Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Red One goes to China

Photo by Pearl Yee Wong
My quilt, The Red One will be traveling to China as part of the exhibit, The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st-Century America. It will start traveling this summer. There will be a catalog with the exhibit, so that's cool too. The Red One is a charm quilt. Every fabric is the same shape and size, but each one is different. This quilt was completed in 1999 and contains 604 hexagons. The edge was knife-edge finished after the quilting was completed. If you follow this link, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-13A8, you can see the fabrics a little closer by using the Quilt Index's zoom tool.

The fabrics were collected over a period of many years starting in 1985 when we started the Capitol City Quilt Guild's first small group. We met at Georgia's house and called ourselves the Charm Group. We now meet at Daisy's each month. That's over 25 years of quilting and friendship, pretty cool.

I've made some tweaks to my blog layout. I've separated my blogs into two groups. The first group is the Block Exchange Blog Roll and are made up of blogs from my friends in my small groups plus Pepper Cory, who taught many of us when she owned a quilt shop in East Lansing, Michigan. The other  blogs I enjoy are in the list below. That moved my favorite feature, The Daily Puppy after the blogs.

A big thank you to everyone who's helped in my transition to my new blog address and welcome to my new followers. Your support means so much.

Till next time.....Happy Quilting

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Behind the Scenes Tours

I celebrated National Quilt Day by giving four tours of the Michigan State University Museum's collections center. I brought out 16 quilts. Here's four of the quilts I shared. To see the full record, click on the link below each quilt.

Album top c1860, quilting 1961
Pinwheel Flower, c1860. Possibly slave made.
Railroad Crossing c1860
Album quilt, c1860

To learn more about Behind the Scenes Tours at the Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum, go to this page: http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/collections_tours.html.

Till next time......Happy Quilting

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Name, New Address, Same Blog

Hello to any of my quilt friends who have found me. I've been asked by a quilt shop in Virginia to stop using the name Quilt Doctor. Apparently they own it. Who knew? Anyway, I'm not all that attached to the name and for me it was just a joke, so I'm complying with their request. This means I had to change my address for my email and blog. So, if you're reading this, you've found http://bethdonaldson.blogspot.com/.

I'm sure my readership will drop off for awhile until people re-find me. If I'm listed on your blog roll, thanks and please change it to my new address, http://bethdonaldson.blogspot.com/.

Hopefully this won't cause too much trouble and I'm sorry for any inconvenience to you.

And now for some quilting news. I've got some more blocks done on the Hazel Ridge Path quilt. To see the full story, go to this blog post, http://bethdonaldson.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-project.html.


Till next time.......Happy Quilting

Friday, March 9, 2012

The 1864 Belfast Flag Quilt

If you've ever wanted to go to a quilt history lecture, but couldn't get there, or your guild never hired a quilt historian, watch this video. It's about a Civil War quilt from Belfast, Maine. It features a lecture by Independent Quilt Historian and New England Quilt Museum Curator, Pam Weeks. It's also has great insights on how to do quilt research. Enjoy!
The 1864 Belfast Flag Quilt from Belfast Community on Vimeo.
Pam has recently authored a book (with Don Beld) on pot holder quilts, "Civil War Quilts" and you can purchase it on Amazon.

Till next time.......Happy Quilting