Splendid treasures


As promised, here are more photos of my adventure yesterday. The artist  I wrote about in yesterday’s post was a painter, embroiderer, knitter, crocheter, quilter, and a rug hooker. A woman after my own heart. The photo includes a partially completed denim rag rug, pretty quilt pieces, a packet of vintage needles, a beautiful needle case with 3 needles inside, and a rug hook with antler for a handle. She had eclectic tastes and was inspired by art around the world. I kept thinking, that I wished I had seen some of her finished pieces, and what wonderful gifts she must have made.  Hopefully she passed down some of her enormous talent and energy to her children. 

I look forward to using the watercolors, the paint is still bright and intense.

OOOOh……….and small pieces of fabric animals, obviously meant for applique. I was so happy to see them. They remind me of Jude’s animals, the ones on the quilt, she is chronicling on her blog-



Isn’t this little whimsical creature “fierce”?? Hee-Hee

And the reason behind this happy surprise is this-


For a while now I have wanted to share on this blog about this wonderful group of quilters I have been fortunate enough to become acquainted with.  They are mostly women, and one brave or very smart man, (being in the company of such funny, intelligent women). They are a group of retirees who hand baste and quilt on commission. The money they earn, is used for the retirement village auxiliary they belong to. They share their lives over cookies, coffee and many tiny stitches——————————————————————————————

They laugh a lot.

They make beautiful objects more beautiful and durable.



 and I’m so glad that I have had the good fortune to watch and learn from them.



  1. Tracy said,

    August 6, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Lovely post…what a wonderful stash you have. And so loved hearing about your quilting group–so glad you have these creative souls to mingle with, share and learn from! Lovely photos here too! ((HUGS)) :o)

  2. jude said,

    August 6, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    those animals are FABULOUS!!!! they would look great painted and appliquéd …

  3. kim said,

    August 7, 2007 at 4:14 am

    what an array of marvels… the group of quilters you have encountered is truly a treasure…I love the pic which captures a bit of the hand….love hands – one day I’d love to do a photographic series of just hand pictures.

  4. laneyloo said,

    August 8, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Thank you everyone for commenting on this post. It was a fun day for me and I do feel really fortunate to have met these quilters.

    Tracy, these little pieces make me happy, I hope some of her talent rubs off on me. It felt a little like I got to roam around in my really talented grandma’s attic. The quilters are great, I hope to keep visiting them. Maybe to learn some of life’s secrets, as well as how to hand quilt.

    Jude, I hadn’t even thought of painting them but your right. Now I just need to figure out where to put them….a quilt, a bag, a pillow??

    Kim, they really are, they are all sharp as a tack….makes me wonder if quilting protects the brain from aging?? I like hands too. Tania Hoban, I think that is her name, she made a children’s book about hands. A really beautiful part of human anatomy.

  5. kim said,

    August 8, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    found a tana hoban who wrote A Wonder of Hands….sounds like the book! b&w photos ….sounds great – now to see if the local library carries it! thanks for the tip.

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