Sunday, July 26, 2015

twinkle twinkle little star...


WOW. I love a star quilt and this one from Pennsylvania is a standout. Made in the late 1800's each block is 2 3/4" with a whopping total of 600 stars...


Love the turkey red, cheddar and the acidic yellow colors which unify all the other prints...


Am equally  in love with the half square triangle and shirting border. Enjoy!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

red and white...


Four years ago the American Folk Art Museum in NYC staged the most extraordinary exhibition of red and white quilts. I remain a bitter kitten that I didn't see the quilts in person but am thrilled to discover that a book is coming out at the end of September. You can pre-order it here and at the museum's shop. The book will contain lots of interesting and insightful articles but what is most exciting is that images of all 650 quilts from the exhibit are included. The wait will be worse than as a kid counting down days to Christmas...


Sunday, July 12, 2015

georgia on my mind...


This African-American utility quilt is from rural Georgia probably sewn around 1900 and is from the collection of the late cultural historian and art expert Caroll Greene. Love the soft palette and the way the pieces of homespun work clothes remain intact in the top. Beautiful...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

dreaming of india...


Have you ever had a quilt dream?
I've been dying to go to India for ages. We've mapped out the ultimate trip in every detail including a short safari on horseback, riding Marwari horses a breed native to Rajasthan. Last week, I had the most vivid dream that I made a quilt from all of these travel plans. Upon waking, I felt compelled to actually make it in real life...


The background is lots of randomly sewn strips and triangles inspired by the spice markets and the beautiful architecture...


The plan is to add some rajasthani-inspired embroidery and applique a giant purple Indian horse across the top...


Have no idea whether the end result will be inspired or hideous but have decided to make what makes me happy:)