Monthly Archives: June 2015

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Whew! I think I may have finally gotten things straightened out a bit on this web site thanks to my good friend Shelly Pagliai.

fire truckI enjoyed my time at International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. There were a few glitches but nothing too major. Probably the craziest thing that happened was the hotel being evacuated when the fire alarm was set off. I was sitting there having breakfast with David Sanders when we were told to leave the hotel. I waited to leave until the fire trucks pulled up. (I was sure it was just a drill!) David finished his breakfast, then left.

So what was the big deal? A guest decided the sprinkler head in his/her room would be the ideal place to hang clothing. Yes, seriously! That made for some very drippy hallways and rooms.

I know this will come as a huge surprise but I did a little shopping there. I found a few things I couldn’t live without in Mary Koval’s booth. I found this lovely summer spread on a hanger.

summer spread

There is only one layer, no batting, no backing. All of the edges are finished and it has a wonderful pink border with mitered corners. I keep looking at this, wondering what it would look like if it were quilted. And what if that bow was appliqued instead of being embroidered? Or maybe the bow is just fine being embroidered?

pink border

It is lovely in its simplicity. Each flower is appliqued in place with a buttonhole stitch. While the thread doesn’t necessarily match the fabric, it adds to the piece rather than detracting.

detail summer sprea

I am curious to learn more about summer spreads. I want to know when they were popular and when they went out of fashion.

I think I have set myself on another research quest. Yikes!