When I got the mail yesterday, I was surprised to see a large envelop addressed to my 16-year-old daughter. It was from my mom’s sister, who is my daughter’s great aunt. Aunt Mary follows my daughter’s sewing adventures online, so knows of her love for historical, women’s fashion.
The surprise was 100 or so pages of Harper’s Bazaar magazines, from 1899 to 1907! How cool! They had been torn out and saved by somebody, just the same way that I tear out pages from my favorite quilting magazines. The pages were a combination of mail order fashions and home making articles. Perhaps my quilt magazine tear-out pages will be an equal treasure for my great-great-great granddaughters in 2114!
When I was a kid, I remember my father getting a catalog of fishing supplies. He would study this catalog throughout the winter months, wishing and planning for the tackle “needed” for the following summer. Forty years later I can still remember this store name and the catalog’s place of prominence on our living room end table.
I’d planned yesterday to be Paperwork Day. The stacks of mail had overtaken our kitchen table and it was time to pay some bills. Unfortunately the first piece of mail I came across was Hancocks of Paducah’s summer catalog. This is 168 pages of eye candy … truthfully better than most quilt magazines. I immediately had to take an hour break and go through this catalog, page by page.
Like my father, I study this catalog. I save it. I re-examine pages. I drool over the beautiful quilt kits. I dream about what I could make. I place orders. I keep it in the family room beside my reading chair.
The catalog is incredibly well organized by color and theme. There are 2″ swatches of each fabric design. There are lots of kits and patterns, as well as great fabrics. Their selection of batiks is particularly amazing.
The catalog sells for $2.00, although it’s sent free to customers. I’d highly recommend getting a copy. You can see their fabric on the link below. Catalog requests are on the top right side of the screen.
I was happy to have this quilt chosen for the Dec 2011/Jan 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I made this quilt as part of a reader challenge about pet peeves. As you can see, my pet peeve is people who do not clean up after their dogs!
The model for this quilt is Lancelot, one of our dachshunds rescued from the Dachshund Rescue of North America. I’m most proud of the painting I did, using inks, to make the stone arch. The poop is from beads. Yup. I put poop on a quilt!
(If you can’t see these photos, please go to quiltnotes.wordpress.com).
"My Poopy Puppy" Quilt
Entry Page from Quilting Arts Magazine
Machine Quilting Unlimited is an incredible resource for everyone who is a machine quilter — from those with the simplest machines to longarmers. It is probably my favorite magazine because of the depth of articles and the wonderful photographs. I learn from each issue. It’s a great combo of eye candy and brain food (to draw on some food analogies). You can check out their website at http://www.mqumag.com/home/and consider subscribing.