Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring at MSU

It has been an absolutely gorgeous spring. I took a walk on my lunch hour a few days ago and snapped these pictures of the MSU Campus where I work. So before this beautiful April comes to a close I'll share.

Till next time.... Happy Quilting!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Block Exchange, catch up

Fans, ~40" x 40"

For the past 3 months I was busy working on a Power Point presentation on the Detroit News Quilt Club Corner Column of the 1930s to present at Macomb Community College. I had a great time. We had a big crowd, complete with a super show and tell. A lady in the audience (I'm embarrassed that I didn't get her name) offered this fan quilt top to me. She found it while cleaning out an estate and didn't want it. I jumped at it and am taking this opportunity to thank her again for this wonderful piece.

Now that the lecture is over, I've been able to spend time catching up on my block exchange blocks. So here's a little show and tell....

Dorothy's Rose

Daisy's Squares

Cindy's House

The last block is for Debra. I took two birds that were published in the summer of 1935 in the Detroit News Quilt Club Column Corner's Laurel Wreath quilt. The Detroit News probably purchased this from Florence LaGanke Harris who published it in her Nancy Page Club column in 1934. Since The Detroit Free Press carried the Nancy Page Club, but the Laurel Wreath was being published in the News, the pattern from the News does not carry the Nancy Page byline or include the Florence LaGanke credit.

Cedar Waxwing and Hermit Thrush, 9" x 12".

I've added a free pattern for my version of Cedar Waxwing and Hermit Thrush.

Till next time........happy quilting.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rags and Tatters free quilt pattern

The Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College is displaying 15 quilts from the Michigan State University Museum's Clarke Family Collection. I gave a lecture on the collection on Sunday afternoon. I want to thank everyone who gave me such a warm welcome and to those who brought such great quilts for show and tell. I've made a pattern for one of the quilts in the collection, Rags and Tatters.

In the 1930s, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Times, all offered quilt patterns to their readers. Rags and Tatters was in the Detroit News in 1933.

The top quilt was made by Detroiter Bozena Clarke from 1941-44. Click on the image to find the complete record in the Quilt Index.

The quilt below is an EQ5 version that I made to write the pattern.

The Clarke family made over 40 quilts covering all the classic 30s patterns. If you're in the Detroit area before May 8, make sure and see these quilts, they're worth the trip!

Till next time....Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunbonnet Sue

This is an antique Sunbonnet Sue quilt from my collection. It is one of 10 that I'll bring to a lecture I'm giving for the exhibit,

And Still They Prospered: Living Through the Great Depression

February 27 - May 8, 2010

at the Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College in Clinton Twp., MI. The title of my lecture is:

Quilting in Detroit in the 1930s
Sunday, April 11 - 2 p.m.

I'd like to invite everyone to attend. The power point will have lots of great stuff from the Clarke Family collection at the MSU Museum. In fact 15 quilts from the Clarke Family are on loan for this exhibit.
For more information, directions, etc. go to:

And if you come, please bring a depression era quilt for show-n-tell after the lecture!