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.


Janet said...

Hi Lisa,
As always, a very interesting post.
You really got cracking today. Have fun and I look forward to your next post.

Vivian said...

Wonderful post and photos, as always, Lisa. The closeup photos of fabrics just take my breath away.
I went right over to your new blog and signed on as a follower. Another blog I know I'll enjoy reading.

Nancy said...

I never tire of looking at these wonderful old quilts! Imagine binding those silk tabs.. yikes.

Lucy said...

hi Lisa, thank you for your very interesting post!

Erica said...

What a wonderful post. The quilts were awesome. Could you tell us more about the vintage photograph of the children, quilt and sheep?

Anonymous said...

Great post. I was too busy to take photos, so I'm enjoying see photos from other guests. The Broderie Perse medallion was purchased in Houston by Virginia Anderson of Flushing, MI who brought it to the tea.

Sheila said...

Hi Lisa,
Another wonderful post. That ebay seller has some real heart-stoppers. Thanks for the other pics, too. They were great. Good luck with your new blog - I'm headed over there now.

Rosa said...

Another beautiful antique quilts.

Sue said...

Lovely post Lisa. Love all the quilts I would have anyone of them.

The Sue Spargo wool project looks and interesting one also.

Miriam said...

Wonderful quilt photos! Thank you for sharing. Some great fabrics in those quilts!

Love the quilt in your new header.

Teresa said...

Wow! That New York Beauty quilt is fantastic! So lovely and so inspiring!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing the Fourth Corner site. The quilts are wonderful. Looks like the Tea and Turning day was a lot of fun and some great quilts to see there as well.
Love your newest blog.

Sandra said...

Did you see the first quilt, NY beauty variation sold for $1,187.00 such an interesting pattern.
Your new blog looks great!