Monday, August 7, 2017

Treasure Hunting In A Barn

We had a fun weekend.  So many things on our "to do" list we ignored. Sometimes you just need to have fun.

Heading to rural areas west of us, we went to a flea market. In the early morning sunrise we walked heavy dew in the grass down row after row of vendors.The smell of hot coffee and fresh picked produce lingered in the air. I found a few smalls and was so "in the moment" I didn't take any photos.

After breakfast in a small cafe we decided to visit a few antique shops - one in a large barn.  I love barns! The old timber and construction techniques are fascinating.

This quilt was interesting to examine. Hand quilted, narrow back to front binding.
The red was unstable and had faded to a peachy-brown shade.
Note that orange block in the lower left corner.

Hand Quilted, Double lines in the alternate blocks

Rework Top 

Several personal blocks, beautiful embroidery
at the seams
This 1916 block must have had personal
1905 block with the month of Feb. next to a block of hands
The blue ink is from the brand label of the original flour bag

Skirt bottom of a christening gown
Two color quilt - hand quilted

Detail of hand quilting - Lovely stitches

Wonderful scrappy look to this one!
It wasn't just a textile day - this sweet
doll dresser has great details

I think this may end up in a quilt or two

Sometimes, it's just fun to remember

Wooden Spool Foot Stool
Barn Floor and Stairs from the Loft

Have a great week!
Happy Hunting and Stitching,

Link to Our Easy Shop HERE
Link to Flea Markets HERE

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meet You In Illinois

Just a sampling of what you will see
I will be at the Village Quilters August Meeting
Tuesday, August 15 - 2017
With my Hexagon Trunk Show and Lecture

Place: Grace United Methodist Church (244 East Center Avenue) in Lake Bluff, Illinois
Time: 6:30pm social time, 7:00pm meeting followed by the
Programs are open to the public for $10

A short drive within the Chicago metro area.
The Hexagon Workshop is the following day.
Wednesday, August 16 - advance registration is required.
Space is limited.  Please let me know if you are unable to get a spot.
Don't miss the fun! LOTS of antique, vintage and current hexagon quilts to see.
Hope to see you there.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Book BASKETS A Study of Nineteenth- Century Basket Quilts

I have shared information about the American Quilt Study Group program for study quilts before. (HERE to review)

The book for the 2016 Basket study is now available on Amazon, HERE.

It is a fantastic book, and ALL profits go to the American Quilt Study Group.

I was one of the participants and am honored to say I know most of the 50 quilt makers in the book. A wonderful body of work.

The traveling exhibit of 25 quilts will be at the Minnesota Quilt Show June 14-16 in Saint Cloud. More on that in a future post.

"There are thousands of patterns found in quilts. One of the perennial favorites is the basket. Nineteenth century basket quilts show an amazing variety. As with other quilts, the quiltmakers had many reasons to create these basket quilts. Some of these makers and their stories are known but many have been lost to time. Members of the American Quilt Study Group were challenged in the most recent quilt study to study a basket quilt from the nineteenth century and create a new quilt of their own that was inspired by the original. The new quilt could be a reproduction or simply reflect the original in a way that spoke to the maker. This book showcases the nearly fifty study quilts created for the quilt study, along with images of the antique quilts that gave each quilter their inspiration. AQSG invites you to enjoy the quilts, and follow each quilt maker’s journey from inspiration to creation, through the thoughts and reflections they have shared about the history, process, and significance of quilting from the nineteenth century into the twenty first century."

My entry, all white, was from my collection and a bit of a risk - not the kind of colorful quilt that might catch the judges eye. It also is hard to photograph all white textiles. However, it is intended as a study and I wanted to try something new.

I did a tufted technique with white schwalm/dresden embroidery.  The project is 100% hand stitched.

I reduced and reproduced, a design from an antique piece in my collection.

The edge is sewn and finished in knotted fringe.
No binding.

The quilting is simple cross hatching - serves just to keep the layers together. The white work is the "feature" of the quilt.

While my fringe was machine made purchased fringe, the antique is hand tied fringe.

My basket is a simple shape, in the fashion of some found on school girl samplers.

The interior of the basket is filled with rows of embroidery stitches.

My quilt will travel with 24 others - I hope you get a chance to see it!  The variety is exciting, you won't be disappointed.

