Monday, April 23, 2012

Just 4 of over 200 quilts

Sandie Nagy writes
I've sent you just a few of the quilts my mother did.  She did all hand quilting, and the one called "Grandmother's Flower garden, she had to cut each piece separately and then sew brown paper to the back so in all reality she had to do each one twice.  

The Dresden plate was started by my Great-Grandmother (on my dad's side) in 1920's and then my mother finished it.  The quilt w/ the purple ribbon was the last one she did and she finished it 2 weeks before she died.  I had to have binding put on, but she had already made the binding.  I entered it in the Iron County fair, the year after she died and she had taken the top 3 awards.  They were Grand Sweepstakes, Reserve Sweepstakes (on the child's candlewick) and the Judges choice (on the Candlewick Xmas Tree Squirt.)  She was a woman of many talents.  

Too bad she didn't pass some on to me.  But she hated computers and wouldn't even use an ATM. She made over 200 quilts since 1980s.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

1812 Preserve the Pensions Quilt AWESOMENESS

Thanks to Gena Philibert-Ortega for posting this pic on our Genea-Quilters Facebook page.

Here's another view:

This is simply gorgeous. I am sure that it will make quite a splash at NGS Cincinnati, where the first raffle tickets will be sold to support the FGS-NARA 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project.

"The Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community have started a project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of this important war. These images will be available for free. Contributions to this project have already made these files available.

This initiative seeks to raise $3.7 million. Preserve the Pensions! seeks to raise the bulk of the funds before the bicentennial of the start of the war and finish digitization before the bicentennial of the war's end in 2015. With 7.2 million images in 180,000 files, there is much digitization to do."

Take one little block and have some fun

Isn't this the cutiest little checkbook cover? I think the bright colors really make it delightful.

 This is a freebie pattern from