September in the Washington, DC area brings some of the best weather of the year and one way to really enjoy it is to see brightly colored quilts waving in the breeze at the Sully Historic Site's Annual Quilt Show and Sale. This year's show is scheduled for Sunday, September 12 from 10am to 4:30pm and I highly recommend you go if you are in the area. This is the largest outdoor quilt show in the East and merchants from all over will be there with antique and new American quilts, antique linens, baskets and more.
Above is a snapshot of some of the antique quilts available for purchase. How I wish I had that house quilt!! Also at the show, you can see early examples of quilts in the historic house's period rooms. These quilts belong to private collectors and reflect the theme: Great American Quilt Designers, 1830-1930. A big bonus (in my humble opinion) is the chance to have an appraiser evaluate your heirloom quilts for $10 per quilt (limit two). There are also living history interpreters who will be demonstrating spinning, weaving and hand sewing as it was done in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The photo above is a detail of an antique quilt I bought at Sully around 2004 or 2005. I loved the lush quilting on it and always appreciate precision pieced diamonds! If it uploaded the way I want, you can click on it for a closer view of the quilting.
When I go to the Sully Show, the first booth I head to is Bellwether Dry Goods! That booth is a quilt show in itself and I spend a lot of time there just taking in the beautiful quilts, admiring the workmanship of their quilters and just generally getting inspired and motivated to improve my quilting. As you can see, their style is traditional, which I love.
If you are not familiar with Bellwether, they sell completed quilts (some are made from vintage fabrics) and also offer a hand quilting service. The quilt below is one of mine that was quilted by them. I apologize for the wrinkles. It looks like I need to refold this one and get it out from the bottom of the pile for awhile.
I hope you get a chance to visit Sully this year! I'll be there checking out all the antique quilts and getting inspired to make reproductions of my own.