Monday, September 28, 2015

Caesar's Crown

One of the joys of writing about quilts is getting a chance to photograph and study quilts in my collection. I have been writing about quilt history for almost 3 years for the National Quilting Association and have just started a new column for Discover Vintage America, a midwest antique publication (more about that in a later post).
c. 1860 Pennsylvania

My recent NQA article was on the interesting block Caesar's Crown, King David's Crown, Crown of Thorns, Full Blown Tulip, etc. etc. (many different names and piecing variations). One of my favorite thing about the pattern is the secondary cross or bells formed when the blocks are joined without sashing (see above).

It is not a very common pattern due to the difficult curved piecing involved in the design. YES, you read that correctly, the block is generally curved pieced not appliqued. In finding a few more to add to my collection, I was surprised to find that it was used as a signature quilt pattern in the 1840s and 50s and even a century later in the 1940's and 50s.
Dated 1850, signature quilt, Pennsylvania 
And here's one from c. 1945 with names embroidered in the centers.
C. 1945 signature top

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

French Stars

Detail, French Star, Pennsylvania, c. 1870
 Starley Collection
If you have been reading my Quilt History column for the National Quilting Association's (NQA) magazine, Quilting Quarterly, then you already know a bit about the French Star pattern. If you have not been following along, then you are definitely missing out! Each issue of the magazine features "Behind the Block", a quilt history column written by yours truly. I have been writing the column for 2 1/2 years and I am really enjoying learning about quilt patterns and sharing the information with my readers. If you have a favorite block and you would like to know about its history, please tell me. I am always interested in hearing suggestions for future columns.

Detail of 1930s French Star
Starley Collection
Because the French Star block has some difficult piecing with those elliptical pieces between the LeMoyne Star points, it is not a common pattern. It was printed during the quilt revival of the 1930's but still did not become a regularly made block and so I feel lucky to own several examples. The one below was sewn using the Ruby McKim templates/pattern from her 1929 book: 101 Patchwork Patterns. It features different pieces and sewing methods than the red/green quilt.

And here is a my French Star top which is also constructed in a different method than the other 2 examples.
Detail c. 1945 French Star
Starley Collection
These quilts are part of my antique quilt lecture: "Patterns Through Time" which illustrates quilt history and the evolution of quilt patterns. The lecture feature a dozen different quilt patterns with 2 or 3 examples of each pattern - and yes, those are all real antique quilts (not photos). You can get up close and personal with these wonderful historical artifacts. Patterns Through Time is also available as a half day lecture where you can really study and drool over these beauties. I'm available to come to your guild, show, shop, etc. Hope to see you and share my collection with you!

Patterns Through Time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May Flowers - Bloggers Quilt Festival

My entry for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, Hand Quilting category. More details at the bottom of the post (deadline to nominate for viewers choice is May 21st but voting for favorite in Hand Quilting is open from May 22-29) 

I adapted the basket border from an 1870's red and green princess feather applique quilt, turned it into a four block design and gave it a color makeover. I think the woman who made it would be glad her design still works but would be a bit surprised with the black, white and hot pink color scheme. Made for a Time Challenge- I focused on giving the original a "makeover" by using an updated, modern color scheme and scaling it from a bed size to a small quilt. 

Hand appliqued and hand quilted. I bravely quilted it with red/pink thread in diagonal concentric lines and also outlining and some details. 

Here is the original basket so you can see that the new quilt is an extreme makeover!

Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival Page is HERE.
Hand Quilted Quilts Page is HERE
Vote for Viewer's Choice HERE Nominations- May 15-21
VOTE for your Favorites in each category May 22-29
Winners Announced May 30, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Turkey Red Flowers

I have a passionate love for ... antique turkey red fabric in quilts. Okay, I've admitted it. Bet many of you love them too.  Maybe it is due to my Scottish roots, Scotland was a turkey red fabric printing powerhouse in the 1800's, by the way. The dyeing and printing process was extremely complex and tedious but produced such beautiful red fabrics. This c. 1850 fancy quilt has a great variety of tr prints and is very large at 96 x 100".

