Sunday, June 25, 2017

Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford

My first year of college I took a survey course in English Lit. We read Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding, published in 1742. "Written in Imitation of the Manner of Cervantes," the book is picaresque and bawdy, a new literary form: the novel. I loved it and went on to read more Fielding, and Richardson, and Smollett.

I requested a galley of Golden Hill because I had read Francis Spufford's marvelous book I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, which I savored for its beautiful writing and enjoyed for its subject matter. Golden Hill is Spufford's first foray into fiction.

A Novel of Old New York: Golden Hill is a 'colonial counterpart to Joseph Andrews or David Simple,' the story of a young man learning the hard way about how things operate in the New World.

Mr. Smith, our hero, undergoes a series of unfortunate incidents, including imprisonment, a duel, and a death sentence. His morals are corrupted by a lusty older woman, alienating him from his true love. He has come to New York on a secret mission, which makes him suspect. Could he be a French spy? At the end, he pulls off a venture that amazes everyone.

Spufford fully captures the spirit of the early novels by Henry Fielding. The reader is addressed by the author. There are page-long sentences. Hilarious situations abound.

Readers will marvel at how little they know about 18th c New York, then a city of 7,000 persons and still very Dutch. New Yorkers are loyal to the King of England, and Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated with riot and mayhem. Wealth is on paper, with limited paper and coin currency in circulation; each colony has its own specie, and international coin circulates. Smith participates in a staging of Addison's play Cato with its theme of liberty--George Washington's favorite play.

The end of the novel has a surprise revelation that feels more modern in sensibility but is satisfying.

Reading this novel was such fun. It may be time to revisit Fielding again.

I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Scribner
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
$35 hardcover
ISBN: 9781501163876

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nancy Juggles Being a Minister's Wife and a University Student

Me and Gary 1975. I had a 'shag' haircut.
I was still twenty-three years old when I became a full-time minister's wife in June 1975. Gary had been accepted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. His first full-time church appointment was at Morrisville United Methodist. As an Associate Pastor, Gary was in charge of Education and Youth ministires.

Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was one of the earliest settlements in the state. A few blocks away from the church was the Delaware River and across the bridge was Trenton, NJ. It was a lovely community.
Gary's salary of $7,400 more than doubled what we had jointly earned while at seminary! 

Our first parsonage 
We moved into the 'old' parsonage that had been designated for the senior pastor before a new parsonage for the senior pastor was built across the street. After living in a college dormitory and a two-room apartment we did not know what to do with all the space in the tri-level house!

We had a rocking chair, a record player, several hundred books, and a few bookcases. We were lucky that the parsonage was partially furnished. My folks bought a bedroom set from friends and hauled it to us. The Hostetters gave us a couch for the family room. We picked up rummage sale items, turned in Green Stamps for a lamp, and purchased a desk with a hutch.

Off the dining room was a screened-in porch. We spent most of our summer on the porch, listening to music and reading. The rest of the time, Nasturtium and I were in the family room, and I used the home office as my space for sewing. The house was surrounded by beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons.

Me and Nasturtium
That first July 4 a parish family invited us to join them for a picnic in a park. It was the kind of informal outing I had grown up with. We had our first Tastycakes and learned that out East no one knew what 'pop' was. It was 'soda' from now on!
Sid, Ellen and Mark Hostetter
Mark and Ellen Hostetter were from Pennsylvania Dutch country. This would be Mark's last pastorate before retirement. When he began his career a pastor made a few hundred dollars and was moved to a new appointment every year. Pastors would learn where they were being sent a few weeks before move-out! Mark had served across the country before returning to Pennsylvania.

Their only child, Sid, was our age and taught high school science. Summers he worked with the famous Jack Horner at his Montana dinosaur dig, and he loved spelunking. Sid's pet iguana had grown too large for his apartment so his parents kept Iggy in a huge aquarium in the parsonage. We had our litter box trained bunny. The congregation had great fun with their new ministers' strange pets!

