Monday, May 9, 2016

All aboard


Headed to teach at an amazing quilt history retreat this week. Hope you all have a great week and keep sharing quilts - old and new!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Road Trip - Las Vegas Quilt Appraisals

Time for a spring break road trip!! Come see at the Desert Quilters of Nevada's Quilt Las Vegas show, March 18-20 in Henderson, Nevada. I will be appraising all types, ages, styles, etc, of quilts. I will also be doing appraisal demonstrations and discussing the process behind quilt appraising. Come join and bring a quilt.

There will be lots of quilts in the show along with wonderful quilt vendors and modern quilt bed turnings, a fashion show, and  other quilt demonstrations and much more!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

What's in a Name


There are many ways for names (aka signatures) to get on a quilt. On some quilts all the names are done in the same method- i.e., all signed by hand by individuals or by a skilled signer, or stamped or stenciled, or inked and on other quilts there is a wide variety of methods. And on some quilts, all the methods are used. 
Here is an 1840s signature album quilt from Delaware/PA in the "Grandmother's Pride" block with a wide variety of signing methods.

Delicious hand inked drawing



This one is stamped with letters arranged in the stamp center to spell out the names.

Another stamp but the name is hand drawn.

And yet another stamp.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Quilted Moab

There is a great new retreat in Moab called Quilted Moab 2016, which will be held next week. This will only be the 2nd year but there is already a loyal following and awesome teachers and classes.
Come on down, over, up, etc.!

On Feb. 19th, I'll be teaching a unique class that is part paper piecing class and part antique trunk show. You get to work on creating a fun Flying Geese doll quilt while looking at lots of antique doll, crib, and children's quilts from the last 200 years. Guaranteed to be a LOT of fun!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 31 (62) Crazy Quilt

A truly strange and unusual and wonderful crazy quilt.

Oh, I would love to meet the maker of this quilt. She (or he) loved cheater (preprinted) fabrics, piecing and applique, just like me. The mariners compass next to the horse is  pre-printed as well as the crazy quilt print in the 3rd photo.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day 30 (61) Glorious glazed chintz

An elegant chintz crib quilt or quilt piece with an amazing glazed chintz floral and a nice turkey red print too. 1850.



Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day 28 (59) Antique Whig Rose Fun




Day 27 (58) Researching Signature Quilts

Learn so much history researching signature quilts in my collection. This quilt was made in 1846 for Solon Chapin by his mother in law and other family and friends in Easton, Pennsylvania. Unusual combination of album block and lily/tulip blocks.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Day 25 (56) Mom's Log Cabin

A few years ago my Mom made this striking Log Cabin medallion quilt in red, white, and blue. It won flawless workmanship and Viewers Choice at the Springville Utah Art Museum show. It also was awarded Honorable Mention at the National Quilting Association's annual show.





Saturday, January 23, 2016

day 23 (54) Double 9 Patch

Love getting inspiration from antique quilts in my collections. Aren't those cheddar polka dots great? and the dotty red print and the pink grounds has subtle little dots too.

The Prussian Blue floral is lovely as well.

But the best is the backing:  A monochrome pillar print

Friday, January 22, 2016

Day 22 (53) wild geese

This antique quilt top is screaming to be added to the "must be remade" list. Starley collection.
Top is from Michigan. 
 Multigenerational project, earlier blocks framed later in striking zigzag setting


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Day 21 (52) Make Time for Art

Detail of one of my word play quilts reminding you to make time to create ART


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 20 (51) Recreating the Past

One of the funnest parts of reproducing antique quilts is finding the perfect reproduction fabrics.
Here is an action shot of the process for my Cheddar Stars quilt.


The miniature repro:

The full sized antique:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 19 (50) Amazing Quilt Retreat

If you love antique quilts and quilt history - then  you need to know about THE don't miss event this May in Southern California ... Leah Zieber's Quilt History Retreat featuring yours truly, Sandra Starley. May 9-12, 2016 in Temecula, CA.
 I will be sharing my extensive antique signature quilt collections and other quilts and lots of fabrics from the 1800s in 2 in-depth presentations and Leah will be doing a presentation on Turkey Red fabrics.  There will also be a historical quilting project, show and tell, sewing time and much more. And after the presentations, the antique quilts are not put away -- instead they are left out so that you can look at them closely and study the details of the signature quilts and the beautiful antique fabrics.

See below for just a small sampling:










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