A Neighbor Told a Neighbor

A neighbor told a neighbor I quilted.

While I was out raking leaves the neighbor who heard I was a quilter stopped to talk with me while they were out for a walk. His name is Dan (abt 65) and his mother’s name is Velma (abt 85). Dan told me they had a chest full of fabric and some old quilt squares that belonged to his grandmother, Velma’s mother. If I would like them, they were mine or they would be going to our local recycle store.

A few days later with the neighbor who told Dan and Velma I quilt; I call her Poodle Nancy because she shows champion Poodles and yes you might have even seen her in a nationally telecast dog show or two) we went over to their home to see the ‘fabrics and quilt squares’

What was neglected in the original invitation was that everything was in an old chest full of moth balls ~ oh goodness ~ I kid you not, I thought I would pass out from the fumes. My initial reaction was the material was ruined, unsalvageable but how could I possibly pass out this gold mine of fabric?

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Ok – it did not look like this or smell as amazing as it does now. This has all been washed in vinegar and baking soda, laundry detergent – at least half a dozen times.

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Now ironed, and folded and ready to go it has all been salvaged!

Next came the quilt squares ~ log cabin patterned, pre quilted squares in brown and soft orange fabrics

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I was really nervous about washing them but in the washer they went, two, three, four washes. I thought for sure they would fall apart but look at them…gorgeous.

The oddest thing with these though is they are hand quilted already, pre sewn and fiber filled to the backing, I have never seen this done. Have you?

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At first I tried ripping out the stitching but to do this would mean actually dismantling every square and starting from scratch. I did not want to do that. I took the risk and thankfully they came out in perfect shape. I am going to do a small lap quilt for Velma of her mothers quilt squares. I am not really sure however if they really are her mother’s or something Velma did years prior but I will get to the bottom of this at a later date and let you know. In the meantime what I do know is Velma loved that I offered to finish this for her.

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I’ll be using this brown pin striped & brown flower print material to frame in the squares  (I got from Velma) I am pretty sure I have amble amount of the peach floral of the last log above to use for the backing. The tricky part for me is the fact that the squares are already pre quilted and I will be adding the framing.  I’ll add another layer of fiber filler and then hand quilt 9 blocks for this lap quilt. I don’t know any other way to do it.

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While Dan and Velma rummaged through the chest Dan pulled out something they had totally forgotten about. This actually not only took my breath literally way but it took me to a whole other spiritual quilt dazed level.

An old and tattered, faded and torn quilt most definitely done by Velma’s mother. This had to be at least 100 years old from the conversation I was listening too.

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This quilt was going into the trash but not before I salvaged the only 2 squares that could be saved.

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I have taken the two squares to be framed behind glass. I choose this beautiful frame and I think they are going to be stunning for gift giving this holiday for Velma and Dan. I will keep one for myself but give them choice of either one. (once separated from the quilt and out in the air for a few days and once under glass, the moth ball odor should be ok..it wasn’t to bad)

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HQAL: November Thank You to Wishing You Good Will and the HQAL Crafters

Three weeks has past since my last post on my progress with Wishing You Good Will. She is a true beauty with 35 double wedding ring rings to quilt. Taking a quick look back at my posts for August I had noted that I had completed 9 of the 35 rings (having begun this journey in January)

With thankfulness I can post I have now completed 16 of her beautiful rings. I am so amazed at the progress made.

 

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Feeling like I have been hand quilting this at a snail’s pace, moving backwards at times, I am filled with gratitude for Good Will. She has given me hours of reflection and quiet solitude. She has seen the snows of past February cleansing her soiled and stained face. She has delighted in the return of spring renewed and anxious for the buds to bloom. The hot sun of August warmed and comforted her tears of memories past. And here we are coming to the end of a year ….

