Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quilts That Settled The West 1840-1870

I had a fabulous Wednesday afternoon - took a break from unpacking and attended:
Quilts That Settled The West 1840-1870, presentation by Jeananne Wright.
If you are looking for programs for your group, she has many to chose from.
Look at the stacks of quilts we got to see and hear about I lost count of how many!
The Brass Armadillo (Denver CO) hosted the presentation.
It was taped by iAntiques.com so maybe the program will be archived.

Jeananne does portions of her presentation 'in character' beginning with earlier quilts in her collection.
She weaves entertainment, history and beauty into a memorable experience.
Signature quilts with names in cross stitch
Many times as I look at the Rockies, and I think about seeing them from a wagon for the first time - the courage it took to keep going.  
I think I would have asked my DH if we couldn't just stop here in Colorado and make a go of it!
It probably would have something like, "You want us, and this wagon to cross that?"

Signature Blocks - each inked/signed and dated
Fascinating to think how much history each of these quilts holds.

Beautiful blocks, sashing and borders
So many stacks of quilts we were running out of places to put them!
I volunteered to help hold and fold the quilts - lucky me - up close and personal.

Small Blocks - I think they are less than 6"
String Star Quilt - Diamond Setting
I've been thinking of making a string quilt and I love this setting - small scale stars, interesting setting and wonderful setting prints....hmmmm  Maybe a new winter project...

This is just a very small sampling of the quilts Jeananne brought for this presentation.  I was so busy holding and looking I only took a couple dozen pictures.  She has several other presentations and oh, so so many more beautiful quilts and stories filled with history.  When you have the opportunity be sure to attend her presentations.  

And yes, as usual I never leave the Brass Armadillo empty handed - I'm saving that for another post.  What do you think I brought home?

Have a great week.


16 comments:

Margaret said...

Sounds like a wonderful presentation! Love seeing all the quilts. Beautiful!

Doniene said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! What a real treasure to experience holding those absolutely fabulous quilts!!! Such inspiration - can't look too much, I have MANY winter/spring/summer/fall projects!! LOL Thanks for sharing!!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Thanks for the wonderful show of these treasured vintage quilts, Dawn! Oh my,sure would like to own one.

:) Carolyn

Libby said...

One of the many benefits of being a tall girl is getting to be a quilt holder *s* What a wonderful program this must have been - I see a few that I would have wished could come home with me! Thank you for sharing.

Lady Locust said...

OOOOOoooohhhh, Aaaaaaahhh, droooooling - thanks for sharing.
JoeyLea
http://thelocustblossom.blogspot.com/

Ann-Mari said...

You sure were a lucky girl. I would voluntier to hold these quilts anytime.
What did you bring home??
Hm, maybe a antique quilt????
Looking forward to your post about that.

Mayleen said...

Beautiful quilts! It sounds like it was a wonderful program. There's definitely one that I wish were mine!

Janet O. said...

That would be such a cool presentation. I had to laugh when you said you volunteered to help hold the quilts--came as no surprise. She'd better check her inventory and make sure they all made it back in her bags. : )
What did you bring home from the Brass Armadillo (love that name)? Maybe, possibly some repros?

audrey said...

Wow! Sounds like a great presentation. Wonderful quilts!

libbyquilter said...

is the brass armadillo a quilt/fabric store? i'm curious what you are going to reveal in regards to your shopping.

thank you for sharing parts of what looks to have been a fabulous "show". such excellent examples of older quilts~!

it's good to have finally gotten a moment to visit your sensational blog. i've really missed being able to check in more often so i did a bit of back reading . . . wonderful posts, each and every one.

:-)
libbyQ

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Oh, wow....what a fantastic presentation to have been a part of! And you got to hold the quilts no less!

Thank you for such great pictures. The turkey tracks (?) and the string quilts are my favorites because of the scrappy nature of them. I really like the fabric of the alternate blocks in the turkey track quilt.

I'm guessing you brought back something to add to your needlework/pincushion collection? :)

Oh, so much fun!! Thanks for sharing.

Judy

Kyle said...

I've hear Jeananne several times and she is always so Informative and entertaining. And I never leave the Brass Armadillo empty handed either! Glad you had fun.

Lori said...

What a fantastic trunk show!!

Kyle said...

I've hear Jeananne several times and she is always so Informative and entertaining. And I never leave the Brass Armadillo empty handed either! Glad you had fun.

Kyle said...

I've hear Jeananne several times and she is always so Informative and entertaining. And I never leave the Brass Armadillo empty handed either! Glad you had fun.

Mary said...

I wish I could have been there with you! This looks like a fascinating presentation. The quilts you showed are wonderful and seem to be in such good condition. Thanks for always being so kind and sharing pictures with us.