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Monday, April 24, 2017

Civil War Samplings Block #2

Surprise!  I remembered to post this - 2 weeks in a row!  This week in the shop promises to be super busy and super fun!  Mostly, of course, because I think I will be there almost every day.  How did that happen?  I thought I was semi-retired!  Haha - as if....

Hope enjoy this past newsletter - you will find that as I go along, I manage to squeeze more and more on each page.  I just can't stop myself!

Happy Quilting,


Monday, April 17, 2017

Civil War Samplings - Block #1

As I have spent the last couple of days - yes, days - laboring over the simple little newsletter that I will be sending out to a mere 28 people that are members of my Civil War Samplings Club, it occurred to me, that even though people might not want to receive the fabric every month, I bet they might enjoy the newsletter.

In case you are not familiar with the club, it consists of fifteen 10" fabric squares, that we call snippets, personally picked by me.  There is a new set every other month, on the even months.  I try to find fabrics that are from our newer Civil War lines, that coordinate with each other.  Included with the fabric kit is a newsletter with a pattern for a 6" block, which you can easily make from the fabrics in the kit.  I picture a couple of options for you, but you can do as you please.

This is one of our fabric collector clubs.  You can find all of these at:

Pieceful Gatherings Collector Clubs

 I will start from the first newsletter, but you should know that the fabrics pictured are most likely long gone.  If you want the current newsletters (and believe me, they get more involved and lengthy as I go along), you will have to sign up for the club.

As my first newsletter is more than a little light in information, let me give you this link to Womenfolk.com.  You will find this article interesting, and you can find a ton of great information on this website:   http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/friendship.htm

So here is the meager info contained in the first Samplings pack:

I will post another newsletter/block every week until we get caught up.

Hope you enjoy this!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quilt Restoration & Repair - A Long and Crazy Journey with Carrie

Part 1 - How the quilts came to me, or "What was I thinking?"

Well, in spite of my good intentions, a year has flown by since my last post.  It seems that last year at this time we were heading off to Market and Diane's American Summer Quilt was going to be debuted.  Now, we are heading off to Market in about a month and Diane's American Crossroads quilt will be debuted.  My Americana II line will be arriving soon, but we got the shop kit last week, so she is working like crazy to finish it, so that it can be quilted and bound before Market.  Easy, huh?

Anyway, what inspired me to start up with my blog again is a project that I have been working on.   It started about a year ago - ok, maybe a little bit longer than a year - when a nice couple called to see about getting some antique quilts restored and completed.  My obsession with  antique quilts would not let me pass up the opportunity to at least look at the quilts, so they brought them in.

When I looked at them, I was kind of disappointed, there were five of them, two tied quilts and three tops.  Only two were really worth working on.  It always makes me feel bad to tell people that their precious family quilts aren't really worth anything, but I am a realist, and I collect antique quilts (mostly tops), so I am well aware of the market value of these quilts. There was a time, not all that long ago, when antique quilts were treasured and coveted, but since everyone and their mother has become more internet savvy, antique quilts have been falling out of attics and barns and landing on eBay.  It's the old story of supply and demand, and the supply is up.  Quilts from the Quilt Revival period, from around 1920-1940, are a glut on the market.  Its really sad to see some of these heirloom quilts sell on eBay for next to nothing.  I always tell people to put a label on them and keep them in the family.

In spite of my suggestion to the contrary, my customers decided that they really wanted to have these quilts repaired and/or completed.  I reluctantly agreed to give them an estimate.  I was sure that once I put a price on the job, they would change their minds.

My estimates were very honest, and ridiculously high, considering the condition of the quilts.  To my surprise (and, yes, dismay), they asked me to go ahead with the project.  Go figure.  I took pictures for my quotes, and you can see them below, with the names that I have given them, and a short description.  I thought that you might find it interesting, or just plain funny, to follow along as I work on these quilts - and sharing with you might help keep me on track!

So without further ado, here they are, in no particular order:

 Improved Nine-Patch Tied Quilt - Circa 1940 
Machine pieced and machine appliqued to border.
Condition – fair/poor

Nine-Patch on Point Top - Circa 1900
Variety of Indigo prints set with a single shirting  print,  hand pieced blocks set by machine. 
Condition – good, but bias edges are a problem.
Shirting blocks in one area are bleached (?) and need to be replaced.
Double Nine-Patch Sashed Quilt Top - Circa 1890
Hand pieced - some stains, holes in fabric, opened seams, shattered fabrics
Condition – Fair/poor
Irish Chain Quilt Top - Circa 1930
Hand and machine pieced
Condition – good

Squares and Shoo-Fly Tied Strip Quilt - Circa 1950
Machine pieced
Condition – poor

So, there you go - Five quilts &  tops in a wide variety of conditions.  I don't usually do quilt repairs myself, since I don't really have the time, and usually they can be easily handled by one of our talented quilters, but these quilts had some special issues, and nobody else wanted to do them.  

In case you wondered - I have not just been procrastinating for over a year.  The customer wanted the quilts  washed, so I started there.  Although they weren't horribly dirty, it seemed like a good idea.  I did take the two tied quilts apart first and got rid of the batting, which was mostly clumped up and yucky.  I was able to salvage one of the backs, or at least part of it, to possibly use for repairing the top.  The other back was in shreds, and I had to get rid of it.

Now the fun begins!  Stay tuned for the next installment. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

To Market, To Market

Hello Pieceful Quilters!

