Thursday, June 30, 2022

Liberty is Our Motto

 I had a lot of fun designing and making a quilt that I call "Liberty is Our Motto," inspired by a song title sung by the Hutchinson Family Singers, a 19th century group that hailed from Milford, New Hampshire. The popular family singers traveled the world, even appearing before the Queen of England!

Liberty is something we all hold dear. It is the principle upon which this country was founded. Liberty from oppression and the dictates of specific religions, and liberty for all men and women is important to Americans. With that in mind, I fashioned this quilt. The center block features a traditional pattern known as "Whig's Defeat." (The Whigs were a political group). I chose a red, white and blue theme which makes the quilt appear patriotic in nature. The appliqued hearts feature the words, "Abolition," "Temperance," and "Suffrage," all important themes in the 19th century (1800s) and into the 20th century. 

In the upper right hand corner is a piece of fabric I printed on my home printer. The design features Presidents George Washington and Barack Obama and was designed by Barbara Brackman. I finished this quilt in 2010 and it is hand-appliqued and hand-quilted. I have made very few quilts in this color combination. It seemed appropriate that I post this for the upcoming 4th of July. I took the liberty of adding a "political statement" via the chain sewn onto the border which represents the former bondage of Black Americans as slaves. This is an intensely personal quilt that shares my "values." Butterflies are hand-quilted onto the center block. Butterflies are always free. I hope you enjoy seeing this original design.

Patricia Cummings

Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Tribute Quilt to President Abraham Lincoln

 I made this original tribute quilt to Abraham Lincoln about 20 years ago. It is hand-embroidered, hand-quilted, and hand-appliqued and is one of the few quilts I have ever done in red, white and blue. I still have it hanging in my home and I enjoy seeing it.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Quilt Exhibition at Billings Farm & Museum - 2022

 On June 3, 2022, we were invited to a sneak preview of the 36th Annual Quilt Exhibition at Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vermont. There are contemporary quilts by Windsor County Quilters and challenge quilts by the Delectable Mountain Quilters. The exhibit will be open daily from June 4 - July 10 at their 69 Old River Road location. 

Here we highlight just a few of the outstanding quilts that caught our attention. As we entered the exhibition space on the 2nd floor of a former barn, we spied "Big Blooms" by Cynthia Dalrymple. It features a striking array of flowers appliqued onto a background of black/white print fabrics. 

Next, I asked my husband (the photographer of the family) to take a photo of "Big Sur Sunset" by Norma Ippolito which was inspired by a sunset at Big Sur, California. The colors are just wonderful!

"Pandemic Pastime" by Charlotte Croft was an effort to use a box of fabrics given to her during the pandemic. The hexagons look rather cheerful and I would say that she used the fabric to good advantage!

"Homage to Ukraine" by Donna Tardiff is a lovely, small, wall quilt. The Sunflower is the symbol of Ukraine, that war-torn country which is in our thoughts and prayers. 

"Familiar Mountains" by Natalie Frost includes the embroidered name of each mountain depicted under each block. Nice work!

Finally, we liked "Lock Down #1" by Sherry Bingham which features both piecing and applique. This is an outstanding quilt that is nicely-quilted. 

The website for Billings Farm & Museum is and their phone number is 802.457.2355. The museum is well-worth the trip any time of the year to enjoy all that is offered. It is a great place to take children to see farm animals and it is also very appealing to adults who love history. I wrote an extensive article about the farm and museum for The Quilter magazine some years ago and we have visited many times now. There is a wonderful gift shop on the premises that among other tantalizing objects sells cheese made from the farm's own Jersey cows. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the exhibit.

Happy Quilting!

Patricia L. Cummings

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Ukrainian Embroidery

 In 1997/1998, I had the privilege of taking a group correspondence course through the Embroiderers' Guild of America. The course centered on Ukrainian embroidery. Course requirements were to complete two Samplers and one free-standing rose pattern worked with waste canvas over white cloth in typical colors of red and black stitches (on a white background).

I loved this course and earned a certificate of completion. In the meantime, I collected several books on Ukrainian embroidery which I find to be very beautiful!

Here are photos of my counted thread work and I am including a photo of Sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine. Our hearts stand with the Ukrainian people during this time of great suffering and war. We pray for peace!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Holy Family in Bluework

 Greetings, my friends! I just finished embroidering and quilting a miniature quilt that was inspired by an antique wall splasher in my collection. This intricate quilt took a long time to embroider due to its tiny details and overall size. It measures only 12 1/4" tall x 16 3/8" wide. I really had fun making it though at times I thought I'd never finish! I am calling it "Holy Family in Bluework." I just have to add a sleeve to the back for hanging and it will be all set!

I hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday season. I like listening to the selection of Christmas carols available through the Alexa device that plays amazon music. Soon I will be making Stollen, that wonderful Austrian/German sweetbread that was so favored by some of my ancestors. It is an all-day affair to make it between preparing all of the ingredients and letting the dough rise several times before baking it. 

We are enjoying our (artificial) Charlie Brown type of Christmas tree which we have had for at least 10 years now. Every year, more and more needles grace the living room floor and one of these years, we will have to buy a new one. Real trees are in short supply this year due to farmers selling off their land about 10 years ago now in lieu of keeping Christmas tree plantations. With the supply chain issues, I heard that artificial trees are also more scarce than usual.

We drove around the other night to look at Christmas lights. They were few and far between but the ones that were up were very nice! I was happy to see that Concord, NH still has a nice creche downtown and a tall holiday tree.

I am wishing you the very best Christmas ever (or whatever other winter holidays you celebrate)!

Patricia Cummings