Last weekend was the 87th Lost Acres Quilt Happening http://www.lostacres.com/. My Mom and I have been attending about 17 years, and my Aunt and Grandmother have since joined in on the excursion! There are three Happenings per year and the summer Happening has a wonderful buffet of fresh, homemade foods to sample that shouldn’t be missed!! There are also items for sale: quilts, quilt tops, blocks, fabric and more – I purchased a hand quilted pillow this time (Thanks Mary!)
The day consists of:
A little socializing and shopping
Food with more socializing and the ongoing opportunity to shop
The lectures are usually historical or quilt specific (applique, sampler, etc) in nature but for a change, Ginny decided to cover some of the ways quilting has changed with time. One woman covered her methods for completing a multitude of baby quilts for donation, two other women covered their different approach to a town green (with surrounding town buildings) style quilt.
This is the first time Ginny has asked me to speak, and I was honored. I talked about how I moved into hand dying fabrics and the different lines I’ve come to carry: print, tone on tone, trees, landscape, starburst and snowflakes series of fabrics. I also showed some of my new – Quick Quilts with Hand Dyes pattern samples. That was the highlight, from their we covered in depth, the different opportunities the hand dyes offered for feed dogs up and feed dogs down machine quilting, specifically LOW STRESS introductions to MACHINE QUILTING, for example:
Baby Quilt in 8 hours, including binding with the feed dogs up on the Snowflake fabric
Renegade Hawaiian Quilting with feed dogs up (quick table runner) Quilt As You Go & feed dogs down
The beauty of hand dyed Velvet as a doodle practice piece for free motion quilting
Beginner free motion & thread painting on the Threaded Forest (tree fabric)
Of course I included a trunk show. All was quiet while I spoke so I think it’s safe to assume it was entertaining or informative or both. Actually, based on the compliments (thank you everyone) later, I think I’ll add this topic to my lecture listing – who knew there was so much interest in stress free ways to explore machine quilting.
A couple weekends ago I went with my Mom, my Grandmother, my Aunt and my Aunt’s Aunt to the Quilt Happening at Lost Acres (3 generations yeah!). Ginny, the owner of Lost Acres, gave a wonderful talk on the different aspects of quilt donations throughout history. She covered everything from the donations of quilts to support the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War to charities supported by quilters today. How great to recognize the generous hearts of quilters and see how quilts had been used as fund raisers and direct donations over the last approximately 160 years.
Her group, Ladies of the Comfort, compromised of many helpers, in 2016 distributed: 24 baby quilts and 98 bed size quilts to: fire victims in Tennessee and Canada, and My Sister’s Place and Salvation Army Transition House (both are in Hartford, CT). Her goal for the group this year is increase donations to 250 quilts.
My Mom and Aunt and I went home with a large container of pre-cut 6-1/2” squares to package up for members of the Enfield Quilt guild to assemble into tops over the summer. The 6″ squares will be assemble in 10 columns x 15 rows (125 lights & 125 darks in each bag). We were excited to work on the project as we drove home but the actual making of the quilt top square kits took a bit longer than we anticipated. We’re all good though, great conversation about quilting and charities while making kits that will be donated to directly to those in need (no sitting in trailers for distribution for these quilts!! – Ginny’s number 1 rule).
Ginny also sells fabric, orphan blocks, quilt tops and other quilted items at the event. Here are a few of the treasures I brought home with me. The red star top is in sad shape, hanging piece is part of a missing row. I’m going to trim the sashing so each block is framed in red then add a red & white print to replace the sashing and use the left over original red sashing to cut corner stones (sometimes my plans change as the project progresses – we’ll see). We think this other cutie is made from ties and vest linings, kind of a not so crazy Crazy Quilt. It’s on the fragile side so quilting it up will help the quilt survive (see 1st picture).
Hope to see you at the Danbury show this weekend, I’ll be in the SewCraftbooth with my fabric and other goodies!!