Monday, September 1, 2014

Epic Moving Sale

This building is supposed to be my studio
but things have piled up out there.

After 40 years of owning the same house
I am moving.

I am leaving this cute little Victorian cottage
in Lawrence Kansas
("Little" is the significant word)

And having a sale on September 5th & 6th, 2014.

I am putting out lots of quilts even though the market
isn't very good. Buy high, sell low is my motto.

Several have been pictured in my books.

Then there is fabric new and old.

And then there is junk from the attic.
Here Deb is handing me stuff through the pull-down attic stairs.

A precarious trip. She and Georgann were
brave to help me. 

The mover guys told me they were too fat
to go up there so I had to recruit agile women.

We also threw a lot of stuff down the ladder.

What survived I cleaned up and put some price tags on.

There will be many useful items.

I am saving the BEST of my wooden bird collection
and selling the rest.

I am selling the best of my reverse painting on glass
with a quilt theme (I actually only have one and I do not need
this in the new house which has a modern theme.) You may need
it in your house. 

Here's the poster.
Friday, Saturday this week.
500 Louisiana, Lawrence, KS

And here is the new modern house before I junk it up.

I have 2 pieces of advice:
1) Never live anywhere for 40 years. Keep moving.
2) Never put anything in a storage spot when you are 30 that you cannot get out when you are 60.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Arts and Crafts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the
facade of the South Kensington Museum in 1899
when it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Courtyard, perhaps the original 1857 facade.
The Museum's website gives its history:

"The Museum was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Profits from the Exhibition were used to establish the Museum of Manufactures, as it was initially known, and exhibits were purchased to form the basis of its collections. The Museum moved to its present site in 1857 and was renamed the South Kensington Museum."

We found a hotel within a few blocks of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, so we could visit often. My first question at the door was where to see Arts & Crafts items. They have a room in the British Galleries devoted to the style.

Here is one of my favorites: a silk collar designed and stitched by 
Jessie Newbery of Glasgow

Most of the museums we went to
permit you to take photos without flash,
which is a great way to make notes.

On display were samples by various British designers
of the aesthetic movement, including C. F. A. Voysey with
a piece of his owl fabric.

I took this fuzzy picture of an inlaid Liberty chair
with its 13 square spindles because I
recently found a pair of chairs with 12 square
spindles at an estate sale. I'm still trying to
identify my chairs. I certainly identified the inspiration.

Embroidered table runner by Frances Mary Templeton, 
1909, perhaps stitched in a Glasgow class taught by Ann Macbeth.

A few more fuzzy pictures....
I  took these as reminders to look up a much better
photo in their online catalog.

The museum's image.

A panel from a Manxman piano designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott.

Woven silk, Kingfisher by Bruce Talbert

William Morris's handwritten recipe

Roseanne and the girls (we traveled with two recent college graduates)
 spent time in the natural history museum
down the street. It's filled with impressive bas-relief
animal sculpture.

We also liked this bench for visitor seating at the V & A.

This museum has an excellent on-line catalog with  414,228 images. Browse it here:

The catalog is a great design resource, but it will only make you long to see the objects in real life.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Richmond Reds plus Yellow for Jane Austen

Block #1 Bright Star for Jane Austen

Here's the post for the first block:

Block 2
Sister's Choice for Cassandra Austen

Georgann's been using my latest reproduction collection Richmond Reds
to make up the free weekly pattern. She's adding a few golds and yellows from her stash.
(I gave her my preview pre-cut package, which should be available in shops any day)

The colorways also feature browns and olives
but red is the theme.

Block 3 
Cross Within Cross for the Rev. George Austen

Block 4
Thrifty with a toile from the scrapbag

Georgann's also adding toiles---after all, the block of the week series is about Jane Austen
who was born in the time of toile.

Block 6
Empire Star

Block 7
Philadelphia Block

Block 8 Eliza's Star

Block 9
London Roads

Block 10
Good Fortune

Block 11
The center is another scrapbag toile.

Block 21
West Wind

We're up to Block 22, scheduled for this Sunday, and I'm working now
on digitally drawing the last  patterns for the 36 weekly intallments, which will be posted
in November and December, 2014.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nameless Star Variations

From an online auction, mid 19th-century
I did a post a few weeks ago on this old pattern without a name---
a star with satellites. 

An example from Olde Hope Antiques

Embroidered on the reverse of this one:  "Noctem quitam, et finem perfectum concedat nobis Dominus ominpotens. R. Amen," Latin for "May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen" 

While looking at examples I found lots of variations.

From Berks County, Pennsylvania

In some the satellites were less complex.

Here's one dated 1929

In some you get the feeling she threw in whatever was
hanging around from the last project...

This was on the cover of Quilters' Newsletter years ago.

By Mrs. Elijah Edwards, Wayne County, North Carolina
from the North Carolina project and the Quilt Index

In a few the satellite stars are more complex.

Laurie Simpson of Minnick & Simpson was inspired by an antique quilt
to do her Lone Star reproduction pattern, which is similar
to Mrs. Edwards's quilt above.

From an exhibit at Quilt Market

From the Thomas K Woodard collection in an old
Quilt Engagement Calendar.

From the Shelburne Museum Collection