>>>>

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Festival of Quilts, Day 2!

20180810_110636
I had one destination – a MUST DO, MUST SEE quilt that has taken the historic quilt loving world by storm -

The 1718 coverlet!

Disclaimer disclaimer – my photos can never do this quilt justice.

In order to prevent strain on the fragile fibers (THERE IS NO HANGING SLEEVE, FOLKS! – This is 300 years old!) the quilt was displayed flat with protective plastic on top to keep it from air, and curious fingers.

You can read more about the 1718 coverlet in the book of the same name by Susan Briscoe HERE.

20180811_065119

The curated exhibit was fabulously arranged!

20180810_110548

Best view I could get.

20180810_110353

There were large detailed close ups on the walls to help us see what we were missing.

You could see every stitch – every fiber of the delicate silk.

1718!  So incredible.

20180810_111036

Sample of similar patchwork with writing.

20180810_110913

Yes, it was worth waiting in long queues to pay homage to the unknown quilter
who signed her quilt simply with the initials EH, 1718.

1718coverlet

“The 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet is one of the earliest known dated patchworks, and is constructed in the mosaic patchwork tradition of piecing over papers. The initials 'E.H' and the date '1718' can be found in a central block, and the rest of the blocks contain geometric designs or representative motifs that include people, flowers, hearts, pheasants, deer, cats, swans, and a lion and a unicorn.The Coverlet was in the possession of the Brown family of Aldbourne, Wiltshire prior to purchase by The Guild in 2000, but unfortunately no details about the maker, 'E.H' have been discovered.” [source]

Click the photo above and you will visit the Quilter’s Guild collection page where you can mouse over each block and see it biggie sized.  It really helped me to see what I was missing from the exhibit due to the light, the people, the plastic.

20180811_065604

Incredible quilts were everywhere!

I loved this vintage photo that is pixelated from OTHER photos all joined together.  The work was just astounding.

20180810_102939

Her face closer.

20180810_102956

And closer still!

20180811_064628

Amazing applique and fine hand piecing

(no, not paper pieced!)

20180811_064711

Glorious color!

There are too many quilts to share, too many words to describe them and how they made me feel.  I could be here forever writing about them and we are boarding our bus soon for Stratford Upon Avon.

I have compiled our 2 days at the festival into the video below.  I’ll be talking more about these quilts, the ones that really touched me in the days to come when I get home. 

Click to play:


Remember, this isn't a documentary of the show or showing every quilt - just an overview of things that caught my eye.

20180811_065521

My favorite!  I kept coming back to this one and looking at all the fabrics.

20180810_103445

I KNOW these fabrics.

They are found along the timeline of my life as a quilter!

20180811_065458

Thank you Sheila Devereaux!!

20180810_135753

Book Signing!

This is me and my friend Mandy Adams – we’ve emailed back and forth over the past while trying to coordinate when I was going to be there, so she could be there and we could meet in person!  We are also celebrating her birthday, and I hope it was a happy one for her!

Funny funny funny ---I needed to get to my book signing by 2pm.  The line for the ladies restroom was clear down the hall, so taking charge of the emergency, Mandy and her sister escorted me into the men’s room, keeping the men out so that I could get business done quickly and make it back to the Kaleidoscope books booth in time to sign books!  I laughed SO HARD!

Thanks ladies, it was great meeting both of you!

There will be so much more to come – I’ve just run out of time!

IMG_20180811_073203_111

Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Antique hexagon quilt From the 1718 Coverlet exhibit, Festival of Quilts Birmingham, UK

Keep your focus on the progress, not the setbacks!

Saturday – let’s go!


23 comments:

  1. What beautiful and amazing quilts especially that 1718 coverlet! Everyone is so talented. Thank you for letting us see the show through your eyes. SFe travels to your next destination!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My names is Cathy i want to testify about the great spell caster called Priest Ade my husband and i have been married for 5 years now we don't have a child and the doctor told us i can't give birth because my womb have been damaged due to wrong drugs prescription this got me so worried and my husband was not happy so he decided to get married to another girl and divorce me i was so sad i told my friend about it she told me about a powerful spell caster she gave me his email address well i never believe in it that much though i just decided to give him a try and he told me it will take 24hrs to get my husband back to me and i will get pregnant i doubted him the 3rd day my husband came back to me and was crying he said he didn't want the divorce anymore 3 weeks after the doctor confirmed that i was pregnant he can also help you contact him at

      ancientspiritspellcast@yahoo.com or ancientspiritspellcast@gmail.com

      Blog: effectivespell1.blogspot.com

      Website ancientspiritspellcast.website2.me

      WhatsApp +2347059715465





















































































































































































































































































































      Delete
  2. Such wonderful quilts! Thankyou for sharing your experience at the quilt festival.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you Bonnie for the photos and video (loved the music, so soothing after a busy day). Happy tripping, would love to be there.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the extra photos - some of which I hadn't time to see.
    I thought it sad that the coverlet was on the flat - the other year another very old quilt was just slightly tilted - which removed the glare from the overhead lighting. It was indeed hard to take a good photo - but you managed a good one - mine was done in halves and even then the lights reflected so well! LOL!
    The wedding quilt I think was celebrating 60 years - I assume it was to celebrate their wedding and had family and friends on each of the photos over that time. Most wonderful. Well, so many wonderful quilts! :D

