Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group 

Last week's meeting of the Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group evoked some very enthusiastic responses. If anyone was disappointed by our afternoon focusing on kits and patterns I didn't hear about it. I know that I learned a lot and had a wonderful time doing so. 

We started with a charming baby quilt featuring cherubs peaking out from clusters of flowers and the Elephant Baby quilt by Homeneedlecraft (1940-50). Next up was the eagle kit American Glory (a copy of the 1876 quilt in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) in both its appliqué and cross-stitch and a golden eagle by Paragon offered first in 1956 in blue, rose and gold. Lee Ward's 1961 Eagle was a bilious yellow. 

Two Rose of Sharon tops from the 1930s were on incredibly heavy muslin (the reason they were not quilted, perhaps). Paragon # 01001 white Snowflakes on blue and blue on white blocks emerged from a box along with a Progress kit on which the dots were black (#1294). 

We saw a series of cross-stitch kits from the 50s up to 1970s Country Colonial with sampler designs. The Aunt Martha's Lone Star kit turned out to be the very one that I donated to the AQSG auction last fall (it didn't stray far). 

The ultimate pieced kit was the 3/4" finished Trip Around the World. We talked about the designers and looked at Ruby McKim's Nursery Rhymes. Barbara Brackman's Women of Design is a great source for info on quilts in the newspapers (in fact that's the subtitle of the book). We saw an enormous collection of newspaper patterns gathered by Nell Nash (1900-2003). 

Mountain Mist was represented by Poinsettia (#39 designed by Margaret Hayes around 1930) quilted by a church group in Carbon County, PA. Barb Garrett offered a different perspective: an envelope with pieces for a single blocked price ten cents, a panel of baby animal blocks 25 cents at Newberry's, Lee Ward's Babies Asleep on the Moon. We saw an Anne Orr Flower Pots with rainbow borders and a delightful Tiger Lilly kit made about 1940. 

We were all fascinated by the Zodiac quilt made by Anna de la Reussille in 1933. None of us had seen it before. Madge Ziegler invoked the magic of Google to solve the mystery. Check it out: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/google.fcgi/itemKey=1923063941

Before we adjourned we looked at off-topic items. The thrill of the day for me was seeing a new top using fraktur motifs which combine appliqué with extensive inking. I expect to see the finished quilt, made by a direct descendant of a famous scrivener, on the cover of magazines. From Baltimore there was an 1841 quilt as you go friendship sampler which appeared heavily influenced by the Delaware Valley. A first quarter 19th century stripy from Maine had a very wide bird chintz ruffle. The quilt is a real show stopper! An 1880 quilt from Kansas with fugitive purple setting blocks was made of blocks composed of four tiny Lemoyne Stars. 

Our next meeting will be August 22 at the Caroline County, MD Public Library. The topic is "orange." Cinda on the Eastern Shore

Cinda on the Eastern Shore


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