Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival-- Quilted Joy

Antique 1850 Rose of Sharon Applique Quilt
This is probably the happiest quilt I own or have ever seen!  This has to be what JOY looks like when it is quilted. This unknown quilter really upped the ante and filled every inch with applique and quilting.  Can you tell I love this quilt?  If you look closely, you will see that it is a 9 block, Rose of Sharon quilt with filler bird and grape vine applique and fancy floral borders.  **Note, this is an antique quilt from 1850**

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 really seem to be enjoying the blue berries or grapes. They do look delicious. There are a lot of embroidered details (stitching on appliques, etc.)--so much to take in. Enjoy-I sure am.  Please click on the photos to see more details.

If you have seen a similar quilt, please let me know as I haven't found anything close and neither has the dealer.
Click here to see my other Blogger Quilt Festival entry--  my reproduction of an antique cheddar orange star quilt.
Now back to visiting all the other wonderful quilts in Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival (click on words not button). Thanks AMY!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Utah Quilt Appraisals

I will be doing appraisals on May  5, 6 and 7, 2011 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 #514 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 Thursday at 2:00 p.m. on Challenge Quilts-how to find and enter national challenges. On Friday at 5:00 my lecture is on Learning from the Past-creating new quilts from inspiring antique quilts.  I will also have a special exhibit with 12 wonderful antique quilts from 1830-1900. 
  And in my booth #514, I will have several quilts including the red and green masterpiece Quaker  (Society of Friends) signature/inscribed quilt shown above.  Dated 1850 with more than 150 names, genealogy, Spencerian drawings, friendship sentiments and even a poem. To see some close-ups from this quilt, see my Valentine's Day posting.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Award Winner-- Alliance for American Quilts

Virginia is for Lovers, closeup of first block
  My 4 block applique antique reproduction quilt, Virginia is for Lovers, is the 3rd prize winner in the Alliances Quilt Contest with the Alliance for American Quilts.  What an incredible honor as there were more than a 100 quilts in the contest.  Thank you to everyone who voted for my quilt. Click here to see all the award winning quilts. 
  What did I win, you ask?  A gift basket including items from The Quilt, Quilters Club of America, Fons & Porter, Dharma Trading Company, Darlene Zimmerman, Riversilks, and C&T Publishing.  I'll post a pic when the basket arrives.

  And if you aren't tried of voting, the Alliance is now holding a viewer's choice voting. You can vote as a webviewer or in conjunction with a live exhibit like last week's show in Paducah. Quilt 117 is my entry.   Click here  for the link to vote. Or go directly to the ballot
Votes will be tallied and a Viewer's Choice award will be given for each exhibition venue and one additional award will be determined by web viewers.
The voting will close on Monday, October 24 at 9 pm Eastern.
    Thanks again for the votes and all the support and especially the wonderful comments.  And if you haven't seen the full quilt or the story of its making, scroll down to the 1/2 dozen or so prior posts about it or click on challenge in the label list.
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