Monday, June 27, 2016

Vermont Quilt Festival - antique quilts




Absolutely worth the trip to beautiful Vermont (how have I never been to the Vermont Quilt Festival before now?)... these amazing antique quilts... 

Here's a small sampling:


A45 BASKETS:

"When Lillian Williams was born in 1884, the first girl in the family, her aunts Hattie Williams Benson and Loret Williams Martin made her this lovely red and white basket quilt.  Both were quiet, religious homebodies, whose only hobbies were sewing and quilting.  Lillian treasured her quilt for the whole 99 years of her life and it remains a family treasure. Collection of Peter and Barbara Doane"



A22 Feathered Star, circa 1880-1890 by sisters Lovinia and Zenobia Ewens of Vermont: 


The bow border just makes it! 



A60: Sunburst by Lura Clapp Allen, circa 1851:


My routine is to take a photo of the whole quilt, then any signage, then perhaps a closeup.  This helps me keep things straight when it comes to sharing the photos: 





Sunflower by Carrie M Carpenter, 1861 (collection of the Shelburne Museum): 


What is not to love about this quilt?? 



One more.  This Medallion Summer Spread knocked my socks off: (collection of the Vermont Historical Society).  I'm surprised that it hasn't been dated, even approximately.  Fellow gawkers and I estimate 1840's... earlier?








Soft, sweet, whimsical... wish I'd taken 100 snapshots. 

After seeing the antique quilts, I immediately went to find the Sashiko quilt I had entered into the festival. 


 It earned a third place ribbon,  like a "grade" from the judges.  Each quilt is scored on its own merit so there were many many third place ribbons.  My first ribbon since, I don't know, middle school! ha ha.  


 I'm nervous and curious about the judges' feedback, having never entered a quilt into a judged show.  Makes me want to step up my game!  



All in all it was a fun day for me.  I went back to the antique quilts several times.  

Another highlight was the Gwen Marston exhibit which I will post about next.  And speaking of Gwen Marston... are you working on your border for the "Gwennie Inspired Medallion" challenge?
 We will link up on July 1!  It is never too late to join in!  Click here to see many beautiful basket centers on Lori's blog.  Check out Instagram #GMmedallionQAL 





20 comments:

  1. congratulations Cynthia!
    Your quilt looked lovely!

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  2. Wow! A third place ribbon at VT is something to be very proud of. You may have seen a lot of ribbons, but they award on merit and yours is spectacular! I have vowed to never miss the VT show again! I love the antique medallion as well. Oh - another project? Not at this juncture!

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  3. Thanks for taking us along to the show. Congratulations on your ribbon!

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  4. I'm so glad your quilt won a ribbon. It takes great self confidence to enter a show and have your work critiqued. Your quilt looks awesome, proudly displaying it's ribbon.

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  5. Congratulations for your ribbon ! Your quilt is stunning and it's well deserved !
    Thank you for sharing !

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  6. Thanks for showing these lovely quilts. I think yours is beautiful!

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  7. Congratulations on your ribbon! What wonderful old quilts - especially love the Sunflower and the pink Medallion quilts!

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  8. Congratulations on your ribbon! Thanks for the eye candy.

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  9. Congrats on your ribbon! Your quilt is stunning with its beautiful sashiko. Thanks for sharing pics of the antique quilts. Interesting medallion!

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  10. Congratulations on your ribbon - your quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for all the inspiring antique eye-candy!

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  11. Stunning quilt you've made! and congratulations on your ribbon!!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures, too!!!

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  12. Congratulations! Wish I could have seen the show in person but thanks to your photos at least I got a virtual visit! Display that ribbon with pride!

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  13. IMHO I think the medallion quilt looks earlier and possibly English.....Anyone else have thoughts?

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  14. Congratulations on your ribbon and thanks for the antique quilt photos.....VQF always has great antique quilt displays!

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  15. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon! Lovely, wish I could have seen it in person.

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  16. I only entered a quilt once and just being accepted was an award for me. The reviews were all good but no prize. I think your ribbon was well deserved.

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  17. Congrats on your ribbon and thanks for sharing these beauties.

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  18. the medallion spread looks sooo much like a di ford pattern too...

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  19. Thanks again for sharing, love Lillian's quilt so simple but wow what impact it has. Your sashiko quilt looks fabulous hanging there, it must have made a lot of visitors stop in their stride seeing it hung there in all its glory. Cheers Glenda

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  20. How exciting to win your ribbon! Well done! My favourite antique quilt is the Sunflowers ~ beautiful. Thanks again for sharing for those that are overseas and don't get to see first hand shows like this.

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