Hoffman Challenge, False Teeth, & Positive Thinking

Hi all!


Tonight was the Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild’s monthly meeting and we had the Hoffman Challenge.  This was a challenge where guild members used the chosen Hoffman fabric for this year to create a quilted item to show.

We had six entries this year and they were all beautiful. 

Here are the Hoffman challenge entries with their corresponding numbers and note of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.




  Didn’t they all turn out awesome?
It was cool to see them all.   They were more beautiful then the pics show.   To round the evening off nicely, I found out I was one of the door prize winners.   Check it out…  it’s a Dritz light and set of fusible butterflies.  I thought it was a pretty cool door prize.
Microsoft clip art

According to www.ducoclam.com/uselessknowledge; before all-porcelain teeth were perfected in the mid nineteenth century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers following a battle.  Teeth extracted from the cadavers of U.S. Civil War soldiers were shipped to English dentists by the barrel.

Now, if you know me, you know that I can’t read something like this and just walk away.

Walk away, indeed.

We know the Civil War was from April 12, 1861 to April 18, 1865.

So…I did some research, and what I found was the first false teeth used in Europe was around the 1400’s and yes, sometimes they were made from teeth provided by grave robbers or from people who pulled their own teeth and sold them. (Eeewwww!)

However, by the 1700s, the production of false teeth made out of porcelain began and a patent was taken out by Nicholas Dubois de Chemant in 1791 in England.     So, I’m hoping that the harvesting of cadaver teeth had stopped by the time of the Civil War, but who knows… maybe it was still a thriving practice here in the States… hmmm.  

You can visit the following link for this research info I have shared.


It is important to stay positive and not let negative thoughts bring you down.   Remember, no one nor nothing can have any more power over you than what you allow.   So if that negative thought starts creeping in, get rid of it.   I know this is hard to do sometimes, but if you can, it will make a positive difference in your life.
A scripture comes to mind.   A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22
So until next time, keep your chin up and remember good memories and thoughts to keep you out of the funk!
God bless and keep you,

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I'm a happily married mom of two, living in Arkansas and selling AVON. Both of my children are grown and in college. I often wonder where the time went. I never thought I'd have blog but when blogs came along, I jumped on board. That just goes to show one doesn't know what the future holds. I was born in 1967 but my life truly began in 1996. That is the year I realized I need God in my life. That is the year I asked Jesus Christ into my life. So, you will see, as you follow my blog, there will be mention of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit from time to time. I can't live without sharing that part of my life. I like to go to flea markets and visit antique shops and I usually find something to take home with me. I'm fairly new at crocheting. I tried to learn to crochet in my twenties but I didn't have left handed instructions. I could do it right handed but it was hard for me to keep my stitches consistent. Then a few years ago a left handed friend of mine gave me a book with left handed crocheting instructions and I learned to crochet. My first quilt was in done in 2001. Money was tight and I wanted to give my husband something nice. So I decided to make him a "blanket". Little did I know I would be hooked and still be making quilts years later. I'm starting my hand at scrapbooking and watercoloring. We will see how that goes. :) I update my AVON page each week with a special deal, so be sure to check it out. Well, that's a little about me. Hope you enjoy my blog and follow me on this journey.

6 thoughts on “Hoffman Challenge, False Teeth, & Positive Thinking”

  1. Hi Sonia –

    Those quilts are gorgeous – truly a work of art.

    I'd never heard of them using cadaver teeth to make false teeth. I did hear a story about George Washington having wooden choppers.

    Thanks for the reminder. Prov. 17:22 is one of my many favorite scriptures.

    Susan 🙂


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