Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Another friend gave me a tea cozy made from an old family quilt. It is one of my favorites. It is used almost daily over my morning teapot. Friends are indeed "the best".
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Back of Vintage Apron
For 25 years I worked in the world of apparel as a patternmaker. I worked for Jantzen and Nike. The sewn items you see on www.marmaladys.com are my patterns. I have been asked over the years if I have certain fabric patterns for my aprons and tea cozies. Not being able to have individual fabric patterns for each person's desires it finally hit me, why not sell the patterns then you can make it or have someone else make it for you. Why I hadn't thought of that sooner, I don't know. But finally here is the beginning of Marmalady's Patterns. Starting the first of May they should be on my website for sale or contact me by email during April and they may be ready. I will feature a different one of the patterns during the next month.
The Vintage Apron pattern is a copy of an apron I found several years ago in an antique shop in Portland. I wear it everytime I am representing Marmalady's at a show. So many people have asked me about it and I finally have made the pattern for you. It is very comfortable, as there is no binding tie around the waist. I love wearing it. On my website the ready made apron is only one size. The pattern will have four sizes in it and will fit everyone from Small (4) to XLarge (20).
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is the original Forestry Center built for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition of 1905. Inside was exhibited forest products and photos of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis, circa 1905. Later this spectacular log building burnt to the ground and was later rebuilt in a different location in Washington Park.
Do you have pictures that depict your history? Old family pictures? Pictures of the places you have lived?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Reflection Teahouse sits behind the reflection pond.
The star magnolia was in bloom.
There were young couples, older couples, families, and friends, both men and women
enjoying the day.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The crazy quilt star was found in an antique shop in Kansas. I have always loved crazy quilts; so the star came home with me to be placed in a frame.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I just finished The Winter Rose, which has some of the same characters as The Tea Rose. It also captured my attention and I enjoyed it very much. Jennifer Donnelly's writing skills were very fine tuned to keep me reading to the end. Yes, it wasn't until the very end that I knew the outcome of the story. Both books were very good reads and I can't wait now for what will come next. There is intrigue, mystery, love, and sadness all wrapped up in each one of these books.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This Candy Store felt like a celebration just to walk in the door.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday I celebrated my half sisters and my March birthdays. We had lunch in a Aurora, Oregon sandwich shop, then spent some time walking through the Aurora Colony Museum. The museum had been running a quilt show, but had changed to a spinning show. I will show the spinning another day. The quilts in these pictures are part of the museums permanent collection. The log cabin baby quilt in the last picture is my favorite pattern, but I loved them all. The Aurora Colony was settled by a religious group coming from
Bethel, Missouri in the 1850's in hopes of finding utopia. They were similar to the Amish and were pacifists. There were several quilts in the permanent collection made by the first settler's to the colony. Each year the museum has a quilt show. One year they had people donate Sunbonnet Sue quilt squares for a quilt to be donated in an auction fundraiser for the museum. Even though I am an amateur quilter, it was fun to have my quilt square included in that quilt. If you ever travel through Aurora, Oregon, please stop by the museum for a step back in to time.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A book that I have read a couple of times is by Sue Bender, Plain and Simple - A Woman's Journey to the Amish. In this book she writes about living for a few months with the Amish after being drawn to them by their quilts.
A quote from the book that explains very clearly the Amish people - "Making a batch of vegetable soup, it's not right for the carrot to say I taste better than the peas, or the pea to say I taste better than the cabbage. It takes all the vegetables to make a good soup!"Worrying about the outcome robs of the joy of simply doing the work. No one person stands out. A mistake in the midst of a well thought out plan, serves as an opening to let the spirit come in. Thus a "mistake" may be built into the quilt. The "work is enjoyable, important and should be respected." This spirit shines through an Amish woman's quilt.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A quote from the book that explains very clearly the Amish people - "Making a batch of vegetable soup, it's not right for the carrot to say I taste better than the peas, or the pea to say I taste better than the cabbage. It takes all the vegetables to make a good soup!"Worrying about the outcome robs of the joy of simply doing the work. No one person stands out.
A mistake in the midst of a well thought out plan, serves as an opening to let the spirit come in. Thus a "mistake" may be built into the quilt. The "work is enjoyable, important and should be respected." This spirit shines through an Amish woman's quilt.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The most popular pattern used was the Log Cabin quilt, which is my favorite too.
During this time period many people in Sweden were extremely poor. The only way to have a blanket or covering to sleep under was to use odds and ends pieces of fabric, plus pieces of old clothes to make quilt. When Asa Wettre, author of Old Swedish Quilts, started collecting quilts, people wouldn't even acknowledge having old quilts in the attic because they just considered them old rags. It wasn't until later that people would reluctantly bring them out and start telling the stories behind the making of the quilt. The book ends with a touching story of an elderly lady in a nursing home that kept asking for her quilt. Finally it was brought to her and she shared the stories of her life through the quilt. There were snippets of her dress as a child, her wedding dress, and even a piece of the pants of a son that died. Each piece in the quilt had a story.