Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Inspiration comes in many ways.

I told you in yesterdays post that I would have pictures for you for our gathering of quilting friends.....well wouldn't you know, I forgot my I-Pad to take pictures.  We had a marvelous day and my soul was fed with needle and thread.......and with their graciousness, kindness, warmth, and the list could go on and on.  The life of a quilter has many blessings.  Quilting is such a gentle and peaceful art, and it has seen me through many difficult experiences in my life.
This is my new quilt that I'm working on.  The inspiration for this quilt came from a book I purchased at the Quilt History Study Museum at the University of Nebraska.  If you've never been there it is a must.  I could have spent much more time there.  The original quilt was in a different color way and with different sashing.  The original quilt was purchased at an antique shop in Denver, Colorado and the estimated date of the quilt is 1890.  When I received some of the Penny Rose fabric in the cheddar and indigo, I knew that I wanted to make something in those colors.  Some of the cheddars were too bright for me and the backgrounds too white, so I got out my big pot and tea dyed them and was happy with the results.  Then I dug through my stash and pulled out a variety of other shades of cheddar to add variety and here we are.  I've collected enough to make kits....but that will be later.

I have quilts to share with you from the museum.....this Feather Star was spectacular.

The hand quilting is just amazing.....what a labor of love!

It pleases me greatly that someone took the blocks and made them into this beautiful quilt.

Once again someone salvaged some ones handiwork.

The border she created is so sweet and clever.  All done with triangles.

I apologize, but I don't have a picture of the quilt.


I've always loved this quilt design, and it is perfect for this 2 color quilt.

And for some reason I did not get the history on the last two quilts.  I was unhappy about the fact that our time was limited.  More tomorrow.  I know there have been many trends in quilting, and there still are, but these old quilts are what inspire me the most.  Women taking what they had and making an heirloom that will last beyond their life span.....satisfying their desire to create.
"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this:  Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high.  Look it squarely in the eye, and say, 'I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me.' Then repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all, 'This too will pass.'
-Ann Landers


  1. Hi from France! I love the new pattern you are working on, and the choice of indigo and cheddar is gorgeous . Thanks for the pictures of old quilts too.

  2. Your cheddar looks just great. And red and white are my favs to see. You know there is a book out about the red and white collection that was collected over decades and finally displayed. Country Living magazine mentioned.

  3. The quilt you're working on, the one with divided circles, is one of the most pleasant I've seen in a while. I love the creams/yellows/cheddars combined with the blues and greys on the light backgrounds. And your corner blocks in the sashing: the perfect touch. All together, the quilt looks restful. You could like this post to Quilty Inspiration link-up at http://joyforgrace.blogspot.com/2015/09/quilty-inspiration-1.html.

    Thanks for sharing photos of the other quilts. Modern quilts are fun but I find great pleasure in looking at older quilts.