Sunday, April 7, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Quilting Quiz - http://www.pbs.org/americaquilts/fun/index.html
1. What do the following refer to: Chain, Feather, Herringbone, Outline?
Appliqué patterns in popular use from the 1840s - 1860s
Stitches found on Crazy Quilts
2. Foundation blocks are found in which group of patterns?
Log Cabin, Pineapple, Press Piecing
Dresden Plate, Sun Bonnet Sue, Rose of Sharon
School House, Star of Bethlehem, Ocean Waves
3. What form of quilting originates in Laos?
4. Who is the inventor of the sewing machine?
5. Which term does not belong?
6. Which of the following quilt patterns is not thought of as in vogue in the 1930s?
Grandmother's Flower Garden
Double Wedding Ring
7. For what is the International Quilt Association known?
Honoring a quilter every year who has made a difference in the quilting world
Sponsoring the World's Largest Quilt Show
Holding an annual conference in which over 250 classes and lectures are offered
All of the above
8. What do the following have in common: Echo, Stipple, Meander, Crosshatch?
Methods of joining patchwork
9. Where might one find the Language of Flowers?
Baltimore Album Quilts
All of the above
10. What innovation in quilting was introduced at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia?
The Crazy Quilt
The first electric iron
11. What do these things have in common: Hand of Friendship, Duck's Foot in the Mud, Bear's Paw?
They are the names of square dance movements.
They are the titles of Victorian children's stories.
They are different names for the same patchwork pattern.
They were popular appliqué patterns during the late 1800s.
12. What are the following names: Turkey Red, Indigo Blue, Double Pink, Nile Green?
Crayola crayon colors
Watercolor paint colors
Rainbow Brite's friends
13. What characterizes a "summer spread?"
smaller than bed quilts, made to be used as picnic cloths
14. What do the following have in common: Baby Block, Thousand Pyramids, Trip Around the World?
Patterns of Asian origin
One-patch patchwork patterns
15. Which quiltmaking technique has always been done by machine?
16. What characteristics are associated with Folk Art Quilts?
They are made by people who have had no artistic training.
They are made for visual impact, not quiltmaking excellence.
They have a spontaneity about them, often containing whimsical elements.
They have crudely shaped design elements.
17. What do the following have in common: Diamond in the Square, Bars, Center Square?
Types of cookies
Amish quilt patterns
All of the above
18. What do the following have in common: Charm Quilts, Scrap Quilts, Postage Stamp Quilts?
Popular quilt styles in the early 1900s
Patterns were obtained through mail order sources
Quilts that used a wide variety of fabrics
Quilts that were tied as opposed to quilted
19. Which of the following is created by a series of fabric folds to make an origami-type pattern?
Doves in the Window
20. What are the following: Tapestry, Crewel, Upholstery, Quilting?
Types of yarn
Types of fabric
Types of needles
Types of scissors
21. Which term does not belong?
22. What are the following: Bodkin, Boot Spur, Emery Pouch?
Articles of clothing
23. Where is "Quilt City, USA"?
Friday, March 8, 2019
“What is it about quilts with you quilt historians?” is a question I hear frequently.
Among the many answers to the question – why I study quilts – is that quilt history is a natural vehicle for a wide-range of learning in the fields of social history, women’s history and textile manufacturing history, to name a few. Sadly, most quilts lose their maker’s story over the generations, especially once the quilt leaves the family. But sometimes, these lost quilts are rediscovered.
In May of 2015, I discovered a quilt which contained over 70 different patterns set in a medallion-style arrangement. It contained the date 1876 and the initials EMC in four separate large circles.
The quilt was simply stunning. I knew I had to share the image of this quilt with the members of my bee, the Ladies of Tuesday Night. I did not tell the group what I hoped, i.e. that they would help persuade Anne Dawson, owner of our little island’s quilt shop The Quilter’s Studio, to draft the 70+ patterns. I waited to see their reactions first. But sure enough, several responded with the same joyful exclamation: “I want to make this quilt! Let’s ask Anne if she will draft it for us.” Exactly what I had hoped to hear!
Only Anne can tell the full story of what she went through wrestling with herself over whether or not to take on this enormous challenge, but eventually she said yes. The next step was to ask the owner of the quilt, Barbara Menasian of Connecticut, if she would allow us to pattern it. Many emails flew back and forth over a period of several weeks but suddenly, one day, our 1876 project was a go! Barbara had said yes!
All the block patterns in this quilt have been around for well over 100 years. However, it is the “arrangement” of the blocks in this quilt that is so unique and so exacting. Originally Anne thought only six to eight quilters might enroll in her class. But what a response! 17 from the San Juan Islands, Bellingham and Seattle signed up including the Connecticut owner, who decided to join us —by correspondence— and finally learn how to quilt herself.
The journey has been challenging for all, not the least for Barbara Gonce of Lopez Island, the oldest member of our project. Barbara G. eventually made four versions of the quilt to showcase how changing fabric styles and colors affects the overall appearance of this quilt. Meanwhile, I struggled to get one quilt made!
We still have many questions to solve. We know nothing more about the original maker, other than her initials – EMC. Did she make the quilt in Connecticut where it was found? We think so. At least two are working to track her down.
Our works-in-progress exhibit took place May 6, 2017, at Woodmen Hall, on Fishermen Bay Rd. EMC was even present for Barbara Menasian had flown in from Connecticut with it in her arms for this very special unveiling. The very first official public viewing of all 23 finished quilts in the pilot project took place in November 2018. But, whoops, I'm jumping too far ahead too fast! The telling of that exciting adventure is another story for another day.
at the Houston International Quilt Festival November 2018
I'll write more about our experiences as I relive this journey with you via my blog posts.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us by reading our story!
Saturday, March 2, 2019
(A footnote of history: An advertisement ran in the local newspaper Nov. 17, 1945 which stated: One year ago was the opening of Beidler’s Furniture Store in Woodstock. This means that my First Anniversary is due to your loyalty and support. I wish to thank each and every one of my friends and customers who helped make this possible. Fred B. Beidler.)
(Below) The Ocean Waves quilt I won that I wrote about above in my story.
Friday, February 15, 2019
During my interviewing earlier in the day, one of the cousins had pointed out a book to me that contained a newspaper clipping about Nettie. It was dated 1962. Nettie was 81 years old at the time. Boy, did I want that newspaper clipping for my documentation! The only thing to do was stick around and bid on the box of books. The newspaper clipping was about her rug weaving. That's when I learned that Nettie was "famous" in that area of The Valley for her rug weaving, not her quilting.
In 2005 I made contact with still another Miller descendant, Nettie’s great-great nephew Robert Riley, also of northern Virginia. He had his own memories of Nettie as well as stories he had heard passed down in the family, stories that didn’t always jive with what others had told me. But this can often be the case in families. Oral history often contains a grain of truth but may be unreliable as “documentable” history; but at least it gives you a place to start your research as a genealogist and quilt historian.
Mary Catherine Miller, born 24 Dec. 1867
William P. Miller, born 21 Mar. 1870 died 6 Oct. 1879 (Diphtheria)
Reuben Henry Miller, born 27 Dec. 1872
Sallie Margaret Miller, born 9 Dec. 1876 died 31 Oct. 1961
Casper Kinsey Miller, born 9 Jan. 1875 died 20 Oct. 1879 (Diphtheria)
Fannie Elizabeth Miller, born 29 Mar. 1880
Nettie Susan Miller, born 28 Apr. 1881 (m. Charles Sours)