Saturday, October 22, 2016

Early Fabric Dyes Blues

One of my all time favorite quilts, a charming, 9 patch top. Blocks are circa 1830/40 but joined together later and fabrics are 1830s and 1840s and earlier, even 1790.

The four corner blocks feature stripes with Prussian blue and the lighter (less often seen) Prussian Green. 

And here's another block from the same quilt top with a Prussian blue plaid often called a buff and blue (top right corner).

And this block features dyed indigo fabric with a resisted or bleached diamond design.

More of the top.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sign here: Delaware Valley signature quilt

I collect and study early signature quilts, particularly those from the Delaware Valley -Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland and from 1840-1870.

(ps. I'd love to bring them to your quilt study group, shop, or quilt guild or show)

Here's a few "signature" details from and 1840's signature quilt from Delaware and PA.  Signature* because most of the blocks are not signed by hand but are inked or stamped.

 Bird stamped block and the antique bird stamp

  Detailed inked drawing.

Another bird stamp- Eagle and stars.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Quilt appraising travels

I had a great time appraising quilts (old & new) and meeting friends (old & new) at the Home Machine Quilting Show this weekend. If you missed it, then mark your calendars for September 20-22 and come see me at the Utah Quilt Fest in Layton, Utah.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Dresden Carnival Blog Hop and Give Away

I am thrilled to showcase a wonderful new book by my friends and fellow Utah quilters, Marian Gallian and Yvette Jones. The mother/daughter duo have produced an inspiring book giving the traditional Dresden Plate pattern an exciting modern makeover.

The book is chock full of creative ideas and is so much more than just a pattern book. There are detailed pictures with step by step instructions. And a nice bonus: lessons on how to hand applique (regular and reverse) and even a lesson on that all important finishing step of binding.   Another unexpected bonus is a lesson on how to add interesting cut out circle details which could be added to any quilt. Lemonade and Lace has circle cutouts in the Dresden blades and the scalloped corners. So fresh and charming.

"Lemonade and Lace"

The quilts are shown in several inspiring colorways and staged in lovely settings. And whether you are just beginning to quilt or are an expert quilter, you will find the perfect project to spark your interest.

I was especially captivated by the wonderful movement in Summer Breeze and the creative new technique used to create the swirling flowers.  Yes, those are still Dresden blades but the movement is created by careful applique and neighboring blades sharing colors. As a AQS certified quilt appraiser and antique quilt collector, I love updating traditional patterns as well as seeing how others are inspired by antique and vintage quilts too. And I think quilters from the 1930s would get a kick out of seeing these new quilts.
"Summer Breeze"

Thank you to Marian, Yvette, and C&T for allowing me to give away a copy of Dresden Carnival to one of my readers. (U.S. winner will receive a printed copy and an International winner will receive a digital copy.) For a chance to win, please leave a comment and tell us the name of your favorie traditional quilt block. I'll choose a winner on Saturday, April 30, at 10 p.m. mountain time. Be sure that you are not a no-reply blogger or leave you email address in your comment.

Now hop on over to the other particapting blogs to see more of this great book and for more chances to win a copy of your own.

Dresden Carnival Blog Hop Schedule

Mon. April 18:
C&T Publishing/

Tues April 19
Generation Q Magazine/

Wed. April 20
Bryan House Quilts/

Thurs. April 21:
Michael Miller Fabrics/

Fri. April 22:
Textile Time Travels/

 Mon. April 25
Happy Quilting/

Tues. April 26:
Kitchen Table Quilting/

Wed. April 27:
Andover Fabrics/

Thurs. April 28:
Crazy Old Ladies/

Fri. April 29:

Pink Hippo Quilts

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Road Trip - Las Vegas Quilt Appraisals

Looking for a spring break adventure? Come see me at Desert Quilters of Nevada's Quilt Las Vegas 2016 show in Henderson, Nevada, March 18-20, 2016. I will be doing appraisals on all types of quilts - antique, vintage, new, traditional and art quilts. I will also be doing some appraisal demonstrations each morning. Come see a bit about the process behind appraising.

There will be lots of quilts on display, quilt vendors, a bed turning of modern quilts, a fashion show and much more.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Zigzag Butterscotch Stars

Such a charming star quilt and you've got to love a zigzag set. Starley Collection.

And the diamond border with some fab novelty prints.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wild and Crazy Quilt

A truly strange and wonderful and crazy quilt! I'd love to meet the maker of this quilt. She (or he) enjoyed cheater fabric (preprinted or faux patchwork) and animals as much as me.

 And how many quilts include appliqued pigs? Sowee :)  The red mariner's compass next to the horse is a cheater print, the sunflowery one is pieced.
Dated 1887, sampler. Love the cross block in the center echoed by the 2nd red/brown pieced cross.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 31 (62) Quilt St. George

I had a delightful time teaching and presenting my antique quilts earlier this month at Quilt St. George. My friend Deonn Stott caught me in action during my Quilted Garden trunk show sharing this epic applique wreath quilt from my collection.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day 30 (61) Tumbling Block Top

Another tumbling block star quilt but this one does not have a special solid center star. It does have some of my favorite crazy quilt cheater print (see the bird on the right under the pink diamond and more under the middle blue diamond). 1890.

here's the crazy quilt cheater again from about 1886

And here's a closer look of the crazy cheater diamond.

The color placement is FUN!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 29 (60) Bear Paw

The blocks on my Bear Paw quilt top are so fun! C. 1870. It has a label saying the blocks were made in 1852-60 but appear a bit newer.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day 28 (59) Rolling Stone Signature Quilts

Rolling Stone Presentation Quilt - made for "Mifs (Miss) Sarah A. Xander, Weisenburg Township, Lehigh County (Pennsylvania) 1852"  Sarah was about 14 at the time.

The Rolling Stone was a popular block for signature quilts in German communities in Pennsylvania.

Day 27 (58) New Jersey Signature Quilt

I was distracted doing genealogy research on this chimney album signature quilt from Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I post some close-ups later this week. Main surname is Hoppough and was likely made for Elizabeth Hoppough whose name and birth date of 1835 are listed in a center block and her parents are also on the quilts as well as their next door neighbor Elizabeth Neighbor (no, I can't make this stuff up).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Day 26 (57) Petrogylph Rock Talk

I do non antique work and this is one of my favorites: a rock art applique with petrogylph figures and petrogylph fabrics. Named Moab Rock Talk since it pictures local rock art. Original Design.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Day 24 (55 days) Flower Garden

Hexagon quilts are one of the earliest quilt patterns and have been popular (on and off) for more than 200 years. There are seemingly infinite ways to arrange hexagons but the most popular style is in small circular arrangements that we call Grandmother's Flower Garden.
Here's is a more unusual arrangement and quite early

Also popular are the large scale medallion settings:

A more unusual variation is this diamond setting called Mosaic

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 23 (54) Log Cabin

Log Cabin quilt in Barn Raising setting - Starley Collection. c.1885 from Pennsylvania. Lots of wonderful prints and a strippy bars  (pieced) backing.

Adore this Fox in a dapper hat!

Strippy or Bars Backing:  this type of pieced backing is often seen in Pennsylvania quilts.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Day 22 (53) political quilts

Ararat the elephant from the Kansas City Star in 1934. He was named for an elephant in the KC zoo NOT as a political symbol
(The rest of him)

This is Giddap "a Democratic donkey" also from the KC Star but created after the publication of Ararat in response to requests for a pattern of the Dem. symbol. 

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