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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The second quilt is very sweet, although there is nothing really outstanding about it. It does have very nice hand quilting and the binding is nicely applied. The charming thing to me about it is that a mother or some other adult took the time to make such a nice little piece for a little girl. It has been loved, but in a somewhat gentler way than the first. I think 1900 would be a good guess for this one as well.
Till next time............
Monday, December 2, 2013
Hello, hello out there in blogland!
Recently I got to attend a gathering where the Christs brought some of their civil war era quilts to share with us. Pat and Arlan kindly gave me permission to post photos. A word about them - I had to severely crop them to eliminate photos of people. The quilts were displayed flat on a table and we were all gathered around the table, so I can only give you snippets of the actual quilts. Also, there is no text to accompany them, but I did put them in sort of an ornament style, so think of them as virtual Christmas ornaments from me to you........... If you ever get a chance to attend a showing of the Christ's quilts, run don't walk, to see them.
Till next time..................
Monday, November 11, 2013
If you visit here often, you will have seen this one in progress. I started making it with a pile of tumbler pieces from a large antique quilt. The quilt was in very poor condition and many of the pieces could not be salvaged, but I thought it would be nice to do a miniature version of the quilt. Anyway, during one or another of our moves, the stack of tumblers disappeared and I was forced to scrounge around for more fabrics. Somewhere during this process, my enthusiasm waned and by the time I got to the border, backing and binding, the thrill was totally gone. It has been finished for some time, I just forgot to post it. So here it is.
Another recent finish is:
This is a shawl I knitted using a pattern by Hanna Breetz at Ever Green Knits. She made a light and airy short shawl. Mine is knit using Sugar and Cream Cotton in a Denim color. It is longer and heavier than the original version, but it is what I wanted for quick trips between our studio and house. Throw it on fast and go.
Well, that is about it for now. Till next time..........
Sunday, October 27, 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful day yesterday. We went to a flea market north of Evansville, Indiana and things just followed me home! We both love children's toys - and yes, we had toys when we were young, so it isn't that deprivation thing. Oddly enough, neither of us are folk art fans, but we both loved the little cat bench. We both saw it and neither of us said anything, as we thought the other would say yuck. We were getting ready to leave and I said, you know I saw a little cat bench and I can't get it off my mind. He said, oh yeah, I saw it and it was really interesting. (You have to look closely to see that the sides are actually cats and - love this part - the tails go up the sides of the back. How cute is that?) Anyway, we went back, found it and bought it. I picked up the little 1930's doll quilt from another vendor and still another vendor had the game board. We already had the toy treadle sewing machine. More on that collection later.
Next we went to the quilt shop of an old friend of mine. It is Quilts n Bloom in Haubstadt, Indiana. The shop is owned by Kathy Will and it is very nice. If you are ever in the area, stop by and visit. (Check her hours, as she isn't open every day.) Had a nice visit with Kathy and her retired quilt teacher Pam.
Well, that's it for now. To everyone who reads my blog - thanks for stopping by. I will try to post more often in the future.
Till next time...............
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Well, now it is Sept.! and I am still wondering where July went.
The above little girl in the photo is not me. (Don't you admire her intensity?) My mother
would not allow me to come close to a sewing machine at that age. She said I would sew through my finger and sure enough, about 45 years later I did. I attribute it to disturbed hormone levels and a slant needle sewing machine. Everyone knows my miniature quilts are hand pieced. But what you don't know is that I love sewing machines. We actually collect antique ones - you guessed it - mostly miniatures. Also for the last 30 years I have been entranced with Singer sewing machine attachments. They made some really strange things and I love them all. Yesterday, my husband and I were at the county seat paying our real estate taxes and decided to visit the antique shops on the square. He spotted this:
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
As I have mentioned before, no one ever thinks miniature quilts require much fabric. Well, suitable large pieces of antique fabrics for backings can get a little difficult to find. Finding antique quilt blocks is not so difficult, but when you get into the 24" square pieces of fabric, prepare for trouble. My latest miniature star quilt was causing major problems. I not only wanted 1880's fabric, but specifically a shirting print with "that PA blue" color figure, as it is a miniature version of the antique quilt you have seen. I called Mary Koval. Nope, she was currently out of any appropriate fabrics. Gerald Roy sent me another envelope of antique fabrics, but no blue figured shirtings. By coincidence, Ann Hermes, who is famous for her doll quilts made with antique fabrics had stopped by my blog on the very day that I contacted her by email. I had checked her Etsy shop, hoping that a piece would somehow magically be listed for sale. Nope. Hmmm. Contacted Ann and said, "do you happen to have......." She did! And here is the tricky part - she would sell me a piece. Yippee - back in business. In a further strange coincidence involving myself and Ann, she mentioned in her email that she had a star quilt like mine and she would send me pics. Plus, she gave me permission to post them. Here they are:
Although the photo of my quilt in a previous post wasn't all that good, I am amazed at the similarities of our quilts. They are almost twins. Ann's has a yellow backing and binding and mine has the aforementioned shirting for backing and the top is simply turned to the back, folded under and sewn down for a finish. I think all the star fabrics are the same in both quilts and the order of their appearance is exactly the same. This cannot be a coincidence. Could someone have possibly been putting out kits in the 1880's? I wouldn't think so. Possibly they were made by the same family members. If anyone out there has another quilt like these, please let me know. Ahh, yet another quilting mystery.
