QUILT SHOW: Part Three

In my first post about the local quilt show, I mentioned that the theme was Vintage Memories, and that I was pleasantly surprised to walk in and find antique and vintage quilts as well as reproduction quilts. The first two posts are HERE and HERE, if you have not seen them yet.

Here is a reproduction quilt by a very talented guild member. I mentioned in the earlier posts that the way the quilts were hung, due to there being so many, that it was very hard to capture a full sized quilt if it was not the center one of the the three…any quilt hung on the sides could not be captured as well.

Yvonne's Sylvia quilt collage

Another reproduction quilt titled ” Hearts and Apron Strings” pieced and appliqued by Linda L. Seaman / Long Arm Quilted by Melanie Beth Scott of Graceful Quilting, another guild member.

Hearts and Apron Strings

Speaking of aprons…there was a display of vintage aprons to go along with the theme of this show. Several of the guild members participated in an apron challenge, using vintage patterns.


aprons 2

Look at this vintage beauty : “Nana’s Rose of Sharon” hand appliqued and quilted by UNKNOWN:

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon detail

Rose of Sharon from another angle

Here is “Pink Pinwheels”, pieced and hand quilted by a guild member’s great grandmother in the early 1900’s…the maker was Annie Porter Whipsky:

pink pinwheels

pink pinwheels detail

Here is another one where it is nice to see the history known and preserved for future generations :

Aunt's Basket Card

basket quilt

basket quilt detail

Here is another one with a great story :

Carpenter's Wheel Card

This was a favorite of mine…

carpenters wheel quilt

Detail :

carpenters wheel long arm detail

This next quilt was so large that the top was folded over so that it would not drag on the floor.

Meet Me In Paris Card

While I was admiring this quilt a lady came along with her friend and asked if I liked this quilt, and then pointed out that it was all wrong due to the floral border the lady had used. I was admiring the extensive hand quilting…I told the lady that perhaps the maker wanted to use up fabric that she had on hand.

meet me in paris quilt

I suppose that you can have your own opinion at a show but to critique quilts out loud to a stranger? To me, it was all about the hand quilting :)

meet me in paris detail

3 quilts

I did not get the card in focus enough to credit the maker of this but here’s some detail :

one of the 3 quilts closeup

Fortunately the information card came out clearly for this quilt :

A vintage view collage

I did not take photos of all of the quilts in this show, yet I still have many to sort through, so there will be at least one more post in this series. I want to show a nice variety but I don’t want to make the posts too long :)

Sharing at : Cozy Little House / Savvy Southern Style / 21 Rosemary Lane / French Country Cottage

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17 Responses to QUILT SHOW: Part Three

  1. Karen says:

    I agree it seems odd to criticize a quilt with a stranger – you never know if someone is related to the person that made it – or the quilter themselves. I don’t care for the floral print in the quilt either – but the hand quilting is what counts. Thanks for sharing this show.

  2. Nana Diana says:

    That hearts and apron strings looks like a Pennsylvania Dutch quilt pattern to me.
    That Nana’s Rose of Sharon is a beauty. I would love to own that one. Quilting is really a work of art, to me.
    And WHO criticizes someone else’s art work? xo Diana

  3. Dewena says:

    I agree with Diana, criticism not necessary!

    When you go to these quilt shows you must feel the way I did when we went to the dachshund rescue–I wanted to take them all home with me!

    I’m sure the history and provenance with the quilts makes them so much more special.

  4. audrey says:

    Some great quilts. LOVE that basket quilt especially! The antique quilts are almost always my favorite at every quilt show I go to.:)

  5. I love old timey quilt designs best. I grew up using quilts on our beds. Add extra quilts when it gets cold! Our ‘covers’ would be so heavy. Hugs, Diane

  6. Carol Cook says:

    Oh, my goodness! Each quilt is absolutely amazing.

  7. Carla says:

    I have really enjoyed these posts Deb. The quilting on the vintage quilts have always inspired me. The quilting on the carpenters wheel caught my eye. Thanks for sharing and you did a great job capturing the quilting designs

  8. Kathy says:

    I’m not sure why that woman felt it was necessary to criticize that quilt – especially to someone she didn’t even know. We’ve all seen quilts that we would have done a little differently (it’s what makes quilting so special, I think), but those differences are what make each quilt unique and special. And I agree … it’s all about the hand quilting. ;-)

  9. Barbara Anne says:

    Love the quilts, the stories, and the aprons! Applause for the quiltmakers, known and unknown, past and present and for the makers of the aprons, too! What a great idea for a guild challenge. The hand quilting on many of the vintage quilts was amazing. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I’m with you in the opinion that the critical woman at the show was WAY out of line, rude, and tacky. Perhaps she was envious of beauty she didn’t create?

  10. Joyce says:

    I never get tired of looking at quilts! And when they are accompanied by stories of their origin, it’s especially nice – like the Carpenter’s Wheel!
    As for the rude woman (aren’t they everywhere these days? – commenting on posts, too! wink, wink!) she sees the spool half empty! My own comment is that the floral border changes the depth. It makes the strong center square of blocks recede. Without it, the square advances. I think there’s a better balance with it. But who cares, the stitching is exquisite and I am so glad this work is lovingly preserved and shared (so “nice” people can enjoy every lovely inch of it!).
    And pretty please? At least one more post on this show?

  11. You had yourself quite a show there. One question – after all those gorgeous quilts did you head directly to a fabric store? :-)

  12. Kim says:

    This post reminds me of comments I sometimes see (and get) when people post their decor. Decor is so personal, just like these magnificent quilts. It’s up to the homeowner or artist to decide what he or she loves, the end. They are all pretty, I especially love the vibrant colors of the quilt third picture from the bottom on the left! :)

  13. Carla says:

    I came back for another look at the rose of sharon! Ahhhhhhh so lovely! And now I want to make a Farmer’s Wife!

  14. Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler caught my eye. It is well done. I like quilts with a variety of blocks.

  15. Grandma Kc says:

    Those quilts really are amazing. I am so glad we could see it all thanks to you. Oh and I love the aprons. Aprons always remind me of my Grandma.

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