Sunday, July 12, 2009

"High Cotton"

"High Cotton" is a Southern-American term used to reflect the best of times; a time of well being. The term originates from the rural farming community in the Antebellum (pre-Civil War) when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, likewise, were better. It is commonly used in conjunction with several phrases such as "We're in high cotton now" or "You're in high cotton", meaning all is going very well.
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A post from me - just ME and not the Wabbit Daze Gang - LOL! I wanted to be mad at them for hi-jacking my blog but it's obvious they had a ton of fun, and hopefully you did, too, so how can I be mad? Goodness, they even had a giveaway and then informed me that I had to go shopping. LOL

Thank you so much for all your wonderful cheers, compliments and comments. Things have settled down and hopefully will remain that way. :-)

I spent Saturday in 'high cotton' - a truly blissful day! I was up and out of bed at 5:00 am and the sewing machine was humming by 6:00 am. At the end of the day I had a total of 20 blocks for my "1930's Black & White" quilt - 5 to go. woohoo! This pattern is called "1930's Black & White" and it's by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.

These blocks are adorable but can be a bit tedious so I took a break and started a brand new project! I couldn't help it, I could see the book out of the corner of my eye and the quilt on the cover was taunting me. So, what's a girl to do? :-) This is from Kim Diehl's new book, "Simple Comforts" and the quilt is called "High Cotton". When you're making the blocks you actually make two idential blocks so I have a total of 16 blocks and need 63 for the center of the quilt. I'm making my quilt very similar Kim's but rather than 4 lights, as she has in her pattern requirements, I've chosen to use 8 lights - just wanted a little more variety. I really enjoyed making these blocks and am looking forward to doing more digging through my stash.


Thanks so much for popping in to visit with me. Come again soon!

In Friendship!

39 comments:

Qubie said...

Wow!!! I love the B&W with the 30's prints. I might just have to get this book. I'm starting to like this pattern. Thanks for sharing.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love the 1930s Black and White quilt. Very cool pattern! And the Kim Diehl quilt -- let's just say I love anything she does!

paulette said...

Wow! Good for you! Love your blocks! Can't wait to see the finished quilt-it is going to be stunning!
Paulette

Stephanie said...

Two gorgeous quilts happening at once! Love them both.

Carrie P. said...

Looks like you had a great morning. Both quilts are looking good.

sheddy said...

Your quilts are gorgeous. Glad to have you back!

Sherri said...

Both quilts are wonderful...the Kim Diehl one is on my list!

Carol said...

Your Black and White is just the most wonderful...the Kim Diehl has been on my list for a long time. I love it!

Janet said...

Kim Diehl does some great patterns.
I love the 30's quilt and I'm amazed you sat at the machine that long, it must have been smoking!
The wabbits kept us entertained!

Nan said...

The black and white 30's quilt is going to be absolutely adorable! It is already!! I can see why it's taken awhile to make each block, but it's oh so worth it.
Love the fabrics you've chosen for the High Cotton quilt. Lookin' good! Your poor sewing machine must be tired - LOL!

Quilt Hollow said...

Multi task quilter! Love that...your so darned Speedy.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I've heard that saying "high cotton" too. I think I heard my mom say it. I remember saying...WHAT DID YOU SAY?? lolol
Love your quilts Darlene. There both great. That first one is soooo pretty. I love the background fabric. It's perfect with that.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the blocks. Great job :-)

sewprimitive karen said...

Just incredible!! You're killing me with those pretty black and whites. And that Kim Diehl book is full of delectable quilts.

dotti white said...

It's nice to have you back! Glad things are settling down and you are back at your sewing! Have a wonderful week!

Allie said...

Never heard that term, but I'm adopting it - brought to mind a quilter standing by huge stacks of cotton fabrics, lol. And you're making a quilt by the same name, love it! I can't believe you got so many blocks done in one day, that is wonderful - I adore that black and white quilt. Black, white and repro, how can you go wrong! Your new quilt looks wonderful too! I think I need to try getting up as early as you do. Sheesh!

