Thanks to all of you who so unselfishly offered suggestions with respect to the laundering of my newly acquired Poinsettia quilt that I spoke about in my last post.
I received several personal emails encouraging me NOT to wash the quilt unless it absolutely needed it which, as I mentioned in my original post, it doesn’t. The only reason I wanted to wash it is because I’m anal about things like this and thought that if I was going to use it on our bed, then I’d like it to be fresh and even cleaner than it already is. Instead, I was advised to wait until a mild, sunny day and either lay it out on the lawn on top of a clean sheet or to hang it on the clothesline to let it air and freshen in the breeze. I will be hanging it on the clothesline very shortly.
One of the emails I received pertaining to the quilt was from Lisa in Ohio who is a quilt historian and member of The American Quilt Study Group. She provided me with some amazing information about the quilt pattern and with her permission, here is an excerpt from her email…
“Some history for you regarding the pattern, it is Mountain Mist's pattern #39 - Poinsettia. Mountain Mist produced patterns on the backs of batting wrappers for many years. This particular one was designed by Margaret Hayes around 1930.
You can still purchase original patterns through the Fabric Shack in Waynesville, Ohio (one of my local quilt shops).”
Lisa went on to add…
“If you want to see a couple more examples of this quilt, there is one on the Quilt Index that is embroidered and appliqued. It is listed under Quilt Index Record: 42-75-5. Another one is shown on eBay here.”
Click on the eBay link above to see the asking price of an almost identical version of my quilt. I just about died when I saw it! I sure am happy that Diane talked me into buying it…and so is Mr. PQ! *wink*
This past Sunday was a glorious day in this part of Nova Scotia. Although we’ve only been living here for three and a half months, the beauty, ruggedness and simplicity of this province never ceases to amaze both Mr. Painted Quilt and I. Virtually all of the snow is gone except for places where the sun has difficulty reaching, but here is a tiny sampling of some of the beauty.
At one time I would have wanted to paint this scene but now I’m going to hook it.
Look at how clear the water is.
You can imagine just how high up we were when I took this next photo. The view was breath taking.
We watched the fishermen unload their catch in this little fishing village.
Notice the lobster traps? Lobster fishing in this part of Nova Scotia is allowed only from November until May after which time the season closes.
Want to buy a good, used fishing boat?
That was how we spent our Sunday afternoon.
Better than unpacking boxes, wouldn’t you agree?