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:
"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