Friday, 31 May 2013

Nancy's Candy Jar Shelf - Quilting Gallery Viewer's Show and Choice

Several years ago I made this Candy Jar Quilt for my sister Nancy.  On the shelf are all sorts of items that reflect events and locations from her life.  The books all have titles of real books that also represent her travels and interests. 
I have entered this in the Viewer's Show and Tell at Quilting Gallery.  I'd appreciate if you popped over there and voted for Nancy'quilt.  You can vote for up to 4 quilts.  While I would prefer you vote for this one, please vote for the quilts that you like the most.
If you would like to see more detailed photos of this quilt and how it went together,  the posts are all under the candy jar label.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Free Audiobooks all Summer Long

Once again, Sync has a wonderful list of summer audiobooks available for free download.  There are two books a week.  Each current YA book is paired with a classic.  You only have one week per pairing so don't wait to download.  Teachers are encouraged to share this with their students.  You can signup for a emailed weekly reminder, or come back here each week and I'll remind you.

SYNC Titles
Summer 2013
May 30 – June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)
June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)
June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)
June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)
July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)
July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)
Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)
Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)
Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Tea Party Quilts

Colleen at Happy Cottage Quilter posted a photo today of a lovely teapot quilt.  It brought to mind this tea party quilt that I made several years ago.  it was a mystery quilt  by my local guild.  unfortuately I don't know who designed the pattern.
Please post a photo of your tea party quilt and leave a comment with the link.  I'd love to visit and have tea with you.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Needlework Tuesday - A Quilt show by Joyce Gaessler

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

This week I have a very special show to share with you.  My friend and neighbour Joyce Gaessler was a guest presenter at the "Quilts of the World" exhibit at St. Jacob's Mennonite Church  as part of the St. Jacobs Quilt Shows this past week.  With Joyce's permission, I photographed all of the quilts she included.  These include an assortment of antiques of various ages. Somehow, unfinished quilt tops find their way to Joyce.  She either finishes them as they are, or takes them apart, removes sashing, re-arranges and then re-assembles. Fortunately she is a prolific hand quilter. She also pieces other quilts from scratch, but they were not included in this show.

For each quilt, I have included a photo of the information card which contains as much information about the original quilt maker and/or history of the quilt as Joyce was able to determine.

Pattern is called "Windblown Tulip" and was designed by Nancy Cabot.
It was published in her column in the Chicago Tribune on March 16, 1933.

I was invited to the quilt bee and worked on this quilt. 
Joyce decided to use red thread for the quilting, including in the white areas.
 I will admit that it was a bit of a thrill to stitch in red.  Such a bold choice.

18 blades per plate.


It was difficult to determine the block used for this quilt.

It is a 9 patch variation.  it's not a churn dash or it would feature half square triangles in the corners.

I love the details of the hand quilting on this one. 


The Red lap quilt.

Photo shows the original top with both sets of flower basket blocks.

Made with the red and blue basket blocks.





Thank-you Joyce for this lovely trip down a quilted memory lane.
Tami at Just One More Thing is having a lot of fun this week with crazy quilting.  She is looking for ideas on how to use these squares. Pop on over, have a look , then leave her a comment of suggestions.