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June Newsletter

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CCCQ Finished

I am very pleased to say that I have finished my Chester Criswell Quilt. I haven’t done a proper photo shoot yet but I am too excited to wait and share it with you.  It needs a label and a hanging pocket and then I will have to find a place to display it. I also need to get some knitting needles and wool, it’s very odd to watch TV with nothing for my hands to do.

If you don’t need another project you can simply enjoy the e-book ‘Round is the Ring That Has No End: Stories from the 1852 Chester Criswell Quilt’.  It’s available now on Amazon.

Twin Quaker Quilts Discovered

In my collection I have a signature quilt made in Texas in 1938.  I saw a picture of a similar quilt in a Facebook group and we started comparing notes.  You can read the amazing story on the CCCQ blog.

Twin Quaker Quilts Discovered

What to Read in 1937

My next e-book is a work in progress.  I am researching a 1937 sampler quilt that was made by a group of women in Malaga, Washington State.  In addition to studying the different blocks I am looking at the wider social environment.  Did these women use a sewing machine? Did their homes have electricity? Did they shop at supermarkets?  What did they do for work and for leisure? The number one leisure activity was going to the movies.  I discovered that the top earning male actor was Clark Gable, the top earning actor, male or female, was Shirley Temple age 9, and the top movie of 1937 was Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. After going to the movies and listening to the radio the next favourite activity was reading.  According to today’s readers this is a list of the Top Ten books published in 1937.

The Hobbit                                                               JRR Tolkien

Of Mice and Men                                                     John Steinbeck

Their Eyes Were Watching God                              Zora Neale Hurston

Think and Grow Rich                                               Napoleon Hill

On the Banks of Plum Creek                                   Laura Ingalls Wilder

Death on the Nile                                                     Agatha Christie

The Cost of Discipleship                                          Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Out of Africa                                                             Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen

To Have and Have Not                                            Ernest Hemingway

And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street         Dr Suess

Quite a variety.  I’ve read 7/10, how about you?