It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #9)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a Corn & Beans Variation quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991.

TBT Quilt #9

Vintage Corn & Beans Variation Quilt

Vintage Corn & Beans Variation Quilt from Ohio.

Here are the stats on the Corn & Beans Variation quilt.

Size: 104” x 84”

Description:
Yellow and multi-colored fabric scraps. [I wish the picture was better, especially if some of that fabric is yellow. It doesn’t photograph well, I don’t think.]

Bought: Bought for $110.00 July, 1991 from a Roush Auction, Shelby, Ohio. The quilt came from the estate of Bermuda Shupe.

Sold: Sold for $350.00 on July 29, 1991.

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Have You Tried This New Thread For Hand Embroidery?

Sulky brand thread in 12 wt. on a 50-yard spool. Also known as a "petite." The spools also come in larger sizes of 330 yards. This picture shows a little comparison between traditional embroidery floss and the Sulky thread.

Sulky brand thread in 12 wt. on a 50-yard spool. Also known as a “petite.” The spools also come in larger sizes of 330 yards. This picture shows a little comparison between traditional embroidery floss and the Sulky thread.

When I was at Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, I briefly noted a booth with gobs and gobs of threads available for embroidery that were wound on spools. That got me pretty darn excited. I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated with skeins of embroidery thread. It twists, it knots, and unless you unwind it and wind it back up again on a spool, it can result in a mess in your sewing bag.

Alas, I thought, someone has gotten smart and created a solution for my frustration. I decided to try out this spooled thread.

I was on a mini shop hop with a couple of friends in the Utica, NY area, and at one of the shops there was a display of 12 wt. Sulky thread on 50 yard spools. They were called “Petites.” The shop owner told me that the thread was supposed to be good for embroidery as it had about the same weight as typical embroidery floss, like you might get from Cosmo or some other brand. I decided to give it a try.

I bought a few spools in red, blue, and brown as those are the colors I am working in right now for redwork. I don’t remember what I paid for them but I have found them online for a couple dollars for a spool of 50 yards.  The larger spools are more money, of course. Those spools hold 330 yards of thread which I find to be wonderful if you have a large project to do. Typical embroidery floss skeins hold  8.7 yards.

The picture above gives an indication of what the spools look like.

Sulky brand thread in 12 wt. on a 50-yard spool. Also known as a "petite." The spools also come in larger sizes of 330 yards. This picture shows a little comparison between traditional embroidery floss and the Sulky thread.

Sulky brand thread in 12 wt. on a 50-yard spool. Also known as a “petite.” The spools also come in larger sizes of 330 yards. This picture shows a little comparison between traditional embroidery floss and the Sulky thread.

The picture shown here shows two lines of embroidery. The top piece is embroidered with traditional embroidery floss, using two strands. the bottom embroidery shows a piece using 1 thread of the Sulky brand thread in a 12 wt. Now let me give you some pros and cons for each one. These are my personal observations, only.

(I can’t get a comparison table to look right here so I’ll just have to list these.)

Sulky Thread                   
Cost                              $2-4/50 yards
Ease of Use                 Easy*
Knotability                  Low
Color Options             About 80
Threading Ease          **
Wearability                 ***

Embroidery Floss
Cost                              $.50-$1 for approximately 9 yards
Ease of Use                  Easy
Knotability                   Medium-high
Color Options              Hundreds, 400+
Threading Ease            Typical
Wearability                   Good

* I find the Sulky to be superior in ease of use because it comes off a spool. It doesn’t knot while you’re trying to unravel it from a skein and it doesn’t knot when you do so. This saves time and aggravation.

** For some reason, I find the Sulky to be slightly more difficult to thread. I wonder if it’s the width of the thread. I have figured out if I fold it over the needle but separate the threads that hang over, it somehow moves the looped over thread so it doesn’t result in it being too thick. Then I can thread it more easily. This sounds complicated but it isn’t.

*** I feel like the Sulky wears slightly more than the floss but I may be imagining that. I just use a shorter length of thread and then I’m fine.

What I truly love about the Sulky is that there is only one thread so I don’t get little loops of thread sticking up and there isn’t another thread to get knotted with or have the threads become uneven resulting in loops. Sulky thread makes the embroidery smoother and that I like a lot. I take out fewer stitches with the Sulky.

The biggest issue I see with the Sulky is that there aren’t enough colors if you do a lot of embroidery. I do redwork so the color choices are fine for me.

Here’s what Sulky says about the thread:

“To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Sulky of America recently introduced a fabulous NEW line of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton “Petites” Thread. These smaller 50 yd. snap-end spools of 80 dynamic colors of premium quality Sulky 12 wt. Long Staple, Egyptian Cotton Thread were especially created for the myriad of you who love Hand Embroidery, Quilting, and Applique, as well as numerous other Hand Crafts such as:

Cross Stitch, Crazy Patchwork, Couching, Hand Sashiko, Blanket Stitch, Needlepunch, Candlewicking, Smocking, Heirloom Sewing, Redwork, and also Bobbin Work.

  • Since one strand of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread is equivalent to two strands of typical floss, the huge benefits are:
  •  You don’t have to separate any floss;
  • There is no tangling;
  • You can cut any length you want; and

Storage is tidy with no loss of color identity. You will also love the fact that this smaller 50 yd. Sulky Petite spool has a suggested retail price that is almost three-fourths less than the price of the same Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread on a 330 yd. spool. See colors.” — from http://www.sulky.com/index_us.php

If you try out this thread, please let Sew, O’Susannah know what you think.

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It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #7)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a red, green and white 9-Patch Quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. This quilt was made circa 1900.

Mom loved red and green quilts. I’m sure that’s part of what drew her attention to this particular quilt.

TBT Quilt #7

Antique 9-Patch Quilt

Antique 9-Patch Quilt, circa 1900. Bought in Crestline, Ohio.

Here are the stats on the red, white and green 9-Patch quilt.

Size: 70” x 80”

Date: circa 1900

Description:
Green print background; red, black and white print 9 patch

Bought: Mike Clum auction, Ohio, for $210.00 on August 14, 1991
Sold: August 28, 1991 for $250.00

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Thanks for reading! …Betsy

It’s Throw-Back Thursday (TBT Quilt #6)

For today’s TBT, I present you with a Daffodil quilt picture. The original picture was taken in 1991. There is no indication when this quilt was made but I am guessing the 1930s.

If you look at this quilt from a distance you will see a secondary design. I think it’s pretty neat.

TBT Quilt #6
 Vintage Daffodil Quilt

Vintage Daffodil Quilt, circa 1930s. Purchased at auction in Crestline, Ohio, July 1991.

Here are the stats for the Daffodil quilt.

Size: N/A

Date: None

Description:
None

Bought from: bought at auction in Crestline, OH in July 1991.

Bought for: $190.00 and sold it for $290.00

I know – almost no information about this quilt. I have a theory. That theory is that mom sold this quilt almost immediately. That being said, she does have a photo of it so I’m not sure how long she may have had it to be able to do that. It’s possible that someone from the same auction purchased the quilt from her at the auction. I’ve seen it happen. A person makes an offer, usually with cash, and out the item goes with someone else. As for the picture, it’s possible she might have taken the picture at the auction. I’ll never know on this one.

If you look at the picture just right, you can see a secondary design. I love it when that happens.

Could this have been a quilt kit? Anyone familiar enough with those to make a guess? I’m thinking this quilt probably dates from the 30s.

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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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Thanks for reading! …Betsy