Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Last night I spoke to the great ladies of the Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit. The topic was Quiltmaking in Detroit in the 1930s. The power point lecture is really cool. Not many people know that there were many quilt shows in Detroit where attendance was over 50,000! I showed slides of quilts from the MSU Museum's Clark Family Collection and brought a few quilts of my own.

Flower Lady

Double Wedding Ring, Edna O'dell, Okemos, MI, 1940

Dresden Plate with Butterflies

Garden Bouquet, A Nancy Page pattern by Florence
LaGanke Harris syndicated in papers all over the country
in the 1930s.

This fan variation was published in the Detroit News as Spanish Fleet.

We touched on the topic of quilt documentation. Here's the link to the Michigan Quilt Project form: If you live in Michigan or your quilt was made in Michigan, fill out the form, take a picture and send it to me. Your quilt will be entered in the Quilt Index. Thanks ladies, I had a great time!

Till next time......Happy Quilting.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


 Spring has come early to Michigan. I work on the Michigan State University campus which is blooming everywhere. These two glorious trees are right across from my office building.
 It is a Japanese flowering crab tree. The buds are pink and the inside of the blossoms are white. The combination is stunning. They are my favorite trees on campus.
I love them so much my DH bought me the same type of flowering crab for my front yard.  It hasn't bloomed yet and it has a little way to go until it looks like the ones at work, but I am hopeful.

On Tuesday, April 17 I'll be visiting the Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit where I'll be speaking about Quiltmaking in Detroit in the 1930s. Guild members are invited to bring quilts from the 1930s, so it  should be a great show and tell too.I hope to see some of you there.

Till next time.......Happy Quilting.