My buddy Amy Buehler dropped off some old quiting titles the other day. She knows that I collect them. If they’re old, about quilting, then I want them. I’ve seen the Grandmother’s Flower Quilts and the Blue Ribbon Quilts photocopied and sold on eBay. I didn’t realize that they were copies until it was too late. I should have read the fine print. Anyway, I’m so happy to have the real original ones in my collection now.
These two are hardback books. It’s really funny to go through Michael James’ book to see the origins of where he came from. The quilts, which were breakthrough at the time, are unremarkable and, what probably be considered beginner quilts now.
I think it’s always terrific to look back from where we came. It’s really fun to pick up really old magazines and realize the struggle making a quilt was just 20 years ago! Not to mention the hideous designs and color choices! Oh, and you’ll get a real kick out of the prices of notions and things. Amazing. Of course, gas was 55-cents a gallon in June, 1974 which was shocking at the time! Now, HAPPINESS truly is a full take of gas!
I found this cross stitch kit in the sale rack at Barnes & Noble last week for about $5-bucks. I love to cross stitch and it’s how I really began my quilting textile journey. I still love cross stitch and am really partial to historical samplers and European kinds of needlework. Between my love for both embroidery and quilting, I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong century…then again, a man couldn’t get away with playing with those kinds of things in an earlier time. Women’s lib has helped us all.
Here’s a little tease: Cross stitch designer extraordinaire, Ursula Michael, will have an original and exclusive Quilter’s Cross Stitch Pattern published in the Sept/Oct issue of Quilter’s Home. So get your needles and floss ready!
In a Quandry….and speaking of books….and such
I’m a bit disappointed in the the content of most of the quilting, sewing and crafting books that pass my desk. Many of them are real dogs and rehashes of the same old thing. Every once in awhile something truly breathtaking and remarkable happens in a book and I get totally excited about it, but that doesn’t happen all that often, especially in light of the enormous amount of books that are published on these subjects each year.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think that the publishing houses are doing their absolute best and are looking for the next ‘sliced bread’ like everyone else, but often times you can see,and feel like a book was ‘settled on’ that either isn’t quite ready to be a book yet but may have great book potential. I totally get it. I am often at the place with the articles I write or get to edit.
Here’s the issue: In the whole history of quilting and sewing magazines there has never been a negative (or what I think is a truly honest) reviewof a quilting/craftingsewing books. If the book sucks, then the editor just won’t include it in the new books section, pandering to the advertiser or playing the “good girl” as to not hurt feelings. I think that is a terrible disservice to both the magazine readership, and the industry at large. So, I want to start doing REAL reviews of ALL kinds of books, not just the slam dunk good ones.
What do you think? Is it necessary? Is it too negative? Would you read them? What’s your perspective on it?
Hotter ‘n Hell!
Oh my goodness, it’s been so hot here on Pickle Road. Even the with the rain storms I’m still sweating putty balls! Of course that raises the question: If I’m absolutely in HELL who would be the two people that I’m forced to sit between for all of eternity?
Of course my H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks neighbor on the other side of me just has to be none other than the world’s very worst best friend and confidante, Linda Tripp. No matter how you might feel about Bill and Monica — with friends like this one, who needs enemies?
Now, granted, just looking at that face for all of those months on TV might have been hell enough for me AND for her on earth so she might get to bypass the real thing….
I, on the other hand, know I’ll be feeling this insane June heat for the rest of all time right between the two of them.
Last weekend I attended the Brownstone Quilt Guild’s 25th Anniversary. It’s ironic that I guild that I belong to was started the year I was born . . .
The Brownstone Quilters are a group from Northern NJ, a little less than an hour from Pickle Road, across from the shores of Manhattan!
It was a great potluck luncheon, with more food than I’d ever seen at a quilting event — EVER! And you know we can eat, baby!
Besides the food (which I could barely tear myself away from) was a gigantic Tricky-Tray raffle auction. They had small quilts, bundles or fabrics and books, floor stand hoops, just amazing things. You bought strips of tickets and placed your tickets into the jars of the items you wanted to win. Of course, I won nothing! NOTHING, out of the hundreds of things that were there!
Speaking of Barb, try to remember back to the time when nothing came between Brooke and her Calvins…
Yes, a time even before Andre Agassi. . .
Barb was wearing a top that looked like it was vintage from that period, made from the designer of all things 70’s, Missoni. Remember the name?
Here is Barb in her Missoni-esque top. Then here is a vintage Missoni scarf that I found on eBay.
That got Barb and Mary and I reminiscing about the 70’s designer, Vera! Remember her? Here’s some of her stuff, but not the classic Vera that I recall.
One of the reasons this came up was because while I was at Quilt Market in Portland, I was amazed at how many fabric designers are ripping off Vera! Some fabric looks almost identical to the original!
Kim Daehnke here, is the First VP, organizer of the event and part of the PICKLE POSSE. Kim turned me onto a product and a tip that I’ll share with you — in an upcoming Quilter’s Home. Shhhhhh! It’s top secret! 🙂
One of my favorites of the challenge was from this lady who says that she NEVER needs to win a ribbon because she’s already won them all for this quilt — of course, she was the judge! LOL
On my way home, I had to stop at a local shop, Cozy Quilt Shop, in River Edge, New Jersey. It’s a fairly new shop and a very nice one. Too bad it wasn’t there when I lived in Fort Lee….well, maybe that was too close for my credit card’s comfort!
The owner, Denise, and staff are all really friendly and my friend Janice Jamison teaches there.
Anyway, if you’re near River Edge, you have to stop in!
Is Big Brother Watching You?
Apparently there has been a a study in which researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people to determine their movement patterns using their cellphones.
Whiel the study is illegal in the USA due to invasion of privacy issues, this study was conducted in an undisclosed industrialized nation. “The subjects were chosen at random out of a pool of 6 million from a mystery wireless provider and tracked based on cell tower triangulation and other “tracking devices.”
That’s what I love about cell phone companies. They can’t help you find your lost or stolen cellphones based on someone (other than you) using your cell number but they can track your movements for studies like this! And so I say to the cellphone companies around the world who have been unwilling to find our lost and stolen cellphones:
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