It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #5)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a pink and white Hearts and Gizzards quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. This quilt was probably made sometime in the 1930s.

TBT Quilt #5

Hearts and Gizzards Vintage Quilt

Hearts and Gizzards Vintage Quilt, circa 1930s

Here are the stats on the pink and white Hearts and Gizzards quilt.

Size: 93” x 80”
Date: Circa 1930s
Description:
Pink and white
Provenence: Owner who sold the quilt: Hazel Parks.

Bought from: a Robert E. Wright auction (Ohio) on July 25, 1991 for $95.00.
Sold: on August 24, 1991 for $150.00.

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy
 

 

Hero Worship

Flower bouquetDo you have a hero in the quilting world?  Many of us do – some being Eleanor Burns, Leah Day, Mark Lipinski, Edyta Sitar, Jo Morton and a ton more.  I have a few but one of mine is Meg Hawkey, who’s pattern company is Crabapple Hill Studios.  In addition to amazing patterns, she also designs fabric for Red Rooster fabrics.  We just received her collection, Aunt Ruthie’s Farm Stand.  And it looks just like that with an adorable panel just screaming to be embroidered and embellished.  Stop into the shop and get a taste of summer with this delicious group of fabrics.  And check out her blog, http://knotygirls.crabapplehillstudio.com/   take just a minute and scroll down to her post on Spring 2014 pictures.  The photos are all from one of her retreats and guess what – that could be you!  Meg has agreed to host a retreat for 24 of my friends and customers who hero worship her as much as I do.  This could be a trip of a lifetime out to Washington State to Meg’s studio and three days spent with her.  Give us a call if you’d love this chance to meet one of my hero’s in the quilting world!

Meg's canned fruit            Meg's Cherries              Aunt Ruthie’s Farm Stand – Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?

 

 

 

A Visit with Marcia DeCamp in Her Studio, Post #1 of 3: “What’s a Stash?”

It’s not often we get a glimpse into the studio of an award-winning contemporary quilter, but I had just that opportunity in early June. In January of this year I saw Marcia DeCamp at a Downtown Abbey tea and she invited me to her studio. I readily accepted but we couldn’t get it scheduled until early June.

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

Marcia DeCamp, Contemporary Quilter

A few things I should first tell you. Marcia is a former college professor. She taught several years at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, teaching business classes. I attended there in 1976-1977 and she was one of my teachers. So I have known of Marcia for many (many!) years, though we never crossed paths, that I can think of. Marcia lives in Palmyra, NY, my hometown. So, it wasn’t hard to connect and I’m so glad we did.

On a beautiful, sunny day in early June I pulled into the DeCamp’s rural property and drove my car down a long drive and swung around at the barn. I was told to drive across the grass to the studio’s sliding doors but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. J

Marcia came out and met me and from there we entered a light-filled timber-framed studio. It was impressive and cozy.

I started out asking Marcia lots of questions and we eventually found ourselves all about the studio as Marcia showed me things and we talked about a wide range of topics. But for this post I want to share with you her stash and a bit more about her studio.

“What’s a stash?”
Marcia was mostly taught to quilt by taking classes at local quilt shops. She says, “I was such a newbie. We had our first meeting and she [teacher] said you can use fabric from your stash and I said, ‘What’s a stash?’”

Well, Marcia has come a long way since then. Let’s take a peek into Marcia’s “stash.” These pictures are just a portion of Marcia’s stash. I want to save some pictures for the next post to show more, including some fabrics that Marcia has personally dyed and designed. (Post #3)

Marcia DeCamp's Stash

Marcia DeCamp’s Stash

More of Marcia DeCamp's Stash

More of Marcia DeCamp’s Stash

More of Marcia DeCamp's Stash and Other Goodies

More of Marcia DeCamp’s Stash and Other Goodies

Now for a little tour in the studio. I hope you enjoy these pictures. The picture below is from Marcia’s studio that is in part of her original home. Marcia’s studio was an addition added on to her home.

