’s called a QUILT, not a blanket!

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I read two articles on the Internet this morning that really set me off…

Pardon me while I step up on my soapbox.

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Things you can snuggle under when you are cold are called by several different names.

afghanAfghan:  An afghan is normally knitted or crocheted using yarn.  The maker uses knitting needles or a crochet hook to create an afghan.  There are hundreds of different patterns that can be followed to make the afghan, and just as many different kinds an colors of yarn.


blanketBlanket: A blanket is normally one layer thick, and is usually commercially available in a store to cover beds of varying sizes.  It is considered a form of bedding intended to keep the sleeper warm.  In recent years, a fabric called “fleece” has been created in umpteen different colors and patterns. Fleece is a very soft, thick, fluffy and warm fabric that makes a great blanket.  Oftentimes, two layers of fleece are tied together around the edges to create a warm and unique baby blanket.  A blanket may also be woven on a loom using threads, yarn, or strips of cloth.

comforterComforter and Duvet: Comforters and Duvets are thick, fluffy bedding that serve two uses: as a decoration on a bed, and to keep the sleeper warm.  Both consist of three layers: top, bottom and inner batting.  The three layers of a comforter are held together with machine stitching spaced  far enough apart to hold the layers together, but it is the puffiness that gives it its warmth.  A duvet uses a “decorative pillowcase style cover” which will hold the inner unadorned covered batting.  The duvet cover may be removed for laundering and is easily put back on the batting after wash.  I think of a duvet cover as a “comforter cozy.”

 

DSC03596Quilt: A quilt is made by stitching together 3 layers of material:  the top layer which is usually created by piecing several different materials together in a design; the bottom (called the backing), and the middle layer which is normally made of a cotton, wool or polyester batting which gives the quilt its warmth.  Quilt tops can be pieced or appliquéd or a combination of both methods.  They may also be designed in what is called “whole cloth,” in which the design is stitched into plain fabric and no piecing or applique is utilized.

I have noticed many examples of confusion in the media and general public over the categories mentioned above, and it’s time that we set the record straight.  A quilt may keep you warm, but it should never be called a blanket.  It’s like calling Monet’s work “coloring.”  Quilts take hundreds (sometimes thousands) of hours to make.  Quilts can be simple and utilitarian, traditional, contemporary or artistic, but however the maker designs or sews the quilt represents a tremendous commitment of time, materials and effort. Calling a quilt a “blanket” is an insult to the maker.

You would never refer to Claude Monet’s painting as “coloring.”  The Mona Lisa is more than a “sketch.”  A moped is not called a motorcycle (even though it has a motor in it). 

Now, I am off to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanket to have the photo of a “girl wearing a blanket over her head” removed from the page.  She doesn’t have a blanket over her head.  It’s a pieced star quilt, for goodness sake!  By the time you read this, I will hopefully have change it to make it more accurate.

Looking for Polka Pots

Nope, that’s not a typo.  I really am looking for polka pots.  Our little granddaughter Samantha loves polka pots, and I need to make her a quilt for Christmas (to go on her big girl bed).   I’m thinking a pinwheel quilt full of “polka pots.”  Do you know where I can get charm packs of nothing but polka pot fabrics?  Preferably with a lot of pink and purple?

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I love the layout in this picture from Vanessa’s website.  Please click on the image below and see the great tutorial she posted on making pinwheels.  Wouldn’t this look cute with polka pots and ballerinas in the white spaces?

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Vanessa has a great website… I DO hope you go check it out.  Lots of great projects to look at, and I love the way she writes!

Have I Told You I Like Barns?

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I take pictures of barns when we’re out riding. 

I usually have a camera with me; either my Sony digital or my Blackberry.  The Sony does a much better job, but the Blackberry is handy and will work in a pinch.

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I’m working on a quilt with a barn in it…

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It will also have an owl in it, but he’s not there yet. 

