Monday, November 24, 2014
Here's the first picture again, showing my "design floor". I am so happy to have this space. An hour or two spent here makes me purr all day.
Next time I'll show you where I keep my stash.
Just a question--does anybody else do this?
More scraps, more variety, more quilts!
I wish you the joy of sewing this week.
Monday, November 17, 2014
All of us who are interested in quilt history owe a great debt to the family historians, who care for the quilts and preserve the stories of the people who made them.
Our documentation day last Saturday at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts was the usual mix of excitement, hard work, and joy. There always seems to be a theme that runs through the quilts we see. This time it was labels.
We are one of the few quilt documentation projects in the whole country that documents newly-made quilts. Six of the quilts we documented on Saturday fit that category.
And here, nearly 100 years later, is another quilt of the same "recipe"--simple scrap pattern, lots of different fabrics, pulled together with red cornerstones.
This quilt was made by the owner's grandmother, who lived in rural Georgia and made quilts for warmth. Although most of the year was warm, the winters were cold, and there was often no heat in the house. The maker's daughter said she recognized her Sunday school dress fabrics in this quilt.
All of the stories of these quilts are now recorded, and will soon be entered into the Quilt Index online. The people who make documentations possible are our volunteers. Many, many thanks to Maribeth, Bonnie, Kathleen, and Carol.
Now, how about sewing a label or two on your quilts?
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Isn't this one a hoot? Instead of string pieced squares or diamonds, these are hexagons. The fabrics in the hexagons are kind of plain, but who could notice that with all that orange hitting you in the face? The quilt maker has added a yellow hexagon center to each block, and green triangles to the tips of the hexagons.
At first glance, you might be wondering what on earth is going on here. (I know I was.)
Yet another example. This one is a six-pointed star.
The reason is contrast. Your quilt teacher was right, contrast is the key to a good design, either in scraps or strings or new fabrics. Without contrast, the design disappears and it just looks like chaos.
Hint: An easy way to get more variety is to use smaller pieces.
Here's another block in the yellow and green quilt:
One last chaotic top:
How do I know that? Take a look:
Good job, Grandma B, signing and dating your quilt!
One of the things I like about finding string quilt blocks pieced on paper is the possibility of finding a date on the papers. It doesn't necessarily mean the quilt blocks were made on that date, but they could not have been made before that date. It gives us a place to start.
Many string quilts have been made in this pattern, often called Rocky Road to Kansas. These blocks were probably pieced in the 1920s or so.
I originally bought all of these block sets with the idea of finishing them into quilts. It might happen, someday. If not, I'll pass them on to someone else to enjoy.
Thanks for looking through my collection with me.