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Monday, August 5, 2013
Well, looks like I completely missed July when it comes to a blog entry! We have had such a nice summer weather-wise, it is just speeding by me.
Above is my miniature quilt top version of the Pennsylvania quilt in the previous post. The setting squares and triangles appear to be gray, but they are actually a white ground with a blue figure. I pinned it to a black felt board to take the pic. It isn't being quilted yet because I don't have a piece of blue shirting large enough for backing. So, it is on hold for the time being. It has been suggested to me to use a reproduction fabric, but it is a route that doesn't appeal to me. The Portfolio Series is all about antique fabrics. It is hand pieced (and hand appliqued) as usual.
Here is a close-up of the fabrics, with dimensions:
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hi to all in blogland,
We got to spend another afternoon visiting with Gerald Roy and getting a couple of appraisals done.
We hardly ever buy quilts. I look for antique textiles that can be used for making miniatures and although I love to look at antique quilts, we rarely buy them. They take a lot of room to store and deserve the best of care. However, sometimes something comes along and you just can't walk away. The above quilt is a full size star. Although it is impossible to say for sure, it screams Pennsylvania. There are a couple of things about it that are especially appealing to me. The background is a shirting printed with blue figures - actually the quilt contains 2 different blue shirtings, a pink shirting and a third blue shirting for backing. (Who doesn't love a good backing?) The stars in the corner squares and setting triangles give it an extra oomph and the piecing and quilting are very nice. Jerry told us that this quilt has never seen the light of day, as if it had there would be a lot of fading to the green and blue fabrics. It has never been washed and interestingly the quilter marked it for quilting with a blue pencil. Well, it is my favorite color palette and when we found it, I was physically incapable of leaving it. We found it in an antique mall in St. Louis, MO. It is circa 1880.
This is an Amish Framed Bars quilt from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We bought it at auction in Ohio. It was not advertised as such, so that worked to our advantage. It doesn't show up all that well in the photo, but we consider it to be a real prize. The top is wools and the backing is a cotton print. The quilting is excellent and unusual. It features baskets in the border quilting (shown below). It is circa 1910. It came out of a New York apartment and the owner had it stretched and attached it to a wooden frame with velcro. It had been on a wall in the apartment and there is fading on the wide green binding. My guess is that they put it up there when people began to think of quilts as art in the 1970's. While it is nice for the world to recognize quilts in that way, it was a sad day when they started stretching them flat and hanging them on walls. Sigh.
I have pieced a miniature based on one of these quilts. Can you guess which one?
Other things: Karen left a comment asking what AQS considers a miniature quilt. I looked it up, and basically it has to measure not more than 24"in length and 24" in width. The quilt must be reduced in scale in all aspects. That is the tricky part. I made a personal decision a long time ago not to enter juried shows. People jump all over me when they hear that, but I don't want the pressure or the hassle of doing it. I am glad other people enter their quilts, but it is not my thing. So, I had to look up what AQS thinks on the size. My personal way of dealing with size and scale is this: if a viewer cannot tell what size my quilt is by looking at a photo of it, I consider it to be a success.
Till next time...........
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have been doing some sewing, but nothing is ready to blog about. Once again, I've been under the weather for awhile. Think maybe it was a stomach virus this time and not my usual auto-immune thing. Things are better now.
Below are some pics my husband took at the Paducah Quilt Show this year. It is some of the miniature quilts, but it is hard to get good photos because the display cases reflect the overhead lights They were an amazing little group!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
While the large AQS show is happening in Paducah, there is a smaller show going on at the Robert Cherry Civic Center. Most locals just call it the Rotary Show. It always features antique quilts, so you know it is my favorite. This year's show was curated by Sue Reich in conjunction with the release of her new book Quiltings, Frolics, and Bees: 100 Years of Signature Quilts. I have her Quilting News of Yesterday 1000 Pieces and Counting. She also wrote one of my all time favorite state quilt books Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut. She was at the Rotary signing books and giving a talking tour of the show quilts. I was flattered that she remembered me and my quilts from a Quilt Study Day that we both attended. She asked me if I documented my miniature quilts and I replied that I did. She said she thought all my quilts will wind up in a museum and : "A hundred years from now some quilt historian is going to say God bless that woman!" (She meant because of the documentation that I am keeping.) I will do a post on that some day.
Well, I say God bless Sue Reich and her wonderful quilt documentation books that serve as inspiration to modern day quilters.
Till next time..............