Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Appliques from the Bed Turning

Here are the appliqued pieces I enjoyed on Sunday at the PNW Quilt and Textile Museum in LaConner, WA
Up first is a wool piece that has some kind of funky yarn flowers. It was noted that the flowers were made by wrapping over a tin template and then stitched down onto wool patchwork. (I think)
The values of the patchwork would make this striking if it had been hanging on a wall.

It has been tied with a yarn.  I have never seen a piece like this one.

Here we go. I could have rolled myself up in this piece.  If I could have taken one home, this would have been it.  What's to not love about it.  Big graphic appliques... Seriously, look at that center block.
Fabulous swags surround the center. **added**  I found a very similar quilt in the Kentucky Quilts 1700 - 1800 yesterday.  That one had a busier center, but VERY close to the same pattern and layout.

I loved this variation of a feathered wreath.  The quilter did a spiral and then a single line to fill in the open space. Double spined feather.
Such lovely quilting, the cross hatch was (i think) 1/2" grid work.

Although this is pieced in the center, the poison green swags with pink blooms just made me smile.

Look at the little 1/2 sq triangles marching across the bottom of this piece. 
This summer spread was pretty special.  No backing and no quilting, however, all the applique has been stuffed.
My pictures are dark, but this one was very vibrant.
Most applique was done using solid fabrics, but one block with strawberry motifs showed a printed red.
She was proud of her work and she signed it.  Yeah for her.

If you click on this picture, you can see a small repair patch on the bottom right.  She rounded the corners of her patch and made it as good as she could.
I especially loved the flower design in this block.

I hope you have been enjoying some of these quilts that are part of the permanent collection at our only textile museum here in the PNW.  Through October, the on going exhibit is other quilts from their permanent collection.  I only had a few minutes to take a very quick walk through, but I saw enough to know I need to go back for an afternoon.

I'll post one more segment, star quilts.  I hope the eclipse was all that you expected and that everyone stayed safe out there.

Keep stitching,

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bed Turning - PNW Quilt Museum

This was a free weekend for me.  No guy, no day plans, nothing but sunshine and a full tank of gas.  My only commitment was Sat evening, helping at the NW WA fair in Lynden, 25 minutes away.  It was also a Sew Day for our guild on Sunday and an old fashioned Bed Turning at the PNW Quilt and Textile Musuem in La Conner, WA which is just a bit over an hour south of me.  I decided I could fit both these events into my Sunday.
Here are some of the pieced quilts that I enjoyed.  Although is was a small venue and I could get up close, my camera just didn't capture the colors very well.  Double pink with a cream solid. 
The quilting on so many of the quilts I saw today was delightful. 

I tried to get some close ups for block construction and quilt motifs.

9 in a 9 patch.  Love that bright blue background.  
 And check the corners of the sashing.  If you struggle to get your blocks to all line up, forget about it.  These fabulous quilters from days gone by just rolled with it and I truly think it adds to the charm of the whole piece. 
 Don't get me wrong, I do value pointy points, flat borders, square blocks.  But seriously.  If you are making a gift or just trying out a new block in the center, do your best work and relax about some things.  Who knows, your quilt might end up in a museum in 2186 and someone will be commenting on how creative your work was.

This medallion was a delight to see. There was an eclectic mix of fabrics in the center, and the piecer made two types of blocks for the center block corners.
One side was a log cabin styled block

and the other sides were simple patchwork with triangles.

She (he) used a fun corner block and the top was wrapped to the back instead of using binding.
This fabulous log cabin was hanging up, and the variety of fabrics was amazing.

Another hanging quilt, I just loved how vibrant the colors were in this piece.  My photo looks dull, but trust me, the poison green in this was lovely.

If memory serves me, I believe this was the back of the log cabin shown above.  I loved the greens in the center star, and the ghost block in the center top right corner.  It's patchwork, but has faded.

This two color quilt was hanging and it was spectacular. There is just something about 2 color quilts that draws me to them
If you told someone you were making a 4 patch quilt, they would not expect something like this one.

Simple in it's piecing, but the scattered gold/yellow fabrics kept your eyes moving across this top.

Simple line quilting was done in the center, but the blue borders had lovely baptist fans.
Last in the patchwork selection is a triple irish chain with several shades of yellow/gold.
This quilter varied from the expected feathered wreath and stitched orange peels into the open centers.
It was finished with a piano key pieced border on the top and the bottom.
Most of these quilts had very narrow binding that had been cut on the bias. A few were finished with a knife edge and I recall one that had the back brought to the front and stitched down for binding.

If we look back, we can see many of the influences that are in the quilts being made today.  I had the opportunity to meet with several quilters who are very well versed in antique quilts, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with them in the future.  They have so much knowledge and when I see quilts like the ones I saw today, I'm motivated to get into my sewing studio. 
Next post will be appliqued quilts from the Bed Turning.

Keep stitching!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Journey to the Beginning

I posted about this project back in July of 2016  You can read about it here.  

Each section of this uses 63 diamonds and there are 6 sections.  You can see a piece of the black and white that was my inspiration and I was planning on having this as a project to keep me busy while my guy recovered from his shoulder surgery July 2016.  What I didn't plan on was having surgery to put my left wrist back together after taking a tumble 2 weeks after his surgery.

I pondered how to make each section and as you can see, I wanted the red to radiate from the center star.  The vintage piece was quite muddy in it's value placement, and I tried to "brighten" up the lights a bit, but I didn't want it to look too "perfect"

So this has been a long time coming, I started the process July 2016 and here we are, August 2017 and I now have the beginning of a medallion quilt.  It's a bit hard to tell, but the background is a navy blue with a little design on it.  I've removed all the paper with the exception of the outside edge, pressed and Best Pressed to get it as flat as possible, and have heavily basted it down.  I will hand applique the edge and keep the basting in until the whole piece is finished.  I don't want the weight of the paper piecing to sag from the background while I continue to add rounds of blocks to this center.

And since I had stacks of diamond papers left over, I started making stars.  100 of them.

Now I'm adding the background and will stitch this together in sections.  Right now I'm still working on backgrounds. 
I love having these take along projects in the mix of things.  It keeps my hands busy when watching tv, waiting on an appointment, or taking a break from the longarm.  I'm volunteering at the NW Washington Fair tonight, so this box will come along with me.  Fair pictures coming next week.

Enjoy the weekend, if you are in the path of the eclipse, embrace the crazy that will be coming to a town near you!  And as always,

Keep stitching,

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shadows of Quilting

Since we've been living under a cover of smoke for the past 2+ weeks, I thought I'd post some black and white shots of quilting.  Enjoy the texture.

Hand quilted feathers

Hand quilted outlined applique and cross hatching

Freehand machine quilted in a 4" square

Rectangle is approx 2" x 4 "

Big stitch using Perl cotton

Piece is approx 20" x 20"

And in full color, because we can see the sun today!  The winds have picked up, the atmospheric pressure has changed and all the forest fire smoke has left the shore! 

Keep all those firefighters and forestry workers in your thoughts and prayers, they are doing the best job they can under horrible circumstances.

and as always, keep stitching,