Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tumbling Block Stars

For several years, I've been collecting an unusual group of tumbling block star block quilts that feature a solid fabric center star. See the center star of this one below

The quilts were made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and about 20-25 examples have surfaced so far. Most are from the 1880s and 90s. This one has a novelty calendar print dated 1881. Some have very careful fabric selection and color placement as seen on the 2 blocks below with the fabrics in opposite points being very close matches. However, most of the other blocks are more random.



 Lots of wonderful novelty prints including birds and a wonderful cheater print with cats and dogs. See the dog above and he's in from this novelty fabric.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Patterns Through Time - Antique Quilt Trunk Show


In March I was so happy to share my antique quilts at the Sew On and Sew Forth Quilt Retreat run by Amy McClellan of Under The Garden Moon. I presented my Patterns Through Time trunk show where I share at least a dozen different quilt patterns with 2 different examples of each pattern. For example. a 1890s Rocky Road to Kansas and a 1930s version. I discuss the pattern and its history and explain the differences and similarities between the two examples.  I also cover general information on quilt history and quilt dating. 
1890s Rocky Road to Kansas from Penn. (left) and 1930s version from Utah (right)

  1830s Mosaic (early Grandmothers Flower Garden) and a 1890s Diamond Field (another GFG variation).

3 examples of Caesers Crown from the 1800s - middle and right ones are signature quilts.


Patterns range from common 9 patch blocks to the very uncommon French Stars shown above. Top quilt is from 1870s, made in Pennsylvania. Lower quilt is from the Ruby McKim pattern and is from the 1940s/50s.

Hope you enjoyed this sample of my Patterns Through Time trunk show. I'd love to come share these treasures with you! Have Quilts, Will Travel. See pages under the banner photo for more information on my trunk shows and classes.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Text It! Blog Hop and 2 Giveaways

3/18 **GIVEAWAYS CLOSED** Lucky winners are Janet and Barb

I'm a huge fan of Word Play quilts/text on quilts. So when I heard there was a new book on the subject, I had to join in the fun. I’m so excited to share TEXT IT! Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say and my project from the book, the Home Pillow. **Don't forget to scroll down for the book giveaway and also a thread giveaway. ** Sherri Noel is the author and she has done an excellent job.

Here's my "Home Quilt" top. I'm really happy with how it has turned out so far ... I made 5 houses, instead of 6 in the pattern, to fit a handy pillow form but now I'm thinking of making it into a wall quilt. Size is 15 x 15.

The original version.

To see more Home Projects, visit the other stops for the project (see full hop list further down).

TUESDAY MARCH 12 - HOME PILLOW
Joanne Harris - QuiltsbyJoanne  **Canadian resident giveaway**
Patty Dudek - ElmstreetQuilts
Andy Knowlton -ABrightCorner
Sandra Starley - UtahQuiltAppraiser
Cindy Pieters - StitchinAtHome  **Canadian resident giveaway**


These little house blocks (3 x 6) are just too cute
Such fun and easy piecing- rectangles and squares for the main section.

And diagonal squares to make the roof. Great instructions for everything. I used bright and happy batiks for the blocks and Carrie Bloomston's Newsprint fabric for the background. I really like the combination of b/w and batiks and of course, I had to use text fabric for the TEXT IT project.

The next step was to decide how to add the text. Here was my auditioning. I decided to use chenille yarn and hand couch the yarn to create "home". I haven't couched in years, I've going to have to do more! The pattern uses bias strips for this lettering and a number of other great techniques for lettering. It includes 7!! different alphabets, a delightful variety of fonts/styles even a alphabet composed of English paper pieced hexagons. You will love all the fun projects - 10 in all.


*****GIVEAWAYS****

#1 Martingale is giving away a hard copy of this great new book to one of my readers. US only.

#2 Auriful Thread is giving away - 2 large spools, colors will vary. Available worldwide.

   To enter, please leave one comment with your favorite phrase/buzzword/motto and the country in which you live. If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure to add your email. If you are not sure, add your email so I can contact you. I will do 2 random number drawings at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES                      
SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS
LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER
KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC
DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN
TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT
LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS
RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL
SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS

TUESDAY MARCH 12 - HOME PILLOW
Joanne Harris - QuiltsbyJoanne  **Canadian resident giveaway**
Patty Dudek - ElmstreetQuilts
Andy Knowlton -ABrightCorner  
Sandra Starley - UtahQuiltAppraiser
Cindy Pieters - StitchinAtHome  **Canadian resident giveaway**

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY
KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE
ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK
WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG
ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA
SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS
CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Top Traditional Quilt Blog - Thank You

Honored to find I was just named one of the Top 15 Traditional Quilt Blogs (and the #2 spot to boot) by Feedspot, a Blog Feed service.


If you are just finding out about me, I am a nationally Certified Quilt Appraiser through AQS - one of less than a 100 in the US and Canada and the only one in Utah. I'm an avid antique quilt collector, researcher, and historian. I enjoy sharing my antique quilt collection via the blog, facebook, Instagram, etc. under Textile Time Travels. But I LOVE sharing my quilts in the cloth, in person with quilt guilds, shops, quilt retreats, etc I specialize in early quilts from the 1800s, both applique and signature quilts, as well as museum quality pieces.
HAVE QUILTS - WILL TRAVEL!!
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See my pages - listed under the banner photo for more information on quilt appraisals, antique quilt classes, trunkshows, etc.
I also enjoy making traditional antique reproductions of quilts in my collection and  teach other to make them as well. I even sometimes make modern versions of my antiques. I also like to make other types of modern quilts.

