This past weekend, I had occasion to pull out a dozen or so of my antique and vintage quilts for photography and thought it might be fun to share them with you. Keep in mind: this is strictly amateur stuff. No studio setting, primo lighting, or professional photographer. Just my husband and me with my point-and-shoot on a Sunday afternoon.
It was definitely the palette that attracted to me to this first one. They say that cheddar is an acquired taste. I guess I acquired it!
Next up is a classic pattern worked in the signature colors of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Can you spot where the pattern goes astray?
I’m a great fan of strippie-style quilts, and this one’s a charmer, with its combination the striped sashing, chintz-style fabric on the border, and bubble-gum (or double pink) fabric in the setting squares. I don’t have any specific info on where or when it was made, although I’m guessing mid- to late-19th century. I purchased it about 20 years ago at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
Clever quiltmaker here. Notice the consistent pinkish prints she (or he!) used in the double row of half-square triangles around the edges, creating the illusion of a border.
Orange and white are quite “on trend” these days, showing up often in Modern Quilts. This vintage piece, in an eye-popping pattern, is summer weight; that is, no batting or other filler.
Nineteenth-century scrap quilts have been an unending source of inspiration for me throughout my quiltmaking journey. This one features a bright yellow-print border; bold use of yellow is a recurring characteristic of quilts originating with the German settlers of central Pennsylvania.
The brick red and olive-y green of this next quilt make it a natural in our holiday decor. It’s the one quilt in my collection that is signed and dated, bearing witness to the fact that machine applique was already evident in the 19th-century. In contrast, the quilting is done entirely by hand.
If I were forced to choose a favorite among the quilts in my collection, this next one would be high on the list. It features 720 half-square triangles, each cut from a different fabric. Yes, it’s a charm quilt! Some of the fabrics may look very similar, but on closer inspection, subtle differences appear. Notice how the quiltmaker used that wonderful border print on just three sides; no need to waste it where it wouldn’t be visible at the top of the bed.
As I examined this quilt more closely, I came across a print that appeared very similar to the commemorative fabrics I spotted while researching my President’s Day post this past February. Curious, I went back to the source, quilt historian Barbara Brackman, and she shared two wonderful posts (here and here) about this very same fabric. The version in my quilt is a reproduction produced for the US Centennial celebration in 1876, honoring President Andrew Jackson. Thank you, Barbara!