Happy Friday and Tax Day!
I'm back from a visit to the Chicago area. It was so wonderful to see my girlhood friends and my quilt friends. Thank you all for your wonderful hospitality!
First I spent the weekend here at the Geneva Grand in Lake Geneva. It's a wonderful resort about an hour northwest of Chicago.
I love the openness of the midwest and really miss it!
Then I was in my old home town, Glen Ellyn to visit with quilt friends. I also had an opportunity to do a little antiquing in St. Charles with my good friend Pat.
At Mary's I got to visit a basket quilt I organized for her 70th Birthday in 2000.
My daughter signed it when she was 7 years old.
I spent a day with friends at the Illinois State Museum to see some of their extensive Amish quilts - no photos, sorry!
There is a wonderful book of the collection available on Amazon.
Here is an antique quilt top that Mary owns and with her permission I'm sharing it with you. I think this quilt would be really fun to recreate. I'm almost certain that the tan was at one point green.
It's very curious, most of it was hand appliqued (in a top running stitch) but there are sections that were machine appliqued.
these birds are a crack up - they look more like ghosts!
Again, great trip and great to be back home to a beautiful spring here in Northern New Jersey.
And now I'm off to catch up with all my friends in blog land. Have a great weekend!