Saturday, January 19, 2019

I Learned How to Use my Needle Threader!

I am so excited!  I learned to use my automatic needle threader this morning!  I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at the threader on my machine & said to myself "I can do this!"  only to fail & go back to my sewing!  How depressing & such a hit to my intelligence!

Well, this morning I was reading blogs & came across the blog of Patchwork Plus which shows wonderful pictures of the exact procedure to be successful at this endeavor!  What I discovered, thanks to Patchwork Plus, was that my threader was not coming far enough to the front to actually put the thread through the hole of the needle, so there was no way that I could be successful.  Well, it works now & I am tickled about it!  What a wonderful way to begin the year!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patchwork Plus, & here is the link for those of you who may still be fighting this technique!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Clothesline Quilter: WASHINGTON STREET STUDIO Booth #1752

The Clothesline Quilter: WASHINGTON STREET STUDIO Booth #1752: Don't miss the Temperance Blues Collection at the Washington Street Studio Booth #1752!   And right there on the table, see the quil...

Friday, May 18, 2018


Don't miss the Temperance Blues Collection at the Washington Street Studio Booth #1752!  

And right there on the table, see the quilt of T-blocks!  T is for Temperance!

Also, see the NEW Vintage French Paisley Collection!  Circa 1850      

Also another quilt there on the table for your viewing!  Love it & want you to see it!

Have a great market, everyone!  And safe travels home!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Time for a Little History Lesson!

Temperance Collection

My Temperance Blues Collection,

named for the Temperance Movement in U.S. history, was a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  It began as early as the American Revolution in Connecticut, Virginia and New York.  People preached - and pledged - abstinence of alcohol throughout Europe and America for many reasons.

 History shows that by the early 1800's, the average American over 15 years of age drank nearly seven gallons of alcohol a year (three times as much as we drink today)!
Alcohol abuse, primarily by men, wreaked daily havoc in families as women, with few legal rights, and many children to raise, were totally dependent on their husbands for support.

With the formation of the American Temperance Society early in 1830, the movement grew quickly throughout the states.  Maine, which was the first state to adopt actual temperance laws and guidelines, served as a model for other states.

Lightest sku's of the Collection
Medium Blues of the Collection
Temperance fountains were built in public places to provide safe drinking water in hopes of keeping people out of the saloons and away from consuming alcohol.  Concerns over alcohol consumption also gave way to other important social issues such as slavery, ill treatment of marginalized people, and in much later years, women's rights.
Darkest Blues of the Collection

Now, aren't you happy to have that little history lesson!  This collection was inspired by a little T-quilt from the mid-1800's which I so thoroughly have enjoyed owning.  

The blues are represented from the light hues all the way to the very dark, rich indigo.  T is for Temperance Quilt has been designed for this collection.  Notice the upside-down T's on two corners of the quilt!

This line is currently being sold by P & B Textiles/Washington Street Studio and distributors.

T is for Temperance

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