Tuesday, January 25, 2011
However, I'm very impressed with the use of postcards to announce Jennifer Chiaverini's new Elm Creek Quilts novel, The Union Quilters. Jennifer mentioned on Facebook that she had 20 postcards and a Union Quilters' pin, to send to the first 100 people who responded with an e-mail. She would appreciate their distributing the cards, which announced her new book and listed her upcoming appearances.
I responded in time to receive the cards and have been handing them out to my daughter's quilt group, the local library and a local bookstore where I teach workshops. I'm also mailing them to friends who read the Elm Creek Quilts books and/or are involved in quilting.
I must think about utilzing postcard PR when I write my book about my Trails End Quilters' Heritage. Perhaps it could be a book of tales of the quilters of various generations.
Do you have unique ways of using postcards to publicize your books?
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Granddaughter Kara was home from college for three weeks. She has two fabric art pieces in her dorm room. While home, she went through her mom's collection and selected some more to display. It's fun to have a college age gal desiring fabric art rather than pop posters for her room. I guess her rommate doesn't mind either.
My daughter Beth continues to explore all types of new fabric art techniques. She was involved in a two-month long exhibit at the Gilmanton Public Library here in NH.
Happy Quilting in the New Year!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
One of my favorite of Auntie's foods was fresh baked bread. She let me cut the crust, or "heel" from the warm loaf and spread it with her home churned butter. What a delicious treat.
Mother know how to bake bread, but didn't have much time with her work on our dairy and chicken farm. So I learned how to bake bread from Auntie.
Some of those memories:
- the scent of yeast dissolving in warm scalded milk
- watching the yellow butter melt and float over the top of the milk
- the fun of kneading the spongy dough before shaping it into loaves
- checking to see if had risen in the pans enough to bake
- the smell of the bread as it baked in the woodstove oven
I have a photo of me, standing on the south porch of our farmhouse, holding a loaf of freshly made bread. Mother and I were so pleased I'd made it all on my own that she took photos, with her Brownie box camera.
I recently used that photo when I taught a class to young writers (ages 6-14) on writing stories about their lives. I wrote my memories about baking bread.
What are some of your favorite younger recipes? Are any connected with quiltmaking or cooking?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Auntie, who lived with Grandmother or Nanny, cooked such tasty meals and allowed me to cook with her. From Auntie, I learned to bake bread, churn butter, make cottage cheese (called pot cheese in those days), stir up desserts and other items.
My mom cooked, but she also worked on our farm and took care of raising chickens and getting eggs ready for market. So, when she found I liked to cook, she let me do all I wanted, as well as prepare the family meals. Tidbits I picked up from Auntie came in handy.
I realized that this blog should encompass some of those Trails End memories, too.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
My daughter Beth and I have been trying to find old fabrics or reproduction fabrics to match it. There are very few pieces that aren't worn, so we'll have to "start from scratch." However, finding matching fabrics is a challenge, especially the sashing.
When the Hancock's of Paducah catalog came in the mail today, I thought some of the fabrics looked similar to that in the Wedding Quilt. So that inspired me to get out a few of the quilt pieces.
Nothing seemed to match, nor even be a near match. So, we'll have to keep searching.
History of the Wedding Quilt
My dad and mom were married in November of 1934, so fabrics would have been of that year or earlier. If Mother ever told me who made it and gave to them, I don't recall, although I keep hoping the name will come from the recesses of my mind. There are no signatures that we can find.
A quilting friend is taking a picture of some of the quilt pieces to a quilt shop where she works and will see if she can match any there.
Do you have old quilts in your family?
This seems to be a popular topic on my Quilting and Patchwork blog.
The Delights of Blogging About Quilting
Kristen's Teddy Bear Quilt from Granny
Photo of Kristen's Teddy Bear Quilt
(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen
Monday, December 31, 2007
Some of them involved quiltmaking. As I thought about this, I realized my quilting heritage was connected with this farmstead. My daughter, granddaughter, and I are carrying on this tradition.
So....why not research the history of the farm and its inhabitants...and write about them? That also will tie in with the family genealogy research I continually do.
You can imagine my excitement when I discovered the old deeds to the farm, tracing it's family history back to around 1800! My grandfather's aunt and her husband, the Niles, owned it for many years. Then they sold it to Grandfather's father, William Coons. Over the years, William purchased neighboring land to add to the original farm.
When he died, his son Burton B. Coon inherited. (Burton changed his name from Coons to Coon, maintaining he was only one person!) Burton was my grandfather, whom we called Papa Coon.
Here my mother grew up with her sister and two brothers. Here we (her four children) visited often. Sometimes my sister and I spent a week at a time at Trails End during school vacations. By that time, Papa Coon had died and his son Webster now owned the farm. He, his wife Bessie, Nanny, and her daughter Esther (or Auntie) lived there.
As I research and learn more about the people who resided there over the decades and write down my memories, Trails End and it's quilting heritage take on new meaning.
(c)2007 Mary Emma Allen
You may want to read some of the articles at Quilting and Patchwork about family memories and quilting, including the responses I've received from readers.
What are your thoughts on preserving your quilting memories? Do you do this?
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
It was many years before I realized that Susie had Negro blood she was so fair skinned. As we children got older, Mother mentioned this, perhaps realizing we'd hear something or notice that her hair was tightly curled or her skin was dark, not tanned, in winter time.
Checking the Census
Where is the first place one goes when trying to find more information about a person who lived years ago? Those involved in genealogy know the census is very helpful. Ancestry.com usually has many of these.
I did learn from the census that Susie was unmarried in 1920, the last census where I found her, but I know she must have lived until the 1940s because I remember her. I knew there were men in her life, but these were her brothers. Her mother was living with them in the 1910 census.
Then I traced her mother in earlier census and learned whom she married. I traced his genealogy and found his family. Since I don't know the mother's maiden name, it's difficult to know much about her family.
Although I'd been told Susie was Negro or black, on all the census except one, Susie and her family members were listed as mulatto. So that would account for Susie being so light skinned.
By tracing Susie's background, I'm trying to give her a place in history. (As far as I can tell, she has no descendants. Susie and her brothers were unmarried.)
Susie has a place in my Trails End memories, as a lovely, dignified lady who cared for my grandmother, attended our quilting sessions, and was a friend of the family.