Monday, August 12, 2019

Quilt inventory for Janette

My sister in law Janette in NC asked me to inventory her quilts - here ya go, sis. 

1.  Quilts made by "Two" - Una Fisher Brown - our great grandmother - in West Virginia.  

One of Two's sisters also quilted, and they would collaborate.  Two would piece the quilts, and both of them would work on the quilting.  

Nine patch made by Two in the 1960's.  Hand pieced and quilted.  A real treasure!  This is the quilt that inspired me to make my very first baby quilt for Noelle in 1992.  This might also the quilt that, famously, Janis used as a beach blanket without Mary Lou's approval:).  (Or, the beach quilt might have been an old four patch, current whereabouts unknown).

Broken dishes, made by Two in the 1960's.  A set of two twin quilts.  For years, Janis kept these two quilts on the twin beds in her upstairs guest room in Gaithersburg.  Janis was not a quilter but she loved quilts! 

I don't know the origin of this beautiful Basket quilt.  Two or one of her sisters might have made it, or it might have been one of Grandma Mary Lou's "rescues":

2.  Grandma Mary Lou's quilts, Denver CO.

This was given to Grandma Mary Lou, maker unknown.  It is an excellent Sunbonnet Sue in perfect condition.  Hand appliqued, with embroidered details, and hand quilted.  Grandma considered it one of the best quilts she owned.

This is the first quilt Grandma Mary Lou made.  In 1976 with the Bicentennial there was a renewed interest in traditional crafts in America, including quilting.

This Patriotic quilt was hand quilted (and I believe machine pieced?).   It was made for grandson David Poth who would have been about 9 years old.

Needs more repair:

Shades of the nine year old today;).  

Fence Rail by Mary Lou.  In the early 80's grandma learned how to machine quilt - 

This quilt was made for Janis.  If my memory serves right, Janis requested these colors, maybe helped pick out the fabrics?  I remember it hanging over the railing up in the bedroom hallway in Gaithersburg.

Bow tie made by Mary Lou - I think - not 100% sure.

Also by Mary Lou, but I don't know details: 

Irish Chain by Mary Lou, 1992, machine pieced and quilted, for David and Janette 

Thank you for labeling your quilt Grandma! 

Store bought quilt made from ski hats - Colorado - Grandma gave us each one: 

Four patch on point, the sweetest baby quilt, made by Mary Lou,  machine pieced and quilted, given to Janette when Megan was born, 1993: 

A "rescued" crazy quilt from Grandma Mary Lou: 

There are other quilts made by Two and Grandma Mary Lou, with Uncle Frank (Mary Lou's son), me, cousin Kathy, etc.  

3.  Quilts by yours truly, Cynthia, MA, Japan - all machine pieced and quilted: 

Square in a square, "tattered" quilt -  (I've made 100 of these it feels like) for Janette, around 2013.  One of my favorite quilts to make.  

Sawtooth Star for Megan: 

Butterfly quilt for Alyssa, 2000, made in memory of Grandma Janis: 

Alyssa survived childhood cancer.  I made this for her in 2003 while she was undergoing treatment.   I included something to represent each person/pet in her family:

And now she's a college student and my quilting buddy!  I feel so blessed to have a niece who quilts!  The next generation of quilters.  Look at this quilt she made Janette, her Mom:

Quilters (so far) circled... and surrounded by quilt lovers. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

North Carolina Quilts

One of the joys of visiting family in North Carolina is being able to see my niece Alyssa who at such a young age, is an avid quilter and quilt lover.

Today we ventured into Raleigh to the North Carolina Museum of History to see a wonderful exhibit, curated by Diana Bell-Kite,  called Quilt Speak:  Uncovering Women's Voices Through Quilts.  It is truly worth a trip if you are in the area!

Mamie's quilt knocked our socks off:

It was listed as a Postage Stamp but I want to say also... Trip Around the World??

Turn the corner, and wow!

And then this absolutely stunning Cotton Boll: 

This utility quilt caught our eyes for sure!  Oh I just love it.  Wabi sabi - the maker's hand, signs of everyday use.  

There was a sign asking people to post selfies on Instagram, in front of a favorite from the exhibit.  Check out #quiltspeak on IG.

Love the simplicity: 

More wabi sabi:

Here the quilt back was displayed below a facsimile of the quilt top.  The backing was made from feed sacks.

Look at this beauty: 

A gorgeous Log Cabin Courthouse steps: 

These are just a few of the amazing quilts in this exhibit.  One more selfie before we head out - 

At first glance the exhibit book looks excellent and I look forward to reading every word!