Monday, May 22, 2017

The Mary Schafer Collection


The month of May has been filled with wonderful quilt adventures.
I am posting out of order - so you have an opportunity to go see the exhibits still open
The Mercer Museum has "The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History"
(The official details and links are at the bottom of this post)


It is a wonderful exhibit with antique quilts Mary collected, time span quilts she finished
and quilts Mary made or collaborated on.
I appreciated the gallery seating! 
I was able to study and enjoy each quilt at my leisure and comfort.

Mary documented the name of the piecer of the quilt on the front in ink.
Matilda Godfrey Vary - Piecer, Mary Schafer - Finisher, Ida Pullman - Quilter
1876 top - finished in 1980

 About two centuries of fabrics are represented
across her collection of quilts.

There is something for everyone - I saw adults and children of all 
ages enjoying the exhibit.

Seating and copies of the books about Mary are in the gallery
and for sale in the gift shop.
Surrounded by the quilts, you can enjoy the books.

There are several special activities planned throughout the exhibit.
The day I was there, one of the sponsors, Barbara Fighera Harrison was
demonstrating hand quilting for the public. 
She had demos and 'quilt sandwiches' for the public to try hand quilting.
Check the museum website for other special events: Appraisal Day, Quilt Themed Lectures and special activities for children.

What are quilts without the supplies to make them?
This wonderful case included blocks, scissors, inking tools and 
quilt frame clamps - from the Mercer collection.


It is a wonderful exhibit and I hope you have a chance to see it.  
Thanks to the generous support of donors it was able to travel to Doylestown.  I do not know where it travels next, or if it returns to Michigan State University Museum for storage.

Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Books:
Mary Schafer, American Quilt Maker by Gwen Marston
Mary Schafer and Her Quilts by Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham


Official Press Release:
THE MERCER MUSEUM PRESENTS
THE MARY SCHAFER COLLECTION: A LEGACY OF QUILT HISTORY
Exhibit showcases an important early collector, designer and popularizer of quilts


DOYLESTOWN, PA: (April 28, 2017) – The Mercer Museum will host The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History, an exhibition that explores the life and work of an important early collector, designer, maker, and popularizer of quilts and quilting traditions. The show will be on view at the Mercer from May 13 – August 13, and will feature 25 quilts that reflect the varying aspects of Schafer’s interests and work, from the nineteenth-century quilts she collected and documented, to her own exquisite work, sometimes created in collaboration with other needleworkers.

Born in Austria-Hungary in 1910 and later immigrating to the United States, Mary Schafer would become one of an important group of women who kept quilt studies alive between World War II and the 1970s revival of interest in quilts. A resident of Michigan for most of her life, Schafer has long been recognized as one of the forerunners of quilt studies as well as the developer of one of the most important quilt history collections in the country.

The intricate and colorful quilts on display in The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History, are supplemented with biographical information that draws from Schafer’s collection of her own letters and other ephemera, acquired by the Michigan State University Museum. The result is an often very personal expression of her work, friendships and her lifelong efforts "to raise in popular esteem" the appreciation of quilts and their history.

Complementing the exhibition will be a variety of quilt-related programs. On May 13, Gwen Marston, author of Mary Schafer American Quilt Maker, will offer a lecture at 1 p.m. and gallery walk through the exhibit at 2:30 p.m.  An Antique and Vintage Quilt Appraisal Day with quilt experts Dana Balsamo and Dawn Heefner will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $30 (1 quilt per visitor).  Attendees can pre-register by calling 215-348-9461.  Author and quilter, Meg Cox offers an entertaining look at the history of quilting in the program What is a Quilt and Why You Should Make One on Thursday, June 15. The program is $12 per person.  For the complete schedule of quilt programs, visit the Mercer Museum’s online calendar of events at www.mercermuseum.org.

On display adjoining the quilt exhibition will be The Sharon Holloway Dollhouse and Miniatures Collection featuring five elaborate structures including a Mansard-roofed Victorian home, a Colonial Revival home (including a detached garage and gazebo), a country store and quilt shop, a Georgian Revival townhouse and garden setting, and a country vernacular structure complete with carpenter gothic trim.  Three of the buildings are electrified and all are fully furnished.  Each either opens, or is cutaway to reveal its highly-detailed interior.

The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History is included with museum admission. Mercer Museum admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65+) and $8 for youth (6-17). Under age 6 and members are free.

The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History is locally sponsored by:  Pine Run Retirement Community, Mary Jane Clemens, Jim and Kathy Morrison and Barbara Fighera Harrison.