Next week we leave for Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  We are pretty excited this time, since Diane and I will be talking a little bit about Diane's wonderful American Summer BOM at the Penny Rose Schoolhouse session.  The quilt is all finished, and Teresa is quilting it now:
 We are hoping that showing the finished sample will convince some other shops around the country to pick it up for a BOM project.  Diane did such a great job of writing the pattern and putting together great kitting instructions for shops.  Since we have our own shop, we know what kind of challenges shop owners face when trying to kit things.  There is a fine line between having enough fabric in a kit to allow for operator error, or having too much so that people feel like you are overselling to them.

American Summer starts in our shop in June, so if you are planning on doing it, either in the shop or by mail, please sign up soon!  We will probably start cutting the kits when we get back from Market, since the fabric arrived yesterday!   Katie does have it set up so that you can sign up on our website at www.piecefulgathering.com under Shop Online/Block of the Month Quilts & Clubs.

My next fabric line, Samantha, is not coming out until September, but Penny Rose sent me some small pieces of the strike-offs to do something for Market.  Here is what I have so far - I am still doing some borders, but I am really loving this fabric!  The double pinks may look a little bright in this picture, but if the fabric prints the same as the strike-offs, you are all going to love these double pinks.  They are dead on authentic colors, and they look so great with the deep rich browns and tans.  I have a couple of real quilt designs for this one, but I have been playing with ideas for a BOM for this one, too.  (In my spare time - hah!)  We will also take pre-orders for Fat Quarter bundles of this line.  You can see both of these lines at Penny Rose Fabrics, and order on our website.

So there you are - I have not blogged twice in a week!  Stay tuned for more Pieceful Babble soon!

Happy Quilting - Carrie

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Americana Fabric Line and American Summer BOM

Hello Pieceful Quilters!

So - after vowing to post a couple of times a week, it has been 5 months - Wow- how did that happen?  I could have sworn it was less than three - which is also horrible - but 5????

Anyway, my new fabric company, Penny Rose Fabrics, is doing a blog hop or something, which I said I would participate in.  I am not sure what that really means, and I am guessing that they have probably taken a look at my pathetic blog and dropped me off the list - totally understandable!  But, on the outside chance that I am still in this - I thought maybe I would post something! 

I guess I should start with my fabric lines that are coming out.  First, coming soon to a quilt shop near you, we have Americana.  Being a total sucker for anything patriotic, this was a natural for me.  I learned to be patriotic from my dad, who woke us up on the 4th of July with LOUD Stars & Stripes Forever on the record player.  I didn't always appreciate this - particularly in my college years - but I would give anything to have him around to do that now.  Lesson:  Appreciate your parents while you can - they won't always be around to annoy you!

So, I design fabric - or do I?  Although I have been known to take out a dot here and there, or change the scale of a design, my fabrics are authentic reproductions of antique fabrics.  Most of these fabrics are from quilts, quilt tops, blocks and fabric pieces that I have collected.  I have a special affinity for fabrics from the Civil War era, but I like from the 1800's up to the turn of the century. 

Reproduction - what exactly does that mean?  Basically, I choose fabrics I like from my collection.  I do what I can to enhance them - sometimes that means making the print sharper, as these fabrics are often pretty faded, and sometimes I don't have big enough pieces to make out the entire pattern, so I piece together what I can, and fill in the blank as best I can.  Once I have the print the way I want it, I come up with alternate colorways.  Usually, I have a plan - patriotic, pink & brown, blue & white - or anything that Penny Rose needs!  I always try to make the colors work together, and throw in some neutrals.  Since I own a quilt shop, I know what I need to have in a fabric line for it to sell in my shop.  Whenever we order a complete line, it seems like there are a few dogs that I know will end up in our sale room.  My goal is to produce a line with no dogs.  Hah!

I believe I have digressed - back to Americana.  The Storyboard is below.  As you can see, there are 7 different prints, and each is done in 3 different colorways.  There were other prints that the company decided not to use, and other colors that they had do choose from.  Once they have decided what to do, a stylist (read that - someone that actually knows what they are doing) fixes everything so that it will print correctly on fabric and they send it out for test prints (strike-offs).  Sometimes they get sent back a few times before the colors are just right and the prints are sharp or soft enough. 

With the Americana line, we have done a Block-of-the-Month.  Diane Nieman designed this awesome quilt and I think you will agree that it works perfectly with my fabrics.  We are extra excited that Penny Rose is helping us in offering this to other quilt shops.  Ask your local shop if they are going to do it, or do it online through our shop.  You can find all the information at: www.piecefulgathering.com under "Shop Online - Block of the Month Quilts and Clubs.

Until Next time...  
Happy Quilting - Carrie

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!

I know, it is hard to believe that Christmas is already here, but I was saying to Katie the other day that for some reason, I feel more ready than usual.  Not that I have done more (you know me better than that), but somehow I am more ready in my heart - I guess that is how I would describe it.

Maybe some of you are like me - I don't look forward to events and occasions as much as I seem to look forward to them being over.  Not that I want them to end fast (usually), but I am in a hurry to get on to the next thing, or I am worried about something that I should be doing instead.   I think a lot of us are like that, and we don't take time to enjoy what is right in front of us.

I don't know if it is the grandchildren, or just that I am getting to a new stage in my life, but I am truly looking forward to having my family around me and soaking in each joyful moment of the fun and laughter that they bring.  I am also vowing to try to live my life in the moment a little more.

I hope you all have a most joyful and blessed Christmas!


My Little Sweethearts