Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cool antique quilts

Quilts from the collection of the Atlantic Heritage Center, are on exhibit there until October 10, 2010. The Center is located in Somers Point, New Jersey. If you can't make the exhibit (like me), you'll find a really cool page of their quilts at: http://gallery.me.com/merryquilts#100100.


Till next time....Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fundraising Quilt

Each fall, Habitat for Humanity Lansing partners with the ACF Capital City Professional Chefs and Cooks Association to put on Harvest for Habitat, an evening of gourmet food, fabulous door prizes, and wonderful company. This year’s event will be at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 beginning at 5:30pm.

I just finished this mini-Churn Dash quilt for the "fabulous door prize" portion of the evening. It is machine pieced and machine quilted and is 22" x 28". Each block is 4 1/2" square. I found the border fabric at the Michigan Quilt Network Show last weekend at the Ethelbird and Eliza Kids booth. All the rest of the fabric was from my stash. My color choice was inspired by Roxie's black/white/bright block exchange choice.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Too funny and too true

This one's dedicated to all my long arm friends.

Till next time....Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Textile Conservation

Restoring the Palampore

Working at a museum with a large quilt collection, I frequently get questions about quilt care and I give good advice about basic home care. At the museum we store our quilts in archival tissue and breathable nylon. We do minor stabilization and cleaning (with a low suction vacuum where the quilt stays dry). However, when a quilt needs major work, we send our quilts out to someone qualified, as we don't have a conservation lab or a conservator at our museum. Watch this excellent video on a palampore from the Royal Ontario Museum that has been conserved by a team led by Shirley Ellis, Senior Textile Conservator at the ROM. From the video you can see how expensive it is to properly treat an old textile and why it costs so much money to conserve and clean a museum quilt.

Till next time....Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Quick History of Colonial Womens' Art

Preview of "Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands"
- an exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum

Check out this cool video from the curator. It's about womens' art history.

Till next time....Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sad news

I just heard that Bonnie Leman has passed away. For those of you who don't recognize the name, she was the founder of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. For those who do know her, a booklet is being compiled by Xenia Cord. To contribute a message to the family email it to teresad@quilts.com with Bonnie Leman in the message line.

For over 30 years, Quilter's Newsletter has been my bible and favorite quilt magazine.

To learn more about Bonnie you can find a biography of her at the Quilter's Hall of Fame and an interview with her at the Alliance for American Quilts.