Monday, June 6

What's on the line? and another little giveaway.......

If it's Monday, there must be a quilt "on the line" and there certainly is and what a pretty one, don't you think?..............
This is one of the many quilts that my mother and dad bought at auctions in Iowa. I have no date or any other info on the quilt. I suspect that it was made in the 40's just by the fabrics in the hexagons and the backing fabric that is a pink over all print. This quilt has been very well-loved and used. It's badly frayed on the edges and the fabrics are a bit worn but the quilt still retains an incredible fibrancy in the color choices of the quilter who stitched this Hexagon beauty. Just look at the thought that went into the color planning in this quilt. Here's a close-up of the center of the quilt............
and closer...........
and even closer..............
There are a few stains on the quilt but you actually have to look hard to find them. The quilt has one problem. While there are not many actual stains, the quilt is soiled and has an "I need to be washed" smell. It has been in a plastic bag because when I unpacked the quilts from my folks, this one and one other one had a certain smell to it. I put them both in a plastic bag and knew when I finally had time, the quilt would get a bath. That day has come and it's going to get a slow bath today. It is after-all Monday and that was supposedly "wash day" back in the "good old days". Speaking of those days........the maker of this hexagon quilt didn't have any fancy tools, templates or cutters to assist in cutting and then stitching all the hexagons in this quilt. I wonder what those quilters from yesteryear would think of the tools we use today and the quilts we make? There is no answer but the great thing is that quilting continues to be popular and a wonderful expression for our creative energies. I love sharing my creativity through my blog and as you know, I'm celebrating my third year blogging anniversary. I have another prize for someone. It's a book that features a tool that the quilter's of yesteryear might ask "what is that?"  Well, it's a rotary cutter and it makes cutting strips and squares a whole lot faster than you can with scissors and cardboard templates. LOL! Here's the book..............


It's not a new book (published late 90's) but it's timeless, as it's filled with great quilting projects, tips and color photos (I remember when many quilt books were lucky to have black and white photos!). To enter for a chance to win this book, I was going to have you tell me who also inspired me and that I mentioned in that first Blog of the Week post that I did. Well, silly me, once someone posts the answer, you all know it, so I'm going to tell you and then all you'll have to do is leave your name and e-mail link. That person is Nanette over at Freda'sHive!!  I "knew" Nanette before I began blogging. We "met" when we both visited another blog. We have been "blogging friends" ever since then. She often commented on my blog when no one else knew or cared about my blog and kept me going. I love her blog and her wonderful quilts. I could see this quilt I'm sharing today at her house. It's got polka dots and awesome fabrics that she would love. So let's add something to your comment to show you've read all this (the price you must pay to enter...LOL!).  Tell me, and others who will visit this post, ............  what blogger most inspired you when you first began blogging? Don't forget to leave your e-mail so I can contact you if your name is drawn for the book. You have until Thursday, June 9th at 9:00 p.m. to enter.
More fun coming up tomorrow. It will be crazy fun for sure!!!!
Have a good Monday!
Sandi

36 comments:

AKnativewoman said...

Well, gosh! Am I going to be leaving the very first comment?!? I will say in all honesty, that this is the first blog I started with, I was just starting to venture into the world of quilting, and I just googled quilt blogs and this was one of them! Since then, I joined the group, I've made 3 quilts, numerous mug-rugs, and I absolutely enjoy reading and seeing the results of everyone's creativity. Thanks for an opportunity to win such a great book, and keep saving those old quilts! The only quilt I ever owned (as a kid), was a scrap quilt made by my grandmother (she was 96 when she passed, I was 16); it was made of scraps for all the fabric of old clothes - I kept it until it fell apart . . .

Sandi said...

What a wonderful quilt, my girlfriend collected fabrics from a trip along the Alaska Hiway to make two quilts for her daughters. Maybe one day someone will be blogging about finding one of them.

What a wonderful gift from your parents. Enjoy it for many years, I hope you get the smell out of it and don't damage it any further.

Nadine said...

