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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Visit to local quilt shop: Jackman's Fabrics

This weekend I went to Jackman's Fabrics in Saint Louis, Missouri. When I go out of town, I love going to fabric stores! Supporting local, small-business fabric stores is important. These stores also have quality materials. Jackman's is well stocked with a variety of fabrics. 

Me next to Jackman's main sign. Photo by Daniel. 
Photo by Shelby. 

I found some fabric for some ongoing projects and I also got some more fabric for my stash. I purchased some nice black and white prints. I love black and white prints.



Photo by Shelby. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Old Singer Machines at the Historic Courthouse in Saint Louis

Today I visited the Historic Courthouse in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Courthouse is a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial which is a National Park.

The Courthouse was the site of the first two trials of the Dred Scott case in 1847 and 1850. The Courthouse has exhibits regarding the case and Missouri history in general.

So, I saw these two wonderful old singer machines on display. This first machine was in an exhibit about Christmas in the United States from 1850-1900:

Photo by Shelby.

This second machine was in an exhibit about early 20th Century history:

Photo by Shelby.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Gift Quilts 2011 (Part 1)

I'm working on two quilts for Christmas. I want to finish them in time, so I'm doing a little work each week. One of the quilts is for a male, sports fan. The masculine aesthetic has been one of my weaknesses, so it's great to work on the project and develop the skill.

I'm using applique circles of the fan's favorite teams:

Applique circles. Photo by Shelby. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Why Quilts Matter" Documentary

This year, the Kentucky Quilting Project made a documentary about quilting called Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. I've only seen clips, but I love what I've seen so far! Check out the clip below about quilts as art. Youtube has other clips too.

I LOVE STICKY TAPE: Sun K. Kwak masking tape art

I am very impressed by Sun K. Kwak's art using black masking tape. Her work is so much about contrast. I love using contrast in my quilt designs.

Photo from the Brooklyn Museum.
From from cmeinke.tumblr.com.
Photo from indicommons.org.
Read more at the Brooklyn Museum website and I LOVE STICKY TAPE's blog post about the work.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Visit to local quilt shop: Schoolhouse Fabrics

This past weekend I visited some friends in Virginia. We passed through Floyd, Virginia and stopped at Schoolhouse Fabrics. I was so amazed. The establishment is a former school turned into a fabric store. The rooms were large and had so much fabric. It was so much fun! I wish I had more time there. I did find some fabric for a project I'm working on at a very good price. I guess I'll have to go back next time I'm in southern Virginia.


Photo by Schoolhouse Fabrics.

Storefront and former school. Photo by Schoolhouse Fabrics.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt Challenges!

I'm making a display quilt for an upcoming conference and I'm using several t-shirts. I wanted to make use of the material, but the fabric is so stretchy! The t-shirts are making the project more trying, but I'm learning something new. That's the great thing about quilting. Every quilt presents new challenges and new possibilities.

Photo by Shelby.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Starting Point

I decided to start my blog tonight. I thought about it for a while and decided it was time to begin. I want to blog about my thoughts on quilting and the quilting projects I work on.

"Run the Race" from sxc.hu. Photo by ColinBroug.