Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Answers...

I spent a full day at work today so am a bit wiped out so I thought I'd just answer some questions that have come back on some recent posts...

What is a crustie? I don't think it is a widely used term so don't lose sleep over it! Basicly it is a small work with three layers that is heavily embellished. I'd use the name of the artist that inspired the works except I've heard she strongly objects to the term crustie (which is really only encrusted shortened...neither of which sound very artistic but we like it...read that as the "royal" we!) I'll try and post some more this week if I get permission from Rachel...

Tic tack toe is basicly taking a nine patch, slicing it and adding strips then squaring (almost) the block up. Dianne Hire has some great directions in her book Playtime for that technique and several others that involve sewing and slicing. If you get a chance to take her class or look through her book it is worth the time.

Where do I find my antique quilts? Everywhere! I've bought them at antique shows, flea markets, and yard sales. I knocked on the front door of a house when I saw one sitting on top of a car in their garage (quilt neglect.) At a gun show I berated a dealer until he sold me the quilt top he was using as a table cover (quilt abuse.) I've been given them by people I worked with who no longer had family members who they thought would appreciate them (quilt adoption.) Once family, friends, and coworkers know you are looking for them it is surprising what you find. Just today I got a call from a guy I work with to tell me there is a person listing quilts "at least 100 years old" for sale in the "I Wanna" Ad book...I haven't looked in that book for years but there ya go! Even the local charities like Goodwill and Catholic Charities that sell clothes and donated items have my telephone number...I've alway given them a fair offer and if it is a quilt I don't want I give them enough information so they can market it effectively (I also let other quilt collectors know about it...after I look...which they have reciprocated.)

What do I do with my antique quilts? The strippy quilt in the photo is one I have had for over ten years. I call it a Cape Cod quilt because it reminds me of the beach. I bought this at a small antique shop in Maryland. It hangs in my living room during the summer. I have also used it to inspire new quilts. I posted one in an earier post in bright colors. I've taught classes on the strippy technique. So I guess you could say I've gotten about all you can out of this quilt...I also have volunteered at our quilt show and at a local antique store to do bed turnings showing the quilts and talking about quilt history. Most of my quilts are coming with me when I move overseas. Some are going to be temporarily loaned to my sisters.

3 comments:

Judy said...

Thanks for the "crustie" explanation. I pretty much figured out that was the meaning... "encrusted" with beads and things. I think they're cool, but I wouldn't begin to have enough beads to do something like that and I do not need another thing to collect!

Love the quilt!

Dawn said...

Sio - I've missed you! I'm glad to see your back in my comments! And was really happy to see some new posts! Just got back from Paducah - which you know, and am trying to catch up. Yes I'm always so in awe of your antique quilts! I just love them!

Tonya R said...

Love that Cape Cod Quilt - it always looks so bright and cheerful and breezy.

Careful with that work stuff, darnit.