Monday, July 11, 2011

Antique Quilt Paradise!

THIS is the MECCA spot of our yearly visit to the Sisters, Oregon Quilt Show……We’ve been coming for years, and this is the first place we always hit --- early, early, up with the birds.

Many of the quilts aren’t even hung yet when we arrive, eager to see what lovelies will stop us in our tracks as we help unfold, spread out, discover. And we weren’t disappointed!

Remember my telling you that it was something silly like 38 degrees when we woke up on Saturday morning? It didn't deter us from getting in there and seeing all there was to see! The sun did warm up through the day, all the way to about a blissful 81 degrees. I wimped out....wore long jeans and a sweatshirt, but Lori and Randy are seasoned Oregonians and came in SHORTS!

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The charm for me about photographing this booth is also the “Forest” approach. I love seeing all of the quilts folded and hung side by side…even more than I love seeing them all spread out individually. Look at these beauties!!

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Everywhere you turn, wonderful quilts are hung from tent rails, on fences, folded in piles….Some simply, some extravagant….each one a masterpiece!

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Some pieced, some applique, some a combination of both….colors? Oh yes, every color under the sun, and just not one specific time period, but everything from early early 1800’s into the 1950’s!

I am in love with that birds in the air quilt on the bed! Isn’t it great??

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Lots of close ups of blocks for study! This one didn’t come home with me, it was outside my price range, but I just LOVED it!

Click to view the block close ups! Weeeee!

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This quilt was also on the bed when I walked into the booth ((The quilts are stacked many high on the bed, princess and the pea style!)) And if you were walking by it, I’m sure you would have thought to yourself….Oh, Bonnie is going to LOVE this one! And you would have been right! Isn’t it great?

There was one other string star that really caught my eye…..not quite as old as this one, but the use of the tiny tiny strings was just SO fun!

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Look at these little tiny slivers added in hodge podge fashion to these string star diamonds! It just sparkles!

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I didn’t get a full pic of this one as there was no where to lay it out at this point, but I just was in love with how she almost sewed the strips log cabin or braid style to the diamonds. FUN!

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Love the bits of solid red that sparkle here and there….and I think you can see a bit from the red border, that the border was pretty shredded. Great for pics and inspiration but not one that I wanted to take home.

There are more! But take some time to click to view the photos full size….they are wonderful!

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Hanging with these girls is just a riot! Here is Randy discovering HER purchases for the day!

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Lori, fondling a fabulous border print on an 1800s ohio star with very BRIGHT Chrome Yellow!

And I want to get back to sewing, and we want to take a long walk this morning….so I’ll let you drool over these a while and there will be more to post later!