Ellen took me to minister's wives meetings. Ellen had been a teacher when she fell for 'the reverend'. She loved being a clergy wife.

On holidays the Hostetters invited us to their home and we enjoyed Pennsylvania Dutch hospitality with seven sweets and seven sours. A few hours after gorging on dinner Ellen would serve sandwiches with the leftovers and a desert.

I found a fabric store just down the road. Also in town was a great mom and pop pizza place and a fish market where the owner helped us learn about Bluefish, Croaker, and Porgies and explained how to cook fish whole. I missed my garden fresh veggies, but we visited local farms to pick our own strawberries and peaches. We still baked our bread.
Gary and I are on the far right with the vacuum we won.
Gary and I both are wearing jackets I made.
We bought a microwave oven from Jerry Plavin's. It was large enough to cook a turkey, which we did once. When we bought the microwave we were entered into a giveaway and won a Hoover upright vacuum!

Across the street, next to the Hostetters, lived a childless Russian couple who had immigrated to America after WWII. Nadia was a teenager when she was taken to a Nazi farm as forced labor. She volunteered to go in place of her father, as he was needed to provide for the family. It appears she had been sterilized by the Nazis. After the war, she met her husband, who had also been in forced labor. They were given the choice of immigrating to Canada, the US, or South America.
Gary and I in front of the Morrisville UM Church
After Gary left for work in the morning, Nadia would rush across the street to visit with me. She asked, "why two priests" were needed at the church. And she insisted I have a child. She would tell me to ask my husband what to do to have a baby. She did not understand my plans for finishing my education. Nadia could not read, write, or drive.
Morrisville UMC
Gary had his own office with a Mr. Coffee machine. Doris Burkhardt, the church secretary, complained that he was so quiet in his rubber-soled shoes that he was always sneaking up on her. I wonder that the smell of the coffee he always had in hand didn't give him away!
Sanctuary of Morrisville UMC
Mark intended to share responsibilities with Gary, but the Staff-Parish had different expectations. They wanted Gary full time with the youth. Gary and Mark were concerned this would limit Gary's experience and preparedness for his own church.

The church had a huge youth and children's ministry that Gary was in charge of, including two youth groups, Sunday school classes, a mid-week program with a meal and Bible study, retreats, confirmation class, and a youth choir and youth musical! We loved the church youth, many of whom were my younger brother's age.

With the change in youth pastors many volunteers left and Gary had to rebuild the leadership. I helped out with the youth groups and mid-week program. I also played piano for the children's worship service on Sunday during adult worship service, sang in the choir with the youth musical, participated in Bible study classes led by Gary, and when not teaching, joined an Adult Sunday School class.

At times I came into conflict with church members. One time in Sunday School class we were discussing 'insiders who felt like outsiders' in the church and I mentioned that the youth felt that way. In particular, they wished worship was more joyful and upbeat. A youth parent scolded me saying the kids would grow up and accept tradition. And Gary was pressured to be like the last youth pastor, playing baseball with the youth. We learned how the idolization of a leader makes it difficult for their replacement who is compared instead of appreciated for the strengths that they bring.

I did not want to wait a year before returning to school and sent out applications in the fall for winter semester. My reference letters were from METHESCO professors who attested to my preparedness and participation as an auditor. 



It was very unusual for a married woman to return to school after a break in those days. Most women in their early twenties were eager to start a family.

I applied first to the University of Pennsylvania. They suggested I enroll in a special program for women returning to college, and if I succeded in it I could then apply as a regular full time student. I also applied to LaSalle University and Temple University and was accepted by both. Temple cost less, and I enrolled in classes to begin January 1976.

To commute to Temple, located in North Philadelphia, Gary drove me to the train station and I got off the train a few blocks away from campus. It was not a nice neighborhood, so I always was alert walking down that empty street. The campus was huge!