I am filled with gratitude and thankfulness for finding and joining this HQAL, for the woman and quilts I have had the honor of following. You have encouraged me and renewed my commitment to this craft of hand quilting. You have brought Good Will into the forefront of my life with so many lessons learned from her after sitting on the shelf for years untouched. You have reminded me that we all need to be loved and touched, hugged, appreciated for our inner beauty. Cared for, encouraged, complimented, questioned, shown interest, pushed. There is an accountability not only to the group to report on my progress but an accountability to the quilt herself. To finish her story…….

Good Will was tossed aside, left, abandoned….I know it sounds a little far fetched and perhaps silly but when I think of my project in human terms it transcends its bounded fabrics and wraps her lessons into the fabric of my life. She reminds me to check in on friends, question, encourage, show interest in their inner lives to bring out their inner beauty to make our world just a little more meaningful.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for this HQAL, all the wonderful projects and people I have met along the way.

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This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

 

 

 

 

HQAL: Wedding Ring Quilt says “I do”

Double Wedding Ring Quilt History | AccuQuilt : AccuQuilt

Though the pattern was first published in the United States in the early 1920s, the quilt pattern can be found as early as the late 19th Century. The Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern has long been a symbol of love and romance with its interlocking ringssymbolizing marriage.Apr 15, 2017     https://www.accuquilt.com/blog/education/a-history-of-the-double-wedding-ring-quilt/ 

I have been working steadily on ‘Wishing You Good Will’ and while I feel I am making progress it still remains slow and difficult to gage. Working on her these last 3 weeks I have begun to think about the fact it is the wedding ring pattern; weddings, brides, flowers, saying

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What I have found with Good Will as I move methodically around working on her, is the  amount of worn and torn fabric I missed when first repairing her. In addition the amount of staining is more than I thought and a good dry cleaning is so needed, although it will not remove that damage. Still she is beautiful!

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I began thinking about this quilt in a whole different light. I imagined this quilting process to be like the build up and anticipation to the wedding. The beginning of the border will be the equivalent to the wedding ceremony and once that is completed it will be the big celebration reception party. I can tell you right now, once ‘Wishing You Good Will’ is completed I am having a huge ‘finished the quilt party’ and your all invited.

In the spirit of marriage, weddings, rings, brides, grooms, guests, toasts, flowers and the wedding ring pattern, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite wedding photos

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My Grandmother Catherine Langellotti & Grandfather Frank Civitano

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My Grandmother Minnie Lipschitz & Grandfather Isidore Haimowitz

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My Great Aunt Rita Langellotti & Steve Stalupe

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This beautiful bride is a photo I found in an antique store and was able to reunite with a descendant. I love the aproned like skirting on her dress.

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My Aunt Coletta Civitano’s wedding photo with my grandfather Frank Civitano from photo above

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My Great Aunt Julia Civitano & Nick Forese

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Brides of 1915

 

 

My 1st cousin 2x removed Dominick Caso & Rose Haughey

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Some how thinking of ‘Wishing You Good Will’ in terms of brides and flowers, laughter and most of all love has helped me turn this daunting task into a true labor I love!

My beautiful granddaughter Heather & Trent

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This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Hand Quilt Along: Wishing You Good Will

17Here we are again with another three weeks for an update on progress. I had set aside Sundays for the day to work on ‘Good Will’ but I think I need to step up my game. 35 of these huge wedding rings to hand quilt. How many have I got done? 9 and you can do the math on how many more to go. Then I need to tackle the border and I haven’t even thought about that. I am rethinking my quilting strategy – my entire crafting strategy and division of time. Perhaps 2 hours a day on the 3 projects I have going might work better. In fact I am going to try that for this interval of 3 weeks. Since I am now retired that just might work. My 3 projects: A counted cross stitch, the stamped Monday – Sunday Tea Towel set and of course Good Will and lets not forget the beautiful tulip quilt patiently waiting her turn. I would love to give her some attention.

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I want to welcome Karrin to the HQAL and I am excited to see what everyone has been working on. Please take a moment and take some time to see what everyone else is doing.

