Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
and even better, you'll see below that I am preparing five of them!! So if you are not the first winner drawn, you still have four chances to win! Everything you need to start crazy quilting - or add to your current crazy quilting projects - is in these boxes!
In the photo above, I am cutting fancy fabrics from my "stash" - some from local shops and some from trips to Europe and even some that my husband bought for our Crazy Quilting group while he was in Taiwan! I have included threads and lace and trims, plus each box contains a small velvet handbag and a velveteen journal that you can embellish with crazy quilting. Each box will also include a copy of Crazy Quilt Stitches by Leisure Arts. The Hat Boxes are a fundraiser for the Scott County Historical Society. The drawing for the boxes will be held on October 22, 2009 at the monthly meeting of the Scott County Crazy Quilters. If you would like more info on this you can contact me at my e-mail address. Just click on my profile and you will see the link on that page.
Well, I guess I better get started on organizing that "chaos". Every few days, I will post here about aspects of the exhibit or with info on crazy quilting. As Spring arrives, I'll also share stories of The Landing because when the grass starts to turn green and the flowers begin to bloom there is nothing quite so pretty as that little place along the Minnesota River.
And the winners of the boxes are........
Lavonne Schmitt, Betty Gerold, Elle Blomquist, Sheila Helmick and Deanna Geer! All of the boxes have been picked up by the lucky winners!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In March of 2001, we presented our work in an exhibit that honored Women's History Month. As the years went by we continued to stitch and shared things for other exhibits of Sunbonnet Sue quilts and Aprons and Hats and Basket Quilts, always in honor of Women's History Month.
And now we are here again........it's Women's History Month and we are back with an exhibit of Crazy Quilting. This one is different. Instead of just one month, this time it's over six months that this exhibit will be in place. Each month (except July) there will be special activities going on at the museum so that others can learn the art of crazy quilting. As we journey through those months, I'll take you along. The opening of the exhibit is Saturday, March 7th and when I return from it I will sit down in the evening and share some photos and stories of the exhibit with all of you. I won't do it all in one night, though. I'll share it a little at a time. I'm also going to introduce you to the women in our group and the projects they have made or are working on. I'll tell you more about The Landing, the Scott County Historical Society and it's home, the Stans Museum. So if you enjoy crazy quilting, any type of handwork, a little bit of history and you love a good story, then come along on this little Crazy Quilting Journey with me!
Most Sincerely Yours,
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In the summer of 1998, I proposed a plan to have volunteers and anyone who was interested in crazy quilting to make a 12" block for a crazy quilt that would be a raffle item at Murphy's Landing's Annual Adopt-a-House event. We had a lot of fun creating those blocks and the completed quilt raised a little over $2500 for The Landing. Definitely a success!
That next summer of 1999, we began work on another raffle quilt (embroidered and patchwork blocks) but still enjoyed working on crazy quilts, too. I had sewn the raffle quilt together and when it was finished, I really hated to part with it and so was determined to make one of my own. I remember telling Doc Pistulka (another volunteer who was a Doctor in real life but enjoyed playing the role of the village doctor at Murphy's Landing) that I thought a good name for our sewing circle would be "The Ladies of the Landing Philanthropic Sewing Society". He laughed as he should have as no one would want to say that more than once and so that idea never grew. Then one day after some of us came in from a day of "work" in the houses, we were talking about how nice it would be if we could continue to meet all year round and continue to crazy quilt. Minnesota winters are no fun in a house or building with no heat or just a small log stove!! Judith, the Education coordinator at the Scott County Historical Society, was at the Landing that day and heard us talking and said "why not meet at the Historical Society?" And so we did! The seed had blossomed for what would become our crazy quilt group.