Basket Exhibit Travel Schedule ***
March 24 - June 30, 2017 
     Ohio County Historical Society: Rising Sun, IN

October 1, 2017 - January 4, 2018
     Iowa Quilt Museum: Winterset, IA

March 9-11, 2018
     Dallas Quilt Show: Dallas, TX

June 14-16, 2018
     Minnesota Quilters, Saint Cloud MN

July 1 - September 3, 2018
    Baldwin Reynalds House: Meadville, PA

September 18 - December 5, 2018
     Virginia Quilt Museum: Harrisonburg, VA

March 1 - May 31, 2019
     Gilbert Historical Museum: Gilbert, AZ 85296

***Subject to change, always check the venue before traveling

AQSG Civil War Book (HERE)

The Civil War Study exhibit is also still traveling
(My flag quilt is in this exhibit)

June 2017 to October 20, 2017
    Rocky Mountain  Quilt Museum: Golden, CO

November 1 to February 28, 2018
    Sheerer Museum of Stillwater: Stillwater, OK

March 2018 to May 31, 2018
     Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL

June 1 to August 31, 2018
La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum: LaConner, WA

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quilt Along Noah and Matilda


When I was in the corporate world we often had to ask for clarification on what that meant!
I finished my Noah and Matilda reproduction top - but it isn't quilted. Which means it really isn't finished.  This has worked to my advantage as students often want to see the back of my work.
So, I am starting another one! That, combined with new customers buying our pattern and seeing recent full finishes I have started a Facebook Page for a Noah and Matilda Quilt Along.

The purpose of the page is to provide encouragement, quilt history and advice as you work on your project. Participants are at all different stage of the project. Participation is by invitation only, contact me for an invite.  As always, I am still available by email to also provide information.

Hope you join us!
Happy Stitching,

Patterns available HERE
Read more about the quilt HERE

Red Touch Me Not SVBAQ

I loved Stitching my little red touch me nots.

All the overs, unders and small details.

Yes, there were some tricky sections - but those are so, sew rewarding when finished.

I chose to use two greens, one for the leaves and one for the stems.
The flowers are the same solid red - unlike the pink when I varied the shades in prints.

I'm quilting mine - as we wrap up the appliqué blocks, we will continue with posting. We have some people just getting started.
It is also an opportunity to cheer each other one through the quilting, binding, labels - and maybe some sleeves.

My red Touch Me Not

Have a great week!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Antique Shopping and The Schwenkfelder Events

The rest of my Pennsylvania trip was spent antique shopping, attending a New Jersey Study Group and at the Penn Dry Goods Market (and lectures) at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center.

I made several stops at favorite antique shops.  Some inventory was recognizable. Interesting to see quilts sit for years in a shop.
This is probably over priced due to the green.  Nice design!  Once again I admired it and left it hang.

There were more quilts than ever for sale this year.

Neatly folded looking for new homes

Book case repurposed for quilts
Beautiful 20th c. Prince's Feather
All Hand Stitched to perfection
Small collectibles in a glass case

After a couple days of shopping I drove to New Jersey with a friend to attend a quilt study group meeting. No photos, but it was a fun day! Nice road trip with a friend, good study examples and a gourmet lunch. I like spontaneous days like that.

Friday and Saturday was the Penn Dry Goods Market and lecture series.

They had a special exhibit in the gallery, "Blooming'/Blumen:  Flowers in Pennsylvania German Textiles and Folk Art"

An extraordinary pair of embroidered wool quilts flanked the entrance.  It was a stunning greeting to the exhibit.

Wool Embroidered Quilt (1 of 2)

Embroidery Detail
Details of the Quilts

Artwork inspired from the garden - becomes embroidery
"Cactus Applque Quilt"
c. 1892
Mahella Rhodes Wolfgang (1871-1947)
Earl Township, Berks County
Gift of Nancy Roan 2015.26.02

Cotton velvet and silk
c. 1900-1920
Maker Unknown
New Hanover Township Vicinity, Montgomery County
Gift of Betty Moyer   2017.03.01

"Flower Pot Applique"
c. 1880-1910
Made by a member of the Gerhart or Schultz family
Upper Hanover Township or vicinity, Montgomery County
Gift of Alma S. Nash    2002.11.02

In addition to the market (24 select dealers in all manner of textiles) and the special exhibits, there are lectures.  
This year I signed up for four of the eleven - I want to take them all but then I would miss shopping!
Sorry I can't share photos from the lectures.
I can share the book cover from Lori Lee Triplett's lecture, "Celebrating The Blues: Africa to America".  They brought all of the quilts from the book, "Indigo Quilts". I highly recommend this lecture for your guild, study group or special quilting event.  The book is a nice addition to any quilters library.

