Monday, March 24, 2014

Quilt Auction!

  I read early last week that there was going to be an estate sale in a nearby town. The list included lots of antiques and large collections that the man had acquired over several decades. What caught my eye was the listing for "over 100 antique quilts"...wow! Besides a quilt show, I've never seen a hundred quilts all at once. I planned all week to go to this auction Saturday morning. Randy declined to go, so I had the day to myself. I really thought I wouldn't be able to afford to buy any of them, but I sure wanted to see them and take pictures.

  I was up bright and early, showered, dressed, and on my way. I got there an hour before the auction started and I still had to stand in a line with about 50 people waiting outside to register and get their bidding numbers. Uh-oh, not a good sign. I would have plenty of competition. Once inside, I was further dismayed to see that the wagon piled high with quilts was totally surrounded by people already. I finally got my turn to get a closeup view of them and took some pictures.


   I bought this 1880's "Cross" or "X" quilt. The black fabric is a "seaweed" print and the X's are a small red print shirting. The back is an unusual light-colored paisley print.



   I bought this Civil War Era 4 block applique quilt (I believe it is the Whig Rose pattern) with 1/4" diagonal quilting in the open areas. Tiny stitches! The turkey red is bad, but the poison green and the cheddar fabric are in very good condition.





  This is "the one that got away". The baskets were only about 4" to 5". It was spread out on another wagon under a ton of boxes. That's no way to treat a grand old lady. I bid it up, but a dealer bought it. She at least let me take these pictures and assured me I could buy it from her shop!


  Isn't it wonderful? I'm thinking it is c1880's . It had nice quilting and in very good condition. I just wish it had come home with me too. :(

  I promised last post that I would show some of my recent doll quilt purchases. These all came to me the latter part of February.

     A  c1880-90 burgundy 9-Patch & Snowball...

   A  c1900 blue One Patch, wonderful shirting prints...

   A  c1930's cutey, Bowties...

A  c1950's, Rail Fence? Very "loud" print  for the backing.
A  c1980 mini, probably for a doll house. I recognize some of those calicoes as ones I bought in the early 1980's.

  I am participating in the doll quilt swap hosted by Lori on her blog, Humble Quilts. She partnered us up this weekend. We know who we're making one for, but not who is making ours. They have to be made in Civil War repros and be 24" x 24" or smaller. I made the top yesterday with lots of early CW repro prints from my collection. I have to have it quilted and sent by Easter. I can't wait to receive mine and see what my partner thinks of the one I made for her. What fun. I've never participated in a swap except for blocks or a round robin quilt. I'll post a picture of the one I made and the one I get when the swap is over. I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise in case she is a reader of my blog.

  I'd better close and get in some quality time in my studio tonight. Keep stitching.

Becky

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Hello, Winter! I'm Home." Ugh

   All good things must come to an end, they say. My 84 degree days in Naples, Florida ended Sunday when I got off the plane in Moline, IL in 22 degree weather! It only got worse from there as it got colder this week ending with 6" of new snow yesterday and blowing conditions overnight and 1 degree above this morning. I am SOooo over this winter! Go away, please.

   Enough whining. I had a great time in Florida and met some very nice quilters. Everyday I had a new "chauffer" who took me to and from my classes, out to eat, and seeing the sights. I visited 2 quilt shops, one in Naples (Flash) which is spacious, offering brights, modern prints, & batiks and hosts  lots of classes in a humongous classroom; the other was in Ft. Myers (Quilter's Hangout), featured in an 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler. It was also large and had about every type of fabric, but best of all...a large selection of Civil War repros. (Yes, I bought yardage!)

   I had a wonderful audience at my presentation Thursday night, including quilters from Scotland, England, and Canada, besides all the northerners representing many states "snowbirding" there as well. It was the largest audience (over 200) I've had at a single program, very exciting.

 
   Introducing the Christian Staffinger quilt...


   I taught a class on my pattern, Hardtack & coffee to a small group on Friday. There was a retreat going on at the same time that prevented some ladies from taking my class. We were small, but mighty and had lots of fun!

   Getting started...


My new Scottish friend, Carol, is hard at work...


Carol's Hardtack & Coffee blocks...

 

 Blocks ready to square up...


   A lady brought her c. 1833 quilt for me to admire. What a treasure it was! It had trapunto initials and the date in the quilting .

 
The date, 1833..., the initials BS, and YS. Maybe a wedding quilt?




     On Saturday, I taught Reap the Whirlwind to a larger group including 3 ladies from the first day's class Most chose the full-size version of the quilt, but 3 chose to make the paper-pieced mini. There was a wide selection of fabrics used. I always have fun seeing the fabric choices of other quilters and spying Civil War prints that I don't have. (Yes, there are a few I haven't bought.) One lady had some CW's by Margo Krager that I've never seen before. She graciously let me cut a 2" strip from each one! More than enough to add to my 2 Courthouse Steps quilts I'm working on, one 6" blocks, and the other 4".

Here I'm showing Susan, who had never paper-pieced before, how to trim her seams between steps.


    This is Susan's first finished mini block...


 
Some other's  finished blocks...





    Carol, says her bright colors will bring her sunshine during the gloomy days in Scotland...

 
A mini in purple, black, green, and yellow...


    Someone's favorite color is purple...

   
        A happy group of quilters at the end of class #2...


   I have to include an "oops" block of Linda's, (the guild president, 2nd from left). We hurried her to finish a block for a picture and when we had taken the picture, something wasn't quite right. She took the good-natured ribbing we gave her well...

  It happens to the best of us, doesn't it? Linda assured us she'd fix it later. Poor girl, she had to get up at 4 AM the next morning, (Sunday) to drive Michelle and I to the airport in Punta Gorda for our 7 AM flight home. I'll bet she fixed that block as soon as she got home at 6 AM! : )

  As always, the best part of speaking and teaching classes is the feeling that I've made some new quilting friends. I've thought of them often this week and not just about how they are enjoying the sunshine and 80+ degree weather while I suffered through yet another snowstorm! It was a pleasure to entertain you and get to know you all! Maybe we'll meet again somewhere in quilt land. I received invitations to speak in 2 Michigan locations and one in Pennsylvania as a result of this trip, so I'll see some of you again for sure.

  I've been sewing Courthouse Steps blocks every evening this week. The pile is growing. I'll share photos of them next time along with my newest acquisitions to my doll quilt collection. (I've been a real bad girl!) Heehee. Until next time, keep stitching! I'm heading to my studio now.

Becky