I had to juggle the role of pastor's wife and youth leader with a full college schedule. When I had breaks I spent my time feverishly sewing.
Temple University

My first semester I had Literary Criticism, which was very helpful to me as an English major. Studies in Shakespeare ended up being a Freudian approach. I loved Studies in the Victorian Age. I also had a history class on the Reformation. Professor Schwoebel broke the class into groups to research an aspect of the Reformation. We were to present what we had learned to the rest of the class using multi-media and non-lecture techniques. I was in the group studying John Calvin, but I became most interested in the Anabaptist movement. A year later I discovered that my Gochenour ancestors were Swiss Brethren, an Anabaptist group!

Gary's one year probation as a Deacon concluded with his ordination as an elder into the UMC.
Gary's ordination class June, 1976. Gary is fourth from the left.
Fall of 1976 I took The Novel from Defore to Austen, which was great. I enjoyed Modern British and American Poetry and made several friends. One was a gay Hispanic poet who told me horror stories of Catholic education in Philly. I needed a language and took Elements of Latin. The teacher said I had an odd pronunciation, and I realized I was influenced by how my choirs pronounced Latin when singing.

Spring semester 1977 I had an honors course on John Milton which required three papers; the professor really liked me and I got an A. I also had my second semester of Latin and a self-created class on writing curriculum in which I was mentored by a friend I had met in Victorian Studies class. Murray was fascinated to know a Protestant. So many of my classmates were Catholic and Jewish that I was often a novelty to them!

That fall I had Honors Topics in Religion which looked at Myth and History in the Old Testament; Studies in Drama in which we studied the first and last plays of three major playwrights; and an Honors English course on James Joyce's Ulysses for which I wrote a 50 page paper on Bloom in Nighttown from a Jungian approach, which got me an A. The professor had the class to his home for an Irish meal with Guinness Stout. I loved the course Folklore in America for which I wrote a paper on the culinary roots of American cooking. The professor encouraged me to consider grad school.

My last semester in Spring 1977 I had Colonial American History, American Indian Ethnology, Studies in Drama: Religion and Literature; and Advanced Honors Jane Austen--the class that really changed my life. The Studies in Drama was team taught with the professor who taught Myth and History. The class visited different churches, including Gloria Dei, the early Swedish church, Christ Church where our earliest Colonial ancestors worshipped, a Black Pentecostal church in North Philly, and Beth Sholom, a synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We also had a Seder meal.

I had a poem published in the literary magazine.

Our pet rabbit adjusted to the move nicely. Nasturtium loved the large family room as 'her place', with a litter box in the utility room. I would come home and find Nasty Buns sleeping on the end table next to the couch. She would wake and run circles around my feet. If I took her outside she was terrified and crawled on my shoulder, hiding her head under my hair.
Nasturtium

When we were away Ellen would take care of Nasturtium. But the bunny would attack Ellen, nipping at her ankles. Ellen always wore a dress, nylons, and high heels so she had no protection! Ellen had to come into the house with a broom to swish Nasty Buns away! When we cared for Iggy we had no such problems!

At Christmas break, Gary and I drove back to Michigan to see our families, first stopping at Tonawanda, NY to see my Grandmother Gochenour and family. Then we drove across Canada to Gary's folks home in Grand Blanc and then down to Clawson to see my family. The second Christmas trip, we left Tonawanda and drove into a heavy snow storm. We finally pulled into a hotel and went the rest of the way home the next day. That ended our Christmas homecomings.

Our first visit back to Michigan my Grandma Ramer was living with my folks. Mom put us in the hide-a-bed in the family room, which was open to the kitchen. Gary had forgotten his PJs that year, and when we woke my Grandmother was sitting at the kitchen table, eating her toast and tea, watching us. Gary couldn't get out of bed!

