Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Quick Break to Share Some Reproduction Love

This is what's been keeping me off the streets this week. I'm making this queen size quilt for a customer from mostly Jo Morton fabrics that she picked out.  Each album block is made from a different fabric.  I have a total of 72 blocks to make, and I think it's going to be just stunning when it's finished.  I'll show you more of it later ;) 

I did take time out to attend the Baltimore Applique Society meeting last night and was treated to a lovely show and tell and a lecture from Pat and Arlan Christ from Berks County PA.  The lecture was titled "100 Years of Quilting" and presented about 30 quilts representational of the style and format changes of the period.  I loved the "Folk-Artiness" of this small appliqued Baltimore style quilt.  

This one was an example of the trend seen in the end of the 1800s to make quilts of many tiny scraps.  These pinwheels are small, and then it's topped off with that cute pieced border!

 I love the border on this beauty.  I didn't catch the date on it, but it's really my style, I always gravitate to this  kind of Red/Green block type. 

Last, but not least is the Captain James Andrew quilt.  How about that Stairstep border!  It was made in 1849 by Elizabeth Andrews in honor of her marriage to the Captain.  The quilt was in the care of Cora Spensor of St Michaels Maryland for years after the deaths of the Andrews, and now it's in Pat and Arlan's private collection and care.  There's nothing like seeing it in person ~ Arlan indicated that this quilt will be on display at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA next July :)  

Now, my break's over, I have to get back to the sewing machine... 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn 


Rita said...

Dawn, I LOVE the quilt you're working's one of my favorite patterns and Jo's fabric only makes it better! Great show and tell.

Taryn said...

You got great pictures! Thanks for sharing them. The album quilt is one of my all time favorites. You'll show the finished version, right?

Karen said...

The red & green applique quilts are stunning. And all those tiny pinwheels. Lots and lots of pieces in that quilt.

Carol said...

Love the album quilt that you're working on...oh that quilt with the tiny pinwheels is AMAZING!

Dawn said...

Wonderful quilts! Nice to see what you have been up to:)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your commission quilt is BEAUTIFUL already! Love it.
And the quilt show- wonderful and like you said to see in person is the only way!