Thursday, April 7, 2016

Quilt Study at Old Sturbridge Village ---Additional Photos

Just when we thought ole man winter was done with us, he came back with a parting shot!!  But, snow is beautiful to look at as long as you don't have to drive in it!!  When we woke up to a "whiteout" Sunday morning, we were glad Wendy picked a motel close to OSV!  I must say, tho, that Massachusetts roads were very well plowed and ready for traffic!  Old Sturbridge Village is lovely any time of year and I highly recommend anyone interested in 1830's history timeline visit there!  I hope they will host another American Quilt Study Group meeting again.......they have 237 more quilts for us to see!


First quilt was this Stunner.....an 1808 Mosaic......just look at that border fabric!  Love it!  Reminds me of a fabric in the also 1808 Joanna Southcott quilt which Andover Fabrics reproduced a few years ago.  Need to check that out.............I should mention here that I was using a new camera (Canon Powershot) that I had acquired about 24 hours before using it..........did not even know how to turn on the flash......a good thing because we were not supposed to use it!  I was amazed at the available light photos when I saw them (need to learn to wait for it to focus as you will soon see!)  Should have spent Saturday night reading the manual instead of sleeping!   Got another camera to learn to use too!  Wanted a slr digital with extra lenses so I could get CloseUps of my birds!  And fabrics too!  And, oh yes, my family too!  New babies coming to practice on!


A simple Double 4-patch quilt made amazing with that Pillar Print border circa 1835.


The shaded  ombre fabric was nicely reproduced in one of the "Old Sturbridge Village" lines.

 I could have stayed there all afternoon taking fabric pictures!!


Center Medallion of Embroidery with a wonderful Wide Border......a ladies pocket has been incorporated in the top center of the center panel.  Made by Nancy Newton about 1825-50 in Marlborough NH.        

A closeup of the border fabric ....the peach color in the photo above is truer color.



This is the reproduction of the above wide border from the "New England Quilts from Old Sturbridge Village Curator Aimee Newell"...sorry I failed to include it previously in my original post!!



A 4-block Applique about 1850 from Massachusetts.  Perfection!



In one border corner the green leaves had turned to blue from fugitive dye........did not matter .....did not take anything away from the magnificent quilt.........we Quilters of today need to keep that in mind!


They saved the Best for Last..........as if that is possible!  I have seen this quilt before and could spend Hours Studying it!  Took over a dozen photos but Blogger might not like me to use too many!  Plus, the new camera photo pixels are Huge compared to my old Canon Sureshot (I dropped it one too many times........could have cried..........had it for a long time!)



The variety of fabrics is fantastic...........over 12,000 pieces in the tiny blocks!  You will be amazed at the next photo after this one!



I guess Susanna Howard began to run out of fabric as she pieced one triangle with about 1/4"-3/8" squares!  Karen Dever's finger shows the contrast! 

This is the backing/binding that was also reproduced in the "New England Quilts from Old Sturbridge Village by Curator Aimee Newell"    whew!  long name!



And here is the blue reproduction from Aimee Newell's OSV line.



 Bed Hangings made from a reproduction fabric  in one of the earlier "Old Sturbridge Village" lines by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers. 


Another set of bed hangings made from reproduction fabric.....isn't it scrumptious!!!  Think it might be from a Windham line "Shenandoah"........anyone know for sure?



 Ending with this Mystery Quilt, at least it is to me, in that we cannot figure out the construction process.  Lots of partial-piecing maybe?  I have one that I am about to take  apart, but if someone knows how it is done, let us know!!!   At first glance it looks like a braid quilt but it is not the common one we are used to seeing!  I failed to take notes on this one....will check "Northern Comfort" to see if it is in there.  If you don't already own this book in your quilt book library, I recommend it!

