Sunday, July 31, 2011

Little Red Toile and Scrimshaw Needlework Tools

In my quest to fill a gallery wall with little quilts I have book marked nearly everything in the book:
Small Endearments by Sandi Fox

(Like the painter's tape?)
I've completed this little red toile quilt and am auditioning it for a spot on the wall.

I'm hesitant to hang it because the new Moda line 'Lately Arrived From London' has a few prints I will use to re-make it in...but then I have to wait for fall (September) to get my preorder!  I'll probably hang it and swap out the newer version at some point.

This one is about 10" x 12"
Machine pieced and hand quilted.
My version has narrow binding.

The original in the book is much larger.  Also a tempting option, to really show off the beauty of the fabrics.

I love the early 19th century fabrics and am looking forward to the new reproductions.

If you like these too, you may be interested in:
The Great Lake Seaway Trail War of 1812 Quilt Challenge blog.  I've enjoyed their posts.

We recently visited the Bower's Two Centuries of Quilts Exhibit.  I had seen the same quilts last year in their exhibit, but is was great to see them again.  A couple of them have inspired me to continue building my stash of silk for a future quilt.

Whenever I visit an exhibit I enjoy the 'extras' along the way.  On this day it was the Scrimshaw exhibit (limited time) with a case of needlework tools.  (Double click on the photos to enlarge them)


Assortment of Tools

Seam Sealer

Great Left Handed Ruler
What exhibit has most recently inspired you?  I would probably say the Red & White in NYC, but those ideas are all still in my head!

Have a great week!


  1. I love your little quilt!!! So pretty! And those scrimshaw tools -- that whale clamp is spectacular! Wow! How cool is that! So when does the Lately Arrived line come out? I can't wait!

  2. Would never have thought such a little quilt could look so sophisticated!
    Wish I could visit that museum.
    In December, my daughter and I drove down to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to see quilts from the Winterthur Collection. It was worth the trip. Winterthur is now on my short list of places to visit.

  3. Love that book too, and your little quilt is quite charming! I'm with Margaret....that whale clamp is fantastic, is the superstructure it supports some sort of yarn spinning tool do you think?

  4. oh yes the REd and white exhibit for me was just amazing, it took me weeks to absorb all I saw.
    Actually I am still thinking about some of those quilts almost on a daily basis. I have seen some amazing quilts at a local historical society recently that was displayed.
    I love seeing your sewing tools as well as the ones from this exhibit. I am finding myself considering a collection of antique sewing tools and the antique doll or salesmen's sewing machines. I see going to a few antique shows and shops in my near future!

  5. I do love that book...and that is a sweat reproduction you made. The red and white exhibit prompted me to pull some red from the stash and start planning...I also have a photo from a quilt I a few weeks ago that is haunting me...

  6. You've made another charming little quilt Dawn!
    The scrimshaw exhibit is amazing!!Love the needleholders.

    I've been inspired by the Sisters quilt show, esp the variety of antique quilts. I can't get enough of them!!

  7. Love that little quilt. You always do such a good job on them.
    There used to be quilt shows held in my area in conjunction with a heritage festival. I loved the vintage quilts and reproduction quilts the most! Unfortunately, that ended several years ago with the demise of the festival.

  8. You have made another darling quilt! Hope you show a picture of them all together. Really enjoyed your scrimshaw pictures - ship handwork has always fascinated me. I really enjoyed the state fair quilt exhibit recently, and an exhibit of Amish quilts at the de Young museum in San Francisco that I got to see a couple of years ago was amazing!

  9. A great little quilt.

    I have been admiring photos of Barbara Brackman's new line too.

  10. The SeamSealer looks impressive. Maybe that's what I need for my thick seams.


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