Monday, May 30, 2016

Where Poppies Grow

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Come Play With Me--Peg Solitaire

May Game Board from Alida (having fun with these). To see previous game boards or to get the next ones:  Play With Me by Alida (each month the pattern is free if you do the previous one!)
 My circles came out a bit small and I stupidly didn't pre-test using Frixon pen on this fabric so all my lines show--hopefully they won't be noticeable after it's quilted!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Outlander block for May

From Lazy Daisy blog :

Hamish the Hedgehog

The wee hedgehog has long been an icon to those of us obsessed with Outlander, also known as The Hosed, or Clan McHoser :) Here’s a brief excerpt that explains the origin of the hedgehog fascination.
The following quote is taken from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 17 We Meet a Beggar (c) 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved
“If you’ll not let me be spiritual about it, you’ll have to put up wi’ my baser nature. I’m going to be a beast.” He bit my neck. “Do ye want me to be a horse, a bear, or a dog?”
“A hedgehog.”
“A hedgehog? And just how does a hedgehog make love?” he demanded.
No, I thought. I won’t. I will not. But I did. “Very carefully,” I replied, giggling helplessly. So now we know just how old that one is, I thought.
Isn't he precious?

Monday, May 9, 2016

More 19th Century goodies, Strawberry-swords


  1883. McNaughton and Thorn

 1883 John L. Kennedy and Co. England

 1883 McNaughton and Thorn. English

 1885 Windsor
 1885 Cocheco (yes, you've seen this one before, but I just had to add some raspberries with all these strawberries!)

 1883 John L. Kennedy & Co.

 Late 19th Century

 1884 Chris Wood. England.

  1883 Bayley & Craven, Co. England

 1883 Bayley and Craven Manchester, UK


Hope you enjoy these--almost to the end of these--may have to post conversational/novelty 20th Century ones next......(I also collect feedsacks, less expensive than 19th Century fabrics, but I still have trouble actually using them unless I buy them already cut! When I don't 'win' them or they are out of my price-range [this changes on any given day!]--I save pics to pinterest!)  Alas, these are all just photos.  Should I post pictures of my real 19th Century fabrics that are not conversationals?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

19th Century conversationals Q-Stars plus special blocks from a dear friend

Oh my, aren't these wonderful?  They were a gift from a wonderful friend I found on the internet.  What a joy (the blocks and the friendship!)  Thank you Wendy

 German, late 19th Century (from the Met)

Edmund Potter & Co. 1883

 Schwabe & Son 1885

  Jean-Baptiste Huet designer, manuf. Oberkampf Factory 1803-1813 France

 Schwabe & Son 1884

another one Barbara Brackman posted
Grafton & Co 1883

late 19th Century


1883 McNaughton & Thorn Manchester

1883 Graton & Co



 1883  Edmund Potter & Co

 1901 Manchester


late 19th Century