Sunday, January 29, 2012

Great Quilts and a New Blog

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you who left a comment on my 12 Days of Christmas posts. I was just too overwhelmed to reply to each of you, but I appreciate all my followers and readers, who make this all worthwhile, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

fourthcornerfinds is my favorite eBay seller, and she has some spectacular quilts for sale right now. Take a look at this New York Beauty ~

And this Nine-Patch Medallion ~

And last but not least, this Chintz Crib Quilt, which almost leaves me speechless ~

Be sure to check out the rest of her offerings here. You won't be disappointed.

I have been busy winnowing down my in-box.

If you wrote to me in the last few months, and you haven't heard back yet, you'll be hearing from me soon. I have it down to an even 600, and I'm plugging away at it every night.

I recently attended a Quilter's Tea and Turning at the Birmingham Historical Society in Birmingham, MI, and saw some wonderful things. First we had a wonderful tea the volunteers set out for us, with all kinds of fresh fruit and finger sandwiches. Then we saw a very informative PowerPoint presentation by Beth Donaldson of The Quilt Doctor who is normally busy entering quilts into The Quilt Index. :) If you haven't used this resource before, you should check it out, as it is a wealth of quilt information.

Unfortunately, a lot of my pictures of the Museum's quilts didn't turn out, as my camera was on the wrong setting, but here are a few of what we saw. Here's a silk hexagon, very colorful.

I can't imagine how long it took to put a binding on each of these tabs!

Here was a blanket that had some unusual broderie perse appliques of tapestry applied to it. We had a lot of fun trying to figure out the how and why of it.

And here are a few of the fabrics from another one. Sorry, the full pic was too blurry to post.

I just love that pink, brown and blue stripe! Wish someone would reproduce that. :)

By the time show and tell came around, I had my camera adjusted, thankfully. Someone had just bought this chintz crib quilt, and it was breathtaking, at least for me.

Close up of the broderie perse in the medallion center.

I was surfing the web looking for something today, and saw something on Barbara Brackman's blog that made me do a double take. It's the second pic from the bottom.

I loved the colors in this.

And the fabrics.

I'll save some for another post.

I got my first block of Sue Spargo's Earth 'n Twig, and I just love the bright colors. I can't wait to get started on this, but I'm tied up with something else for the next two weeks.

Last but not least, I have a new blog, Material Witness. It's intended to be a reference on the older out of production repro fabric lines. If anyone has a favorite line and would like to be a guest blogger, let me know. And...there's a giveaway over there. If you like repros, I think you're gonna' love it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I used my trusty custom random number generator, and the winners of my giveaway are Miriam and Maxine! Congratulations girls, and thanks to everyone who entered.

I couldn't help but show you this little doll quilt that didn't make it into my last post. Doesn't it just scream "Kathie, make me!" to you? ;)

Twelve post in 12 days really took it out of me, so I am going to take the next week off to catch up on my blog reading and answer all your comments. I'll be back next weekend with something big!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The 12th Day of Christmas

On the 12th Day of Christmas, I give you a baker's dozen from my archives. ;)

Wreath Quilt

Rolling Star

Toile and Calico dated 1846

Sunburst Variation

Unknown Pattern

Memorial Hall/1876

New York Beauty variation

This quilt as well as some below can be viewed at Stella Rubin Antiques.


Lemon Peel

Maple Leaf signed and dated 1848

Star with Princess Feather

Rocky Mountain

Antique Friendship Quilt dated 1858

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The 11th Day of Christmas

Well, the Christmas season is drawing to a close. Only two more posts. :(

It seems like Baltimore Album quilts are ever popular with quilt history buffs like us, so I have another one to show you.

Julie Silber from The Quilt Complex was kind enough to send me some pics of one she recently acquired for sale.

Besides being stunning, this quilt has it all: embroidery, stuffed work, wool, and 4 of my favorite "strawberry" blocks. :) Here is a chance to own a piece of history! For more pictures and info, click here. And while you're there, be sure and check out her other quilts. They are the nicest collection of antique quilts I've seen anywhere. I'm in love with this "Circus" crazy quilt."

So, settle in with a cup of coffee, and enjoy! See you tomorrow.