Wednesday, October 15, 2014

History Quilter Podcast Episode 42 Quilt Kits of the 1920's, 30's and 40's


A new History Quilter Podcast Episode is now available on iTunes, Podbean and Stitcher Radio.  

Here is the quilt I made for my son who is now a Freshman at UCSD.  
The Triton Quilt - 95" x 65"

Links talked about in the episode: 

Modern Marvels: Quilts Made From Kits, 1915-1950 now showing at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Palette Builder 2.1 from Play Crafts.  This website is genius!  Upload your photo and within seconds Kona Color fabric colors are listed that match the colors in your photo.  Again, absolute genius! 


Pat Sloan's Machine Binding Tutorial from Pat Sloan.  This method creates a very attractive and strong blanket stitch to attach the second side of your binding.  Can't say enough about her tutorial - very helpful and easy to follow.  

Impossible to see with this photo - I'll get a better one when the Triton Quilt comes back at Thanksgiving. 

Go have a great day.  I know I will as I get to go teach!
Ciao~
Susan 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday: A Pixelated Triton & Landscaping

Today was the start of the school year in the district that I teach in.  With no children attending school in this district anymore it seemed a bit strange but I enjoyed watching all of the neighborhood children setting off for High, Elementary and Middle Schools, in that order.  Of course I wished them all well especially in their History classes.  

First up on my WIP Wednesday List is the Triton Quilt.  This quilt is for my older son who start his Freshman year at UCSD on Saturday, September 27th and I am determined that he will have this quilt on his dorm bed that first evening.  I pixelated a photograph of the UCSD Triton logo and am using that photo as my guide for the squares ~ more on that as the quilt progresses.  
Triton Quilt in progress.  

Concurrently on my WIP Wednesday list is my front yard landscaping.  I've just submitted my landscape plan for the Long Beach Water Department Lawn to Garden Program.  The dead grass and dirt will soon be replaced with beautiful drought tolerant and (mostly) California native plants.  An Olive tree will be the focal point in front of the bench that I love to sit on with a dry riverbed meandering from the right side gate flowing into the Olive tree. 

my neighbors to the right are doing the same program  

ugly parkway will soon be beautiful
concrete steps will soon pop 


After the Triton Quilt is completed and in use at UCSD, I will continue with Roman Holiday (previously called Russian Rubix which I renamed this morning), I'm using a fabric line called Va Bene which has tomatoes, vespas and map of various landmarks of Rome.  


And lastly for today I have a little finish: I don't even have a name for this little cutie made of up Persian Stars made by members of the Modern Blocks Bee I participated in last year.  It's a mix of voile and onsaburg fabrics. 

Parisian Star Quilt
I'm linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday today - It is lovely to be back! 
Have a great Wednesday!
Ciao~
Susan 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A New Modern Quilt Guild & A Finish

Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the inaugural meeting of the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild. A neighbor and fellow quilter told me about the meeting just a few days ago but I did not realize until we arrived at the Sew Vac store that it was the first meeting.  What fun and what luck! I have long wished to attend either the Los Angeles or Orange County Quilt Guild meetings, but at roughly 30 miles away in each direction, neither one was all that convenient. What a wonderful boost this new guild will be to our quilting world here in Long Beach.


Guild meeting fun: I won a little bag of organic batting that was donated from Birch Fabrics, the brick-n-mortar store of Fabricworm.com.  Also we were given a brown lunch bag for "homework" as we are to bring a completed modern style Mug Rug to the next meeting and a "brown bag swap" will occur with all finished Mug Rugs. Can't wait for next month!  **Note to Zina - you must join us! :)

Hot off the sewing machine:  This is a long term WIP and with Jaye's (Artquiltmaker.com) visit last month, she inspired me to get moving on it, among other things.  This is the Parisian Star from the Modern Blocks Bee I participated in 2013. The top is a mixture of Voile and Osnaburg (think a softer burlap) fabrics. I'll have more details once I quilt and bind it.

