Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Improvisational Quilt by Anna Williams of Baton Rouge

Anna Williams' quilts are a source of inspiration for me. I love all the tiny pieces and the casual but powerful overall designs. Years ago my sister Eileen and I sat in front of one of Anna's quilts for half an hour (at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah) and really studied it. Then we challenged each other to make a quilt that would just like one that Anna would make. It wasn't easy. When we were finished, we mailed photos of our quilts to her. She wrote back saying that she was happy we liked her quilts. She didn't offer an opinion about whether our quilts looked like hers, though.

You can read more about Anna on "Barbara Brackman's Material Culture" blog: www.barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gwen's Quilt

This stunning quilt was made and quilted by rock star Gwen Marston of Beaver Island, MI.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

This antique patriotic quilt is part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum. I have no idea why the quilter put the flags upside-down in the top row and the bottom row. Any ideas?
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pineapple Quilt in Denver

This antique pineapple quilt is on exhibit now at the Denver Art Museum. It was made in New England around 1850 by an unknown maker. I thought shirtings started around 1870. In any case this is an outstanding quilt, don't you agree?
I'm glad they allow visitors to take photos so I can show you this one.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quilt by Lori Mason

This quilt by Lori Mason is called "Eva in the Garden." It measures 50" x 42." See her work at Lori Mason Designs.

I'm not sure I understand this image, but I like the quilt. When Eve was in the Garden of Eden, there was no need for the cross. After the fall, she wasn't in the Garden any more. But of course, I understand the concept of a repentant Eve. Very creative.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Victoria's Kitchen Sink Quilt

I don't usually post photos of folded quilts, but I had to make an exception for this one because it is so nice! It does look like it has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Who knows, maybe there is a kitchen sink in there somewhere. This charming quilt was made by Victoria of Bumblebeans Inc. in NYC. Visit her blog at: www.bumblebeansinc.com.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Who's Behind that Quilt?

What a pretty quilt. But what I really like is that little person sitting behind it! I wonder, is it his or her quilt? Did they watch it being made? Are they a future quilter? I love how quilting can be a very people-oriented obsession. :)
This quilt was made by Amanda Jean in Wisconsin. You can see her blog, and maybe get answers to these burning questions at: http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/.
Thank you to Jovita in Belgium for telling me about this quilt.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tulip Quilt on eBay

I've been having fun lately checking out the quilts for sale on eBay. This one is being auctioned now. All solids, pieced and appliqued, nicely quilted. The ad says it was made in the mid 1900's.
Interesting "keyhole" in the flowerpot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sawtooth Center Medallion

This antique quilt from the 1800's is pictured in an old quilt magazine that is for sale on eBay today. No information about this quilt is given.

I like this unique design: a feathered star type center medallion surrounded by three borders full of tiny triangles. This quilt would take a month of Sundays to make! I wonder what it's story is!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thousand Pyramids

This antique Thousand Pyramids quilt is for sale on eBay today. It's from way back in the 1900's. Haha.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Quilt top on eBay

This quilt top is on eBay today. The seller doesn't know a thing about it. I wonder what happened to the quilt-maker? Why didn't she finish it? I like this top.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Broderie Perse

This huge broderie perse quilt is part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum in Colorado. It was masterfully done by an unknown quilter. (Remember to put labels on your quilts.) What a beautiful quilt.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Antique Improvisational Sampler

This incredible antique improvisational sampler quilt, known as the "Coate/Pemberton Quilt" was made by an unknkown quilter around 1900. It measures 92" x 68." The names on the quilt are descendants of Miami County (Ohio) Quakers. This quilt is from www.ohioswallow.com.

Friday, June 11, 2010

"Facade" by Melissa Sobotka

This stunning quilt, "Facade" by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson, Texas was a prize-winner at Paducah.

Thanks to Merrie Jo of Port Angeles, Washington for this photo. Her blog is: www.pawaquilter.blogspot.com.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cherry Tree

I have never seen a quilt like this one before, and I like it. It was made by an unknown maker in the 1860's. This photo came from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, www.artsconnected.org.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Yellow Whig Rose Variation

This beautiful Whig Rose Variation quilt by an unknown maker from the 1860's is unique for its bright yellow background. It's from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, http://www.artsconnected.org/. What a unique and lovely quilt.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Quilt from the Tokyo Quilt Festival

This quilt was exhibited at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in 2006. Unfortunately the maker's name is not given. This photo was posted on flickr and www.bemused.typepad.com. It has tiny yoyo's and mini rick rack which she says are popular on modern Japanese quilts. Very creative.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Join the Quilt-Along and Make this Asterisk Quilt

Would you like to see how to make this quilt? Maybe you'd like to make one along with many other quilters and share your photos on flickr. Visit: www.selvageblog.blogspot today and the next two Mondays for a tutorial. Then go to flickr.com, and join the group called "Old Red Barn Quilt Company" to see all the photos and chat with other quilters (and me) about this project.
I'm very interested to see what versions quilters come up with. I'll be making an Asterisk quilt using all solid color fabrics. You may have seen the quilt above in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Cuppaz" Blocks by Mellicious

I like quilts like this. Mellicious has a nice collection of quilts on www.flickr.com. Her description of this photo is: "More Jan Mullen "Cuppaz" blocks." It looks like this quilt isn't finished yet, but it's going to be a good one!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Zipper Quilt by Sue Craven

The "Zipper Quilt" by Sue Craven was inspired by the book "The Modern Quilt Workshop." It measures 46" x 63." The photo was uploaded to flickr by Mellicious.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Gwen's Abstract Quilt in Solids