Then, all too soon it was time to catch my flight home.
I hope you enjoyed the photos and seeing a bit of textile history from Pennsylvania.

Happy Stitching,

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Next Layer - Chester County Historical Society

See the tiger?
The first day of my May trip was spent at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS). Their current exhibit is, "Quilts - The Next Layer Rotation #2".  In advance, I enrolled in a special Saturday program that included several textiles from storage just for us!

The group was kept small for optimal viewing.
Quilt historian Barbara Garrett and museum curator Ellen Endslow facilitated two groups through countless pre civil war textiles behind the scenes.

Through July 12 - YOU can still visit the museum and see the public exhibit. (HERE).

The Pennock Album Quilt is on exhibit. Some of you might recall the reproduction fabric line and pattern that was out years ago. That project helped support funding for the museum through licensing.

Our museum collections need financial support!

The museum exhibit includes pieced and appliqué quilts.

It covers several decades of quilting.

Many pieces have local provenance to the CCHS area.

The galleries are arranged with seating so you can soak in the beauty of each quilt.

Good signs and labels tell about the exhibit and the quilts.

I love everything about the quilt.
The fabrics, setting and sewn edge finish.

After viewing the exhibit we went to the storage area where another grouping of pre-civil war textiles was ready for viewing and discussion.

We were greeted with a table of doll beds, a silk bonnet and childs kerchief used as part of a quilt back.

The box at the end of the table is acid free with acid free tissue. The textile treasures are now packed safely away in storage.

Larger tables were used for the quilts.

There was seating here - but who could sit when we had treasures to study!

This wool intarsia quilt is very rare.
Documentation for this quilt has been provided to Annette Gero who collects, studies and writes about this style of textile. She will be exhibiting this quilt style at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC September 6 2017 to January 7, 2018 then in Lincoln Nebraska sometime in 2018.

After a delicious catered lunch, the groups switched again and we were treated to more wonderful quilts. I can only share a fraction of what we saw here. If you have the opportunity to attend an event like this, be sure to grab it!

We saw so many inked blocks in quilts I lost count. Techniques included stamps, stencils, hand script, scriveners - many with drawings and dates.

Once again we were treated to large tables and could walk around the quilts to catch every detail.
Interesting "feathers" on the lower border.
Fascinating array of red prints in the appliqué. The block shapes were probably cut from folded paper.
The center of each block is inked with a name.
Given the large size of the "font" in the lettering there was discussion as to whether it was hand or stamped.

This quilt is all silk. The two colors of silk in the warp and weft gave it a wonderful color change as you moved around the table.

It is embroidered 1857 with the initials A.M.B.

In one corner the hand quilting motif includes an adult size hand with a heart in the center. There were several different motifs in the larger squares of the quilt.  The diamond sashing was outline quilted.

We saw a few mosaic patchwork pieces.
This one was so vibrant, stunning assortment of prints.

Note the hand quilting follows the share of the hexagons.

Wouldn't you love these prints today?
This quilt had a wonderful brown chintz border  (mitered corners) that was quilted in chevrons.

We saw some piecing with lots of prints too!

Oh...the fabrics we saw!

This quilt included prints over a few decades.

The green was rather dark in this 1846 quilt.
We saw many shades of green in quilts dated pre-1860.

This quilt was also quite large, draping the edges of the tables.

Excellent condition, beautiful stitching it was one of many that got a 'gasp' when revealed.

They have 100's of quilts in their collection.

This is the detail of the green print in the 1846 album.

The appliqué was done in all one piece.

You can see part of the light inking on the block.

Look at the tiny hand quilting stitches - very, very thin batting.

When we finished the program we hand show and share. One family heirloom brought to show included all of the paper and templates for the full mid 19th century album quilt. The appliqué paper patterns, hand quilting templates and notes. It was a treasure to see.

We were then free to explore the museum until it closed. I always enjoy opening the samplers drawers. This 1774 sampler is stunning. Thank you to the sampler guilds who help fund this type   of open storage.

Remember you have until July 12, 2017 to see the public exhibit at the Chester County Historical Society.
I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Layers: Unfolding the Stories of Chester County Quilts
    Available used on Amazon and from the CCHS Gift Shop