While it appears to have been done in a very formal treatment, the applique leaves and stems are individualized and add a delightful touch to the quilt.   Please let me know if you like to see more turkey reds. I have many 1840-70s quilts with lots of different turkey red prints. And don't forget, I love to share them in the cloth too.

 Here are several more blocks for your viewing enjoyment.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Rocky Roads

It's been a tough few years with lots of Rocky Roads.  Here are a few of the quilty variety.  
Detail c. 1890 Rocky Road to Kansas
Lancaster Co, PA
I love the double pink greek background.  Only in Southeastern PA would bright pink be a neutral.

detail Rocky Road c. 1935
Millard County, Utah
maker - Isabel Day Rogers
So blessed to have a quilt made by my great grandmother.  Love that it is my favorite color: purple.  She made hers in a large scale and used all sorts of different sized pieces for the star strings.

Interesting to see the pair together and observe the differences and the similarities.  They are part of my antique quilt study "Patterns Through Time" Lecture where I share sets of antique quilts and guide you through changes in quilt-making and American history.  Lots of eye candy and interesting information along with a lot of design inspiration.  I'm available to teach at your quilt guild, shop or show.  "HAVE QUILTS, WILL TRAVEL"

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Antique and Modern Quilt Adventures in Southern Utah

Feeling a bit (crazy)

Need a quilt fix, come on down and see us in St. George, Utah, January 6-10 at the 2nd annual
Quilt St. George retreat.

This is one of the classes I will be teaching.

I will also be doing 2 in-depth  half day antique quilt sessions.  Patterns Through Time and Sign of the Times.  Great opportunity to see lots of museum quality antique quilts, up close and really examine them.  What an amazing way to learn quilt history.

**I will also be doing appraisals**

And whether you already love applique or have never tried it, my Red Rock Mini Landscape is the perfect class for you.  You'll get to make an easy yet very impressive souvenir of your trip to Southern Utah.

And that is not all I'm doing in St. George, click on the link to see all my activities.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Antique Bird Love for Bloggers Quilt Fest

So happy to share my antique reproduction quilt with my friends and Amy's crew at Bloggers Quilt Festival.  This quilt was created for the American Quilt Study Group's Civil War Quilt Study (a scholarly quilt challenge).  Voting for the Bloggers Quilt Festival starts Nov. 1 to Nov. 7th.  I'm in the applique category.

It was truly a challenge but also a joy.  Here's the full quilt

Quilted Joy Too  35" x 35"
And part of antique inspiration quilt circa 1855.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Western Colorado Antique Quilt Weekend

Calling all antique quilt lovers in the West!  Now's your chance to see some amazing antique quilts and even make your own heirloom.  3 wonderful events packed into 2 full filled days, all sponsored by the Colorado Quilting Council.

Who:  AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser and Historian Sandra Starley  

When:  August 23rd and 24th

Where:  Grand Junction/Palisade, Colorado

What:  I- Antique Quilt Trunk Show:  Patterns Through Time
         II - 19th Century Quilts, In-depth Antique Quilt History Workshop
        III - Reproduction paper piecing class, Miniature Cheddar Stars

See all the details

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Now showing Springville Quilt Show

 If you are anywhere near Provo or Salt Lake City Utah between now and  August 31st be sure to head down to Springville for the annual quilt show at the Springville Museum of Art. There are a 100 beautiful quilts on display.
 Including my reproduction appliqué quilt, Pennsylvania Posies for Paducah made for the 2012 Pilgrim-Roy challenge fundraiser for the National Quilt Museum

And also my modern repro appliqué made for the Riley Blake challenge.  Here's a bit of it

Hope to see you at the show!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Utah Antique Quilt Study Appraisals

You'll find me in booth #512.
I will be doing appraisals on May  8, 9, and 10, 2014 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 20 minute lecture/trunk show Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on Rising to the Challenge, Creating Award Winning Challenge Quilts.  And on Friday at 2:00 p.m. I'll be sharing antique quilt masterpieces in a 20 minute trunkshow.  This is an appetizer to my hour slot at 4:00 p.m. for my lecture/trunk show on "Patterns Through Time  -- Revolutionary Changes in American Quilts" showcasing about a dozen examples of how quilt patterns change over time (about 25 antique quilts).
  And in my booth #512, I will have several wonderful antique quilts.

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.

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.

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