Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Antique Quilt -- Quilted Joy Rose of Sharon Bird Garden




circa 1850 Rose of Sharon 86" x 86"

Wow--this has to be what JOY looks like when it is quilted. I thought my earlier whig rose or rose of sharon quilt was busy with no negative space but this quilter really upped the ante. Can you tell I love this quilt? I didn't want to post it because I won't want to add anything else that will bump this down...so you will probably see it again. Another treasure from Mark French of Ohio.
The border is over the top with all the different flowers -irises, tulips, etc. I really like how the 3 stemmed flower groups have been stitched to make them into a basket. And the two different birds are delightful and the red birds seem to be enjoying the blue berries. They do look delicious. There are a lot of embroidered details (stitching on appliques, etc.)--so much to take in. Enjoy-I sure am.
If you have seen a similar quilt, please let me know as I haven't found anything close and neither has the dealer.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 6th Antique Quilt Trunkshow Springville


c. 1860 basket quilt with bird appliques, probably New York state

(This beautiful basket quilt with birds, hearts and fruit or flower appliques found its way to me via Julie Silber of The Quilt Complex.) This is a Civil War era quilt.
Looking for an antique quilt fix--please come see me at the Springville Utah Art Museum Quilt Show trunkshow afternoon on August 6th, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. I will be sharing a dozen antique quilts from 1800-1900 and their stories. Learn a bit of quilt history while looking at some beautiful quilt stars (these are the original 100+ year old quilts not reproductions).
After the trunkshow you can enjoy the great new quilts on display at the museum through September 1st which by the way, includes 2 small quilts made by me and one by my sister Donna. If you can't make it to the show, read further on to see some of the antique quilts and visit my art quilt blog to see our Springville quilts (crazy quilt, folk art applique and peacock incognito). Feel free to contact me for a trunk show or quilt appraisal.
Update: my friend Bev posted an unsolicited but much appreciated glowing review of my trunk show on her blog, click here to read and see a few pictures. Thanks Bev.
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