Ooooh, THAT quilt! ;>)
THANKS for showing it o the line. Actually I'm addicted to hexies and have been cutting loads of them for quite some time, just waiting for the special layout that would catch my eye...
Aaaah, Nanette ;>) She's such a treasure. I was lucky enough to get her "little blue birds" quilt pattern. I finished it last year and enjoyed every single stitch...
To answer your question, I've been blogging for 6 years (must add I'm rather quiet in posting for the moment) and there are two blogs that I can recall as the ones that started it all :
- "SPIRAL", with Jeanne's wonderful inspirations --->
http://spiralj2.blogspot.com/
and
- "QUILTING DAZE", with Darlene's enthusiasm prolific works. --->
http://quiltingdaze.blogspot.com/

... then, of course, came so many other ones, including YOURS ;>)

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE
(my email : renauxnadine@yahoo.fr)

Pat said...

I love Nanette, too!!! I forgot she was your blogging inspiration or I'd have mentioned that in the other comment but Jacquelynne is very inspirational, too, so I'm not sorry I said her name. I don't need another book, so you don't have to put my name down (and I also now do 99.9% of my quilts with the GO! cutter and not my rotary cutter), but I think the most inspirational blog to me when I began blogging was Pat Sloan's at that time. I did in short order find Nanette and a few others like her, so my list of inspirational bloggers has grown a LOT in the past couple of years.

debra said...

well, since this is the first blog that i have followed, i am sure that in years to come i will be shouting your praises for being my mentor. even though i love quilts, i am not much of a quilter...i love sewing and my dh bought me an embroidery machcine and i found the free snowmen patterns...i embroidery the snowmen on recycled blue jeans and use a seasonal material with it...fleece for the backing...very easy and very pretty. i remember sleeping over with both my grandmothers and having so many quilts on you that you couldnt move!! they were so pretty. i also remember one of my grandmothers having a quilting frame on her "sleeping porch' and when the ladies would leave she would roll the frame back up to the ceiling to keep it out of the way! i know she would have loved all the new gadgets that we have today to use...just like i would love to win your gifts!

Donna said...

Your inspiration - Nanette from Freda'sHive. I actually looked it up yesterday and wrote it down!

The hexagon quilt is beautiful!

Mommarock said...

My inspirational blogger when I began quilting was YOU! I started with the intention to do a 12 days of Christmas redwork quilt. I still have the panels that I stitched.. I havn't made the quilt yet.. but I do have the panels. I started on the yahoo group, and made my way to your blog. Well.. that was how it ALL began. I didn't even know what a blog was before YOU!

Synthia said...

I don't have a blog and I'd never heard of blogs until I met Melody Johnson and Frieda Anderson when they were teaching at the Sisters Quilters Affair in Oregon a few years ago. We spent some time together and Melody gave me her blog address. The rest is history. Over the years I have found many favorites, A Legacy of Stitches being one, and I am a faithful reader/follower. Congratulations and thank you for being a faithful blogger!

Needled Mom said...

I love the setting that the quilter used in the hexagon quilt. It looks wonderful - a treasure, for sure.

Gosh...that is a hard choice to select just one. There were so many wonderful blogs out there. I enjoy following Freda too. I would probably say that Jodi at Pleasant home was one who kept me going with her comments and she always does amazing work.

krisgray said...

Love that quilt! I just started making hexies and have no idea what I will do with them.

When I started blogging, just a short almost one year ago. One of the first people that I started "talking" to was Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure. Having someone interact with your blog makes a real difference.

Beeshebags said...

Hmmmm so many have been such an inspiration to me, but one person who has been quite instrumental in my blogging has been Khristina from http://www.sewprimkhris.blogspot.com/

I can't actually remember if I found your blog first or the group...either way, when time permits, I catch up on all the great things you share with us. Thanks for being such a 'crafty' person Sandi.

Hugs
Naomi

Micki said...

That quilt is just amazing!
It is a work of art!
Micki

quiltingnana said...

the vintage quilts have such charm...so what if it is a little frayed!

Diana said...

This is the first blog that left an impression on me. It gave me permission to use that rotary cutter in new ways. :)

http://fiberartsconnection.blogspot.com/

Dee M said...

I don't have a quilting blog, but a blogger did inspire me when I first started quilting, and that person is Pat Sloan! Not sure how I found her blog but once I did, I was hooked! Love her carefree designs. I joined her Yahoo! groups and yours, Sandi, not long after that. I will always appreciate both of you SO MUCH. Thank you for being a joyful part of my life!

Dee M said...

PS... Love the hexagon quilt. You are very lucky to have so many wonderful vintage quilts in your collection.

