Friday, June 20, 2008

Back in 11 days...

While waiting to pay for my things one day at a local shop, I found myself flipping through this issue and discovered a wonderful article about one of my favorite quilters.

I met Froncie Quinn a few years ago at the National Quilt Association Show held in
Columbus, Ohio. Since then, I have purchased many of the reproduction patterns that Froncie has written. Some of the quilts are on my short list of quilts to make and others are one my long list of quilts to make while I am on the hunt for just the right fabrics.

This week Froncie has been teaching at the National Quilting Association's quilt show here in Ohio. I've been waiting for years to finally take one of Froncie's classes and was lucky enough to reserve a spot in two classes and a lecture.

The first class of the week is based on the Sarah Johnson quilt. The quilt was made in 1827 by a fourteen year old girl. The quilt appears in an out of print book written by Celia Y. Oliver, in which Froncie was the Project Researcher. While out of print and not seen on most quilt shop shelves, Enduring Grace Quilts from the Shelburne Museum Collection, can still be ordered from Froncie's on line store.

Froncie's class covered hand piecing of the variable star blocks as well as applique for the blocks that appear in the center of this medallion quilt. During the class I was able to finish piecing two of the variable star blocks. The blocks finish at 4". Froncie has plastic templates available for the variable star block. But I should mention that they are not listed on her site, but if you email her and let her know that you'd like to buy a set I'm sure that she'd be happy to send them to you. There is also a separate pattern sold for the Sarah Johnson Quilt that contains directions for piecing the quilt by hand or machine.

This is going to be a great carry along project for this year's hockey season, which I might add kicks off next week with a 7 day hockey tournament in Philadelphia. This is why we are heading to Swedesboro, New Jersey.

Hhmm...if I remember correctly,
that means we will have to drive through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Very Convenient!

I am on the hunt for two shades of purple and a red to make an Amish center diamond quilt that has been on my long to do list for way too long.

Wish me Luck!

Welcome Summer!

Baby Yellow Squash

Baby Hungarian Wax Peppers

Peas that should be perfect for eating in about a week.

The radishes have bolted and will be plowed under next week.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ten Day Trip to Swede.....

Oh! Believe me I really wanted to be able to finish the title with an "n" at the end of Swede......

But here are the rest of the letters....sboro! Now just smush all the letters back together and you get Swedesboro. Where exactly is Swedesboro you ask? Well I can leave my passport here at home as I won't be needing it! We won't even need to take an airplane to get there. Instead my two children and I are planning on packing our VW and making the trip the old fashioned car. I am beginning to have flash backs of my own childhood summer car trips. I hope that I don't end up sounding like my mother by the time we get there!
There will be two less children in my car then there were in my parent's car
and there should only be HALF of the bickering! Plus my children are by law required to wear their seat belts so no one will be fighting over who gets to ride in the back of the station wagon like we did when we were kids. I can't imagine how my parents ever drove with four of us jumping around over the seats to get into the back so that we could ride laying down.
Thank goodness for the seat belt buckle laws!

Now if I could just get the Air Force to help patrol the airspace between brother and sister on the upcoming car trip we may have a bit of peace and quiet.
But family car trips are the stuff that childhood memories are made of and how could I not let my children experience the joys of seeing a bit of the country through a car window...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I Remembered...

I remembered....did you?

Click on the photo if you don't have any idea what I am talking about.