Photo bomb courtesy of younger son
It's been a wonderful quilty day!
Ciao~
Susan 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wedding Cake Brooch

In late May I flew across the country to attend a wonderful family wedding in Annapolis, MD.  Now obviously the bride and groom (Ashley and Daniel - love them!) were the stars of the show but look at the wedding cake:
Simple and Stunning: 55 Brooches adorn this cake 
The cake was a perfect symbol of the entire wedding festivities: simple, stunning and full of love.  After the wedding my cousin (her son was the groom) told me a brief story about the pins/brooches which were attached to the cake and how she wanted to share them with special people.  She spent about 10 months collecting 73 brooches total (55 were on the cake and there were even some in the bride's bouquet!) and last week I was fortunate enough to receive one in the mail.  She enclosed a little note explaining how she picked this one for me because she thought it looked like a quilt pattern. Love it!  
Wedding Cake Brooch - mine was on the cake! 
Albert Weiss "Spinning Stars" 1954 
I had a little fun researching the history of Weiss Jewelry. My cousin shared with me that they were designed by Albert Weiss and his company was founded in New York City in 1942, flourished in the 50's and 60's and ceased operation in 1971. These pieces are called "costume jewelry" but I believe that is an understatement.  They are stunning and there is nothing "costumey" (if that's a word) about them.  I found the following Albert Weiss advertisements in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue from the 50's and 60's to illustrate just how hip this jewelry was in the those decades.  I love how the prices are listed on the advertisements.
Albert Weiss "Renaissance" 1954
Albert Weiss "Aurora Borealis" 1958 Harper's Bazaar


Albert Weiss "Big Pins" 1960 Vogue
It was a great honor to receive the brooch from my cousin and I will make sure to honor it with the memory of a truly special couple, Ashley and Daniel.
Now I need to figure out how I'll wear it!
Ciao~
Susan 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Blueberry Pie and Little Pants

Things I completed, pondered, and puzzled over this past weekend....

Quick Change Trousers from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings
So Cute!  


They're reversible....fun eh?  

Since the remodel has been completed, I have increased my flower purchasing 1,000%. 
Trader Joe's is thanking me. 

I made pie.  Blueberry.  Delicious.  
Isn't pie perfect for summer?  

This is the light next to my front door. Found these lights (there are 5 more around the front) at Lamps Plus, thought they were perfect and bought them.  See the light bulb?  It's an Edison Style Light Bulb which I adore. Problem though - the bulbs are $8.00 each! 
I need a job to afford the bulb.  

My tomato garden is coming along nicely.  
Thankfully I have enough sun to grow these babies.  

Puzzling though is my Lemon Tree - it's not doing very well and the two flowering plum (do not produce fruit) next to it have both died.  
Sick lemon tree = trip to the nursery

My north side neighbors have this cool cactus which I see outside my kitchen window and right now it is blooming.  
Yum - cactus pear coming soon. 
Kinda ugly, right?  Yea that's the north side of my house just outside the kitchen window and door.  A new block wall went in about six weeks ago and new wood/iron gates are on order to finish the project.  
  Gate guy is MIA!  
So now the joke is the "ghetto gate"(there is graffiti that was scratched out on the other side) is here to stay.
Time to hunt down the gate guy. 
Hope you all had a great weekend!  
Ciao~
Susan 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beginning Of The End {Of This Time In My Life}

Today is the beginning of the end of the very special time in my life of raising my two boys.  Later this afternoon, my older son will graduate from high school and although I am fully aware that I am not the first parent to experience my current emotions, they are new to me. This summer for him will be full of work with his first job, seeing friends and getting ready for college, and on the last weekend in September, we will move him to college.
September 5, 2001: First Day of Kindergarten
June 11, 2014: Last Day of Instruction 
Nine months ago when he brought home the registration packet for the new school year, it said "Senior Class of 2014" and it struck me that a date that his Kindergarten teacher had said to all of us new parents in 2001 had arrived.  When she told us that they were the class of 2014, the date seemed so far into the future, so remote that thinking about it wasn't an option.  I had a five year old and a three year old to love, teach, feed, chauffeur around and play with.  Where did the time go?

Making the choice to be the person who was around for them all the time while they've been growing up has been the most rewarding period of my life.  My younger son still has two more years of high school to complete so my job is not over yet, but having my older son move out will change things for all of us.  I will be forever thankful to have experienced the last 18 years (and the next two!) with my boys.
June 8, 2014 Baccalaureate Ceremony 
Wish me dry eyes this afternoon!
Ciao~
Susan 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I Gave Birth Yesterday....








and it's big, green and was a little overdue but so worth it.  

 
The fence is down, the porta-potty is gone and I can actually use my new front door. 
 The little details were so much work ~ hours of research and discussion.  

Now it's done...except for landscaping, a new block wall (on the side yard) and new side gates. 


But first I shall sew in my new sewing space.  Yay! 

 Russian Rubix, here I come....

Come on over and join me for a drink on my new front porch.
Ciao~
Susan