Before our first anniversary, my grandmother had been set up on a blind date with Milo Fisher, a widower of 25 years. He came to the door and Grandma answered, but he said, "I am here to see your mother." He thought Grandma was my mom! Grandma was only in her early fifties. Almost a year after Grandma had caught my wedding bouquet she married Milo.
Grandma and Milo Fisher at his Birmingham home
During our time in Morrisville, we loved to take the train into Center City Philadelphia and explore the city. We walked from one end of the city to the other, looking in the huge department stores--Gimbels, Lit Brothers, John Wanamaker's with it's inner court and organ concerts, Strawbridge & Clothier-- and shopping at Reading Terminal Market where we first ate Tabouli.

We visited the Philadelphia Art Museum and stood in line on Friday afternoons for cheap seats in the 'nosebleed gallery' to see Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
1776 musical program
The Bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia was exciting. We saw the musical 1776 for free. We visited the historical museums and Independence Hall.
1776 musical stage on Independence Mall
A new museum for Benjamin Franklin opened, and we visited his grave. We saw the Rodin Museum and I often went to the Free Library. There was the Edgar Allen Poe house, Betsey Ross House, and Elfreth Alley. At Head House Square's New Market we saw vendors selling crafts, including miniature quilts. I loved to have ice cream at Once Upon a Porch in Society Hill; the restaurant decor included porches were customer enjoyed their ice cream.

On the Fourth of July, we went downtown to see the fireworks and free concerts. One year we saw the Beach Boys perform on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

On Christmas Day we went to Washington Crossing State Park and saw a reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware
Reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware
We visited the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and learned to identify Eastern wildflowers. We drove to Princeton, NJ, passing cranberry farms, to visit an antique and used book shop. Our first trip to New York City we took a bag lunch which we ate in Central Park, then we saw The Fantasticks. We also saw Yentl, visited the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Modern Museum of Art.

The youth group made trips to Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore and the Hostetters took us on day trips to Cape May and Ocean Grove. The Hostetters took us to Lancaster, County where we enjoyed family style meals.

The craft revival was in full swing during the Bicentennial. Gary and I took macrame classes and made hanging plant holders. I tried my hand at needlepoint, hooked rug making, and Crewel embroidery.
Gary and I in the Morrisville parsonage back yard, 1977
Our second year at Morrisville I wrote elementary school curriculum for Vacation Bible School with an ecology theme. Gary and I also helped create the church's first elementary school age retreat.

We had joined several small groups. One group met monthly for a world food dinner. The other was a support group. A man in that group was involved in Serendipity small group training and we took the training.

For summer vacation we went camping. We intended to go to Nova Scotia but fell in love with Acadia National Park in Maine. We made it to the Bay of Fundy. We saw the tide come in. But we also got soaking wet and spent a night in motel room drying out. Then we turned back for Maine.

Mark Hostetter suggested that Gary should not stay an associate too long. Gary let it be known to the District Superintendent that if the 'right church' came up he was willing to make a move. The Cabinet contacted him about going to a church in Darby, PA and Gary accepted.

It was a sad day when we left the great youth we had come to know and love, and the wonderful friends we had made.

After two years in Morrisville, we were moving again. I was 25 years old. We had no idea that two pastors had already turned down the Darby appointment.




Friday, June 23, 2017

Dr. Sam: Johnson, Detector

Lillian de la Torre's historical mystery series Dr. Sam: Johnson, Detector are being republished by Open Road Media. I could not pass up the chance to read about a fictional Dr. Johnson as a solver of mysteries.

Born in 1709, Dr. Johnson is best known for creating the first English dictionary and for his novel Rasselas.

His young friend Boswell. whom he met in 1763, recorded Johnson's sayings and their travels, and he wrote The Life of Samuel Johnson, which Harold Bloom named as the greatest biography in the English language

Johnson is one of the most widely quoted English writers, thanks to his lively dictionary definitions.

