Saturday, March 12, 2011

1845 Crib Quilt Finished- Alliance for American Quilts

Virginia is For Lovers  2011 
16 x 16"
   I am very pleased to share the 3rd quilt I have made for the Alliance for American Quilts Challenge Contest.  It is a reproduction of a very romantic antique crib quilt circa 1845 from Virginia with lots of hearts and cupid's arrows -hence the title "Virginia is for Lovers".  Don't forget to look at my prior posts to see lots of photos of the quilt's progress.  You can click on 2011 on the blog archive to see/read all about it.  It was quite hard to part with it on Monday and I think my Mom even thought about hiding it so she could keep it.
   In April, Alliance members will vote to determine contest winners - so join now to vote for my quilt (subtle hint).  And  on April 27-30 the 2011 contest quilts will debut at the American Quilter's Society's 27th annual show in Paducah, Kentucky. So please stop by and see my quilt if you are lucky enough to be in KY.

Here is the my new quilt on the section of antique original that I reproduced:
Old and New (click on photo to enlarge)
   But seriously, I hope all of you already know about and have joined the Alliance.  It is such a great organization "whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities."  What an inspiring mission and it is such a great resource.

Here is a before and after photo to remind us all that quilting really does 'make the quilt'!   Enjoy!


  1. I can see why your Mom is tempted to hide it away! I will be at Paducah this year and will make sure to look for it. You did a great job and the Alliance is a wonderful organization...

  2. So lovely! Wonderful interpretation of the original blocks!!

  3. Wow! This is a truly stunning piece, Sandra. I am so glad we have quilts of this caliber that will be touring the country to represent the Alliance for American Quilts. And I am sure there will be intense bidding when this goes up for auction next fall.
    Thanks so much for helping to get the word out on the Alliance as well!
    Meg Cox, president, AAQ

  4. It's wonderful. I love it! I like the before/after picture of the block, too. You're right, the quilting gives it a life of it's own. :)

  5. you little quilt is fantastic! i was so fascinated by your antique and would love to stitch up some of those blocks myself :)

  6. It turned out so nice! What a fantastic job you di!

  7. I joined and sent in my quilt too. Yours is so nice I may have to bid on it. It's been fun to watch you make it too.

  8. Will there be a pattern to follow? Hope so, beautiful work!


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