This is a busy post and I hope there is something for everyone.
I received an incredible Birthday gift from my beloved friend Mary; The Alice Payne Album Quilt:
And here we are. We've been close friends and confidants for over 20 years.
This quilt was purchased at America Hurrah in New York City on May 9, 1996. It has been published in the 1997 Engagement Calendar and the American Life Magazine.
This is one of my favorite blocks. It has a reversed appliquéd tiny eye and disintegrating black chain stitching from the beak.
This strawberry block has a center inscription that says:
"Jan 2 1856
Alice M Payne
her quilt in the 21 year of her age"
This block has the inscription:
"It is finish
It is finish 1858"
It was made in Pennsylvania, which makes me wonder of she was German. I love the Bullseye block too.
Here is the setting behind our eating area in the kitchen.
And this is photo taken in natural light.
I had my first luncheon with NJ quilt friends on Wednesday. Now it really feels like home here in CT.
Among the lovely housewarming gifts I received was a solar powered dancing butterfly and this ceramic snail that Norma (pictured behind me on the right) made. I've named him Mr. Slugworth from the Willy Wonka movie.
For the foodies, I made this Loaded Baked Potato salad. You can click HERE for the recipe.
Next time I'll share how I prepared the antique quilt for hanging.
Hope you had a fun week and have a wonderful weekend!