Blizzard Sewing

We’ve been hit by Snowzilla here on the East Coast. School’s out, hubby’s been scrambling to reschedule travel plans.  I’ve been sewing. Finished the borders on this community quilt. I imagine I will machine quilt the pieced interior. But those ombre borders are screaming “hand quilted horseshoes” to me.             […]

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AL OGG and Green Skull

Poison Bottle BOM Block Four-Make YOUR Block!

This month’s bottles are called A.L. Ogg  and “Green Skull” or Wheaton Skull.                             My version of this block uses a print fabric on the A.L. Ogg bottle to simulate the nubbed texture. My Wheaton Skull features a swirly green print fabric […]

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History of A.L. Ogg and Wheaton Skull bottles in Block Four

A.L. OGG/South Yarra This very rare poison bottle was blown for an Australian pharmacist. A small group of these were discovered in Australia years ago. South Yarra is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  This bottle was made by the Whitall-Tatum Co, Millville NJ, approximately 1885-1900. It is cobalt blue, square with beveled corners, a lattice […]

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Block Four Variations

My virtual friend Maddie Kertay, owner at Spool and founder of the BadAss Quilters Society, graciously agreed to make her version of this month’s poison bottle block!  Get thee to her blog right now and check it out! My mod variation is kept simple. I chose not to put the face and vein details on […]

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Delectable Mountains

I’m listening to the audio version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott right now. I had forgotten it begins at Christmastime. It has been decades since I’ve read it. In the novel, the sisters play at Pilgrim’s Progress, a game based on John Bunyan’s allegory of 1678. The Delectable Mountains are a part of the […]

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block three Halloween variation

Block Three Variations

My friend Debbie Berkebile agreed to try her hand at this blog for our quilt-along! She is very brave and tried Silver Lame!!  Check out her version at Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures.  I made a Halloween version of this block. I picked that strange circus-y fabric for the ribbed bottle because it reminded me of […]

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block three

Poison Bottle BOM Block Three-Make Your Block

Please visit the Block of the Month tab to download the two bottle patterns. To learn more about the history of these bottles, check out this blog entry. December’s block features a gold ribbed bottle, and a tall blue-green bottle labeled Tipper’s Animal Medicine. The gold bottle features two “ribbed” sections. I used a textural […]

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 6th 4-6pm I will be working on our hand quilting project at the Belair Mansion on Sunday, and chatting with visitors about the quilt. Step back to an 1830’s Christmas as the early 19th century residents of Belair enjoy the holiday! The Hall will be set with a ladie’s quilting bee, delicious “desserts” […]

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December Blog Challenge

I’m a total Cheryl Sleboda fangirl. I’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting her in real life several times now. Cheryl is so smart. She challenged herself to blog every day in December. And to make herself accountable, she invited lots of other people to join her in her challenge. My personal goal is to […]

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