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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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REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

Sometimes in my travels, I find quilts in unexpected places. Such is the occurrence of rest stop quilts in Iowa. There was no expectation of quilts in the rest stop on I-80 near Davenport, Iowa. All of these photos were taken inside this rest stop. Many years ago, a woman in the quilt guild was raving about a book discussing how quilts were used as signals for the Underground Railroad. My first thought was why has this never been discussed…

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PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

PATCHWORK FROM FINLAND

Sometimes as American quilters, we forget that other countries and cultures have their own quilting traditions. I found this article while looking through old quilting magazines. Historical quilts, especially those made before 1825, are very interesting to me. I thought it would be fun to share this patchwork from Finland with you. The article is “Humble Treasures” from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine Dec. 1997 page 26 – 27. All four of the patchwork examples in the article are from the Eastern…

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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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INDIGO QUILTS

INDIGO QUILTS

One of my goals this summer was to track down and order several books on my “wish list” of quilting books. One of these was the book “Indigo Quilts” from the Poos Collection. I love history, especially medieval and colonial American history. Quilts have been around a long time. According to Carolyn Ducey who compiled a list “Quilt History Timeline, Pre-History – 1800″. the oldest quilt found so far is dated to 100 B.C in Siberia. I find historical textile skills…

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OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

The Old-World Quilt Exhibition transports us to the 17th and 18th centuries. This was an age of growing global trade and cultural exchange. At this exhibition, you will view some of the earliest textiles from the International Quilt Museum’s collection. During this time in history, Europe’s desire for goods from unfamiliar, “exotic” cultures led to unprecedented growth in overseas trade. This desire (greed?) led to a boom in domestic manufacturing and fed a growing consumer mindset. The new production techniques and…

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FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

FOUNDING FATHER WALL HANGING

The Founding Father wall hanging was fun and easy to make. I love Americana and have all kinds of it throughout the main living areas of my home. The log cabin blocks are made from a 4″ center block and 2.5″ strips.  The George blocks had to have a “frame” around them because they did not match the size of the log cabin blocks.  There is always a way to creatively make quilt blocks fit. I pieced this quilt top…

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ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

 I am always on the lookout for interesting books on historical textiles and quilts. Many times, a book on historical women will have wonderful tidbits about textiles in their lives. And that is how I ended up finding another interesting textile book. I found this book after seeing an article about it in the DAR magazine “American Spirit S/O 2020” pg. 41-42. This book of 500 pages covers the importance of the textiles industry in the pre-Revolutionary America.   In this…

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