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I made this little quilt to give hope to those in need of it. The angel will watch over those in dire need from illness, death, divorce or anything that seems, at present, quite bleak.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
-Alexander Pope,An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733
Hope springs eternal when this darling is in the room. The background fabric is hand dyed muslin with tea to give it an aged look. She is machine-appliqued with a button hole stitch. In her arms is a hand-embroidered wreath of french knots.

As she floats among the stars, her golden metallic halo shines.


The word hope has been stitched by hand.


This 11″ X 16″ mini quilt would be perfect by a child’s bedside or hanging above a crib. She would also make a great table topper at Christmas.
It is for sale at Quiltingcafe.etsy.com.
If you would like a hanging sleeve attached or a personalized label, please let me know.
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Here is the perfect foil to finding your luggage on the busy turnstiles at the airport. Whether you choose to use your college initials in the school colors or your favorite sport’s team name and colors, you will add real pizazz to your luggage.
One side of the tag has paper pieced initials of your choosing.
Everyone loves to show their pride by displaying their school colors.
The other side can have your name embroidered on it.
I made this one for my daughter’s college roommate. And by the way, don’t you love the suitcase…got it from my last “buying” trip to Harwin Avenue in Houston. But let’s not let the college kids have all the fun, you can have your own initials, sorority/fraternity, baby…the possibilities are endless.

Can be ordered from my shop: Quiltingcafe.etsy.com

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When my cousin was giving me her mother’s stash, she asked if I could do something with the left over material from her prom dress (1972). At the same time, she gave me an old pillow case on which her grandmother had tatted some cotton lace. Could I also do something with the lace. I thought a small zippered case in which she could put other mementos might do the trick. I used both the yellow flowered gauze and underlining together and quilted it. The lining is made of a material called “Si Bonne” and i used it for the case’s lining as well. I added the lace to the outside with a yo yo and button to add some interest.

Please note that I hand sewed the zipper in so that it would be invisible using a pinprick stitch. In fact, except for the 4 side and bottom seams, all the rest of the sewing was done by hand. Maybe one of her daughter might want to take it to their prom!

If you have any ideas about how to repurpose some of your memories, let me know.

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I made 5 charm quilts over the weekend. The colors are so much fun to play with. It really pushes one to try different colors together It got me to thinking…what is a charm quilt?

A charm quilt according to the site, http://www.qnm.com/articles/feature15/index.html is as follows:
Charm, Beggar, Odd Feller, or Friendship–these are some of the names given to this unique category of quilts. Most quilts derive their name from the design of a block, or from the technique used in construction. But the Charm Quilt is defined by its one-patch construction, every piece being cut from a different fabric…Some were called Beggar’s Quilts because the maker had to beg scraps from friends and relatives. Other names were Memory or Friendship because the collection of fabrics represented friends and family and the memories attached to them. And still another name was No-Two-Alike, chosen for obvious reasons…The focus of the latest fashion for Charm Quilts is fun–the fun of collecting fabric, the fun of making connections with other quilters, and thefun of creating a quilt that is completely
unique to its maker.

This quilt “Just Conversation,” uses 24 different fabrics. Some are vintage fabrics which are over 20 years old; others are reproduction 30’s fabrics.

I bought a great charm pack from Moda called Butterfly Fling. I separated them into cool and warm colors. The first is Blue Butterfly Fling.” I embroidered three pink butterflies on the adorable quilt. This would make a great doll quilt or security blanket.

The warm colors became “Pink Butterfly Fling.” Since there were more square, this is a great crib or napping quilt. The two butterfly quilts are not true charm quilts, I added some extra fabric.

The next two quilts are still waiting to be quilted and will be featured in a later blog.
As always, these can be purchased from my shop, quiltingcafe.etsy.com.

During the first half of the 1940s, at the request of the U. S. military services, Illinois Institute of Technology became an education center for both civilian and military personnel. In order to fill the need for engineers during World War II, high school seniors expedited their last year by attending a 3 month session at Camp Armour. Founded in 1923 but no longer in existence, Camp Armour was located on Trout Lake, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. It was just north of the present park headquarters, on land leased from the state. During the 1940s, the Penn family served as directors.
My Dad attended the Camp in Summer, 1942. After vacationing in the Northwoods for 13 years, my husband and I bought property in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. When I visited the Camp Armour site, the deer were peacefully nibbling grass in the dappled sunlight. I continued on down to Trout Lake and took photographs of the shoreline. When I sent them on to my Dad, he said it still looks the same. Here are his pictures from 1942 and my present photos for comparison. I think this will make a great art quilt.

 

July, 1942

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My cousin recently order 4 postcards with this picture of her and her sister on it. She gave me the quote and I added different fabric backgrounds for each card. This picture was taken in 1958 at the family farm in Joliet, Illinois. It is part of picture of the whole dining table. Although it was chilly day, we still had an outdoor picnic. The rest of the day was spent raking and burning leaves.

If you have an idea to personalize a postcard, let me know and we can work on something just as endearing. Quilt.cafe@yahoo.com

I have listed some new cards today in my etsy shop: quiltingcafe.etsy.com. These are not only fun for me to make but also very sentimental. My father transferred 40 years of family pictures onto the computer. Since he took only 35mm slides with his Zeiss Ikon , the transfer quality is always excellent.

When making my postcards, I usually choose the photographs first and then find a quotation to go with it. Then the real fun starts! Picking out the fabrics and materials which will enhance the photographs.

A mother’s treasure is her daughter.” The first pic is taken outside St. Viator’s Church on Addison on the northwest side of Chicago. I have many pictures of my mother in this hat. The hat is actually made out of velvet. I think she still has in the back of her closet.

“He who sings, frightens away his ills.” This is a quote by Don Quixote in the play “Man of La Mancha. My parents loved to give large dinner parties. Afterwards, the party would continue to the living room. My father would play the piano and sing. He even bought a micro phone. You can see others loved to join in! They were great parties. I know this to be true because I could hear them laughing from my bedroom into the wee hours of the night.

“I love you not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” These are friends of my parents taken in 1953. The words are the first line of a poem that was read at my wedding. These words still ring true after over 27 years!

” It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can be stupid with them.” The last picture was taken in August of 1969. I have no idea what is going on with the pineapple, but it must be funny. My family was visiting friends in up state New York outside of Poughkeepsie. My dad’s friend suggested that we should take the back roads out because they were more scenic. Encountering an incredible traffic jam, my dad, rolled down the window, and asked some people walking along the side of the road what was going on. It was a music concert and It took us 3 hours to get down the road. Later, we found out it was Woodstock. I was 16 at the time, and told everyone “I was at Woodstock!”

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