Saturday, January 1, 2011

Other Quilts (Not Doll Quilts)

Kathie asked for a close up photo of this quilt. It's not a doll quilt; it's one I have on my wall all year and it was in the photograph I took of my Christmas tree before it was decorated. I couldn't take the photos before today when I finally put Christmas away, including the tree. It's hard to take a photo as it's in a corner, away from the light. I ended up having to use the flash. The strips are 3/4" wide and is hand pieced and hand quilted. It is one of my favorite quilts
I made this Rail Fence(a log cabin variation) from pieces out of my husband's great-aunt Clara Wooster's scrap bag. These fabrics are mainly from 1900-1920's, but it's hard to tell; all of her fabrics were mixed up. She had fabrics from her mother's scrap bag and she quilted until she died in the early 1960s. Some were leftover fabrics from shirts she made for her husband and some from the dresses and aprons she made for herself. She also traded fabrics with others. She made many quilt tops, but only quilted a few. I've quilted about a dozen of her tops and I still have a huge stack, at least 40 tops, that haven't been quilted yet. And her scrap bag and many orphan blocks.

Aunt Clara and her husband, Uncle Charlie, did not have any children and she died before I met my husband. When her sister, my husband's paternal grandmother, found out I quilted she gave me all of Aunt Clara's tops, her scrap bag, and files of her quilt patterns. I treasure all of these.

The other quilt is another I have on my wall year round. Again, it's in a corner, away from light so that the fabrics don't fade as quickly, and I had to use a flash. I'm not certain what the name of it is and I would be very grateful if one of you knows and would tell me. The stars are 4" across. I love how Aunt Clara used the stripped materials so that the stars look like they are whirling. This quilt was hand pieced by her; there are placed where I can see she used black thread. I hand quilted it.


Blogger Taryn said...

Two great quilts! I particularly like the rail fence quilt (you have a variation I haven't seen with the hst blocks) out of your aunt's old fabrics. Fabulous job on that one! I would love to see a post with pictures of the old quilt patterns. (hint, hint)

January 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

These are both fabulous! I've never seen the first example before, and would never have guessed it to be new! What a treasure for you. Six pointed stars are a real favorite of mine. I have seen this star pattern called Texas Star. Loved seeing them!

January 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Thanks for sharing both of these! I've also seen that particular six pointed star listed as Texas Star, and also as Boutonniere.

January 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Wonderful quilts and how lucky to inherit Aunt Clara's bags of scraps and patterns!

January 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Monique said...

Thank you for telling me what the name of that quilt is! Now I can stop calling it you-know-that-star-quilt-great-Aunt-Clara-made-with-the-yellow-hexagons-in-the-middle.

January 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Monique! Thank you for posting the picture of the rail fence quilt! I too wanted to see a closeup after I saw the picture of it behind your Christmas tree. It is just a treasure! I have never seen one like it with the 1/2 square triangles. It's so cool!!!

January 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

What treasures of Aunt Clara's you have!!!

January 2, 2011 at 6:00 AM  

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