This comments are from Cinda Cawley|
Not only do we see great quilts at Fran's we get great food too!
Life is good! It seems we are in no danger of running out of good things.
The biggest puzzle of the day was a 3rd quarter nineteenth century Chimney Sweep quilt with alternate blocks and borders of a floral stripe on a brown ground, the flowers in colors that could have come from the 1950s (orange, turquoise, pale green). The fabrics in the peced blocks were just what I would have expected, but that stripe was wild. We decided that when we run across a really disconcerting fabric it is often one of those floral stripes. Anybody else care to comment?
was quoted several times: "If you want to wash an antique quilt, lie down in a darkened room until the urge passes." We all confessed that we had on occasion ignored that sage advice. The context of this was a charming circa 1860 Whig Rose that the owner acquired in such a sad state (and for such a low price) that she had to wash it even if it might self-destruct in the process. It didn't. The 4-block design is quirky and kind of clumsy. The maker probably was trying to duplicate something she's seen, but lacked drafting skills. I loved it!
We saw a smashing wool Log Cabin variation. The logs are arranged in octagons! Modern art! Then came a circa 1860 red and green Irish Chain with a quilting sampler in the plain blocks.
Another take on the Log Cabin was an adorable c. 1870 doll quilt--rare and exciting and in perfect condition. The colors were arranged to form rectangular effects.
Nancy Hahn brought a mystery object (she often does this). I don't know what it is, but it's metal and has spindles and wheels and winds things.
Technology is not my thing. Nancy also had many pieces of an Iris quilt: a large center and lots of smaller blocks for the borders: yellow and green.
There was a fairly small quilt in a block I can only describe as a Feathered Square: various squares and rectangles put together and then outlined by half-square triangles. None of us had ever seen one before. Fabrics looked 1890.
I've become intrigued by commemorative fabrics. I'm planning to collect contemporary commemoratives since the old ones are so expensive. I was thrilled to get a repeat of the Eisenhower toile.
There was a fabulous Delectable Mountains made of various blue resist fabrics (really looks 1830ish) with exquisite quilting. Brace yourself ; it was bought filthy dirty and washed. The quilt was found in the Shenandoah Valley.
One of the Vintage Friends loves the bird fabric and she had a bunch of examples with her. If you look on p. 45 of the York Co. book Quilts the Fabric of Friendship you'll see one of them: tiny Ohio Stars with a lavish border of "the birds." A second chintz masterpiece was composed of Pinwheels (lots of red, yellow and bright colors) with a block-printed border of "the birds." She also had a whole cloth unquilted piece from Rhode Island printed with birds in a butterscotch color. It looked like the piece that was on Ebay last week.
Also in the chintz category was a Carpenter's Wheel (the blocks were much smaller-about 12"-than usual) with a blue floral border.
Southeastern PA was represented by a Rolling Stone (pink, orange and green) with embroidered signatures, not fraktur. There was a 4-block Cox Comb variation and a silk quilt with a scarf from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair in the center.
A special treat was the top Fran put together from the blocks that Sally Ward and company made for her when she visited BQHL in England. It was fun to check out the names: Helen from Hobart, etc. Very appropriately Fran has framed the 25-patch blocks with pieced borders using Liberty of London fabrics. It's a real treasure.
Do you think we had enough fun yesterday? All this an a fine dinner in Annapolis on the way home! We've decided to add a dinner stop to the fabric study curriculum.
Cinda on the Eastern Shore