Some of the best memories from Quilt Market happen OUTSIDE of Quilt Market!
As authors, instructors and designers – we are QUILTERS first. And we often don’t get enough time during the year to be in the same place at the same time. But when things like Quilt Market happen, we gather from all 4 corners of the globe and though our days are busy with obligations to do a book signing here, give a schoolhouse there, film a video tutorial at this time, or do a demo at this booth at this time, the EVENINGS are ours, and we grab them and run with it.
Lori from Humble Quilts and I have been friends for nigh on 20 years now. She flew into Houston to work Festival, and our itineraries BARELY overlapped. We had one evening to share starting at 8pm because of a meeting she had, and I was flying OUT the next day.
Linda Collins of Quilts in the Barn from Australia invited us over for a bed turning of antique quilts and to share not only the beauteous antiques, but also her inspirations from them. We could not be more thrilled!
We checked Lori’s luggage in with the concierge at the Hilton and trotted down the street to the Embassy Suites where Linda and Maree were staying.
Oh, the anticipation as each layer of quilts was unveiled revealing another breath catching beauty beneath.
Antique Log Cabin!
We loved that bottle green stripe!
There is so much you can learn from studying antique quilts. First and foremost….forget the perfection. And contrast? Sometimes it’s highly over-rated!
And it’s okay if similar things sit side by side!
It adds interest!
Linda’s recreation in a different size. LOVE IT!
I’ll never get tired of the simplicity and intricacy of a log cabin quilt. If you are in a slump, just get in there and make some blocks. These only require 3 fabrics each, 2 for the logs and one for the center. Linda’s book Treasures from the Barn will get you on your way!
Linda doing some ‘splaining!
The lights of downtown Houston are in the background through the window. Such a modern bustling contrast to the antique quilts!
Star too big? JUST CUT IT OFF!
Maree sharing the hand-dyed backing.
Little Boy’s Britches!
Lori pointing out her favorite bits.
And see what’s underneath?
Even a mini version!
And quilt after quilt was revealed.
We marveled at the fabrics. We touched the stitches, joining centuries past with our own.
What would these makers think of our oohing and ahhing?
This one had us turning cartwheels!
Aged and deteriorating, it is still beautifully magnificent.
Look at the block quilting.
Circles and curved lines. Lovely.
Talking about scale and angle with our eve favorite tumblers!
See the fabric with the bell?
Centennial Fabric! 1876!
The border diamonds are large half-square triangles.
Linda is pointing out some “frugal piecing” to make a piece big enough to cut that one triangle out of. Quilters used fabric however they had to to make it work. Many of these were pieced in mirror-image so that the stripes aligned – can you see?
Make your border long enough, and just cut it off
Antique Album Love!
Love these fabric prints.
And this one, biggie sized! THAT FLORAL!
So glad I got to see you, Lori!
And thanks to Linda and Maree for the beautiful bed turning!
If you are interested in recreating any one of these beautiful antiques, please as for Linda’s book “Treasures From The Barn” at your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer. It’s published by Quiltmania, known for their beautiful books on vintage and antique quilts.
This is a long long post, so I’m not going to throw a lot of “around here” detail in.
This is where I spent my yesterday!
And THESE are on their way to you!
Most of these went to the post office before they closed yesterday afternoon. Just a handful will be filled this morning so it is safe to say that invoice box #7 is DONE! On to box #8 today.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
During the month of November I like to focus on one thing each day that I am really grateful for. After returning from Quilt Market in Houston, today I am especially thankful for friends! They make me want to be a much better person through their examples. And I’m also thankful that Linda was kind enough to let me share the photos of the quilts from her book with you!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!