Diane Wild said...

I did a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt doing the English paper piecing method and hand sewing all those tiny little hexagons. I have to admit that I cut them with a rotary cutter, however. Yours is the first blog I've participated in and have been thinking of starting my own with my teddy bears. It feels kind of scary but maybe I should. Have a great day, Sandi

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You are just the sweetest. You inspire me sandi! This quilt is amazing. I love vintage quilts so much and it always makes me wish I could see the maker/makers when I view the quilts. I would always love to hear the story behind it because we know every quilt tells a story even if we don't know what that story is. One of the first blogs I read was Pam Kitty Morning. She continues to be a close friend. It is great to finally meet her. Someday we will meet.

Anonymous said...

The first blog that I read was YOURS, which I found with a list of websites offering free patterns. I liked your friendly way of writing as though we were chatting with some tea and our handwork. The second most influential blogger for me was Pat Sloan, when I followed a link from your posting. I am still trying to get up the nerve to start a blog of my own.

I love the quilt because the design flows right off the quilt, starting my imagination on a whirl of possibilities.

Owl Lady

Deb said...

Red Pepper Quilts and O Fransson were probably the first two blogs I started following. I've been quilting for years, but their aesthetic is what I'd been looking for to get me re-inspired.

I blog...occasionally... at www.aspenhill.wordpress.com

Christine M said...

I've been following Nanette for a while now. I think the first blog I started reading was Leanne Beasley's blog. Since then I now follow over 160 blogs! I get so much inspiration from reading them all.

Tonya said...

That quilt is wonderful!!! WOW!!

Please don't enter me into your nice giveaway. I have ever so many books that I will never ever get to.

I am so inspired by many blogs, but the one that inspired and encouraged me the most is actually a water color artist named Pat Elliott. She and I are very close friends and she really encourages me. I wish we could meet in person someday but that is doubtful as she's an ocean away.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I teared up when I read about your father Melvin and his feelings for your mother's beautiful dresses made from Love and Pride for her family. The quilt is beautiful. Imagine and Live in peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

quiltsbycheryl said...

Your quilts are beautiful....and you are inspirational!! Keep up the good work!!

quiltsbycheryl said...

I love to go to 'The Noble Wife' too....JACQUELYNNE STEVES does such wonderful things that I can really see how she was an inspiration to you in starting your blog! I truly love her newest fabrics with the sewing theme....

Evelene S said...

I don't have a blog but one of the first blogs I read was Pat Sloan's blog and I've been hooked or addicted to all the wonderful blogs out there. Thanks for a chance to win. esterling9 at aol dot com

Evelene S said...

Those hexies are beautiful and I love the colors!

Sandra said...

Great quilt. I really enjoyed seeing it as I have one almost exactly like it BUT made in 1870's madder oranges.
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com/2010/04/appraisals-at-home-machine-quilting.html
If the link doesn't work go the blog and type in hexagon. I think you'll get a kick out of it.

rockgranny said...

The very first quilt I ever try to do was hexie and after six years I've finally finished the top last summer.Start new one, and have plans for the next one and next after next...
Love Nanette blog, allways so full of brigt colors and cheerful too

Lee said...

I am a blog reader and started last year reading Julie Hermans blog Jaybird Quilts. I like her tutorials - very straight forward and good for beginner quilter. I found your blog through the Quilting Gallery and love it too! thanks!
butler83ataoldotcom

Marge said...

I have a quilt that my grandmother made. It was well used when I got it and needed lots of seam repairs but the fabric was all intact. Her sister was the person who helped her quilt the top. The whole quilt was made by hand.
mhuewe@redlake.k12.mn.us

Anonymous said...

Love this quilt. Lots and lots of stitches there. The color is just perfect in my eyes!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

shawkl said...

Have to admit that I just jumped in and started...no inspiration needed. There are now about 50 blogs that I follow, including yours!
Kathy
www.shawkl.com

Patti L. said...

The first blogger I ever visited was Pat Sloan. From there i have found countless numbers of wonderful quilters who are so inspiring.

Patti L. in N.M.

Snoodles said...

I didn't know a thing about blogs until my sister in CA started hers...and she is the first one that I followed. She inspired me to quilt!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

robin said...

I can't recall which was the first quilty blog I started reading, but I really like Stray Stitches.

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