If you follow my blog, you know I also love owls.TwitterOwl

Mosey Boys

I remember very clearly the births of three Mosey baby boys.

Sean2weeksSean, born in 1977, was a stubborn baby.   We were hoping for a late December birth (for tax purposes), but he held off until January 5th via C-section. With dark brown hair, he looked a lot like his Grandpa Mosey.

 

LorenLoren was born just before Halloween in 1980.  He was our little blond boy with curly hair.  I came down with the flu right before I took him home from the hospital, and spent Halloween night hugging the porcelain throne (not fun just after a C-section).

 

Jacob 030Jacob, our first grandchild, born in late May of 2004.  What a mop of hair this little guy had!  And I had never seen a baby with so much hair on his back.  He certainly inherited that Mosey gene, that’s for sure. (Yes, he’s wearing his Daddy’s sleeper in this picture! See first photo above!)

   

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See the mop O’hair on Jacob?

 

 

And now we are waiting on the next Mosey boy, due in early November! Will little Mr. Mosey be born early like his big sister Samantha?  Perhaps a Halloween baby?  Will he have dark hair like his big brother Jacob?  Lighter hair like Samantha?  Curls like his Uncle Loren?

Celebrating2Big sister Samantha celebrated the news that the baby is a boy with her daddy (Sean) on Thursday.  Oh, to be a little sister AND a big sister, surrounded by boys all around.  She will truly be Daddy’s Little Princess, that’s for sure!

We’re so excited as we wait for this new addition to the family.  Stay tuned!

Ready for Hand Quilting

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The Woodworker was a big help on Thursday and packaged up my “Feathered Cheddar” quilt and took it to UPS for me.  It is now on its way to Shipshewana for the juried quilt show.  This show had strict requirements about how to ship your quilt – instructions which included a plastic bag, pillow case, photograph pinned to the quilt, etc.  Highly unusual, but then I haven’t submitted a quilt to a juried show in… many years!   Wish I could attend the show!  If you go, please let me know what the show was like.FlintArtFair

We are off to the Flint Art Fair sometime this weekend.  The timing depends on the weather.  It’s much cooler than most years, something I greatly appreciate.  I don’t do well in the sweltering heat.  I’m on the lookout for jewelry this year for some reason. 

I spent a little time each night during the past week preparing my Spools quilt for hand quilting.  It is now ready, and I may begin stitching this weekend as well.  I’m excited to see how it turns out. It’s not a big quilt – more of a lap quilt size, but it was designed as a wall quilt for a certain someone who doesn’t know it’s coming.  I think it will be a big surprise when it arrives.

I hope your weekend is wonderful!

A huge improvement! Thanks, Honey!

 

This picture is pretty blurry.  It was taken last September through the window and screen of our sliding glass door that looks out on our back yard.  You can see we had some visitors, which is why I used my Blackberry to take the photo.  Do you see the bench in the photo?  If I had a more clear picture for you to look at, you’d see that the wood was getting all rotten, the wrought iron was looking dismal… and it wasn’t very inviting to sit on.

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Jump ahead to this morning.

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This is the same bench.    The Woodworker asked me about a month ago what I wanted for Mother’s Day, and I asked if he could replace the wood in my garden bench.  It was easier said than done, but he IS “The Woodworker.”  He also painted the bench a soft mossy green, and love it!!!  We took the truck to his workshop downtown Flushing and I helped him bring it home.

Now to work on the garden.  It needs flowers and less Artemisia.

You can click on the photos to enlarge them (but the top photo will still be blurry).

I bet you wish YOU had a talented Woodworker living in YOUR home.  Sorry, mine is spoken for!

Three Little Questions for Quilt Guilds

 

1. What does your quilt guild do to bring in new members?

2. Do you encourage younger members to join?

3. How do you help new members/quilters?

 

Would you please leave a comment below with your ideas.  If you’re not in a guild, please feel free to share any thoughts that you have.  This is called “group brainstorming,” and your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.