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 :)

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Quilt Show : Part 2; a mystery quilt

While at the quilt show, I noticed many a quilt whose maker was a mystery, but this mystery brought tears to my eyes.

The print was so small on this card that I  cropped  it, saved it, printed it, and then typed what it said for this post: ( below)




“On August 13th, 2013, I was standing in a parking lot next to my car which bears an “I love to Quilt” bumper sticker. A woman, about two spaces down, approached me with a box of quilt blocks. She didn’t know me from Adam, but she picked up these blocks for $1.00 at a rummage sale and thought I, as a quilter, would have better use for them than her.

Once home I gently cleaned the blocks and went to work on research. Only one block had a date on it, “Aunt Elsie Casson 4/3/43″. I’ve dabbled in Genealogy so I knew exactly where to look; the 1940 Census. After researching the names on the blocks, I’ve come up with the following information:”

Then she listed all of the names and the localities of where the ladies were from, as well as an obituary that a guild member found. 

“More research revealed that Poppy quilts were not uncommon during wartime as they were a symbol of war and veteran support.

It is not uncommon for one quilter to start a project and never finish, just ask anyone of us how many UFO’s we have in our sewing room, but for 30 women to embark upon a signature quilt and never finish it? 30 different hands, 30 different needles, 30 different lives.”

do you know poppy quilt

Then information was given on the card to contact the guild member who put the blocks together if anyone had any knowledge of these women.

What do you think? I think that the only name with the date, saying “Aunt” first, shows that this was a quilt put together for a family war vet. I can only imagine that they were making something for him and that  he was killed in the war and the blocks were put away, wet with tears. 

poppy quilt closeup

You might also enjoy :  Quilt Show: Part One   or  This Little Vintage Figurine Has Been Sewing for A Half Century or More

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