Saturday, April 22, 2017

Seven Sisters Variation Quilt

I am delighted today to share with you, what I believe to be, another Mary E. Hodges, aka "Mamie" quilt. I was able to purchase it from her grt. granddaughter Lannae, whom I had purchased the other Mamie Quilt that was a crazy/block quilt. I spoke with Lannae about her grt. grandmother and was happy to learn that she had called Mamie, "Granny Hodges." I always love it when information is passed generation to generation and you get to talk to someone who knew the quilt maker. Now Lannae could not promise me that this quilt was made by Mamie, as the family had lost track of who had made it, so I decided to do some sleuthing on my own.

I first carefully compared the stitch styles and stitches per inch and found them to be identical in the two quilts at 7 & 8 stitches. The biggest bit of luck came when I found initials marked in ink on the quilt. The first is not easily made out, but the last is clearly an, "H." Now initials are not always true identifiers for they could have been put on at any time. However given the styles and level of difficulty of the two quilts, I feel pretty confident the maker was Mamie.

The pattern of the quilt is a variation on the Seven Sister's pattern which was first documented in 1861 as being taken from the star portion of the Confederate flag. The flag had a seven sisters star pattern to denote the seven states which seceded from the Union in 1861. Texas being one of those states.

Mamie was born in Texas, and was married there to a Texan. Tho her daughter was born in Oklahoma, her son was born in Texas, before they moved to sunny California in 1920, and on to Oregon by 1939. Since an appraisal has been done on this quilt and the fabric's are said to date from 1935 to 39, we do not know whether the quilt was made in California or Oregon, as its date falls during the time she lived in both states.

No doubt she missed her home, family, and friends back in Texas. This pattern would have been a memorial to her Texas roots. She was after all a Southern girl at heart. Other names for this quilt are: 6 Pointed Star in Circle or Tumbling Blocks or 7 Sister Variation. The quilt measures 70" wide x 80" long. It has a solid pale salmon pink boarder, with feed sack cloth stars in prints and solids. It is entirely hand stitched.

Two of the corners have this quirky finish with extra diamonds, as you see here in the upper left.
The mottled looking area's are the sunlight shining through the back, showing where the cotton batting has shifted out of place. A common occurrence in old cotton bat quilts.
  Each solid pink hexagon has a double six sided start quilted in it and matches the color of the pink border.
      You can see the six sided double star quilting in this picture. What fine needlework.
 Here are the initials written in ink. The first is too sloppy to clearly see, but the last is clearly an, "H".
              Here's a funny quirk, this one short line was stitched with blue thread.
 Another quirk is this entire block made up of solids. It is the only star like it on the quilt. I think Mamie had a great sense of humor and liked to add her own personal touches to her quilts.
          Just like the crazy/patch quilt, this one is quilted to the nines with fine even stitches.
The back as well as the front are cotton and the thin batting inside is also cotton. I just love the colors and pattern of this quilt and am delighted to have it join my collection.

It was something of a challenge to take pictures of this quilt as it hung on my clothesline, for the breeze kept wanting to move it about. I am pretty pleased with how the pictures came out and couldn't wait to share them here with you. I hope you enjoy seeing this quilt.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ady Arens Whimsical Art Cards

I thought today I would put up some splendid little cards that Grandma, Maryann Hanners' good friend, Ady Arens sent to her some years ago. These are a delightful set of whimsical cards, that Ady drew and painted herself. I couldn't resist putting funny little lines to them, for they seemed to be wanting to say something. Ady was such a good friend, for many years, thank you Ady for your delightful cards. I know mother really loved them, and I do too.

But the ladies had none for him. He was too beaky and when it came to romance, an all around bad egg.

                     And a giraffe, and a zebra, and a elephant, and a rhino, and a ...

                                                       And a man to carry it for her.

 
He was just a ghost of his former self, but Agnes was sure pumpkins were the perfect bait.

                                                      After their margarita's.
                                                      Always tripping over rainbows.

      And three more she was hiding in her purse. It was getting difficult to carry them all.
She always had sticky little fingers.

 
And she had so wanted just to make a good impression.

Candace invited six old biddies in for a hen party and dinner... They were suspicious of her motives.



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As Darla guiltily gulped the last bite of her cookie, she felt the penetrating gaze of her cat leering at her.

Dear Pilgrims, Tho the corn was delicious, I must beg of you to lower the carbs, I am putting on fat. Tom

Her name is Primrose Plumpp & therein lies a tale... or two... or three...

Donald's dippy duck, Marvin, was madder than a wet hen, his temper barely holding by a thread. How dare he be called a goose!

     I am NOT the turkey you are looking for... I am NOT the turkey you are looking for...

                    Fuzz the cat is always happy, just as long as you don't give him any static.

                                                 Because you were always the pickier eater.

                    So get off your donkey, saddle your horse, and lets get together and ride.

                                                          It just made her go a little bats.

      Either that or I'm just standing here trying to look innocent of dropping you down it.

                                                 It's just so much easier on your boots.

                     Just keep livin' and you'll get here too, all nose, knee's, and knuckles.

 
Misses Lavender & Maybelle Sheep, off to the 15th fiber festival... Just hoping this year not to get fleeced.

                                                Like two happy monkey's swingin' on vines!

      Mary & Margaret never outgrew the 50's, when they were sexy soda fountain babes.

              Or was that two prangs... or three prangs... or four prangs...  shoot!

                                                                  Patty did not agree.

                      When the string broke, red-faced, Johann thought his base was vile.

                          Roland was a blue-hatted masher, his horse was... Disgusted!

                               She was a whole lot of fluff, and she new how to Tango.

                                                         Street crossing's are my specialty.

                                                   Two daring Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock.
                                                     Caught canoodling what a shock.
                                                      Now they are in the pillory stock.
                                                Those two daring Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock.
                                


































Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Old Art - Take 3

In truth I was pretty surprised at how many of these old sketches I had done. I hadn't remembered the half of them. It's funny what we hoard up over the years and what we forget. A few old sketches and you can be instantly transported into your past. One could wish I suppose that ones art was worth that of a Picasso or some such, but I have never suffered grand illusions about my art. I did it for my own entertainment and just thought it might be fun to share a bit of it here. These next ones were sketches I did off the top of my head to see if I could make faces for future stuffed animals or for making masks.
This was a Hobo or a Monkey, the years have made me forget which. I wanted to make a stuffed doll and was trying to figure out how to sketch up a pattern.
 This certainly was a Hobo, so maybe the last sketch was one as well?! Silly looking fellow isn't he?!
 
These three crazy cats were all supposed to be masks, but once again they never made it to the actual
production faze. Maybe I got busy or maybe I got bored, too much time has passed for me to remember.
All I can say is, what's with the crazy eyes and teeth?!
This one is so bad it makes me laugh, for it was a quick scribble I did of my husband, falling asleep on the floor in a sleeping bag. This isn't a very flattering rendition of him, believe me, he was far more handsome.