Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Applique Fun in Minnesota


 Come join me in Minnesota in June for a wonderful quilt event.  I'll be sharing lots of my antique quilts especially signature quilts and I'll also be teaching an antique reproduction quilt class and sharing my secrets for making hand applique a delightful experience.  Really!!

Hand applique is a lot of fun once you learn the ins and outs (inside curves and outside points).

 This pattern is perfect for beginners and experienced appliquers will also enjoy it.
I'll also be sharing my tips for reproducing and updating antique quilts and making the old patterns simpler and more do-able.  I'll even share some of the antique inspiration quilts.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Etsy Shop Now Open and new treasure

Here's a corner of one of my favorite quilts.
C. 1860 flower wreath quilt.
Okay, now that I have your attention.  I have an exciting announcement for all of you who have been asking for patterns to make my antique quilts, the wait is over.

 I have opened an Etsy Shop - Textile Time Travels.  I have several of my antique and vintage reproduction patterns now available and also an update of a traditional block sampler.  Hope you will stop by and purchase a pattern and favorite my shop.

Here's one of the patterns ready and waiting to come to your house.
 Cheddar Stars Over Moab 19" x 24"


And please let me know if there are any special quilts in my collection that you would like me to pattern.  I have a "to pattern" list started but would love your input.  So as you scroll back to previous posts or stop by my facebook page - Textile Time Travels and see something that catches your fancy, tell me.
Thanks.

C. 1860 flower wreath quilt, detail of the applique and the wreath leaf quilting between each round of flowers

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Antique Quilts and Appraisals at Quilt St. George and Give Away


Antique Quilt Block c. 1870  Pennsylvania

I'm so excited to be sharing my antique quilts in 2 trunk shows, teaching a reproduction quilt class and doing quilt appraisals at the 1st ever, Quilt St. George retreat which will be starting in less than 2 weeks: Jan. 14-17, 2014 in beautiful St. George Utah.  Email me to schedule an appraisal. Thanks to Marian for her vision and all her hard work.  Click on the logo to learn more and visit the other blogs  BUT first - read this post!


On January 15, I will be teaching a hand applique class with a beautiful Batik Tulip quilt - space is still available.  I'll talk more about that on Jan. 8th and have another give away on my 2nd blog, Quilt Art Star.

But for now, we are talking about antique quilts. Jan. 15th, I will be doing a special trunk show/ dinner lecture featuring masterpiece quilts.  I'll be sharing lots of stunning quilts, applique and pieced that are between 100 and 200 years old.  This is a unique opportunity to see this beauties in person.  Oh and did I mention dinner is Chicken Alfredo and Creme Brule. Yes, you can still sign up.


And on Jan. 16th, I'll be sharing some of my favorite quilts, featuring birds and blooms.  Red and green floral appliqué quilts, eagle quilts, baskets and birds, several flower quilts with birds and even one with birds, roosters and fish appliqués.  Come see some amazing early fabrics including an English toile printed in 1799 and pillar prints and chintz.  And there will also some striking star quilts and other treasures.
This will be an unusual opportunity to see these beautiful quilts in an intimate, hands on setting and learn a lot about quilt history.  And yes, there is still time to sign up.




And finally, please leave a comment (and make sure I can contact you) for a chance to win one of my  antique reproduction pattern, Mod Cheddar Stars or Cheddar Stars Over Moab.  If you are a no-reply blogger, add your email to your comment.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Hop Party -- Pattern Give Away

Thanks to Michelle of Quilters Gallery for hosting another great Blog Hop Party.  And in honor of Thanksgiving, there are lots of fun give aways.  I'm giving away 2  paper piecing patterns which are reproductions of my antique cheddar star quilt. A- Cheddar Stars Over Moab, the miniature close reproduction and B- Mod Cheddar, the larger wilder version.

Cheddar Stars Over Moab
19 x 24"  (3" blocks)
 
Mod Cheddar
29 x 29"  (5" blocks)

To enter the pattern give away, please join this blog and like my antique quilt page on facebook, Textile Time Travels and let me know by leaving a comment here.  If you are a no reply blogger - make sure you leave a contact email so I can notify you, if you are chosen.  And yes, I will mail internationally.  The give away will be open through November 26th, closed on the 27th.
*If you absolutely don't do facebook, watch my antique quilt video on youtube and again leave a comment here.

