I’ve spent the last four months hand quilting this quilt top, made by my great-great grandmother, Anne Powell Coonley (1820-1916). This is third of Grandma Coonley’s quilt tops I’ve completed, with three more to go. I would estimate it was sewn between 1880-1900 and it’s pretty fragile. Grandma Coonley was quite the proper lady and not one you messed with. Her granddaughter, my maternal grandmother, was scared to death of her! But because she was so revered (or feared), many of her…Continue
This wall hanging was made from 9 Dresden plate blocks from the 1940s. I bought them from a friend with an antique store. Each block was made of 4 smaller fan blocks, so I took the big blocks apart and rearranged the fans into the baby bunting pattern. The fans were appliquéd on muslin and looked a little drab, so I appliquéd the blue quarter circles on each fan to perk them up a bit. It’s machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted and measures about 31” square. …Continue
I finished this baby quilt on New Year’s Day, so I’m hoping it’s a good omen for quilts to come. I purchased this vintage top at a white elephant sale last summer for $4. What a buy! It was long and skinny and needed some pep. After taking it apart and handwashing the embroidered blocks, I saw, very faintly, some background printing on block 9. Turns out that the maker used bleached flour sacks from the Great American Pacific Tea Company (otherwise know as the A & P) for her fabric. I…Continue
I purchased this vintage quilt top at an antique mall two years ago. It has 36 blocks in various colors. The stitching is excellent! I've been unsuccessfully trying to find the name of the pattern or see other examples. Any ideas?
In the early 1920s, my grandmother Virginia bought the house on 18 Mountain Road, with her mother and sister. She was teaching nearby while the others cared for the house. In 1924, Virginia married a widower named Benjamin. He moved into the house, along with his young son and his father. Virginia and Benjamin had three more children, one dying in infancy. Their…Continue
I made this small crazy quilt to honor the memory of my grandmother and her siblings. Their mother died in Dec. 1904, and their father immediately took the children to his family’s farm in New York, before leaving them and returning to Wisconsin a month later. The children were split up and taken in by four families in different towns. What was unusual was that the…Continue
For all of you in the Chicagoland area, the International Quilt Festival will be returning to Rosemont next June. The dates are June 21-23, 2013, with a preview night of June 20th. This show will be in addition to the one in Ohio. Here's the link with the details. Welcome back, IQF! We've missed you!!