A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

Quilt artists create textiles to display or cozy up with

A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

A late 19th-century quilt featuring a Windmill Blades pattern sold for $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK (AP) – In this winter of hunkering down at home, there’s a trend that’s just right for the times: quilts as decor and as art. An artistic quilt might be displayed prominently on a wall, thrown over a couch, or just folded and hung from the rungs of a ladder. (Or you could cozy up with it.) “Quilts bring warmth, depth and texture to any room,” says Suzy Williams, a quilter and graphic designer in Oak Park, Illinois. She offers tutorials and patterns for quilt-making on her website, Suzy Quilts.

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Interior designers freshen decor by mixing styles

Carsons tufted chaise lounge in burnt orange. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Regency Auction House

NEW YORK – The freshest style in decor these days is … mixing styles.

Traditional and contemporary often work well together. Think abstract art with an overstuffed chaise, or an 18th century-style toile wallpaper with an ’80s-era lamp. The appeal is in the pleasing tension between the styles; sophisticated, artsy, yet livable.

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A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

Pyrex and Pink Daisies: Midcentury cookware is fab again

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers

NEW YORK – If you want to freshen up your kitchen, look no further than Grandma’s old casserole dishes.

Vintage kitchenware is back in style — pieces from the mid-20th century painted with flowers, bright colors, and specific functions, such as bracketed chip and dip bowls or four-piece refrigerator storage sets.

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Muralists find higher calling decorating church interiors 

Following the completion of the artwork by Murals by Jericho, St. Mark Church was designated a shrine Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico by Bishop Daniel Jenky in 2004. Image by Murals by Jericho

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – No matter how intricate the art or meaningful the message, Andrew Hattermann says his studio’s work comes down to one simple thing: Beauty.

“We try to make a church more beautiful than it’s ever been,” the Peoria resident says. “That’s our goal.”

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Indiana retiree has a sweet tooth for M&M collectibles

Standing about 2 feet tall, these M&Ms were used by retailers to promote the sale of the famous candy. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) – He was known as a “numbers guy” for 55 years. Then, one fateful day, Logansport resident Clarence Kapraun turned his back on the infinite possibility of sums and found favor in letters. But it was only one letter, really. Specifically, the “Ms,” as he said.

“The Ms” are this retired math teacher’s name for his M&M collection.

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Tractor returns to Indiana family after 7 decades of use

A John Deere ‘unstyled’ Model B tractor. Image by Dake. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

KOUTS, Ind. (AP) – Since he was a young boy, Chip Horn heard stories about the 1951 John Deere Model B tractor that plowed through his family’s history.

“Just stories,” he told me. “I never physically saw it.”

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How museums move and ship fragile artworks

Sir Edward John Poynter, ‘Cave of the Storm Nymphs,’ 1903, oil on canvas. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The nymphs were invited to visit Italy this spring, but they are way too important to travel alone. Curator Lindsay Neal would have to escort them.

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Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, but tests haven’t answered the key question about the world famous painting’s enigmatic subject.

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Old magazine sheds light on Texas Trail

Ogallala’s famous Front Street, as it appears today. Image courtesy of ogallala-ne.gov

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) – One day last month, a package arrived at the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce offices bearing a long-lost firsthand account of the city’s Old West cowtown past.

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Green Bay’s title of ‘toilet paper capital’ has long history

A 10-roll group of vintage bathroom tissue sold for $330 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder in 2014. Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Long before a spare six-pack in the linen closet separated the haves from the have-nots during coronavirus pandemic panic buying, toilet paper has been on a roll in Green Bay.

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