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This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

Hand Quilt Along: Connecting through a Vintage Photo and Quilting

Mid way through the summer and here we are again with another update for the HQAL. When I got the reminder notice I had to really think, had I made progress? Yes, I have. I have made a conscious effort to quilt ‘Wishing You Good Will’ these last 3 weeks and while the progress seems slow, as said before, ‘slow and steady wins the race’ if this were a race. But something else happened in the last week before posting that I would like to share. Something that made me sit up, take notice and reflect about this quilt top I am working on.

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In my last post I asked about the age of this quilt. I had some feed back on my thought that this may have dated in the 50’s. It was overshadowed by others thinking more like a 30’s – 40’s feel.

Another of my passions is genealogy, along with old vintage family photo’s ~ lost photo’s that I like to try and return to a family member. Whenever I come across a photo with some labeling I will purchase it and try to find its family. This week, that is exactly what happened. I had found this amazing photo at an antique store and got busy finding its home.

Brier Deming Family – wife Nancy with children and the gentleman labeled Uncle

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I sent out 2 queries and heard back from one gentlemen who was connected with the family. His name is Gary and in the course of corresponding not only did we share a love for genealogy but I learned his wife, Donna, was a quilter, and an incredible quilter sharing with me some of her magnificent quilts. This photo share of her work led to me spotting a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that hinted at a twin for ‘Wishing You Good Will’.  Inquiring about it this is what I learned:

“Gary shared “the double wedding ring quilt was hand pieced by my great grandmother Eda Mae Vercoe, who was a very talented seamstress and quilter.” She was born in 1880. She had never finished this hand pieced top and it sat in a cedar chest for about 40 years. In 2005 Gary’s Mom gave the top to his wife Donna who did this exquisite job of hand quilting and finishing this beauty.

Eda Mae Vercoe’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt; quilted by her daughter-in-law Donna

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The story does not stop there.

For Gary’s Mom’s 85th birthday in 2010, the quilt was given back to her completed as a gift. I can barely imagine the joy felt by all three of them in completing this circle of love.

What an incredible story!

It makes me wonder if this could have been a wedding quilt started by Eda either for herself or a daughter/son which was never completed?

On a last note for this post and getting back to the Deming Family photo that started this connection to Gary and Donna, this is what he shared with me in regards to the photo

“It might interest you to know that Nancy Deming (Brier’s wife), was the daughter of James Anderson O’Neil who was one of the men who were instrumental in having the US Government establish Oregon Territory at a time that it would have otherwise ended up being part of Canada!  So, without James’ efforts, Oregon, Washington and part of Idaho would now be in Canada!” 

Quilts not only connect us to the past but they connect us to friendships. ©

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Check out the others work that are doing the quilt along….

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, and Sharon

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Thank You Egg Foo Young & Woman and Their Quilts

I was waiting for a take out order of shrimp egg foo young from my favorite Chinese restaurant, which wasn’t quite ready, so I dropped in at Tuesday Morning, next door. I rarely if almost never shop there. In fact it may have been my first look see, if not, it has been that long since I had gone in.

To my surprise I found these fabulous fat quarters. I scoured the bin of material and only found two but would have settled for the 1 if that was all they had.

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Combining my love of hand quilting and genealogy

I was also delighted to find this book at our local Goodwill. Woman and Their Quilts ~ A Washington State Centennial Tribute by NancyAnn Johanson Twelker Foreword by Carter Houck

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A transplant from New York via California, now 20 years in glorious Washington State, overjoyed with this find is an understatement. It’s rich history of Washington, along with the family stories and the gorgeous historic family heirloom quilts this book is a treasure.

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The above picture is in honor of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz born 1875 in Odessa, Ukraine. He immigrated along with his wife Rebecca Strulowitz, son Hyman and Pincus (born aboard ship) to begin their new life in New York. Samuel was a carpenter his entire life. Imagine if Rebecca actually quilted and a Carpenter’s Square at that.

