Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lucinda's quilt and my rug

Hello, since I don't really have anything exciting to share with you,  I am reprinting from the Needleprint blog.  Here is Lucinda's quilt and what Needleprint has to say about it.

Lucinda Ward Honstain (1820-1904) from Brooklyn made this appliqu├ęd quilt, known as the Reconciliation Quilt, in 1867. It is one of the highest valued quilts in existence fetching $264,000, at Sotheby’s in 1991. It depicts personal events in her life before, during, and just after the Civil War. The centre panel, which is a triple-wide block, shows her home in Williamsburg. This historically significant quilt will be on view at the New-York Historical Society, as part of the exhibitionHomefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.   

The wide center block of the quilt is the inspiration for this hooked rug that I hooked several years ago.  Several designers carry this pattern.  It's a biggie!

I knew this rug was based on a historical quilt, but this is the first time I've actually seen it.

In other news, I am honored to have joined Early Work Mercantile.  My updates are on the 15th of each month.  Please click above left to visit me.  Here is a preview of something I will be offering; this is my 18th Century Ditty Bag.

Spring has *finally* sprung.  It is so nice to be outdoors working in the garden.  I've obviously clicked a wrong button, as now everything is highlighted in gray :(  You know me and my computer skills!


Monday, March 24, 2014

18th Century and Manifesto

This picture has been recently floating around sampler sites on Facebook.  I must give credit to Mary Jenkins blog.  I you are not of follower of this blog, it is well worth your time.  I thought I'd post it here for some of you who may not have seen it.  I think it must be the inspiration piece for Scarlet Letter's Manifesto.

Mary says

The first one is dated 1738 and the second 1746 - so what happened in that eight years?  Well they may have moved house, as the first house is rather grand with a formal garden at the side and a park with deer and  peacocks.  There are nine figures, all engaged in interesting activities and one empty cradle indicating the death of a child. 

Here is a second picture
Mary continues to say

The second picture has less content but tells a different tale.  The houses are less grand, the three ladies are still engaged in same same pursuits as before, but now there are three empty cradles, one indicating the death of twins.  All rather sad, but very typical of family life in the 18th century.

Both needleworks were auctioned in Sotheby's New York this week, both had a high estimated value, the first 60 to 80 thousand dollars and the second a bit cheaper 50 to 70 thousand.  Only the first one sold, for $53,000,  the second was withdrawn as it obviously did not reach it's reserve. Such a shame if they are go to different collectors, but maybe a deal was done after the auction?

Here is my pitiful progress on  Manifesto.  I have folded the unstitched linen underneath.  It is depressing to see how far I have to go.  Since I love horses so,  I do wish that the man on the horse figure had been incorporated in Manifesto.

It is not quite this dark, this picture was taken without the flash.

I have moved around a couple of samplers again.  I have never really had the chance to enjoy Hannah Pepper, who is one of my favorites.  I moved her from above the fireplace in the kitchen to over this little desk in the family room, across from where I sit and stitch, so I can really enjoy her!  Anne Maria Clark is now in the kitchen.  The beautiful antique frame was a gift from my dear friend.

It is supposed to snow tonight!!  Will this winter ever end?
Til" next time...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Back from the framer ...Finally!

I finally managed to get down to pick up my samplers from  a lady that I know who frames with antique/vintage frames.  These have been ready since late last fall, but from Thanksgiving on we have had nothing but snow and ice!  I don't drive in snow...

Here is M. Quertier, 1799.  Since it was only black, I splurged on silk.

The other is Anne Maria Clarke.  This was an online class piece from Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire.  Also done in silk.  The original sampler had part of the verse missing, and that bothered me, so I research Lafayette's visit to America and chose quotes used in his speeches and speeches about him to fill in the missing verse.  I love how it turned out, and love the frame!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where It All Began and What Is This Doggie?

Hello to all,
Rather than complaining about the weather, I will get right down to business :)  Here is my very first sampler, the one that was the beginning to this obsession .  This horrible looking thing was purchased as a stamped linen pattern somewhere in Wisconsin ...  in 1978!!!  It was actually framed and hanging for many years until I took it out to reuse the frame.  It has been just tucked away in a chest of drawers.  I wonder if I were to very heavily stain and age it if I should bring it out again?  Maybe make it look like an antique?

Pretty dreadful, huh?

Here are two pictures of two cute doggies.  The first is my dear little adopted Bella.  Her true color is not quite this golden.

The next one is from a Pedigree dog food add in People Magazine.  This was also an adopted dog.

They look so much alike!  Since I have adopted Bella, I have noticed so many pictures of dogs that look like her.  What kind of doggie is she?  Some kind of Maltese mix, maybe?

Here's Bella again.  I think she's the cutest :)

Remember a few weeks ago I shared with you the hooked heart that Lauren made me for Valentine's Day?  Here is where I have it, when the light is on it makes the lavender smell so lovely!   And it's right by my bed.

A few months ago I bought some stone fruit on ebay, for $8.00 for the bunch!  It is not really old, but none the less give the look I want.  There was a banana, but it broke, I need to try and glue it back together.  I moved some things around in the dining room and have it displayed here on this little table in a wonderful hand made tin compote from The Tin Peddler in Tipp City.  Doesn't it look pretty?  I would like to age the fruit some, anybody have any ideas on how to age stone fruit?  I'm thinking maybe the table should be painted black.  What do you think?  Maybe just make a penny rug for under it?

I recently finished this sewing pocket made from a pattern in Lori Brechlin's new book.  I'm joining Early Work Mercantile on March 15 and plan on offering it there.  I love the cheddar reproduction fabric that I found, it really sets the design off!

Have a nice weekend!  Hope the weather is improving where you are.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Giveaway Winnings From Misi

Hello to all on this icky day.  It was solid ice this morning, but now things are melting  and it is really a mess!  With all this snow melt, and rain coming, I imagine that the stalls will flood :(  And the basement too, although to call it a basement is a real stretch.  When they built the house, they just incorporated the enormous boulder into the wall, I guess it was too large to move.
I won Misi of 's giveaway a couple of weeks ago and received my wonderful goodies last week.  Look at what she sent me!!

One of her wonderful candles, and she even makes a hand drawn primitive label for them.  The cutest hanging chalk ware basket, and a little fabric covered box with a little chalk ware bunny.  Thank you so much, Misi, I love everything!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Valentine Surprise from Lauren

Hello all,
I have to admit that since losing my darling husband to cancer nearly five years ago, Valentine's Day is rather a drag...  But look what dear friend Lauren of sent me!  The most darling hooked heart filled with wonderful smelling lavender and little vintage valentine!  And look at the little antique key!

Thank you so much, dear friend, this really made my day!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Introducing... My Cupboard Sampler

Hello, friends,
Here is the midwest it has been too cold to do anything other than what you absolutely  have to,  so I decided to stitch something new.  I think I'll call this a cupboard sampler.  I found a little frame to use, made the sampler to fit the frame.  Dug out many of my pattern books, and came up with a fake name, date and school.  Aged with both walnut dye and acid free ink.  What do you think?  I really like how it turned out, and it looks great in my cupboard.