To see the other blogs - lots of great blogs (and friends) that I follow, here's the link 


Friday, February 8, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop & GiveAway

Update -random number generator picked comment #10 - Lori DJ. Thank you all for stopping by and commenting! --Giveaway closed--

Happy to be part of Teresa Mairal Barreu of Sewn Up Patterns' book tour/ blog hop for her delightful new book Turnabout Patchwork After trying these techniques, you'll never look at a traditional block in the same way, ever again.
Please be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of her new and creative book. And be sure to visit her blog and the others on the tour for more chances and to see the awesome projects and win prizes too!


Double Disappearing Nine Patch Block - Cross

This is my miniature Cross Quilt top - which finishes at only 10 inches. I think it will be my new February and Valentine's Day quilt or maybe a holiday pillow.


I started with 2 1/2 inch strips instead of the recommended 5 inches so I'm the crazy tiny piecing person. Since this pattern is a variation on the Disappearing 9 Patch block, I started off making 9 Patches. It takes two 9 Patches to create one Cross block and one supporting block.

Here I was playing with the fun design options with this pattern. There are several different ways to arrange the Cross blocks and the background block.



Black and white and pink are my go-to happy colors and you can't go wrong with polka dots, hearts, and stars! Check out Teresa's new book and join in the fun!!! & Remember to leave a comment here for your chance to win a digital copy of Turnabout Patchwork from Martingale.

Hop on to see what other quilt designers have created starting with a simple nine patch block, slicing it and rearranging it into different blocks and layouts - February 8th and scroll down further for the full blog hop.

February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Sherry Shish blog: Powered by Quilting
Stepping Stones
Bobbi Bridgeman blog: Snowy Days Quilting
Anja Clyke blog: anjaquilts
Two for One
Mania Hatziioannidi blog: Mania for Quilts
Cross
Sandra Starley blog: Textile Time Travels - you are here :) 
Anjeanette Klinder blog: Anjeanette Klinder
Blog hop schedule
January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball
Arrowhead
Jen Shaffer blog: Patterns by Jen
Lorinda Davis blog: Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Sweet Bows
Kate Colleran blog: Seams like a dream
Sandra Healy blog: Sandra Healy Designs
Tutti-frutti
Moira de Carvalho blog: Quilt Design Duo
Lynn Kane blog: Puppy Girl Designs
Sun Dunes
Sarah Goer blog: Sarah Goer Quilts
Tammy Silvers  blog: Tamarinis

February 1 – Modern Shoofly

Flying RainbowsGretchen Wylegala blog:  Snug Harbor Quilts
Flying ButterfliesAnorina Morris blog: Samelia’s mumRaewyn Barge blog: Stitching Farmgirl
Flying Flags
Tammy Silvers blog: Tamarinis
Becca Fenstermaker blog: Pretty Piney
Flying Confetti
Laura Piland blog: Slice of π Quilts
Sarah Ruiz blog: Saroy

February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Anne Boundy blog:  Said with Love
Swirl
Joanne Harris blog: Quilts by Joanne
Sarah Myers blog: The Quilted Diary
Houndstooth
Becca Fenstermaker blog: Pretty Piney
Diamond Star
Sarah Vanderburgh blog: Sew Joy Creations
Sarah Scott blog: Piccolo Studio

February 4 – Striped Fabric Block

ShellsGail Sheppard blog: Quilting Gail
Julie Burton blog: Running Stitch Quilts
Xs and Os
Linda McLaren blog: The Quilting Biker
Sarah Scott blog: Piccolo Studio
Jaws 
Cheryl Brown blog: QuilterChic
Arrowhead
Stephanie Jacobson blog: Steph Jacobson Design

February 6 – Coordinated Strips

Peaks
Afton Warrick blog: Quilting Mod
Diamond and Crosses
Linda McLaren blog: The Quilting Biker
Brandy Pettit blog: Pampered Pettit
Knots and Crosses
Leanne Parsons blog: Devoted Quilter
Andy Knowlton blog: A Bright Corner

GIVEAWAY
Would you like a copy of Turnabout Patchwork? Then leave a comment :) Martingale is giving away a digital copy to one of my readers. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite quilt style, technique, or pattern (old or new).
Be sure to leave your email address so that I and Martingale can contact you, if you win. The giveaway closes at 11:59 Eastern on February 15, 2019.

 --Giveaway closed-- Thank you for all the comments and visits.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Remaking the Past - Hidden Lilies


Here's a bit of my newest work, while in progress, along with the antique inspiration from my collection. It was made for the American Quilt Study Group 2018 Quilt Study, Solid Color Quilts.


And a bit more of the new quilt (top)

The antique inspiration, Amish Carolina Lily, likely from Ohio, c. 1930/40. Starley Collection.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 A Very antique Quilty Year

2018 was a year full of antique quilts and a few new ones as well. 
If you aren't part of my Instagram or Facebook world, here is a bit of what you missed (some I have shared here too).

Top row - fabric pick for Cheddar Stars Over Moab (2010 but it is still a popular pic - pattern available); lovely quilt from New England Quilt Museum visit fall 2017 AQSG seminar; Anna Daggs quilt, Smithsonian Museum visit fall 2018 AQSG seminar.

Middle row - Amazing Baltimore Album quilt, 2018 AQSG seminar exhibit; my Quilted Joy Too repro, home after traveling for 4 years with AQSG Civil War Quilt Study; detail of the antique inspiration for Quilted Joy.

Bottom row - Potts signature quilt, Winterthur Museum, AQSG 2018 visit;  great medallion quilt, AQSG 2018 exhibit; detail of 1848 signature quilt in my collection from Chicopee, Massachusetts.  

HMMM, if it seems like I really like the American Quilt Study Group - why YES, I do!


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