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I just realized I picked all blue tone quilts to display ~

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I will leave you with this beauty ~ Cigar Silk Quilt ~ summer sunshine ~ absolutely stunning ~

 

 

Heart Friendship Quilt

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Back in 2006 I participated in a ‘friendship quilt’ organized by a woman I worked with. This was and still is the only quilting project I have ever done with a group of quilters. Six of us participated. We were given instructions for creating a heart  block, we could use the material of our choice but needed to create six identical blocks to swap. A deadline was given and the creating began. At the end of the time period, we exchanged our heart blocks, receiving a  block from each person. The next task, to piece together, again with our choice of fabric and pattern and then complete the quilt.  This could be done by machine or hand worked, there was no restriction. (mine was hand worked)

I have been following a blogger on a Hand Quilt Along that I am participating in. Her name is Nanette. Take a moment and visit her page @    doitrightquilter.wordpress.com

She has been posting photo’s of the beautiful delicate hearts she has been working on for a quilt. I was suddenly reminded of the heart quilt I had done so many years ago and long since forgotten about. Finding my quilt journal I was delighted to see I had documented and taken a picture of the finished project. (I did give it as a gift, to who I do not remember and I did not write it down; shame on me)

Below is the finished lap size friendship quilt. With only six blocks I created a row of 3 solid batik fabric blocks in the middle; my batik heart block in the left bottom corner. I squared off each block, adding some width on each side.

 

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When I was looking for the ‘one’ picture I took of this quilt I noticed the picture of the quilt below. I had absolutely forgotten that I had  made this one using the same heart pattern. This was specifically for my cousin Karen after the devastating loss of her husband in 2007 at the age of 40.

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Friendship ~ a true gift to cherish and nurture. Take time to tell a friend how much you appreciate her/him today ©

 

Tulip Quilt: Her Royal Purple Majesty

Hidden away, folded and stashed underneath a few other quilts draped on the quilt rack in the corner – by chance, by fate, by accident , something whispered – I am here – find me.

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I had totally forgotten about this Tulip quilt top, another Goodwill find, entirely hand pieced beauty. I have no idea how long ago I found her. How could I forget you?

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I have shared before I am not a purple fan….shame on me!

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Everything about this quilt, now named “Her Royal Purple Majesty” is gorgeous and I am excited to have this quilting project to look forward too. ©

Home of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at my back door, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite festival posters too

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2017 Official Tulip Poster by Trish Harding

 

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2009 Official Tulip Festival Poster by Andy Sewell

 

 

Wishing You Good Will…Hand Quilt Along

Is it just me or has time sped up?

Since joining the Hand Quilt Along, 3 week posting intervals feels more like I am moving backwards in time and then again, time seems like it is set to fast forward. Time has never moved more quickly for me….can this be possible, moving backwards as well as forward at the same time?

So here we are again and not much progress has been accomplished on my Goodwill $3.99 wedding ring quilt top find. Spring has sprung and this winter project sits sadly begging to be finished. I am feeling a little guilty. Progress is slow.  I had hoped for completion of this beauty by the end of winter. Had I set an unrealistic goal? Time told the tale and the answer, whether I like it our not, is yes.

 

In this 3 week interval from my last posting I have decided to call this quilt

            ‘Wishing You Good Will’

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Goodwill – Buena Voluntad – Spanish * Goodwill – φήμη και πελατεία – Greek

Goodwill – Buona Volontà – Italian * Goodwill – רצון טוב – Hebrew 

Goodwill – Bonne volonté – French * Goodwill – 善意 – Chinese

Goodwill – Welwillendheid – Dutch * Goodwill – साख – Hindu * Goodwill – のれん – Japanese

Goodwill – доброжелательность – Russian * Goodwill – Boa Vontade – Portuguese

Goodwill – نية حسنة – Arabic * Goodwill – aloha – Hawaiian * Goodwill – Dea-Thoil – Irish

Goodwill – Ugled – Croation * Goodwill – Borondate Oneko – Basque 

Goodwill – Thiện chí – Vietnamese * Goodwill – Bunăvoință – Romanian

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Wishing you Goodwill this Easter and Passover holiday season 

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This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.