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MARTHA WASHINGTON QUILTS

MARTHA WASHINGTON QUILTS

This quilter is fascinated by historical quilts, especially those made 1820 and before. I have been researching historical quilts for many years. Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899 was purchases specifically because of the few historical quilts that were in it. Finding Martha Washington quilts in it was a bonus to me. However, the book contains many examples of quilts and quilting – especially the mid to late 1800’s. Yes, most of the quilts in this wonderful book are past the time…

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SHOWING OFF QUILTS

SHOWING OFF QUILTS

Quilters love to show off quilts to anyone who will stop long enough to look – we are just like that. Yep, we are show-offs, at least when it comes to our quilts. I thought that starting off this week by showing off quilts would be a great way to deal with Monday. All these photos were taken in June 1995 in Montana. A co-worker allowed me to “borrow” the old barn and wooden fence on her family farm for…

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COLONIAL TIMES 1

COLONIAL TIMES 1

My goal for Colonial Times 1 was to make a simple patchwork and applique quilt. I wanted to heavily quilt it. And I wanted the quilting to be the real showcase for this quilt. From the comments I get when showing this quilt, the goal was successful. I pieced and quilted this lovely quilt in 2015-16. The piecing was done by machine. And the small section of hexagons was English paper pieced and hand appliqued. I love how blue and…

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QUILTERS’ GUILD OF THE BRITISH ISLES

QUILTERS’ GUILD OF THE BRITISH ISLES

For those readers who do not know me personally – I am a history nut. My favorite time period is 1400 to 1820. Lots went on across the world, including in textile production and quilting. I recently re-looked at the historic collection of quilts at the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and thought you might find some inspiration there. This quilt guild has a wonderful website with lots to explore. Allow time for poking around. This is not a…

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AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

Do you need a quick and easy project to decorate for fall? It could not get simpler than this Autumn Table Runner. Table runners are great projects for trying out a new pattern or technique.  The size and small number of needed blocks makes them perfect for beginner quilters too. And it is a great way to try out color combinations, and machine vs. hand quilting. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the weather, and the activities…

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MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

I needed some inspiration for a small, quilted project this week. This led to going through my scrap books of quilts that I have made or quilted. Which led to “walking” down a memory lane of vintage quilts. Come along with me. Maybe you will get an idea or two for a quilt project. Background for these quilts For many years I had a hand quilting service. It was a great way to make some extra money while being home…

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QUILTED CLOTHING IN THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

QUILTED CLOTHING IN THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

 The quilted clothing in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection in London, England has a wealth of historical items. Yes, there are more modern items than the three items here that pertain to the 1700’s women’s clothing. Petticoats: According to the information on this petticoat that is currently in storage, it was made in Great Britain between 1740-1770. It is made of silk, wool, and linen.   Petticoats were a normal part of woman’s clothing during at least the 18th century in Europe and…

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ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

I purchased this beautiful Antique Compass Rose quilt top at an antique store in Vincennes, IN for $48 in 2010. Another name for Compass Rose is Mariner’s Compass. It is unusual because it is all in solids. I had never seen another one like this. It was hand pieced, and the stitches are wonderful. The quilt did not come with any maker information. Old fabrics: I believe the top was pieced about the time of World War I based on…

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GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

What is not to adore about the simple beauty of Irish Chain quilts!? Today I thought I would share this lovely quilt I made years ago for my wonderful hubby. This beautiful green & white Irish Chain uses many St. Patrick Day themed fabrics collected over many years. And since he has a lot of Irish ancestry the idea seemed to fit together well. Easy to assemble: The nine patch blocks are made of 3″ squares. The white alternate block…

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MY FANS ARE CHARMED

MY FANS ARE CHARMED

My Fans Are Charmed was a really fun quilt to make and not nearly as scary as the first fan quilt that I made in 1988. I guess ten more years of quilting makes a big difference in how I approach a pattern. ¬†Each blade of the fans (there are 488 total) is from a different fabric. Maybe not a “true” charm quilt but I had fun sorting through the scrap bin and trading with other quilters to get the…

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