If you are a fan of abstract improvisational quilts, you know Gwen Marston of Liberated Quiltmaking fame. This quilt represents her new workshop topic: Abstract Quilts done in solids. Have you seen Gwen's new book: "Liberated Quiltmaking II?" Take a look!
Look at that hand-quilting too!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Quilt by "Needle and Thread"

This is "Ms. Laura Jay's Amazing Sunshine Quilt" from the photostream of Needleandthread on flickr.com. (Boy, that sentence wouldn't have made a bit of sense 10 years ago!) She describes the colors in this quilt as "beach glass colors." This is a very happy quilt.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grandmother's Flower Basket

This relative of the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is a charming design. I particularly like the basket handles. This hand-quilted 1930's quilt measuring 84" x 80"was being offered by America's Antiques on eBay recently for $699. (I have no part in this sale, just window-shopping.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Friendly Quilters of Philadelphia

The Friendly Quilters of Philadelphia hosted an elegant outdoor dinner party for the quilters of Gee's Bend a few years ago. My dear friend Ellen invited me to join them. If you've visited the Online Quilt Museum, you may recognize Ellen's quilt "Chat Noir" in the center of this photo.

It was delightful to meet the ladies from Gee's Bend who were in PA for the opening of their exhibit at the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. We all had a great time talking quilts.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Selvage Quilt

Today in the US we are honoring those who gave their lives serving our country.
This patriotic selvage quilt is the creation of Diane Schneck of New York City and fellow member of Empire Quilters.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stacked Rotary Cutting

This detail photo of a quilt by Norah McMeekling shows the wonderful results of using the stacked rotary cutting method originally invented by Bethany Reynolds. Norah offers a workshop showing how to take this method to the next level. Looks like fun.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Landscape Quilt by Norah McMeekling

This is a detail photo of Norah McMeekling's quilt "Hielan's Home." She's the author of "Bella Bella Quilts," and she offers a workshop on making landscape quilts. Norah's website is: www.bellabellaquilts.com.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Liberty Jack Quilt by Janey Forgan

Janey Forgan made this Liberty Jack quilt using Liberty of London fabrics. A real classic.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trip Around the World

This antique Trip Around the World quilt was made by an unknown maker. The pastels are really jazzed up by the addition of the red squares. This quilt was listed on eBay this year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Presidental Election Quilt

Every four years I make a quilt while I'm listening to the election news. This past election has historic no matter who won, a black man or a woman.
This quilt was auctioned to benefit the Pearl S. Buck International Association.
It resides in a living room in Pennsylvania.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Amish Monkey Wrench

This Amish style Monkey Wrench quilt was made by eye (the little triangles are all slightly different sizes). I liked using so many different dark solids in this quilt. Adding the medium cocoa brown adds interest, I think. This quilt is in the collection of Marsha Hicks of PA, mother of a talented young quilter, Rachel.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Quilt to Cheer an Injured Young Woman

The blocks for this quilt were made by quilters worldwide for Bree, a girl who lost her leg in a car-wash accident in Florida. She was a soccer player and they were raising money for their team when the accident happened. Quilter Michelle Lancaster put out the call for blocks on the Internet. She got so many that she also made a quilt for Bree's friend. According to newspaper accounts, Bree has a prosthetic leg and is doing very well. She has a great attitude.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Woven Ribbons on a Crazy Quilt

This antique crazy quilt by an unknown maker was brought to a quilt show in PA to be evaluated and appraised. I liked this detail, woven silk ribbons. It has held up well over the years!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Antique Red Dot Fan Quilt

This antique quilt by an unknown maker was for sale on eBay this year. What a lot of action in this quilt, red dots surrounded by fans make a series of targets. The fan blades are high contrast too. I'd love to know the story behind this quilt!

Friday, May 21, 2010

This Seven Sisters String Quilt was simple to design. It was just a matter of string-pieced triangles made with either darks or lights. Then they were arranged on the design wall, and sewn into rows. Easy as pie. And fun too, especially hiding little pictures like a blackbird, a fish, some bicycles, an airplane, etc.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Little Dress

I made this quilt for a guild challenge when I lived in Tennessee. The challenge was to use black, white, and one color. The little dress on this quilt is really only a dress front. It has lace, tiny buttons, and ruching. There's batting in it to make it nice and soft, and poly fill in the sleeves. The wavy yellow "border" is done with ruching. That was fun. After making the yoyo's, I put black fabric inside the opening so that it looks like you are seeing the quilt through the yoyo.
I had a sewing machine that embroidered text, so I listed popular names for girls in each decade of the 1900's. This quilt won First Prize, Viewer's Choice, and Best Design. This is one of my all-time favorites.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Red and White Variable Star

I made this quilt a few years ago. It was machine quilted by Lauren Dougherty of Jamison, PA. I thought this quilt needed some "real" quilting, and Lauren did a wonderful job. I love red and white quilts.

Monday, May 17, 2010


This is one of the quilts I made when I was going through my Gee's Bend phase in 2002. One of the things I like about this quilt is that the binding was made from a print, and the rest of the quilt is all solids. It also felt good to ignore "dye lots."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Monkey Wrench

This Monkey Wrench quilt was made by Karen Griska of Connecticut. She used a variety of blues and tans to make it more interesting, but still quiet. Note the cool spiky border. :)
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Miniature Quilt!

This miniature quilt is being held by some Barbie-like dolls! Is this clever, or what? The photo is from Steffi's blog: http://www.steffiscandyquilts.blogspot.com/. Steffi is from Germany, but fortunately she writes both in German and English.
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