Thursday, June 8, 2023



We have been rather on the cool side - 50's-60's - with the weather current coming out of Canadian down swing.  It brought so many the same few days of smoke from the fires in Canada.    About an hour after I took this picture you could not even see the mountains - just an orange 'haze' thru the entire valley.  You can't go outside with out a mask and it has penetrated the house so I have a cough and sore throat.  Even my poor asthmatic kitty is having troubles.


The commission piece is at it's new home in New Jersey.  It was ordered by a nephew of one of our guild's (friend of mine as well) founding members.  They wanted someone who not only knew her, but sewed along with her.  I had some of "T"s stash from her estate which was used for the patchwork and leaf blocks.  The Majestic Mountain blocks green fabric came from another guild member's estate.  The background of muslin came from another guild member's estate (bestie with "T").  These three ladies were my quilting mentors and I was glad that I had that 'extra' touch to this piece.  The Loon Panel is by Northcott and chosen by the family for their love of loons and campsite in the Adirondack Mts. in upstate New York.

I had a young lady contact me to see if I would look at a quilt that was found in the attic whilst clearing her grandmother's estate.  I told her I wasn't cetified, but estimate the age and tell her the pattern and it's history.  Pieced on a treadle - yellows hand dyed - Old Maids Puzzle - hand quilted - this blanket for batting.  What a treasure and estimated around 1850-1870.  She said that made sense as it would have been her great grandmother  who apparently did a lot of quilts during the Civil War and dyed a lot of her own fabrics/wool.  I gave her a name and number of a certified appraisor for sake of having this insured.

Our guild had a Sit N Sew Saturday and folks could work on their own project or take a quick class with me on how to make these cute Button Boats.  I was so glad to use up that box of Bosal foam with them - a product that was new to all of them.  Since I am not teaching this class again, I gave all left over and even my 'step outs' away - YEAH an empty spot in the house.

AND we set up the quilts on Tuesday in preperation for our combined quilt/flower show at the local library.  Saturday we will have a guild sale booth and have a raffle quilt as well.

So I might not be blogging as much but still busy.  OH OH OH OH!! 

I  can't forget - making sure that I am ready for the next HOP.  This should be a real fun one - if everyone is honest (wink, wink).

Sewingly Yours,




Barbara said...

Well, I’m sorry about the air quality. I’ve seen it that bad around here before. The year we evacuated, streetlights came on at 11:00 a.m. because it was dark as night. Your commission piece is lovely, and that’s a very cool vintage quilt. How nice you got a chance to finger it.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Some of the haze made it to NC too, but not as bad as you had. Great projects!! That button box is cute.

Kate said...

When they burn the fields in the spring here, it can get that bad when one of them gets out of hand. Sorry it's causing you such issues. How fun that you were able to include bits and pieces that were related to the aunt's quilting life. Happy stitching this weekend.

Denise :) said...

Yuck, Sharon, I’m so sorry to hear about your air quality. It looks awful. We’ve gotten just a bit of it all the way down here in North Alabama. Your commission piece is a stunner! Aren’t guilds (and the friends therein) wonderful things? I hadn’t heard of this hop….I’ll have to stay tuned in! :)

MissPat said...

Sharon, the commission piece is wonderful. I'm sure it will be cherished. And a fitting remembrance of your guild friends. The smoke finally cleared from our skies today and it's raining now for the first time since May 20th, much needed as everything was quite dry. Good to hear you are keeping busy.

kiwikid said...

It is a shame your air quality is so bad, the fires must be terrible in Canada. Hopefully a wind change comes soon and you have cleaner air around you. The loon quilt you made is stunning and wonderful to have all the connections. Lovely button boat.

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