About the Mary Schafer Collection
This traveling exhibition is a Michigan State University Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center, Michigan Traditional Arts Program activity supported in part by funds from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by Kitty Clark Cole and Country Stitches.  You can find more about Mary Schafer on these web pages: http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_special_schafer.html

About the Mercer Museum
The Mercer Museum, one of Bucks County’s premier tourist attractions, offers visitors a unique window into pre-Industrial America as seen through the implements used in everyday life.  The Museum’s collection includes more than 40,000 objects exhibiting the tools of more than 60 different crafts and trades, providing one of the world’s most comprehensive portraits of material culture in America.  The museum celebrated its Centennial in 2016. The Mercer Museum is located at Pine Street & Scout Way in Doylestown and is open for self-guided exploration 7 days a week. For more information, call 215-345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

You Are Invited


Please join me at any of my upcoming HEXAGON events!

August 15-16: Village Quilters of Lake Bluff/Lake Forest Illinois
       Click HERE to read about the guild         https://www.villagequilters.org
               (More on this event on a separate post)
              

August 26: Quit it & Dotty Shop Overloon, Netherlands
               Trunk Show, Lecture and Workshop
               Contact the shop to enroll HERE
               UPDATE:  Second Session Added
               Exclusively for Dotty I have workshop kits









The workshop kit includes 200+ fabric charms - meaning NONE of the fabric squares repeat. I chose a special color set in her favorite reproduction pallet of soft blues, pinks, greens, conversationals etc. All very special. The kit also includes 200+ hexagon papers, a  special template and case, layout pattern and design sheet. The little clip rounds out the kit.  Participants can change the layout of their project.  Dotty will have border options at the shop.  

The lecture includes MANY early 19th century hexagon quilts and counterpanes. Very special and many rare. Give your opinion as we examine 1000's of the fabric hexagons- - are some of the prints 18th century??
 This has been a very popular trunk show and lecture  that is informative fun and inspiring!

I bought these for my clothes so I can bring so many more quilts!
I am not sure they would be good for the quilts - my clothes - who cares!

I'll let you know how packing goes!


Hope to see you there!
Happy Stitching,
Dawn





I will also have our Appliqué patterns available. 
See applique details HERE.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hattem Hexagon

I finished another quilt from the book, Promenade in a Dutch Garden by Petra Prins and An Moonen.

The original quilt is dated c. 1840 and is still in the family.
The family is from the village of Hattem.  The quilt has passed through the female lines of the family. Sadly the original makers name is unknown.

The reproduction in the book used a neutral beige hexagon for the setting of the florets. I opted for the light blue setting hexagons to look more like the original.

The book has many photos of the original and reproduction.

For the border, I finally cut into some of my favorite fabrics, "Lately Arrived" a Barbara Brackman line by Moda.



I enjoyed digging in my fabric stash for the floret prints. I didn't try to match the exact prints in the
original.
The use of stripes in the original was very effective.  I used several stripes.
The book authors called the quilt Circle of Witches - I don't know why. Perhaps because the selective cut prints are so bewitching?
Hexagons can be addictive?  What do you think?
UPDATED: The name circle of witches (heksenkring) is also the name of a circle of mushrooms found in the forest, maybe that is where the name comes from.  Kleine Vingers




I did make some personal modifications.
The side edges I used half florets.
Unlike the original I finished the top and bottom edges with full florets.

I hand pieced the hexagon panel to the border.

I used 1/2" hexagon papers.
There are 839 hexagons in my quilt - including the partials.







The florets are sometimes selectively cut.
Others I made more scrappy. The setting blue is consistent throughout.

This was such a nice filler project - portable for travel and fun.

I have more hexagon projects in the works.
How about you?





It is hand quilted with a sewn edge finish.  I have a c.1830 hexagon quilt in my collection finished with this technique.  That makes this quilt another one  I have done 100% by hand.

I was very pleased to find this cotton that has the look of a hand loomed cotton/linen.

I'm adding a label and a sleeve this morning and it will be ready to travel!

Happy Stitching,
Dawn


See more of my Dutch Reproduction Quilts HERE.
Private Message me for available trunk shows, lectures and workshops.
Etsy Shop is HERE.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dressing a Canopy Doll Bed

Shona is dressing this wonderful doll bed.

I thought you would enjoy seeing the details,
and she agreed to share!
The canopy is in process, we can see that later.


The medallion center was cut from yardage and appliquéd onto the light fabric.

The center medallion finished at 6" square.
Isn't the hand quilting beautiful?

The medallion was cut from an Anna Griffin Jolie print.

The pillow case is hand embroidered with her monogram.
The stitching was done free hand - not using waste canvas.
Wonderful attention to detail.

Under the quilt are beautiful lace trimmed sheets.
The original ticking mattress was freshened and refilled.

