Friday, October 09, 2009

More vintage quilts

With only one week to go until our guild quilt show I am planning on making one last PR push tomorrow so instead of quilting I am making copies and cutting up bookmarks to place in shops around town. Since that would be pretty boring to show I am going to share some photos of the antique Irish Chain quilt brought into the retreat last weekend.

First is the one the owner thought was made by the same maker as her album quilt because of the green calico. The print is just slightly different (one has a larger yellow center, much larger petals, and more defined leaves.) The quilting also is very different. The album was roughly quilted but this Irish Chain has beautiful small even stitches...Baptist Fan of course. One interesting thing is how the alternate block is done. The three blocks are machine appliqued! It always surprises me to see machine applique or a machine binding in antique quilts even though I know the sewing machine predates the quilt I am looking at! (I learned to quilt before it was "acceptable" to machine quilt!)

I am really, really tired. Yesterday our tour of a quilt exhibit, guild meeting and then board meeting pretty much wore me out. But of course I stopped at the fabric store on the way home to pick up fabric to make a costume for my niece...have you heard of Ni Hao Kai Lan? I had to google her to find out what this character wore. Fortunately it will be so much easier than the yellow Pokemon costume I made years ago for her older brother!

5 comments:

sewprimitive karen said...

What a pretty antique quilt. Good luck on the costume!

*karendianne. said...

What a total trip how they did that alternate block. I'm intrigued by the nice Baptist Fan quilting as well, Sio.

I really enjoy these posts. I learn so much. Let's hope I retain it so I can be cool like you! :)

Faithfully yours thru worn out days and wired days and happy days and all the days, *karendianne.

Purple Pam said...

What a great auntie you are. Don't you love making Halloween costumes? I loved it when my children were little and wore homemade costumes. I like the Irish Chain quilt, too. Hope you have a good turnout for your show after all your hard work.

Cathy said...

I love Irish chain quilts, and this is gorgeous. I love the quilting. I hope you get some rest sometime soon! xo

Millie said...

I love to look at vintage quilts...the quilting is just gorgeous!