And here is the original antique quilt from 1890 that inspired both of the reproduction patterns.

Thanks for stopping by and check out my classes, lectures, and appraisal pages (above), I'd love to come visit you and share my quilts and classes.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Antique Rolling Stone Quilts

I have way too many favorite quilts - favorite eras, blocks, styles, etc.  But among my most favorite are Pennsylvania signature quilts -  both applique and Rolling Stone blocks.  Here's a Rolling Stone from 1852:
Dated 1852 for Sarah Xander, Weisenburg Township, Lehigh Co, PA
And here's a detail - the inscription in the center of the quilt - note the old spelling of Miss (Mifs)

And here's another with the unusual addition of a star alternating block

Lebanon Co, PA signature quilt 1870/1880

Levi H. Laudermilch
 To read more about this pattern, check out my column- my regular column in the National Quilting Association's Quilting Quarterly magazine.  It is in the current issue



Friday, June 28, 2013

Quilt Alliance Twenty Contest - 2 days of Voting Left

Detail of "It's All About the Dots"
 The voting for the 2013 Quilt Alliance (formerly the Alliance for American Quilts) is now open -- through Midnight Eastern Saturday June 29th. My entry is quilt #88, It's All About the Dots. It is machine paper pieced from my own patterns and machine quilted/embroidered in crazy quilt fashion.  Another of my "Word Play" quilts and a 'literal" interpretation of the Challenge title.
 I hope that you will consider voting for me. You must be a member to vote but it may not be too late to join the Alliance; an excellent organization that does so much to preserve the history of American Quilts. I especially enjoy the Quilt Index. If you join by June 28th, Amy probably will be able to email you a ballot. You can join on the Alliance website and pay by credit card or paypal, it is only $25.00 (tax deductible) and again it goes to a great group.
                                                 It's All About the Dots  20" x 20"
It was fun to make and I enjoyed using bits of my favorite fabrics.  Dogs, Cats, flowers, buttons, pins and of course, lots and lots of DOTS!


 
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Utah Antique Quilt Study Event



I will be doing appraisals on May  9, 10 and 11, 2013 at the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) in Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah. I am certified by American Quilters Society (AQS) to appraise all types of quilts-antique, vintage and newly made and traditional and art quilts. I will be in booth #512 so please stop by.  Appointments are still available, so please bring in your quilts.  And I can also appraise quilts that are hanging in the show or in special exhibits or booths.
    I will be doing a lecture/trunk show Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on Bird and Blooms showcasing quilts featuring birds or flowers or both. On Friday at 4:00 my lecture/trunk show is "Patterns Through Time  -- Revolutionary Changes in American Quilts" showcasing 30 exceptional antique quilts,
  And in my booth #512, I will have several wonderful antique quilts.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Antique Odd Fellows Quilt


Detail of center block, c. 1840

A few months ago, I happened upon a very interesting quilt with an extra unusual center block.  The auction house said it was an 'Odd Fellows' quilt.  I didn't know much about the fraternal organization but our antique quilt group on facebook quickly provided me lots of info on the symbols (iconography),  Ronda Harrell and Tim Latimer were amazingly helpful as was Ronda's 1850's manual. 
From Ronda -" Odd Fellow emblems are divided by Degrees. The emblems of the Initiatory Degree are: 1) the All-seeing Eye which symbolizes the scrutinizing gaze of Omniscience is ever upon us; 2) the Heart and the Hand which denotes candor, frankness, sincerity; 3) the three links for friendship, love and truth; 4) the Bee-Hive which denotes the power of association, order, and industry in the promotion of good works. The shining sun is an emblem of the Frist Degree which teaches impartiality in general benevolence and represents truth in its purity and glory. The emblems of the Second Degree are the arrows which to the Odd Fellow, these weapons of war are emblems of peculiar means to preserve from danger and to maintain peace. The piece which looks similar to a yoke, and the two bowls on either side of the hand is symbolic of the scales along with the crossed swords under the hand is a symbol of the Fourth Degree which represents just prudence which weighs will and truly every motive and every action and corrects every aberration from right. Finally, the crescent moon, usually seen with 7 stars, represents friendship, love and truth shining in the night of misfortune. . .  . "hour glass which is an emblem of the Royal Purple Degree. It symblolizes the speedy passage of time and admonishes us to improve the moments as they fly in a manner that shall reflect the glory of God and our own and our neighbor's good."

