Stove Eye Surrounded

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Top By: Alef, Mimi
Quilted By: Alef, Mimi
Period: 2000-2025
Date: 2002
Location Made: Diamondhead, Mississippi (MS) United States
Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection
Contributor: Michigan State University Museum
ID Number: 16.0004
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 69" x 69"
Colors: Green, Red, Yellow, White
Construction: Machine Piecing, Machine Applique
Quilting Techniques: Machine quilting
Purpose or Function: Challenge or Contest entry
Other Notes: Through all these years my family has always supported my quilting activities and each member of my family owns many of my quilts, ranging from baby quilts to tee shirt quilts for the grandchildren and many birthday, college and anniversary quilts. About 10 of my quilts were lost when the flood occurred at my son's house during Katrina but I have replaced all of them. I am still quilting but age (77) is slowing me down a little. Arthritis bothers my hands when I machine quilt or do much hand work such as applique and hand quilting. But I am still at it with my two sewing machines and my hundreds of books and huge stash of fabric. I'm making smaller quilts but can't imagine life without my quilt making. Over the years I have entered my quilts in some quilt show but they are always local and I don't like to mail my quilts somewhere to be judged. I have only entered 2 other 'challenge' contests. The first one was a 'spur of the moment' entry. I had made a quilt in 1997 using an old, 32" wide, red toile fabric, left to me by a friend who had passed away. I named the quilt "Barbara's Cottage Garden" in her memory. I had barely finished making the quilt when American Patchwork Magazine advertised a "Home and Garden" quilt challenge. My newly finished quilt fit the requirements exactly and so I sent in a picture with my registration. I could not believe being notified that I was a finalist but then the call came when I won first place in the wall hanging division, I was dumbfounded! That surprise only comes in second to seeing Stove Eye Surrounded at Houston, with my Easy Piecers. The Home and Garden contest awarded me a Viking sewing machine and other goodies as well. This quilt was also featured in a 2001 TV broadcast of the Georgia Bonesteel Lap Quilting program as seen on PBS. Then, in 1999, I entered another challenge by American Patchwork Magazine, called Pieces of the Past. There were lots of requirements for this challenge, including using one of several blocks chosen by American patchwork to be included in the quilt and the use of RJR's Thimbleberries fabric. I was a finalist in that contest but did not win. However, Meridith Corporation bought that quilt for $1500, to hang in their corporate offices So I was a winner of sorts and that was the only quilt I have ever sold. I have had 5 quilts published in Oxmoor House Publications, Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts and Relax and Quilt. I have also had 2, one person quilt shows, one in the Bozart Art Gallery in Water Valley, MS and the other in the Union County Heritage Museum, New Albany, MS. I gave talks at each of those gatherings. I also have done many "show and tell" type programs for quilt guilds over the years. I did not know I could possibly have all this to say about my quilting experiences but now you have it and it's been fun for me to re-live it all as I write this.
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