Thursday, November 14, 2013

Do you like stuffing?

More of the lovely Amelia's lovely quilt. The photo above is a good example of how Amelia included the naturalistic motifs into her quilting.

Above is a photo of nearly the entire quilt compliments of the panorama feature of my iphone so it looks a little skewed.  But I wanted you to get a feel for the size of this magnificent quilt - and don't forget there are FOUR of them.

This photo turned out pretty well and shows, again, my favorite little crescent feather motifs plus more of the other stuffed quilting.  I should have measured the crescents because they are smaller than you realize.

Okay, next quilt.  This photo captures a bit of the next quilt we saw after Amelia's.  I was still smitten so I had a little trouble appreciating the beauty I was beholding with this one.  But, I am sure you can get the idea.  Rather complicated piecing and then such extensive stippling and stuffing.

Who can't appreciate a pineapple - the symbol of welcome.  Don't you wish you could run your fingers along this one?  We wore gloves but we did get to give the stuffed motifs a little squish.  I also love the light blue fabric.

Above is just a shot of the entire light blue pieced block.

And, another blue quilt.  Darker indigo in a sunburst design.  Blue and white has been a favorite of mine.

I tried to point out the small inserted background piece of fabric on this one.  On one hand, quilts like this one fly in the face of the sentimental notion that all quilting is the result of frugality and using up every scrap of fabric.  This quilt clearly used a consistent background and indigo fabric.  But, there were numerous instances where the quilter did add in bits of background to make it work where she didn't have quite enough of the fabric.

Finally, nearly a whole shot of the indigo quilt.  This is one that I could not get turned the right way but you get the idea.  Curse you iphone, curse you.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tackled the photo issue so I have more pictures to share


Note to self - bring the good camera next time you get to see antique quilts.  Okay, now I have that little bit of bookkeeping out of the way I can tell you a little about a couple more quilts I saw yesterday.  Above, is a corner.  Why show us a corner, you may ask.  But, if you are a fabric lover like me, you will know why.  Wouldn't you love just a bit of that fabric used in the border?  Since this quilt is something like c. 1850 I'd say that was some very special fabric.  The colors are divine.

The photo above is from the same quilt as the corner picture.  I hope you are able to enlarge the photo by clicking on it because I am not sure you can see what is quilted between the two partridges (not a bird expert so they might not be partridges).  It's another partridge!  Looks a bit like a duck but who am I to criticize.  And that fabric...!
Now, for the one I absolutely adored.  This one was so big I couldn't get a full shot of it.  So, above is the center medallion.  Hopefully, you can see those small little feathered arcs and get a sense of their size.  So much detail in such a small motif.  And the color!  I really can't tell if the fabric used in the piecing was actually pink - as it looks now - or a red that faded.  Probably pink(ish) given the date of the quilt which is 1823.  Truly, I could have spent the entire time just taking in this quilt.  There was so much quilted into it, the fabrics, the piecing, the overall effect...

We have another eagle here.  Is he gorgeous, or what?  I also love the way Amelia, the quilter, embellished her floral fabric motifs by adding trapunto sprigs.
Finally, I tried very hard to show you Amelia's signature block.  It reads:  "Made by Amelia Lauck in the 62 year of her age November 15, 1823.  There are FOUR nearly identical extant quilts by Amelia Lauck.  Two in the collection of the DAR Museum and two in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.  You can read more about the DAR Museum quilts on the Quilt Index (  Amelia lived in Winchester, Virginia and there were slaves in the house.  So, she may have had help on these elaborate quilts.  The one pictured here was made for her only daughter.  The other one in the DAR collection was made for her son and his wife and the inscription appears on a banner in the eagle's mouth on that one.  It would appear the son married in 1830 - date on that quilt's inscription - but it is likely that quilt was made around the same time as the one pictured here.

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Jaw dropping quilting

The DAR Museum in Washington has started monthly (2nd Tuesday) workshops featuring a theme along with examples from their collection.  This month - November 2013 - the theme was "stuffing" which is amusingly appropriate given the Thanksgiving holiday this month.  For a very reasonable fee, up to 20 quilt enthusiasts may participate.  Consider me a quilt enthusiast. It is always a challenge to photograph quilting in a way that those viewing the pictures can truly appreciate the quilting.  And, I only had my iphone for a camera.  So, I played a bit with Picasa to try to bring out the depth of quilting in the beauties we saw.

The example of stippling and trapunto in the eagle motif above was one of my favorites.  Probably because I am gathering eagle motifs for a very special project.  I love this one with the "stars" that look like suns (well, that is a star) floating above it.  The detail captured in quilting stitches of the arrows and branch along with the feathers in the wings is remarkable.  The entire quilt was in poor condition but I was very pleased that this motif survived intact.

There are more quilts I photographed but my pictures are not playing nicely.  They appear to be turned the right way in my files but when I try to upload them they flip around and do not cooperate at all.  I will pound away on the computer and see if I can come with more eye candy soon.
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