Karen said...

Wow, Darlene! You are sewing up a storm. What motivated you to do so much?
I can see that those blocks shown in the first photo would be a bit tedious.
I sewed on my Prairie Sweets top today. Did you ever finish yours?

Wendy said...

Both quilts are coming together wonderfully. I have been looking at Kim's new book, another great one, I love all the quilts.

Barb said...

Love the quilt...and you were one productive lady to say the least...having a giveaway at my blog, come on over....

Janet said...

I love how your 1930's Black and White quilt is coming along. I especially like the fun polka dot background fabric. Sewing by 6am ... you must be one of those morning persons :0)

Cathi said...

I haven't found Kim's book yet at any quilt shops or shows. I know I could order it on-line but thought I would support my LQS first! Can't wait to see it. I have the first three (and haven't made a thing out of them yet LOL) I love the black and white 30's quilt, too.

Yvonne said...

Glad you had such a wonderful sewing day.....love them both.

Susan said...

Beautiful work--you did enjoy your day sewing, didn't you?!! I never heard the term "high cotton" probably being from the North but I like it.

Linda said...

I was so happy to read that things in the family circle are turning around for the better. Such beautiful blocks Darlene, but I just don't know where you get all your energy, it makes me tired reading the amount you achieve in one day.

Catherine said...

I love the '30s black and white quilt. It's a great block pattern!
The Kim Diehl pattern looks fantastic.

passingdowncrazy said...

I've got that Kim Diehl quilt on my radar too. My scrap drawers are so full, I can hardly open them.

And your 30s quilt is amazing. Who would have thought to add black?

Barbara said...

Ok, as a southern gal, grin, the actual expression is, "living in high cotton", grin.

Squire Parsons wrote a wonderful song about his childhood and called it this. He does have a website so you can go check it out.

Lurline said...

I so love the Thirties quilt!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Salem Stitcher said...

Oh, a full day sewing...that is high cotton! I love both of those quilts. I've been resisting buying Kim's new book but I may have to break down.

Carole said...

Oh my, looks like I've missed so much. I don't know what the heck is happening to time. My dd is presenlty in Arizona with her grandparents for the week! If you see her, give her a big hug for me, I miss her! ;~)

Such beautiful projects you have going! Love that 30's quilt! I'll have to get the pattern for myself. I read you about tideous blocks! It's nice to take a break. You're giving me ideas about the new Kim book. Thats still sitting on my self at home. hum....

Well, I suppose I should go. It's 9:50a.m. and I'm sitting in my favourite coffee shop down the street from my shop. It's going to be my new routine. I need so much to reconnect with my blogging friends. All work and no play makes Carole a crumpy quilter!

Hugs my friend. Glad to read that things have settled for you! Enjoy!

Candace said...

I'd heard that but never knew what it meant, Darlene! Thanks for the history lesson!!
High Cotton has so many setting possiblities! Can't wait for the flimsy(s)!
Cheers!

Cheryl said...

Such beauties!!! So the gang let you have your blog back??!!

anareis said...

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Nicole said...

The Black and White 30's quilt is so unusual looking! Really nice. I should get out my Kim Diehl books and revisit them.

Carol said...

That's great that you got started on the quilt blocks for the High Cotton quilt. That's the quilt I'm going to make too, someday. I've been trying to find that 1930's Black and White quilt pattern with no success. Yours is really nice, love the polka dots.

~Bren~ said...

I am LOVIN that B&W 30's quilt! Very nice. The new project looks interesting.....

PatchworkRose said...

Just love how this quilt is coming together. The other quilt has some gorgeous colours happpening too. I will be watching this one grow. Keep on having fun
cheers
Lynne

Stina said...

Back in blogland again.. and I knew I wouldnt get dissapointed when I got to your posts.. your quilts is such a joy to watch... and I love this one.. :o))
And I still is waiting for my Kim D book to arrive.. so I will enjoy looking at your go at her pattern!! :o)

Quilts And Pieces said...

I have to get her new book yet. Always something on my list!

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