Tuesday, September 22, 2015

red & white...


 Finally, this book "Red & White Quilts Infinity Variety" arrived after months even years of waiting! This book chronicles the 2011 exhibition by the American Folk Art Museum in NYC. Although I would have loved to seen all these quilts suspended by aircraft cables (by all accounts it was visually extraordinary) owning this book is a reasonable substitute. It is beautiful and contains 650 quilts all in red and white from the collection of Joanna Rose. There are some fascinating articles about the collection, the history of red and white patchwork and the staging of the show. The quilts themselves are organized into chapters comprising: Wholetops, Log Cabins, Pictorial, Strips, Squares and Rectangles, Triangles, Stars, Curves, Applique, Signature, Redwork and Crib quilts. The title says it all. The variety is truly infinite...




Tuesday, September 15, 2015

bow ties...



 
Joined my first block swap organized by the funny and talented Barb featuring bow ties in modern fabrics. While the swap is now closed you can find her excellent block tutorial here . These are super fast to sew and it is easy to see why historically so many of these quilts are scrappy. They make good use of leftover fabric. There are also myriad ways to set these blocks. Above are mine and I can't wait to see what arrives in the mail from the other participants!

This vintage quilt is currently on Ebay. Love the jade solid...


Another crisp vintage yet modern-looking example...


Interesting setting in a pattern from the Temecula Quilting Company...


Lastly my favorite- a beautiful improv bowtie made by the incomparable Kattie Pennington in 1985.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

$5...


Continuing the theme of the perception of ugliness- I bought this quilt for $5 at a yard sale. It was actually being used to protect a number of greasy auto parts from a driveway. The owner seemed shocked that I was interested in buying the dirty "blanket" rather than the metal sitting on top of it. It stank but after a wash is now faded but pristine. It is not the most beautiful quilt in the world but it needed rescuing and a good home. My husband, on the other hand, views this wholesale embrace of the unwanted and the unloved as a worrying trend...

Finally, in tribute to the waning of summer holidays here are some dolphin-garnished cocktails from Lucky Peach. Enjoy!