The quilt is beautiful even off the bed.
Shona lightly pencils her hand quilting lines before stitching.
Note the lower corners are designed to accommodate a four poster bed.

The reproduction fabric squares were cut 2", finishing at 1.5"
They alternate light and dark.
Here you can see the quilt fit around the bed posts.

Thank you for sharing Shona!
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rose of Sharon SVBAQ Link Up Month 20


This is my Rose of Sharon block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt Along.

I loved using the time plaid for the leaves.
The stem was an older reproduction from the Smithsonian.

It has been such a fun project, it does not feel like month 20!

I am anxious to get it quilted.
I have an idea where I want to hang it - maybe by winter?
OK, maybe next winter.





I sometimes have the urge to straighten out the little details in these blocks.

But I love the quirkiness of the subtle differences between the flowers.

The bit of red and the small bits of yellow, as in nature, make this a beautiful block.

You can see more beautiful photos on the blog and Facebook Page.
HERE and HERE.
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Monday, April 10, 2017

Days For Girls

Saturday I had an opportunity to sew for Days For Girls (HERE).

It was a wonderful opportunity to step out of my box and do some machine work on brought fabrics.

Not only was I able to help in their efforts, I sewed fabrics I rarely use!  Flannels and batiks, also pretty pinks and rich purple prints.

I also sewed with polyester thread - which I had to dig deep for in some of the vintage sewing baskets I had. I was able to use up three spools of thread - that's a lot of seams.

We sat at tables with other stitchers so we had a nice time visiting throughout the day while we sewed.







Everything was all setup when we arrived and each work station was outfitted with tools and supplies.

This particular group meets three times a year.  The final kits from their work are delivered to Haiti. You can read more about their goals in the link above.

My friend donated a sewing machine for the solar powered sewing center they are finishing in Haiti. There, local women will sew these kits and sell various components for distribution by hospitals, educators and other non profits doing work in the area.  The high quality fabrics are hard to source on the island so I donated fabric along with my check and time sewing.







There were people serving as well as straight stitching.

The entire work room (church hall) was an array of beautiful color.







Each station was a different step in creating the final bag of supplies.

Non sewers helped cut and assemble.
The drawstring bags get the logo label of Days For Girls - helping girls stay in school and helping Haiti Work!

Have a great week,
Dawn
Links:
Helping Haiti Work (HERE)
Days For Girls (HERE)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Come On Over To My House - Part One

Antique Doll Quilt On New Hanger - Metal and Wood
Welcome!
I thought I would give you a little tour today.
We have been in the new house for four months and I am finally feeling - do I dare say it - settled?

Anyway, WELCOME!

I am frequently asked what I do with all of my quilts. The quilts I make I give away, use in my home and have a few stored for rotation.  In a future post I will share my storage.




This lighted sconce is between two doors in a hallway.
The little quilt easily clips off so I can rotate other little quilts.
Not archival, but I can clip acid free tissue under the clothes pins as needed.
Really cute at night with the light on and the soft glow on the
antique fabrics.


This is my Hexy Stars Quilt in the family room.
You can read more about it HERE.
I made a similar quilt for my son, HERE.
Another space I can rotate quilts.

This is one of many little vignettes in my studio area.
The green shelf is made of vintage wooden sewing spools.
This kitten on the post card is sewing little dresses.
The block and white photo is a couple with a bible and quilt block.
The doll dress is all hand sewn 19th century cotton - lots of detail!
The little dresser drawers have bits of fabrics and sewing treasures.

This is part of the back mud room.
The colorful quilt is opposite a bench and shoe cubbies.
A few times a year, this is another area I will rotate the quilt.
This quilt was used at an AQSG event. 
I smile when I think of friends who worked on that project -
quilts are wonderful memory keepers.


This is a c.1920s printed scarf I currently have in the powder room.
It was printed as a way to raise money as Colonial Williamsburg was 
being restored.  It is in an original frame - the framer left their information on the back.
I was able to research their business.

Another clue is the date of the Colonial Williamsburg mark on the back.
I can also see the fine selvage edge under the brown backing paper.
It was not framed for conservation and I have debated re-framing it.
It is hard, if not impossible to find fabrics today printed
with this amount of detail.
This design is currently being reprinted in sold and is pretty,
however, IMHO not near the quality.


Now, Let's head upstairs...

This has been in all of our homes
since, 1996. 
It is a reproduction - again, very fine cotton.
Reproductions today aren't as fine (IMHO)

In the niche on the left I have one of our tape looms.
On the right, a quilt that just about takes the entire wall.
I love the burst of color!
The neutral wall color is great for any quilt I want to hang.

