Amherst Quilters Guild

December 10, 2015

Hello! (testing new blog site)

Hi everyone, long time no see, right? Yes, it is me, Marija, the perpetual MIA blog writer… Nothing like a brand new web-site and blog to give me a kick in… (you know what) to get back on the wagon and be much better about writing – promise to be better, with all my might!! OK, enough about that! Hey – this is a test – I just got all the information and I am trying to see if this works, I hope it does! Please, please – re-subscribe (add your name and email, on the upper left side), if you didn’t so already, so that you continue to get notifications about new blog posts. It just wasn’t possible to transfer that from the old blog, so it will only take minute for you to re-subscribe – THANK YOU!! I will keep this post short, since it is a test, […]
April 20, 2012

your most valuable coin

Hello all, ME once more. “Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you don’t let other people spend it for you.” That’s a quote from John Dryden, English poet of 1600’s. Like all the other coins in our life, there is never enough time. How are you spending your time these days? (Is this quote the origin of our expression?) Are your quilt show things done or at least getting there? Here’s hoping you get to decide how to spend your time. I think that one of the best things about retirement is that most of those choices are now mine, not my employer’s. Now there are lots of times when I can say “no” to things that would take away from my time. Here’s a link to some very nice free quilt […]
April 17, 2012

so how old is it?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. The oldest quilt in the Western World…how old is it? It’s been dated as between 1360-1400 AD. Where from? Sicily, Italy. Where is it now? In the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. What about it? Known as the Tristan quilt, it’s a wholecloth quilt, telling the story of Tristan and Isolde. Go to the link for a photo and its full story. Amazing to me that it is still around, in pretty good shape considering its age and past circumstances. That prompted me to spend a bit of time around the internet, looking for old quilts. Wow-what a mass of information is out there! I went to YouTube and searched for “history of quilts”. Too many results to summarize, but if this topic is of interest to you too, give that search a try. The history of quilts in general, the history of quilt […]
April 15, 2012

Slow down Sunday

Good morning all, Mary Ellen here. Do you remember when Sundays used to be a day of rest? Stores were closed, not much was happening outside of the family. Maybe a musical performance, a club get together but generally it was a day to reflect and rewind. Couldn’t we please go back to that? Catching up on a few of my favorite blogs this morning. I tend to follow a group of rather “modern” quilters in blogland. I think it’s the fabrics they choose that I like so well. The blocks are generally just traditional ones done in a slightly tweaked way. Sometimes they are improvised or wonky, sometimes the pieces are skewed a bit-rectangles instead of squares, ovals instead of circles for example, often they are just as they’ve been made for a hundred years. One quilter I’ve always associated with free form wonky blocks is Gwen Marston. Her […]
April 14, 2012

Need a smile?

Hello again, Found this on another quilter’s blog. If you aren’t smiling when you finished watching this little film about a 9 year old with a great imagination, then your heart is made of stone. There still are people who will go out of their way to make a little boy’s day. Thanks so much for that!
April 14, 2012

what’s new in baby quilts?

Hello all, ME again. Just got an e-mail a few days ago from a young man I mentored while I was teaching. He and I locked horns a few times, resolved our issues, and have become friends. He loves gardening as I do and we have traded many plants. He keeps my most tender plants in his classroom over the winter and brings them back to me for their summer vacation in my garden. He has provided some muscle for me, when the plants I wanted to divide and move were too much for my somewhat (?) older back. Anyway he and his wife (who took my place when I retired; that’s how he met her. I get some credit for that match by default then, don’t you think?) are soon to have their first baby. And a request has come for a custom baby quilt. Of course I am […]
April 13, 2012

the simple life

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Going to try to have a simple day today. Going to grocery store to find something non-processed for dinner. I’m thinking homemade pasta fagiola. One of my college roommates, 100% Italian, had a mom who thought I should be able to make a few “from scratch” Italian specialties. There was no sauce in a jar to be found in her house. She always served pasta fagiola when I visited since I loved it, and it was the first recipe she taught me. Definitely is a humble folksy dish. I have modified it a bit-added a second type of bean, and a second tomato product, but she would recognize it-I haven’t gone Food Network on it at all. (Let me know if you’d like the recipe; there’s another feature of this blog I could try!) It’s even better the second day, which is a good thing […]
April 12, 2012

all buttoned up and buttoned down

Hi, ME again, Still on a bit of a button kick. I wonder how we get those expressions into our language. If you are a reader of ours from the previous blog, you know I am a lover of words and language. Thinking on other expressions and definitions of button that we have in our vernacular. I’m certain that buttons will come around again. I’ve decided that if I want to buy any button boxes at this season’s yard sales, I ought to make a dent in the ones I have. Been looking on my favorite craft sites and at Pinterest (have you joined or visited there yet?) for button crafts and have found a few that will make a significant dent without being too tacky. I was inspired by Paula’s comment about covering a picture frame with buttons. I need a graduation gift before long and I think a […]
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