Marcia DeCamp's Studio Space, Old Section

Marcia DeCamp’s Studio Space, Old Section

Marcia and her long-arm quilting machine. It is an Innova and it has been built so she can move it around. It’s her second long-arm. She sold her Handi Quilter 16.

Marcia and her long-arm quilting machine. It is an Innova and it has been built so she can move it around. It’s her second long-arm. She sold her Handi Quilter 16.

Some more looks around the studio…

Marcia DeCamp's Studio with "Night" and "Day" Quilts

This is one end of Marcia’s studio. All the white design walls you see are movable walls. There are six design walls and five of them have storage behind them. The quilts you see here are called “Night” and “Day.” More on those quilts another time.

Marcia DeCamp's Studio Space

Here you can see a bit more of the studio space. Additionally, check out the lighting. It is special in that it is “color correcting.” In other words, what you see is the actual color. Oh, wouldn’t that be nice to have in your sewing space?

 

Marcia DeCamp's Studio Space

This is some of Marcia’s work space. This is at the opposite end from the picture just prior.

 

 

Marcia DeCamp's Studio Space

Another look at the work space.

Marcia DeCamp's Studio Space

Lots of natural light comes in from skylights.

Here are a couple other little tidbits that you may find interesting about Marcia’s studio:

  1. Marcia’s studio was designed, “specifically to have large design walls so I could work improvisationally. I knew I wanted to have this much room for friends. To have big walls was a number one priority.”
  2. Marcia has two regular sewing machines; a Viking and a Janome, model 6500, “which I love.” She does not give her machine names.

More upcoming posts about Marcia DeCamp and her Studio will be forthcoming!

Post #2 of 3 – Learn about a few tips that Marcia uses that you can try in your own sewing space.
Post #3 of 3 – Marcia DeCamp Dyeing and Surface Design

Marcia DeCamp’s website can be found here: http://www.marciadecamp.com

Marcia’s blog can be found in Sew, O’Susannah’s blog links on the left or you can go there directly from here: http://www.decampstudio.com/. The blog also lists Marcia’s exhibitions.

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy

It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #4)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a red and white Ocean Waves quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. This quilt was made in 1922.

I don’t know about you but I think this would be too many little pieces for me to make a quilt like this. Have any of you ever made this quilt or an Ocean Waves block?

TBT Quilt #4

Red and white vintage Ocean Waves quilt from Mansfield, Ohio. 1922.

Red and white vintage Ocean Waves quilt from Mansfield, Ohio. 1922.

Here are the stats on the red and white Ocean Waves quilt.

Size: 70” x 81”

Date: 1922 [I am not certain if the quilt, itself, was dated or my mother was given the date at purchase. Her notes do not specify whether the quilt was dated.]

Description:
Red and white, hand pieced with larger red triangles for border, 3,490 pieces. Quilting: 8 stitches=1”, straight lines through triangles, 4-leaf flower in white centers.
Backing: white sheeting
Binding: backing brought to front, 1/4” machine stitched.
Condition: excellent – washed once – never used, some slight bleeding.
Provenance: bought from Dick Nixon, grandson of maker, Mansfield, Ohio. A later note says, “Bina Bird Nixon (Mrs. Ed.) d. 1941 85-87 yrs. old.”
Bought from: Dick Nixon, Mansfield, Ohio, November 1991.

Bought for $350.00 and sold it on December 6, 1991 for $400.00

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It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #3)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a Churn Dash quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. Anyone care to venture a guess on the date of this quilt?

Have any of you made a Churn Dash quilt? How about a Churn Dash block? I know I have.

TBT Quilt #3

Churn Dash Quilt from Navada, Ohio

Churn Dash Quilt from Navada, Ohio

Mom didn’t make a lot of notes on this quilt.

Here are the stats on the Churn Dash quilt.

Size: 70” x 74”
Description:
Multi-color with blue and white homespun backing and binding. [It appears to me to have been blanket-stitched around the binding. What do you think?]

Bought from: Mike Clum Auction in Navada, Ohio August 14, 1991

Bought for $230.00 and sold it on August 28, 1991 for $250.00

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy