Just about every Thursday I post an antique or vintage quilt on our Facebook page for Throwback Thursday. I do it because our quilting ancestors were amazing, innovative and fearless in their quilt designs. So even if you have no interest in making a reproduction quilt, there is inspiration to be gained. Sometimes I share a photo of a quilt I was excited about that I simply had the chance to see and wanted to keep the idea of available, like this bit of a crazy quilt.
Other times I appreciate the slightly obsessive quality needed to create the quilt – even if I know I would never have the patience to complete something similar. Like this Yo Yo quilt that is currently at the shoppe and available for sale at a ” Price so low we’re practically giving it away” The owner has run into some very hard times and needs to liquidate. Please help her out. The quilt will sit on a full/queen bed and the yo yos are about 2 inches across.
Our predecessors in the quilt world didn’t have rotary cutters. details published patterns, or even aids like artificial light, magnifiers, template plastic and freezer paper. Until recently in historic terms, even having a sewing machine in the house was unusual. To be honest even when a machine was available, for a long time quilts were not done using them. When a quilter saw a pattern she liked, she drew a picture of it and then went home and figured it out. This bred in a measure of individuality, innovation, and a sense of adventuree that makes just about every antique quilt a unique work of art. It also explains why so many quilts are not made to standard sizes. When she got a good shape of triangle cut from her cardboard she used it, even if the measurement was odd.
Tuesday evening, Oct 28 at 7 pm we are going to celebrate that spirit with our monthly meeting of the Explorer’s Club. We will be viewing a lecture by quilt collector Gerald Roy. This was delivered at the opening of his recent exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His audience consisted of primarily non quilters, and the exhibit was displayed in color groups rather than chronologically as most antique quilt shows. He speaks for about 45 minutes and then the Q & A begins and the scope of questions and his answers are illuminating. Well worth the time viewing. If you are new to our Club simply call or contact us and let us know you are coming. We are an easygoing bunch, each of us interested in letting our personality and interests shine forth in our projects. Feel free to also bring show and tell and any Works in progress that you need guidance on. We look forward to you joining us.