Lexicographer: A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
 Pension: An allowance made to any one without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.
from Johnson's dictionary 
Johnson's brilliant mind was housed in a body wracked with flaws; Johnson had scrofula as an infant and it left him partially blind and deaf and with scarred skin. He suffered from weird ticks and a compulsive disorder. He was oversized and badly dressed.

These short mystery stories are told by Boswell. The author has noted the historicity of events, people, and places used in the stories. De la Torre also employs 18th c spelling and language, which I found delightful. (But then I went through a period addicted to 18th c novels!) I was happy to come across Frances Burney as a girl in one story. Burney became a successful novelist. Burney's comedy of manners novel Evelina influenced Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen.

For Johnson, the mysteries they come upon are puzzles to be solved and like the best detectives in literature, he is able to use what Boswell calls racionization. The mysteries are entertaining, but with a 'cozy' mystery feel.

The nine stories include diverse settings, including The Wax-Work Cadaver, The Flying Highwayman, The Monboddo Ape Boy, Prince Charlie's Ruby, and The Stolen Christmas Box. De la Torre includes a Life of Johnson, and a preview of The Detections of Dr. Sam: Johnson.

Lillian de la Torre was a professor and prolific writer. Her short stories appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and one of her teleplays was produced by Alfred Hitchcock's television series.

I enjoyed these stories.

I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Dr. Sam Johnson, Detector
by Lillian de la Torre
Open Road Media
publication June 24, 2017
$9.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781504044530





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Women's Concerns in 1912

Another Royal Oak Flea Market find is The Coates Sewing and Dress Making Manual, published by Lydia Trattles Coates of  L. T. Coates & Company, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1912.

The introduction begins,

"Many women go without as complete a wardrobe as they would like to have or pay out more money than they feel that they should spare to get their garments made or are forced to wear unbecoming, non-individual clothes simply because they do not know exactly how to cut and fit and make and finish the articles of their apparel and without complete instructions before them do not feel like risking the time and the material in experimenting."

Beginning with that very long sentence, the Introduction continues on to explain that this "simple and comprehensible set of Sewing and Dress Making Lessons have been compiled--without waste of words or unnecessary repetitions."

The booklet of 96 pages consists of a multitude of advertisements and illustrated 'lessons' on "Plain and Fancy Stitches," "Working Instructions," "Necessary Sewing and Dressmaking Accessories," "Complete Instructions for Specific Work," "Sponging, Shrinking, and Pressing," "Cutting," "Fitting and Alterations," "The Well Groomed Woman," "Milady's Wardrobe," "Maternity Outfit," "School Girl Supplies," Children's Clothes," "Infant's Outfits," and Cleaning, Dyeing, and Laundering.

The Lessons look like this:

 There are diagrams of clothing patterns.
 We can see 1912 style trends in the illustrations.
Suit Jacket

Shirt Waist

Dressing Saque

 "Aprons are the simplest of all garments to make," Lesson 87 begins.
 The Kimona, a traditional Filipino style, looks quite easy as well.

 The essential corset covers and 'drawers'.
Maternity Gown

"Have plenty of white petticoats plain or elaborate to match your
other lingerie of our outfit, but have them made the proper length to wear with your
hose and evening gowns. For your street, business, and traveling gowns,
silk, heatherbloom or even a good quality of sateen is preferable."
The advertisements tell us about women's concerns a hundred years ago.

"Laxative Bran Biscuits - do the work "The samples you gave me were delicious"" reads the Battle Creek Sanitarium Food Co. ad. They were considered part of a good diet and a health food.

Now that Milady is regular, it is time to deal with that sagging skin. Luckily, Ganesh has come out of India with treatments for tired eyes, frown lines, and radiant skin.

Ganesh for Loveliness

What was Oxydonor was exactly? The drawing shows a tank and a contact disk that attached to the ankle. The ad reads, "This wonderful little appliance, invented by Dr. H. Ache for the purpose of healing the sick, performs cures, which border on miracles," thus writes Edward Rigby of Lisbon, OH." The Oxydonor was invented by Dr Hercules Sanche of Detroit and patented June, 24, 1890.


