Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Surprises in a Closet

I spent Sunday afternoon rewrapping my large quilts that were in the last show. All had been piled on my son's bed.  I suppose he probably deserves to sleep in his room over Thanksgiving break.

I rolled the large quilts on to cardboard tubes wrapped in white cotton sheets and placed them in a closet (on the floor like logs)...but only after I pulled out all the boxes and sewing machines (3), a flute, a box of old photos, several boxes of my mother's things and some old linens and doilies. I vacuumed and then wanted to quit but knew with the holiday coming quitting then would be a mistake.

Then one wonders why do we keep the things we do...hmm.  For me the time is not yet right. I have to hold on a bit longer. Memories. You get it.  There are memories of mine and my mother's in those boxes, and I think some of my great grandmother's as well.

Here is something else I found in the closet (in a box I had forgotten). A framed picture of Queen Victoria's wedding bonnet probably saved from my great grandmother Maria Laughead Jones's home along the Wabash River in Indiana.
Queen Victoria's Wedding Bonnet - front

Reverse side "Queen Victoria's Wedding Bonnet 1840"

What are you saving in the back of your closet?  And what have you being willing to give away?

(Just so you know, I did put the holiday cards from 2009-2011 in the recycling bin.....)


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rocket Science Quilters in Vermont




The Fullerton Inn in Chester, Vermont was the location of the first Rocket Science Quilters retreat.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's on the Needles Wednesday

This is a scrappy short row shawl. Can you believe all of these different colors came from one skein of handspun?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hexagons on the Wall



Last weekend at the first annual Rocket Science Quilters retreat in Vermont.  This design was inspired by fabric I was received as a present and a book by Maxine Rosenthal (One Block Wonders) These are 'duplicate' triangles pieced into hexagons.

There is a multitude of arrangements that are possible with the blocks. I just haven't figured out which arrangement I like best!