On another hall wall I have a star quilt.
It doesn't hang as perfectly as we expect today's quilts.
For those of you who visited our Colorado home - this one hung in
the family room on the two story fireplace wall.
Much easier to rotate here!
Nice risk of life or limb on the ladder.
At the end of the hall is a band sampler and antique candle stand.
On top of the candle stand is an antique sewing box.

This is one of the guest rooms.
LOOK - This wall needs a quilt hung up!
Plenty to select from in that stack!
The rocker is an oak glider that was in the nursery
when our children were babies.

This is a guest room.
The hand tied canopy was a purchase decades ago.
We have always loved antiques.
The four poster is a reproduction queen size - very comfy.
I'm entertaining the idea of a suite of bed curtains for this bed.
What do you think?

Another wall of the guest room.
You can see the edge of the en suite. Each guest room
has facilities with a pocket door! Great for company.
The cupboard has a few treasures in it.

Another corner of the guest room.
The sleigh bed is doll size and has a matching wardrobe.
I made this set of bedding about six years ago.
The appliqué pattern is from Electric Quilt.
It was inspired from a Crib Quilts Book.

This is another wall in a guest room.
The quilt on the wall I made almost 15 years ago!
It is a Judy Rothermel pattern HERE.
I used, and still use the ARDCO templates HERE.
I have several sets and have never been disappointed.

Another stair landing in the house.
Velma wants you to notice the bright sunny window.
Perfect for cat day dreaming.
No textiles here, but a few of my vintage and antique
sewing machines.


This is another bedroom.
The medallion quilt was a free to use pattern from a line
of fabric the Virginia Quilt Museum did years ago.
You can read more about it HERE.
I hand quilted mine.
I think it looks nice with the Pottery Barn Bedding.
In some light the wall color looks gray, other times blue.

I hope you enjoyed seeing part of how I live with textiles.
How are you living with yours?
Happy Stitching,
Dawn
Please Visit our Easy Shop HERE.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jacobs Ladder Month 18 SVBAQ

I'm linking up to the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Blog - Yes, March is half gone!

The blocks on the blog are some of the most creative to date!
Check them out HERE.
Or, our Facebook Group HERE.

I chose to stay true to Esther's original block but am very impressed with the re-creators who are adding their own flare.

With each block I think of Esther and great talents.
Happy Stitching!
Dawn

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thank You Minnesota Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Project


Right Side of The Room
Thank you Minnesota Quilters and The Minnesota Quilt Project for hosting my presentations and workshop last week.

Many of you asked for photos because you are too far away to make it!
Thursday night I had a full house at the lecture and trunk show on Hexagons.  Because I am local, I was able to bring some quilts I don't often bring out. The guild provided extra quilt stands so it was really like a little quilt show.  Members could see all of the quilts before and after the lecture.



Two of four tables
The room was filled color and pattern!

This table shows a few of the "smalls" and the back of blocks to illustrate techniques.

We hexagon covered quilts from 1830 - 2016 and included Time Span Quilts.  In the PowerPoint presentation - we went back even further!

They were a wonderful audience - and many brought hexagon quilts both new and old for show and tell.





It was very energizing and lots of people took close up photos for personal use. They want to try and recreate some of these "looks" at home.

There was selective cutting of stripes - vertical and horizontal.

Interesting color combinations.

Florals and neutrals.

I think the quilt with the most hexagons I brought was around 6,000 pieces. I need to double check that.

The charm hexagon quilt interested many people.  I think that one is around 3,200 hexagons. CHARM - no fabric repeats.

With many hands, we had it all packed up!




On Saturday morning we transformed the room again with appliqué.

Again, members could view the quilts before the meeting.

There was a lot of show and tell, all great to see!

Another full house, the quilts were left up for members to see after the meeting.





In the afternoon I taught a class on hand appliqué using the back basting preparation technique for needle turn appliqué.

A very talented group of stitchers made great progress on their blocks.  Their enthusiasm was wonderful - they told me they would be sharing photos.
I love seeing the excitement as they embraced a technique new to them and were already thinking ahead to new projects.



Nancy chose batiks for her project


Look what was in my inbox this morning - Nancy finished her block!

She says she was excited to finish, and start on the border blocks. Also, what every teacher likes to hear, "Take care and thank you for being a wonderful instructor"  (used with permission)



Need I say I am floating on air today as I put away quilts?

Have a great week - I hope it includes some stitching time!



Dawn
PS
There was so much interest in the Minnesota Quilts book I decided to give away two copies.
Book Winners:  Ageeth & Barb - I will be in touch to get your addresses.

Our Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/cwaneedleorder  Link HERE.

Minnesota State Quilt Show Information HERE.