Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meet Florence

41.4" x 37.25" Reproduction
This post is dedicated to the extraordinary work of Florence McConnell. In addition to making quilts, Florence is a quilt historian and collector from California.

The first reproduction quilt is one of my all time favorites! Imagine my delight when I was able to meet the maker and see more of her work.

Florence made this quilt for the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) 19th Century Star Study. The original quilt is in the collection of the New England Quilt Museum.

Photos, history and the pattern can be found in the book, "Stars! A Study of 19th Century Star Quilts" by the American Quilt Study Group.  Kansas City Star Books.
You will want to read about the connection to Lizzie Borden!

Florence made this doll quilt for fun, using some of her favorite reproduction fabrics.

It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The design show cases the border prints.

The Chintz Stars reproduction quilt also showcases reproduction prints from early 19th century textiles.

Over 60 reproduction prints were used in this quilt.

Notice the setting triangles on the left edge - inspired by an antique quilt. The Calico and Chintz book, puts the original at c.1830.

It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

36.75" x 54.75" Reproduction

The Irish Bear Paw Puzzle was recreated with permission from Stella Rubin HERE.
Florence used it for her AQSG Colonial Revival quilt study project.

The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted.  Read the history of the pattern and see this quilt in the book, "Revival! A study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts" by Kansas City Star books.  The book includes the pattern for this quilt.

The entire quilt is so striking - the setting and and edge treatment!

There's more!

31" Square

For the 2015 AQSG Civil War Quilt Study, Florence chose a Peony Appliqué Crib Quilt (with written permission) from the New England Quilt Museum collection. (#1999.10).
This quilt is currently touring the country with the AQSG Civil War Study Exhibit - September 15 to December 15, 2016 it will be at the DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan
It is included in the book,
"In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850-1865".

One of a pair, you will enjoy reading about the quilt.

If you are going to "Maine Quilts" - Augusta, Maine to the Pine Tree Quilters Show July 29-31, Florence has two quits in the exhibit, "Little Quilts From Antique Inspirations".

She sent her full size original and her small reproduction for the exhibit. The little quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted.

I would love to see this exhibit but cannot, so if you go, please share photos.

33" x 55" Grandma's Quilt

Florence has a quilt from her childhood.

It was made by her grandmother in the 1950's.
Made in a small size for a child at 33" x 55".  Florence remembers as a child thinking it was a huge quilt. It is tied and has a thin blanket for filling.

Florence didn't see her grandmother often, she lived far away. Perhaps the quilt was a way to wrap some long distance love around a grandchild.
Fabric detail
Attendees of the 2016 AQSG Seminar will see some of Florence's antique quilts.

Isn't Florence's work amazing?
Have a great week,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

SVBAQ Lily Block

The 15th of the month is link up time for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.

Be sure and check the project blog HERE.

Also the Facebook Page HERE.

Besides all of the wonderful show and tell, we have some exciting announcements coming up.

If you would like photos of your project posted on the blog or Facebook, feel free to email them to me and I can post them for you. If you are a blogger and need help linking up - I can help with that as well.
Happy stitching!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day America!
Enjoy your 4th of July.

I hung some of my indigo quilts and added red accents
to celebrate the July 4th holiday.

Maybe I need to shop for the red, white and blue
quilts for next year.
Have a wonderful July, whether you celebrate
the 4th holiday of not.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

May Part 3

In our May travels, we also made arrangements for a private presentation from collector, historian and author Ann Hermes. You can visit Ann's blog, Notes From The Quilt Lab - HERE.

Ann has a world class collection of antique American doll and crib quilts, doll and children's dresses and well as treasured accessories like cradles and cupboards.

I had been to Ann's lecture and presentation at the Temecula Quilt Company a few years ago. It was a packed room at that event.  Arranging our own event, we were spoiled to have Ann to ourselves.

Ann is available for lectures and trunk shows - you can contact her through her blog.  HERE

We opted for the doll quilt trunk show.
Ann's patterns for some of her little quilts have been published in American Patchwork and Quilting, Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and Quiltmania.

Her book, "Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures" is available in her Easy shop along with some of her reproduction doll quilts and antique finds. HERE.

It was a wonderful, inspiring time - we enjoyed every minute.

Our only question - When's the next book coming out?

There was additional show and tell at my house during the May Event.

Shona brought her finished Catherine's Garden BOM quilt.

She used Moda Mustard yellow ground fabric, with reproduction prints. Her quilt is beautifully hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

In this photo, you can see the medallion setting of Catherine's Garden on the wall.

Both quilts are patterned from an 1855 quilt in our collection.
Great work Shona - It is a beautiful quilt!

Thank you to everyone who was part of my May 2016 - It was a very special month!
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Month 9
I love sunflowers, they are such bright and happy flowers.
This is my sunflower block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.

There are so many lovely SVBAQs in the works. I am in awe at the variety of beautiful fabric combinations and sizes.
I opted to do the petals with a single circle of fabric. First the green appliqué. I cut out the center of the green out to reduce bulk, leaving the ground fabric uncut. Next, I basted the yellow over the finished green petals. This reduces the chance of the darker green fabric showing through the final yellow center.
All one yellow fabric, you can see a variety HERE.

I've appliqued sunflowers before.
On my Memory of Morris quilt (HERE)

I used at least six prints in the sunflower petals.

The MoM quilt was started in 2007, also a group project where we all chose our own fabrics. I did this project using freezer paper on top. I now back baste all of my appliqué.

Sunflowers remind me of road trips through the Midwest with acres of sunflower heads sparkling in the sun.

When the kids were little we planted sunflowers in a circle. When they reached full height we tied them at the top to create a tipi.

Do you have a sunflower block? Quilt? Garden?
Planning one?
Please take a minute and share by leaving a comment.

Have a great week,

Please join us, you can order your pattern HERE.