A little research on the patent shows that the disk was strapped to Milady's ankle! The tank was filled with ice water! Imagine the miracles that ensued from cold ankles.

Perhaps Milady is intrigued by Ackerman's Patent Ideal Faucet Syringe and Bath Spray, "The most wonderful improvement ever made in a syringe. Can be used for everything a fountain syringe is used for." Now, that is vague. Dare we think the 'uses' were not to be named in polite society? Wait, it is suggested "A lady, in washing dirt from the porch, will use the lawn hose with such force as to drive everything before it."


But it also has "The Ideal Patent Cup Attachment which has a sponge in it, and when it is desired to use an antiseptic or sanitive treatment in connection with a douche, all that is required is to drop your medicine onto the Sponge in the cup, screw on the cap and attach to end of rubber tube before putting on the spray and then screw on the vaginal pipe whose stream of water is medicated with the medicine."

I am baffled to think Milady would want a vaginal douche that had the same force necessary to "drive everything before it" when cleaning her porch!


What would Milady put onto her Faucet Syringe sponge? "Sanar, the Wonderful Cleansing, Healing and Soothing Antiseptic Ever Used for a Douche for Practically All Female Weaknesses." Female weaknesses? "Sanar can be used without fear of injuring the most delicate" tissues and won't burn. Every married lady needed Sanar.

The Coates people admonished Milady that "There is one small article that no woman should be without and that is a Sanitary Belt, but there are many makeshifts on the market, but they are most unsatisfactory, as unless they are properly constructed they either will not stay clasped or will not hold the napkins in place, but a well made belt can not only be worn with comfort but can be easily adjusted and will prove secure."

Ladies are warned against the "ruinous habit" of employing safety pins instead purchasing Improved Sanitary Belts with a no-slip clasp.

Improved Sanitary Belt
In case the Improved Sanitary Belt fails, best to have "an article every woman will welcome," a waterproof skirt shield.
The AMA
When Milady is properly appareled and protected, her thoughts turn to her household obligations. "Dirt and Dust are a Constant Menace to Your Home," Milady is warned, but The Domestic is there to save the day.

After Milady's work is done, she must use her free time to beautiful the home. Embroidery is just the activity. Just buy six skeins of Richardson's Grand Prize Wash Embroidery Silk and receive a "fully illustrated lesson" for a pillow outfit for 25 cents.

I have a collection ot Richardson's Grecian Silk Floss stored in a vintage magazine, a gift from a lady. I wrote about it here.

Most important of all maternal concernts was the health of growing girls. You know how 'nervous, sickly, and weak' they can be. Zoa-Phora is just what is needed. This was another Kalamazoo, Michigan invention. The Coates booklet on page 95 notes that the product had been around for 50 years, was made of a vegetable compound, "does not make drug fiends," and the formula is available upon request. "Zoa-Phora begins at the seat of your trouble and builds up every part of your body, especially the sexual organism." 


No alcohol, opiates, narcotics or dangerous or harmful drugs! What a rarity! But what was in Zoa-phora? According to the National Museum of American History:

  • Mandrake root is hallucinogenic and narcotic. In sufficient quantities, it induces a state of unconsciousness and was used as an anaesthetic for surgery in ancient times. 
  • Black cohosh has been used to treat symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful menstruation, acne, weakened bones (osteoporosis), and for starting labor in pregnant women.
  • Blue cohosh is used for starting labor, menstruation, inflammation of the uterus and also for muscle spasms, colic, cramps, and hysteria
  • Life root has been used as a traditional medicine to hasten labor and relieve labor pains. Use is not recommended; the plant is toxic and possibly carcinogenic.
  • Roman chamomile is used for digestive disorders, morning sickness, and painful menstrual periods.
  • False unicorn is used for treating ovarian cysts, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, vomiting from pregnancy, and infertility. 
  • Cramp bark is used for relieving menstrual cramps and cramps during pregnancy.
The Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club article tells us that Zoa-phora contained as much alcohol as a bottle of whiskey! It was invented by a Methodist minister turned homeopathic physician, Dr. Richard Pengelly, whose wife, Mary was the leader of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and a champion of women's rights. Apparently, The Dr. kept Mary in the dark about what was in Zoa-Phora.

