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



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kits for Christmas Baskets are Ready at Calico Annie's



Time for a new Christmas quilt at your shop/house!

Yes, there is still time to have a new Christmas Baskets quilt sewed and ready for the holidays this year!  

Call Calico Annie's Quilt Shop in Fullerton, Nebraska, 
for a kit and sit down to enjoy some wonderful 
stress-free sewing.   These fabrics are from the Christmas Remembered Collection!

What a great gift to yourself this holiday!
Phone number is 308-536-2925

Call today!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Baskets is Ready!

Ready to get a head start on your holiday sewing?  The Christmas Baskets  pattern is ready!

Featuring the Christmas Remembered  fabric collection, this pattern brings a beautiful Christmas quilt to your home that can become a family treasure for some lucky person this holiday.  

Perhaps your shop can hold a class before Christmas!  

Give me a call at 712-362-3022 for patterns.  And I'll get them out to you as soon as possible! 


 Although we are having a few rainy days this week in Iowa, I hope you are enjoying these beautiful fall days!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Awesome Tree Skirt with Christmas Remembered Collection

Twilight Tree Skirt by Holly Hansen
What a great surprise!
Thanks so much to Holly for making her Twilight Tree Skirt from my 
It is simply gorgeous!  

She found the pattern in the book "Mariner's Compass Quilts" by Judy Mathieson!

The pattern in the book is 20" in diameter but by enlarging it 118% as the pattern directs, she was able to sew a 30" diameter tree skirt!  The collection's stripe makes a perfect bias binding for the Mariner's Compass circled by flying geese!  It is just awesome!

Thanks again, Holly, for sharing it with us at Thursday Girls last week!  And for finding such a great use for my newest collection!  Time to get on those holiday projects, girls!

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