Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Z is for ZIG-ZAG

Zig Zag: A line or course that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions. Also, zig-zag is a stitch frequently used in appliquéd quilts, adhering one pattern piece to the base block. None of the pieces in this set of blocks from Athelstan, Iowa incorporate zig-zag stitches. Most of the blocks were entirely hand-stitched. A …

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‘Y’ is for YARD SALE

Yard sale; one was the source of my magnificent find. Frequent news stories report how treasures worth thousands and millions of dollars are discovered in yard sales and second hand stores. Finds at these venues don’t need to be valued that highly to be a treasure. These thirty small pieces of muslin, appliquéd with vintage …

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‘X’ is for eXcited

I admit it; I’m stretching on the ‘X’ post for the A to Z blog challenge. But I AM excited, about many things. I’m eXcited that I fortuitously found these squares at the yard sale. I’m eXcited that the A to Z blog challenge gives us this chance to persist with our blogs and grow …

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Weese’s … two cousins, three blocks

Two Weese’s are commemorated in Doris’ friendship quilt squares. Dean Weese, two years old in 1934, has two squares in the set. One of the unsolved mysteries is why he has two squares. We’ll never know. We can’t ask his mother. Zelma Leona (Smith) Weese, a member of the Athelstan Quilt Guild, made his square. …

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Value … in more ways than one

Today is a ‘V’ day. It also means that the end of the A to Z blog challenge is drawing near. Four more days after today – W, X, Y, and Z – and the blog challenge will be done for 2013. ‘V’ is for value, a word with many definitions. Some of the dictionaries …

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Unsigned … Three Mystery Quilt Blocks

Three of the quilt blocks in this set from 1934 are unsigned. Everyone else signed their names to their blocks. These three, one female block and two male blocks, have no identifying name stitched on them. My thoughts are these three blocks represent an Amish or Mennonite family in the Athelstan area. The vivid, bright …

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“T’ is for Thelma … Thelma Weaver that is!

Two squares have the same fabrics and same stitching. But the two quilt blocks have two different names; Thelma Weaver and Berneice Scott. There must be a connection, more than the matching calico of the squares. The search for clues was successful. Thelma Weaver’s mother passed away in 1931, leaving Thelma, her sister and her …

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Sunbonnet Sue’s and Overall Bill’s

Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill appliqué patterns date back to approximately 1900-1915. Poorly kept records by Ladies Art Company (LAC), make documentation difficult, as reported by Hart Cottage Quilts. They also report that early appliqué patterns were difficult. This changed around 1930. The Kansas City Star ran a pattern for Springtime Molly with “Sunbonnet Sue’ …

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R.I.P. Nellie Ellen Morris

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny  without leaving some mark on it forever. – Francois Mauriac Not a lot is known about Nellie Ellen Morris. She was born in Athelstan, Iowa on November 22, 1886, to Jacob and Sarah Elizabeth (Martin) Arnold. She had two sisters, Cora and Emma, and …

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Quilts … the more the merrier!

I’m a firm believer that one can never have too many quilts. Especially vintage quilts! Today’s ‘Q’ post for the A to Z blog challenge isn’t about the set of 30 friendship quilt blocks from Athelstan. It’s about two quilt tops that I purchased with the quilt blocks. I was looking to purchase (hopefully) one …

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