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!


Dawn said...

Great exhibit!
Your study quilt is gorgeous, I am so glad I got to see it. Four years is a long time for it to travel!

antique quilter said...

the quilt is just beautiful, wow, love, love , love the colors! ah pink I am hooked on pink and brown now.
so is there a pattern????
glad to see a post I have been thinking of you both.
thanks for the pictures from the museum beautiful quilts

Chantal said...

Lovely! Lovely! Amazing! Wonderful! and I love it and Good luck!
P.S. Welcome back to blogland :)

Lori said...

WOW! Congratulations on making the deadline with that gorgeous quilt!
Glad to see a post from you.

Jill said...

The antique quilts are beautiful, thanks for sharing pics with us. I love your Study Quilt. What a project!

Sandra said...

I really liked your study quilt. I'm impressed you got it down so quickly. I did the Rose of Sharon with birds. Love AQSG

Marcy Cady said...

I love your quilts. I especially love the postage stamp quilt you made here:

I am wondering if you could lead me to where I can get the pattern. It's really stunning! Thanks for your help, Marcy