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:

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:
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

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:

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,

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, 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 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, 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 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 (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.