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Re: Merry Christmas/Happy New Year
  • Subject: Re: Merry Christmas/Happy New Year
  • From: BONNIE_HOLMES <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:41:18 +0000 (UTC)

What a wonderful collection. Those old quilts are quite valuable,
especially the one made on the plantation. Yes, I know Sunbonnet Sue
patterns. There are a couple of people in my guild that are making
quilts with that pattern; one for a grandchild with all sorts of things
that the daughter likes.

I'm surprised the red stayed red. That was a difficult color to obtain with natural dyes. 

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 4:22:47 PM 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Merry Christmas/Happy New Year 

Bonnie, you remind me of my paternal grandmother (not the one who 
raised me.) She was an ardent quilter, and had made a quilt for each 
of the grandchildren born before she died - 21 at that point. Since I was 
the first child of the oldest son, I was supposed to be a boy. That I was 
not, was only one of the strikes against me. The quilt she had prepared 
was a sunbonnet boy applique. Do you know that pattern? It has my name 
quilted into the border. She made sunbonnet girls for her other 
but I should have been a boy - oldest sons always had boys first. 

This grandmother had a quilt frame that hung from the ceiling of her 
bedroom and could be let down by pulleys so that she could work on her 
quilt at any time. Another quilt that I remember seeing was a complete 
color wheel made up of two-inch by one-inch diamonds. She was very 
proud of having been able to locate all the colors and shadings. 

I also have a quilt that had been made by a previous ancestor - not just 
which one - from cotton grown and milled and woven on the plantation. It is 
a "wheel of fortune" pattern and was originally black, white and red, of 
dyed with natural dyes. The white has yellowed, and the black has turned 
green, but the red is still bright. I wish I knew what plant dye was used. 

Have a good quilting year in 2012. 

In a message dated 12/30/2011 10:55:07 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
cathycrc@comcast.net writes: 

On Dec 30, 2011, at 8:25 AM, BONNIE_HOLMES wrote: 

> Quilters call unfinished projects UFOs. Currently, my guild has a 
> contest to finish up those UFOs. Last year, I made a resolution to 
> work 
> on mine and got 7 completed. I'm renewing my resolution this year to 
> get 
> more done. :) 
> So, you find out you are so normal. I think unusual is for the 
> person to 
> decide on a project and get it done before starting on any others. 

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