This Study Day was enjoyed by all who attended!  Was able to meet Cynthia (WabiSabi blog here) and Barb (FunWithBarb blog here)......wonderful to talk face to face after reading their blogs all this time!  Thanks to Wendy Reed (ConstantQuilter blog here) for driving for us (Sue, Laurie and me)!  For long-range planning, the American Quilt Study Group annual seminar will be held in Manchester, NH in the fall of 2017!

Random Generator Husband picked #16 which is "traditional quilter"......send me an email with your address and the box will be on its way!  Sorry there are no more samples but I am glad that at least one box in my attic has been emptied!! 

26 comments:

  1. Wish I could have attended. Thanks for the photos. Looking forward to AQSG in Tempe. See you there?

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    1. Don't think I will make it to Tempe, but we are planning to be in Manchester NH 2017!!

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  2. Your pictures are fantastic!! Would have LOVED to join you! That four block applique is wonderful - the border is gorgeous! That tiny pieced triangle is amazing too. Thanks so much for sharing your day :0)

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    1. Just visited your blog! Love the little railfence blocks your daughter did AND your border with the squirrel!

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  3. Thank you for sharing so many close-up photos. Would have loved to see them in person, but you offer a great view!
    Sounds like a great experience. I've read about your trip on blogs of some of your fellow-travelers. : )

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    1. We did have a wonderful day meeting up with old friends, new friends, and "friends" we had not yet seen face-to-face!! Quilts were amazing and OSV allowed all the photos we wanted and even opened quilts up a second time so we could do the closeups! Hope we can go back there again!!

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  4. Lovely post - great photos.
    It was nice to meet you.

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    1. It was lovely to finally meet you, too, Barb after a few years of only blog contact! Hope these events will now begin to happen more often as they did when we first started them several years ago!

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  5. I have seen the million pieces quilt is one I have seen on two other blog posts and find it as interesting as you did. Would be a good one to make one similar to it if a person had lots of patience to piece it.

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    1. Have always been drawn to quilts with small multitudenous (sp?) pieces! Maybe the first quilt I ever saw was one of those and it stuck in my mind ever since! Would LOVE to reproduce that quilt but at this moment in time, it is not possible for me to Start One More Thing!!!!

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    2. Meant to tell you how much I am enjoying seeing your applique blocks progress!

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  6. What an inspirational day in a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing so many detailed photos. The pieced triangle is remarkable.

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    1. It was a wonderful Day! Visited your blog and loved the crayon tinting! And what an enjoyable quilt retreat you all had!!

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  7. The fabric is so vibrant and beautiful for being so old! I really enjoyed those classic lines, not 3 colorways of the same fabric. Thanks for the show and tell. I just ordered that book!

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    1. It IS amazing how 200 year old quilts can still look so great! I am so glad we have the reproductions being made for us to use! You will love the book!

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  8. Thanks for the beautiful quilts shows. Love that Pieced little bin the one quilt

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  9. Thank you for all the wonderful Quilt Study photos. I am intrigued by the "ladies pocket". What was it's purpose?

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    1. A Ladies pocket was worn around her waist under her voluminous skirt and reached by a slit in the seam. It contained her sewing, keys and whatever various things she needed to keep close at hand. The hand in the upper right corner of the photo is displaying another, similar pocket.

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    2. Thank you, Cyndi. I learn so much here!

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  10. amazing photos of beautiful fabric, thank you for sharing. Wish I had some of those prints!

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  11. wow Cyndi, those are gorgeous quilts...drooling over just the photos..and that one with all the pieces...wow! soo very creative and ended up stunning!

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  12. So excited to have won your give away Cyndi, thank you! My address is Lisa Mikel 23429 State Hwy 29 Henning MN 56551

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  13. Great post.Thanks for sharing,I spy fabulous quilts.

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  14. I received my box of fabric that I won from you in the mail today and I am so thankful for all the wonderful fabric samples. I can't wait to start using them. I will send you a picture when I get something finished from them. You made my day, thanks again, I love them all. Lisa

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    1. Glad to know they arrived safely and you like them! Maybe you could show us what you make? If you do not have a blog, you could send them to me and I can post on my blog?

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