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank You! The only way I will ever get to see these quilts. Love seeing them.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great photo's with wonderful stories - and I so love today's quote <3
    Have a great time in England -I'm only 140 miles away from you; so near but yet so far haha

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you for sharing. I will never be able to see these quilts in person. I appreciate your pictures and thoughts on them. Your favorite is a beauty. EPP is one of my most favorite things to do. So glad you all are having a wonderful trip.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Such beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I just was doing a bit of 'research' on the web and saw this on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_period
    I knew that tulip bulbs were once highly valued and were literally "like gold". When I noticed that the 1718 quilt had lots of tulip blocks, I wondered if that was the heyday of the tulip. I think I'm right and it also leads me to think that this quilt (Beside the fact that it's silk.) was done by someone who was in a wealthy family. History...love it!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for all the lovely photos! It's the next best thing to being there. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Bonnie, please take all your quotes and put them into a little perpetual daily calendar. The kind with a spiral binding that you can set on the kitchen shelf and change the page every day. They are golden nuggets of truth and wonderful little reminders of where we should be going with our thoughts, actions, and priorities. The backing quilts are a feast for the eyes, an added bonus for us quilt lovers. Please??
    Love the pictures and your thoughts from the quilt festival! Thank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a great adventure you and your fellow quilters are on. You are all on an amazing journey. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  13. That 300-year-old quilt!! Wow! Aside from the care taken to protect from air and handling, I am surprised at how well lit the area is. I saw George Washington's war tent, and a very enthusiastic docent explained the short viewing time and low light -- the conservator allowed a very tight annual budget of lumen exposure. Amazing what light can do to fabric over time. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful quilts and their effect on you -- me too. Things to think about while we stitch on our own fabric treasures.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    At our state quilt show a few years ago, I found a restroom with a paper sign on the door that said 'women'. Once inside (after spotting the urinals), I realized they turned the men's room into the ladies' room! That was a funny feeling, wondering if I'd gone into the wrong room. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I too am enjoying the trip via my chair. I agree with the person who thought this coverlet was from a wealthy family. I had thought that the fabrics used were top quality to start with which might have helped with its ability to last so long. I'm ready for the next part of "my" trip with you. Joyce Skinner

    ReplyDelete
  16. So lovely to see your photos -- especially those very special ones of the 300-year-old quilt. I was blessed to meet Susan (Sue) Briscoe last fall in Scotland, when I took a sashiko-on-tartan class with her as part of the Celtic Quilt Tour with which I was travelling. Great fun! She is a unique and interesting person -- and clearly her interests are wide!

    I say this because I made a wedding quilt for my son and his bride (married in July 2016) that took the block pattern's from Sue's book, Japanese Taupe Quilts. Knowing I was taking this class on our tour, I brought her a page of photos of the quilt (including it finished, on their bed), and an extra one for her to sign for me. That one is now affixed to the inside of the book. A real treat indeed!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Sorry we missed you today at FOQ! We didn’t realise you were signing books until it was too late! We had a fabulous day and hope you did too!

    ReplyDelete
  18. My names is Cathy i want to testify about the great spell caster called Priest Ade my husband and i have been married for 5 years now we don't have a child and the doctor told us i can't give birth because my womb have been damaged due to wrong drugs prescription this got me so worried and my husband was not happy so he decided to get married to another girl and divorce me i was so sad i told my friend about it she told me about a powerful spell caster she gave me his email address well i never believe in it that much though i just decided to give him a try and he told me it will take 24hrs to get my husband back to me and i will get pregnant i doubted him the 3rd day my husband came back to me and was crying he said he didn't want the divorce anymore 3 weeks after the doctor confirmed that i was pregnant he can also help you contact him at

    ancientspiritspellcast@yahoo.com or ancientspiritspellcast@gmail.com

    Blog: effectivespell1.blogspot.com

    Website ancientspiritspellcast.website2.me

    WhatsApp +2347059715465

    ReplyDelete
  19. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
    My Name Olivia Stephen form Tx,USA. After 12years of marriage, me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. I felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids. Then from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr Unity. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet that Dr.Unity real and powerful spell caster who i will always pray to live long to help his children in the time of trouble, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
    Call/WhatsApp: +2348071622464 ,
    Email: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,
    Website:https://unityspelltmple.blogspot.com .

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you for sharing your photos from the Festival of Quilts. I LOVED seeing the 1718 Coverlet and all the different interpretations of it. I am surprised at how modern it seems.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Awsome post!! Your so lucky to be able to see this 😊 I love quilt history. Sending hugs from across the pond 🇨🇦

    ReplyDelete
  22. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
    My Name Olivia Stephen form Tx,USA. After 12years of marriage, me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. I felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids. Then from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr Unity. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet that Dr.Unity real and powerful spell caster who i will always pray to live long to help his children in the time of trouble, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
    Call/WhatsApp: +2348071622464 ,
    Email: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,
    Website:https://unityspelltmple.blogspot.com .

    ReplyDelete

Did you know that ad space on this blog provides for all of the free patterns and free mysteries and challenges at no cost to you?

Thank you for understanding the many hours that go into this blog every day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. :)