Mary Elizabeth House Pengelly

So many changes over a hundred years!




















Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 CAMEO Quilt Show: Quilted Treasures

The local quilt guild, CAMEO,  held its biannual show the first weekend of June. With under 60 members, the guild was able to put on a wonderful show that showcased these talented ladies and offered a wonderful vendors mall.

several Joe Cunningham workshop quilts
Two traveling shows from The Great Lakes Quilt Museum out of Michigan State University were included. The Michigan Quilt Block Project includes 30 oversized traditional quilt blocks.
Michigan Quilt Block Project, Detroit News pattern

Michigan Quilt Block Project, crazy quilt
Coloring With the Masters from the Aussome Study Group, consisting of five Michigan quilters, created quilts inspired by artists including Peter Max, Louis Tiffany, and Dr. Seuss.
Coloring with the Masters, Peter Max

Coloring with the Masters, Tiffany
Here are some of my favorite quilts in the show.

The Megiddo Quilt by Linda Ibbs is an original design, quilted by Arlene Redman. It is a copy of a mosaic floor in one of the earliest Christian churches in Israel, dating to 230 A.D.


The floor was inscribed, "Offered...to God Jesus Chris as a Memorial. Gaianus, also called Porphrius, Centurion, our brother has made the payment at his own expense. Brutius has carried out the work."

Rosemary Spatafora designed Adventure is Out There for an 'UP' themed wedding. She created the paper pieced house pattern. It is quilted by Barbara Lusk.

Black White & Bright by Pat Balduf of Sharon Tucker-Grass Root Quilt Studio is so much fun! Pat did the piecing and machine quilting.
The Chicken and the Eggs applique is an original design by Theresa Nielson. 
A Rock and Roll Storm by Jean Schlegelmann is a two fabric bargello quilt, quilted by Barbara Lusk. I love the luminosity!
Lucy Lesperance created Lucy in the Sack with Sapphires, quilted by Barbara Lusk. It won Best in Show!
Linda Watkins used a Quilter Girl Designs pattern which she calls Rick's 'Stache. Quilted by Barbara Lusk.


 Sybil Derderian's Unraveled is machine pieced and quilted.

Janene Sharp is involved in dog rescue. Her Doggie in the Window quilts was designed by Leanne Anderson and quilted by Barb Lusk.

Tabacco Road was a postage stamp exchange. Machine pieced by Cindy May and quited by Barbara Lusk.

Rosemary Spatafora's Modern Sunrise is inspired by the work of Jacquie Gering. Machine quilted by Barbara Lusk.

Rosemary also made the Vista Maria Quilt, an original design. Quilted by Barbara Lusk.

Linda Pearce's First Snow is a pattern from Tina Curran in the Quilter's Newsletter. It is paper pieced, embellished, and quilted by Barbara Lusk. It won Best Wall Hanging.


Lennox by Laurie Johnson modified a pattern by Jen Kingwell. Quilted by Maggie Smith.
Bee-utiful Embroidery was a MODA Bakeshop pattern which I also worked on last year. This quilt by Kathy Debien was quilted by Quality Quilting.
 The Splendid Sampler  from Pat Sloan was completed by Terri Thompson


Stars for Jim by Dorothy Strefling is a design by Cheryl Malkowski and was quilted by Maggie Smith. It won second place in Bed Quilts.

With 176 quilts in the show, and the additional special exhibits, I can't share them all. 

Last of all, the Suzie Parron Barn Quilt workshop quilts were also part of the show