Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Possible Success

Here is a sweet felted wool poinsettia pincushion made by, and gifted to me by my friend Sandy.

A little doll quilt for my granddaughter, Caelyn.  The backing is a vintage piece, and the label is an iron-on that I bought in Shipshewana last winter.  They are sold in a package of 4, and cost $1.99 at Yoder's.

Well, I'm not sure what the problem with uploading pics was, but I have been busy sewing.  As soon as the sun shines again in the Midwest, I will get some shots of my newest completed quilt.  Hopefully, it will be soon because I'd like to get it mailed off to the recipient!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

International Quilt Festival Collection

The International Quilt Festival in Houston always includes a few antique quilts from the Festival Quilt Collection - this year I found three. 
There's always a quilt at the top of the escalator on the second floor.  This year it was an applique quilt on a sweet printed background.  You can get 'up close and personal' with this quilt.

 The second quilt is the backdrop for countless photo ops.  There's a large banner above the quilt identifying the quilt event and year for documentation that you attended the show (a fun idea and you get your picture taken with a gorgeous antique quilt!).  Here's this year's souvenir (sorry, thought I had cropped off the banner, but you get the idea) -

 The third (alas, the last) quilt is a collaboration of two generations of quiltmakers.  The top was pieced circa 1885 - 1895 (artist unknown).   Tiny triangles were used to depict the texture of the pineapple fruit.  Vicki Mangum dyed contemporary cheddar fabric to match the fabric from the original top.  Two small borders of cheddar and muslin were added in 2003 and the quilt was machine-quilted by Kathy Colvin.