Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts


Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection is the new exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  There's a beautiful book from 2006 which I've had for a couple years that documents the collection.  I was so fortunate to see this amazing exhibit presenting 'Quilts as Art'!

Ocean Waves, cotton, 35" x 41"
c. 1890 - 1900, Holmes County
Broken Star, cotton, 79" x 79", c. 1925-30, Holmes County, made by Mother of Mrs. Henry Raber
 
Courthouse Steps, wool, 76" x 81", c. 1880 - 90, Holmes County
Log Cabin, Straight Furrow, wool, 67" x 82", 1914, Holmes County, made by Mariann Yoder
Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, wool, 66" x 82", c. 1880-90, Holmes County
Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", heavy wool, 67" x 88", initialed R.T. 1884, Knox County

Sampler, cotton, 64" x 87", c. 1890-1900, Holmes County
Diagonal 16-Patch, cotton, 76" x 77", c. 1880-90, Mt. Hope, Holmes County
Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, cotton, 79" x 81", c. 1890-1930, Geauga County

Chinese Coins, cotton, 79" x 90", c. 1930-40, Plain City, OH
Tumbling Blocks, wool, 70" x 87", c. 1900-1910, Holmes County, made by Anna K. Yoder

 Twinkle Stars, cotton, 72" x 89", dated 1895, made by Dena Miller, Holmes County
Bear Paw, wool, 77" x 92", c. 1900-1915, Holmes County

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Amelia Heiskell Lauck

Amelia Heiskell Lauck (1760 - 1842) lived in Winchester, VA where she and her husband, Peter, ran the Red Lion Inn and raised their family (eleven children of which six survived to adulthood).  Amelia was an accomplished quiltmaker with possible assistance from household slaves.  At least four of her quilts have survived (three of which are inscribed as gifts to her children), two in the Colonial Williamsburg collection and two owned by the DAR (one of the DAR quilts could have been made by Amelia's daughter-in-law).  All four quilts are currently on display - two in the Williamsburg's exhibit 'A Rich and Varied Culture, The Textiles of the Early South' and two in the DAR exhibit, 'Eye on Elegance'.  The quilts from this post are from the Williamsburg exhibit where photos were allowed.
 


 

This quilt was a wedding gift to Amelia's son Morgan and his bride married on May 26, 1824. The quilt's outer border was removed and incorporated into at least one pillow cover which survives with the quilt.
 
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday Shopping

Yesterday was the last Sunday antique market at the local fairgrounds for 2014.  My first purchase of the morning brought sunshine to my day.  This late 19th century top has a couple double-pink fabric tears, but its been reproduced and repair shouldn't be a problem.  I think this top was meant to find me.  The dealer had the top for only one day - fate!
 
I found this beautiful pitcher.  I love serving iced-tea out of old pitchers
because the tea highlights the glass detail.  Be sure to let the brewed tea come to room temperature before pouring into the pitcher - learned the hard way on that one.   
These old linens will look great in the summer kitchen.  The top one is a towel and the bottom one looks like a table runner ($2 each and in perfect condition).
 

 I found a mulberry transferware plate to add to my collection. Fall is the perfect season to display mulberry dishes.


I also found a glass frog for flower arranging for $.50 and old perforated quilting stencils for $1.  A crisp autumn morning for a treasure hunt!  And the BEARS WON!!!   


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where's Waldo?


October 17th is the last day for the 'Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois' quilt exhibit at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.  This exhibit has made its way thru multiple locations, so you've probably seen these quilts on other blogs.  They are worth another look.                                           This Oak Leaf quilt (ca. 1860) was made by Sarah Ann (Elliott) Dunn from Elliottstown, IL.  Sarah's husband, Andrew, enlisted in the IL U.S. Infantry at age 49.  Her son, Thomas, served his country at the age of 18.


 

The Sunburst Quilt (ca. 1855) was made by Jan Gaunt (Richards) Russell.  This crib quilt was made for Jane's granddaughter, Sadie B. Fulkerson (born 1866).  Sadie's father was a confederate soldier. The fabrics in the quilt predate the Civil War.

The Seven Sisters Quilt (ca. 1870) was made by Mary Ellen (McLain) James and George W. James from Indian Creek, IL.  Following the war, George (an injured veteran) made the template and cut the 14,320 pieces for the quilt. 


So, now for the "Where's Waldo" reference.  I've been absent from the blog for the summer.  I had a couple of deadlines that monopolized my free time.  The first project was a knitted shawl for my niece's Paris honeymoon.  Knitting is a great travel project and I got alot accomplished on my work commute.  She returned home last Sunday - can't wait to catch up with her.
Second project - in mid May my number came up on the AQSG Civil War Quilt Study waiting list.  The deadline for quilt delivery was Sept. 11, 9:00 AM.  It literally took every minute - I am now re-acquainted with hand quilting.  The label was sewed on the night before the 5:30 AM road trip to Milwaukee.  Unfortunately, I had no picture taking opportunity in daylight hours prior to handing over custody.  The lighting in the exhibit area was a tad dark.  The quilt measures 42.5" square.  The inspiration quilt is from The Quilt Index #09.0207.  Now we're all caught up!




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quilt for Caelyn

My granddaughter loves bright colors, red in particular.  She is quite a good, little artist (9yo), and chose fabrics for a nap quilt herself.  She approved a simple design -
Not wanting the remnants, I pieced the back, and kind of like it.  But I'm yearning to work with repros again soon.  First I have to work on my daughter's modern quilt of aqua and grey.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Doll Quilts

If you remember my find in Iowa a few months ago, it finally has fulfilled it's purpose.
The inside of the box was quite rough.  Varnishing still left it that way, even after three coats, so I decided to line the box.  While looking for the right fabric, I came across some scraps of low- loft poly batting.  I have no recollection of why it was there, but there was just enough to do the job.

Looks more like a dolly coffin, doesn't it?  The batting stuck to the rough wood, so I didn't bother with another liner.  Easy, peasy!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fabric Search

I'm looking for 1/3 yard of this fabric.  I think it's 'Seaweed' from P & B - an older line.  If you have some you're willing to part with, I'll buy or trade (if I have something you're looking for).  You can leave a comment or email me (click on my name from right sidebar and then click on 'email' from left sidebar).

Thanks so much for checking!
Vicki

Update:  Ding, Ding, Ding - we have a winner!  Thanks to the wonder of the internet quilting community, the fabric is found.  Thanks so much to Jan at 'Bemused'!!!