I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
I heard an interesting story when I showed this quilt at the most recent meeting of the Virginia Quilt Dating Club and someone spotted the lone gold square. See photo below.
She related a theory that women, who could not vote at the time, included a single gold square in their 1880's/1890's quilt as a political statement about dropping the Gold Standard as the U.S. monetary system. I am wondering if any of you who research quilt history can shed any more light (and quilt examples) for me?
Also, I am headed to the Houston quilt show (yes, I am so excited!!) on Thursday and Friday and would love to meet as many blog friends as I can. Let me know if you will be there.
I cannot let go of the red and white quilt bug. That show back in March made such an impression on me. This is a photo of the antique red and white quilt I just bought. When I don't have time to sew (and I haven't for ages) I gravitate to antique quilt shopping instead. After all, I started quilting to reproduce the antiques I loved so much.
Here is a bit of a close up of the quilt. Did I mention I also love baskets quilts? Actually, I think these would be called Cake Stand. Who doesn't love cake?
Quilting makes the quilt and good quilting really makes me want the quilt. I like the double rows of quilting in this one. I must put that extra effort into my own projects.
One of the reasons I don't have time to quilt is work has taken me to great places like the Pacific Northwest. We don't have vistas like these on the east coast! (Squint to see the BIG mountain).
And, I treat myself to visiting great quilt shops like the Wild Rose Quilt Shop in Orting, Washington. The two best benefits to this shop? The wall of repros at the back of the shop and the uber friendly owners. Boy, did they ever make me happy to be there! Don't you love visiting a shop where the owners and employees actually act like they LIKE their customers?