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.
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!
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?
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!!