The center block has lots of dense quilting while the other blocks have little. 


Friday, January 18, 2013

Antique Hexagon Medallion- crazy quilt cheater fabric

I'm sharing more of one of my very favorite quilts (it probably has the largest number of different fabrics of any quilt in my collection and wonderful fabrics are they), my 1885 Hexagon Medallion.  It is almost a charm quilt but has a several repeats from a pre-printed patchwork, faux patchwork or cheater cloth of a crazy quilt.  But those hexagons all look different because the maker selectively cut them to highlight various motifs such as the butterfly. Note the faux embroidery stitching around the butterfly.



And here is the full quilt again. Don't you just love how it is assembled in rows of color!

Here's the crazy quilt cheater cloth that is featured so prominently in this quilt including the very center hex. Circa 1885, the heyday of printed patchwork and it is from Pacific Mills of Lawrence (Mass) and has the initials PML seen under the floral sprig in dark brown on black at the bottom of the swatch. (A big thank you to Deborah Kraak who has been researching printed patchwork).
 
 
And speaking of cheater cloth, there is another piece right below the lovely lady (stripes and dots). And the serenading lad and lady also appear to be cut  from the same fabric but again carefully cut to appear as 2 different fabrics.


Here's another shot (yes the dots and the single paisley are both from the PML cheater print -- she got a lot of bang for her buck out of that crazy quilt fabric)  And if you look closely you'll also see that the floral next to the dots also has a pieced look -- it is from another very similar faux crazy quilt print. 
The brown rosettes on tan fabric is the wonderful backing.  You can also see the simple but well done quilting, this was not a time of lots of fancy quilting.  Fancy embroidery on crazy quilts was instead the thing to do.

I think the maker must have had a keen sense of humor because there are some fun neighboring pieces, like the lad and lady and the butterfly and fox above.  And how about the egret? and the fancy Spanish gentleman
 
 
To see more pictures of this quilt in a prior post, click here or click here to see several entries with cheater fabric.
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Go Team Cheddar - Vote now


My miniature repro Cheddar Stars Over Moab is in a Star contest and I'd appreciate your vote.  As a prize for my readers: eye candy (aka antique cheddar quilts).

Antique Compass Star Quilt, circa 1880, probably Southern U.S
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Brief commercial break: 
Here's a close up and the full reproduction quilt  and the original antique
and the voting link
 
Cheddar Stars Over Moab, 20" x 24"             Antique Ohio Star Quilt, circa 1890, 74" w X 87" h
 
Antique Sunburst/Sunflower Quilt, circa 1860 Pennsylvania
Detail of Whig Rose quilt, circa 1870, with unusual cheddar bird border
Another Cheddar Sunburst/Sunflower, circa 1850
 
Thanks again for reading and voting
 
 
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Zigzag-alicious Bloggers Quilt Festival

Update: contest voting has begun:
1st --Vote now thru end of Nov. 8th for your #1 overall favorite quilt (hope it is my Batik Tulips, entry #46). I'm asking for votes for that quilt because it is the one I created while the one below is an antique quilt top.  Click here to see photos and links to all the quilts and click on the star below your favorite quilt pic.

2nd --Click here to nominate quilts for individual merit awards, ie best bed quilt. I suggest applique, hand quilting, and wall hanging for my quilt #46. Open thru end of Nov. 4.
3rd -- nominations will be counted and top 5 quilts in each category with then go to a final vote.
Nov. 5-8   Thank you for your comments and support.
 

Antique 1880's Wild Goose Chase
owned by Sandra Starley
78" x 82"
Best category – Scrap Quilt or Bed Quilt
 
I am a quilt maker and historian/collector and for each Quilt Festival I like to share one of my new quilts on my Art Quilt Blog whie I share an antique treasure on this one. I love to share pieces from my quilt collection in lectures and trunk shows and exhibits:  "Have Quilts, Will Travel!"
 

This quilt top is from the 1880's but the blocks have many earlier fabrics.  It is a multi-generational project, blocks made by the earlier owner's great grandmother and then set together with that graphic red by her mother.   It is from Michigan.  I think the earlier maker probably wasn't planning on a red sashing but boy does it make the blocks pop and the quilt sing!

And one more close-up

Enjoy
Thanks Amy. click below to see the rest of the wonderful quilts.



 
 
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