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    Getting Antsy for Spring

    I am definitely getting antsy for spring. I planted the remainder of my spring bulbs last Sunday during a warm up(62 degrees). Now, I am ordering plants that I really don't need ! Western Bleeding Heart, Lily of the Valley and Hellebore. I was also oogling the canna website. I have found my seed inventory list and started reading it over. Of course, it is not spring though we have days that hint of spring. Tomorrow I am going to satisfy my need for color and beauty by going to a quilt exhibition, Art of the Needle, at the Art Museum. It is a travelling exhibition from the Shelburne museum in Vermont that I saw at the art museum in Palm Beach. I paid $10 there and it's free here(free admission on Saturday). The quilts are antique--18th, 19th and early 20th century. I was so intrigued by them that I tracked down and bought the book with photos and backstories about the quilts(Art of the Needle).
    Do take a look at quilt slides 1-7 on this link. I find so much amazing .
    http://www.shelburnemuseum.org/colle...etail.php?id=9
    For example, slide 6 is early 20th century Mennonite. Look at that vivid color and geometry. I just don't associate that with Mennonite(similar to Amish). And, oh, those Mariner's compasses in slide 3 and the vivid color in slide 4(mid 1800's). Again, I really didn't know that such vivid color was used in those days. And I am amazed at the designs.
    No, I don't quilt !
    But it's the closest I can get to the variety of a beautiful garden(not mine) in winter !





    http://www.shelburnemuseum.org/colle...etail.php?id=9
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Cathy, I don't quilt either but my Mom does. She will very interested to see this link. I love the Mariners Compass. I amdmire anyone that has that much patience and puts so much work into a quilt. I have two, one form each Grandmother that I prize highly.
    Thanks so much for sharing this article and pictures.
    tennessee sue

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    I especially like #3, the Mariner's Compass Quilt.

    There is no way that I would sew by hand to quilt, but it's quite fun with a serger and using a rotary cutter and cutting board.

    I'm getting antsy also, and I haven't had hardly any really cold whether yet. It's just the fact that so many things are dormant. The only blooms that I see right now are camellia (gotta get some more) and the newly acquired Amaryllis bulbs.

    I know.... It's only two more months for me, then I can cheer you all up with more blooms!
    Ann B.
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    Just got back from the Wichita Art museum. Even though I saw the quilts before, I managed to spend more than a hour looking. With quilts you have to look very closely or you might miss something. The stitching, the print on the pieces of fabric used, the embroidery, the writing: yes, they would write poems or sayings and their names/dates with some kind of ink(which of course is now very faded). One that I read probably sums up why many made these quilts, in ink was written: "Jeneleine Mikell Remember me 1850" 157 years later , I guess we are remembering Jeneleine from South Carolina!
    I was particularly taken by the crazy quilts--simply breathtaking , elegant and colorful.
    I wandered a bit through some of the rest of the museum and saw Mary Cassatt's famous Mother and Child. I also saw alot of CM Russell's western art.
    I will have to remember to check their website and visit again, especially with free admission on Saturday.
    When I got home there was my long awaited rebate for my allergy medicine--enough to pay for the plants that I just ordered. Cool !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    LOL! Last night I went on-line and bought a book about crazy quilt stitches and motifs. Hubby asked me, “so, is this going to replace daylilies now?”
    My reply was no although I probably will concentrate more on what I have and growing out the seeds I have already, but I would have done that anyway. I’m just experimenting at this point—with the quilt stuff. The book is about stitches and that’s a good basic thing to do for now. I picked crazy quilts because they are so dog gone pretty---lots of black velvet sets off the gorgeous array of colorful ‘sew ons’ and I might just use daylilies ! Also, from what I read “there are no rules”; I like that !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Cathy,
    I know you have probably already looked but there are lots of quilt sites on the internet. I had Mom up here looking at them. I wil have to get some pictures for you of quilts I have from each grandmother and that Mom has made. When I find the battery charger for my camera that is.
    Good luck with your new hobby.
    tennessee sue

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    That is so neat to have something that you can hold and enjoy looking at, knowing they spent hours with it when they were sewing it. And I am in awe of people who can work so diligently; saintly artists for certain. I'd love to see your photos when the opportunity arises for you.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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