Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Antique Quilts from Show and Tell

Detail of an applique quilt dated 1861 that Marj brought.

The applique stitching is amazing

It's dated in the quilting and in cross stitch.
It was made by an ancestor in Pennsylvania and descended in the family to Marj's cousin.

Sara C brought a most interesting silk top to the July meeting. It looks to be pieced of striped silks that were left overs from a necktie company.

They are string pieced to cotton backings. That red and black print looks to be about 1880-1900,
which is when silk quilts were very popular.

 Susan F brought one her grandmother had made.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spencer Collaborative Quilt

Douglass’ Kansas Color Light Artillery Battery (Union) Soldiers

In spring 2011, quilt artist Marla Jackson worked with ninth-graders to create a quilt picturing a group of soldiers from the first infantry of African American troops during the Civil War.

Marla Jackson

The quilt is featured in an exhibition called The First Colored Troops of Kansas at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. Several of Jackson's quilts will also be on display in the Lobby Gallery until September 18, 2011.

Click here for more information:

Marla will be the speaker at our October 17th and 18th meeting, where her topic will be
"Visual Literacy."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sarah's Challenge

Sarah's Fabrics issued a challenge
See more at the May 29th  post by clicking here:

About 50% of the people who took the fat quarter showed their work at the July meetings.

Ruth and a Butterfly
Everyone saw something different in the fat quarter

Andrea added her own hand dyes

Janet added more from the Bee's Knees line

Deanna saw china

Linda added a bull to the china shop

Someone (who???) saw mosaic tiles

The kind you see at the Plaza in Kansas City
They'll all be sold at the spring Quilt Show for charity.
Stay tuned for another Sarah's Challenge.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fantasy Flower Garden Block of the Month

Liz Campbell is doing our 2011-12 Block of the Month. She's giving directions for fusible applique using the machine so if you've wanted to learn more about this technique this is the perfect place to start.

Here she is with the first flower
July's Anemone
The blocks are 10"

Of course you can do these using any applique technique you like.