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Friday, August 09, 2019

McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Blocks 9, 10 and 11

I've been doing a little stitching on my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt.  You may remember, I started this project a few years back and work on it little by little as I have time.

I've completed 3 more blocks which are worked in the traditional Victorian style.  They're pieced entirely by hand on a cotton foundation.  All lace is either very vintage or antique.  Other than a little lace, the embellishments are limited to hand embroidery and each block has a tiny spider made from little vintage mother of pearl buttons.  I'm trying to use traditional Victorian colors on these blocks.  And no beads or sequins (I do miss stitching with my glitter!)

Block 9:

I'm using old photos of historic McHenry, Illinois buildings.  This is the Empire Theater built in 1919.  It burned down in the 1950's.  A new theater was built on the same spot 18 months later and then completely restored last year.

This is before the remodel:

 And this is what it looks like today:

Block 10:

This is the public school built in 1894.  It's still used as a grade school and it's called Landmark.  The land was donated by an early McHenry family, The Owens.  They also donated the school bell which still hangs in the tower.

Here's what it looks like today:

 Block 11:

This one is my favorite!  This is referred to as The Counts House!

This beautiful Greek Revival style home has a facade on both Waukegan St and another on Main St. The 1 acre property was purchased in 1859 from George Gage by a prominant physician, Dr. William P. Melendy and his wife Mary.

The house was built in 1860. The Melendys, who eventually moved to California sold the house to Oliver Owen in 1873. Oliver Owen (the Owen family donated the land for the school above)  sold the house to Frederick Schnoor only a few months later.. Eventually, in 1912, Fred deeded the house to his son for $1.00. Yes, you read that right!

In 1920, the house was sold to an Austrian dignitary who immigrated to Chicago. Count Oskar Bopp Von Oberstadt. He sold the house in 1927 when he moved back to Europe.

It was Count Oskar who gifted the church bell to St. Patrick's Catholic church here in McHenry!

The house sits on the highest ground in McHenry and was loaded with fruit trees when the Count sold it.

So that's how this gorgeous home came to be known as The Counts House.

It is listed now on the National Register of Historic places.

This is the house today:

So do I know my McHenry, Illinois history or what?  LOL!!  I love it!!!

I still have a lot of history to document so it'll be awhile yet before this quilt is complete.  When I do finish it, I will be gifting it to the City Of McHenry.  I'd love to see it hang in City Hall!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Pattern Leaflet

For those of you who prefer to stitch from a "whole" pattern, The Never Ending Sampler is now available as a professionally printed pattern leaflet or as an instant digital PDF download:

The Never Ending Sampler Panel 5

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Never Ending Sampler Panel 5 Band 13

Today, I have the final band in Panel 5 of the Never Ending Sampler.  This is Band #13:

Right click on the image and save to your computer, then print in any graphic software.

I will go ahead and get this put together into a pattern leaflet for those of you who prefer to work the design as a whole instead of working it as a stitch along.

I have some really cool ideas for Panel 6!  I'm going to give everyone a few weeks to get caught up.  It's still vacation time and school will be starting soon so I know people will be getting ready for that.

In the meantime, Happy Stitching!  I hope you've enjoyed Panel 5!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2019

Good morning everyone!  The Autumn 2019 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine is now available:

Our cover artist for this issue of CQQ is Janese Morris. Janese is the creator of the adorable little crazy quilt animals presented in previous issues of this magazine.

Also in this issue the next installment of the 2020 Challange interviews, a gorgeous Dresden Plate crazy quilt by Lauretta Allen, a wool crazy quilt by Patty Schock, an American Flag quilt made by Wilma Van Wagensveld and several quilts by Robin Waybright. Darlene Kliewer shares some of her recent projects too!

Be sure to see the Winter Solstice block by Marilyn Luke-Paris and the CQ Hand by Shirlee Fassell.

There are book reviews, an “orphan block” tutorial and a Snippet Roll by Mary Anne Richardson as well! We've also included an 1825 Redwork Signature Quilt that you may find inspirational.

Print copies are available in my Etsy store.

Print and digital copies are available in my Magcloud store.
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