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Getting Lost in Time

Dresden quilt block

©Coffee and Cotton

I have been hanging onto a stack of these Dresden blocks. I bought them at a vintage goods store. All are made from 1930’s/1940’s fabrics. Originals, not reproductions. Someone lovingly cut and pieced them together…unplugged. I think they were assembled incorrectly because I can’t seem to turn the edges evenly to applique {I think I may need to release part of their seams}. None-the-less they make me daydream.
Who was the woman or man that made the blocks? Was the clothing, that later became quilt material, worn by a farmer’s wife, a beloved child, a husband? Perhaps a more modern family dwelling in an urban area? Was the sewing interrupted by crying babies, cooking for family, heartaches? Why were they never assembled? Why did those related to the quilter not keep them?
See how my mind can go down paths and make up dreamy stories as I go? I did the same thing when I lived in 2 Victorian homes in the SF Bay. My mind’s eye would see women in long dresses walking along the beach or men in their Tweed pulling the horse and buggy up to the wood sided garage… all while I stood at my sink washing dishes.
Am I alone here? Does your mind easily wander go down paths of imagined history?

And what is life? A crazy quilt;
Sorrow and joy, and grace and guilt,
With here and there a square of blue
For some old happiness we knew;
And so the hand of time will take
The fragments of our lives and make,
Out of life’s remnants, as they fall,
A thing of beauty, after all

~ “A Crazy Quilt” by Douglas Malloch

Adventures in *Wonderland*

What a wonderful gift I received yesterday from my friend Luci. She has recently launched a beautiful line of soaps, shampoos, lotions and other body care yummies. Her new shop is Wonderland Bath. Please pay her shop a visit . I am very impressed with the quality of her products. The Chai Tea lip balm is edging out my favorite Burt’s Bees and the Pear soap is to die for! I love the portability of her Beeswax solid lotion and it seems very soothing and protective without being heavy or greasy. I can’t wait to try out the solid shampoo and conditioner. This was not a requested promotion of her products. Just me thanking her for a fantastic gift. Thank you Luci!

A Tribute to Bonnie Leman

Anyone recognize this book?

How about these?

My interest in quilts began a long time ago. My actual quilting not quite as long but still long enough to be an oldie. I spent most of the years making quilts for my babies and gifts for others.
When I became interested in quilting in the early/mid 80s { yes, I’m THAT old } Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine {now called Quilter’s Newsletter} was my favorite source of inspiration. I spent many hours drooling and dreaming over the beautiful quilts adorning the pages while thinking ‘I will never be able to quilt like that’
Bonnie Leman was the founder of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. She passed away on September 4th, 2010. I am thankful for her contribution to the world of quilting for over 30 years. Her magazine helped in the quilt revival that I believe began in the late 1960’s.
I never met her except through that wonderful resource. I still have many of my QNMs and my Log Cabin Quilts book.
My condolences to her family and a big thank you Ms. Bonnie Leman. I know you inspired many of us and will continue to do so.

Sir! May I get off the rollercoaster now???

No nifty needle pics or plans to post today. Yesterday was Life-Interruptus Majorus! My youngest was hit by a car while riding his bike. Driver’s fault. He is banged up, bruised up, road-rashed real pretty and has a considerable gash along his temple. Other than that he is fine. Yes, he wore his helmet. Today’s plans are to attend my next to youngest son’s graduation. Don’t blink. Life comes at you F A S T==========!!!!
The Mind Eraser drop
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