Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bands of Patterns and Color

 I didn't have much time
to search for quilt shops or even
to do much stitching during my little R & R.

This trip was more about
 visiting with our daughter Kate and
having fun.

This is who Kate works for:
She is the Collection Manager
overseeing the preservation and
 curating the Seminole Tribe of Florida's 
archaeological collections. 

So while we were there
she invited us to attend
a very special ceremony.

It was the installation of the first judges
for the tribe.

It was held near the Council Tree.
This awesome enormous oak tree is
 located in Hollywood, Fl.

The ceremony was attended by people representing
all of the clans of the tribe.

And what a special treat to be surrounded by
everyone wearing their 
beautiful traditional Seminole patchwork.

Men's shirts with colorful
symmetrical patterns.

Small intricate pieces carefully stitched
and then sewn together with other
bands of pattern and lots of tiny rick rack trim.

Look at all the different designs included in
these beautiful skirts.

Each of these patterns begin with strips of fabric
sewn together to create a strata of color.
This larger piece is then cut into different width increments
to create smaller segments.

These in turn are repositioned
and stitched into patterns.
 I don't know how someone is able to sew on
all of that rick rack so straight.  Beautiful.

These patterns have
 many different names
such as alligator tracks, panther eye,
 diamond back and scared fire.

At the ceremony, there were lots of preschool
children all wearing  their beautiful clothing.

This little girl wanted green shiny fabric
and this little boy must love 
Mater and Lightening McQueen
from the movie "Cars"

There was a recent exhibit at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum 
 called "It's Not a Costume -  Modern Seminole Patchwork"

Co-curator, Rebecca Fell said,
"We're focusing on the idea of everyday wear and the 
importance of patchwork to culture and history-
that is what ties all of the pieces together.

But our real emphasis for non-Tribal visitors is to
help them understand that the clothing is not a costume.
It is what is worn as part of daily life."

"Patchwork is for everyday wear.
It's Seminole fashion. 
 It's identity."

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Little R & R

While snowflakes have been falling at home,
I have been hanging out 
in South Florida.

The weather there was unseasonably cool,
(cold for those who call Florida home),
but at least no snow.

We started and finished our trip
on the west coast, the gulf side.
We stayed in a cottage yards away from
the beach and slept to the sound

 of the waves.

 We searched for prehistoric shark teeth
along the beaches,


 did the shell seeker stoop.
We visited with friends who
thought the best way to get to dinner
was via their boat along the 
Intercoastal waterway.
It was the most interesting way I think I've ever
gone to a restaurant.

You couldn't worry about what

your hair looked like when you got there, though.

Our daughter met us over in Naples over the weekend
and it was fun to act like tourists.
First we visited
Thomas Edison's and Henry Ford's Winter
Estate and Gardens in Fort Meyers.
Really lovely gardens.

One of Edison's lab

These were two very interesting men
who changed the world.

And what else do you want to see when you're in 
southern Florida?
Why the Everglades, of course.

And what do you find in the Everglades?
Why alligators, of course.
Sometimes you have to wrestle them
into submission,

and other times just
quietly walk around them
when they're blocking the path.

The most exciting new thing we got to see
were the manatees.
Well, in reality
we saw their noses
and a shadow of their bodies.

But if I were underwater
 this is what I would see.
Aren't they cute?

 You also need to be constantly searching for
the illusive flamingo.

Boy, were we ever lucky
we saw a whole flock.

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pink and Red

My quilting buddies met last week
and we decided to share some
Valentine projects we had made.

I shared two,
one pink and one red.
 Cupid's Arrows
41" x 61"

I'm not sure where
 this sweet Valentine quilt pattern came from. 

The fabrics are at least 15 years old.
Like any scrap quilt it was fun to dig in the stash
and find long forgotten
pieces that seem to just fit into the present project.
Cupid's arrows and hearts
just say love and Valentine's Day.

The second quilt I showed
doesn't have a Valentine theme.
But I wanted to share it because
 I still "LOVE" this quilt,
despite the fact,
that it's already 14 years old.

"Looking Back"
51" x 51"

This quilt was in an early
American Patchwork and Quilting
The quilt was inspired by a
crib quilt dated 1865.
It's whimsical folk style
just makes me smile.

I think it was the cheddar and
turkey red together
that first drew me to make this.
It reminds me how much I like
cheddar in quilts.

The appliqued flowers
added to the sweetness.

The bright bold colors
are such a contrast to
our present day pastels for babies.
These colors just make me think that 
someone was very excited about 
the birth of a new baby.

 I hand quilted it,
which I did mostly back then,
at the turn of the century!

I really liked the red sawtooth border on the outer edge.
It was a strip cut into at regular intervals,
the flaps folded back and underneath 
to create triangles and then 
appliqued onto the green border.

I just had to pick a bright backing too.
I love the chrome yellow and orange along with
the turkey red flowers.

Roses are red,
and violets are blue,
Share some of your
Valentine's quilts 
with us too.

Until Next Time-

Friday, February 6, 2015

Do Not Attempt This

 Tip for the day.

Unless you want your
eyes to pop out
from eye strain,

if you want to 
go absolutely crazy,

Do Not
attempt to quilt on a black wool quilt 
with black perel cotton 
at night.

Do this
ONLY if you happen to be 
a cute little owl.

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Look What Happened

 I know the Super Bowl is 
now history,
but the story of 
deflated footballs is still
high on the 
news media's agenda.
All of this hoopla has caused
a trickle down effect.

I have deflated footballs.

 They were suppose to be touching,
but I couldn't get any of them to do it.
The mistake has to be in my tracing. 
No wait,
I never touched those templates.

So in order to preserve
my applique prowess,
the only thing to do
is to create a cover up.

 no one will ever know
what happened.

PS  This is no way a reflection
on real life football.

 Until Next Time-