Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 31 All about the STARS

In honor of the old and new years, sharing my favorite pattern category STARS (such a shock that someone named STARley would love stars)
And yes, I can do a full trunk show or 1/2 day or all day quilt study just on stars.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Day 30 Antique Eagles

Loooove this antique 4 block eagle quilt from Pennsylvania from about 1865. Part of the Starley antique quilt collection. Headliner of the Birds and Blooms trunk show and available as a 1/2 day quilt study class. The quilt is also available as an applique class that is part applique and part antique trunk show!

And this early eagle medallion is an historical treasure too.

And this funky eagle wreath always makes me smile. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day 29 More Holiday Cheer

Gorgeous Whig Rose/Rose of Sharon Quilt c. 1850 from Ohio in Starley Antique quilt collection. Part of the Quilted Garden trunk show and the Birds and Blooms trunk show and 1/2 day quilt study session. Intensely hand quilted with triple rodding (three lines of quilting close together). Love the floral basket border.

Here is more of it along with more of my red and green collection.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Day 28 - Crazy Days

An 1880s cheater print and Love the cat applique, the little mitten, and the horse fabric! 

Cotton Crazy Quilt top c. 1885 - note the "cheater print" from the Mikado opera.

The full quilt top

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Day 27 Quilted Joy

Detail of my c.1850 Rose of Sharon quilt which I call Quilted Joy because it is such a joyous quilt.

Detail of my antique reproduction, Quilted Joy Too

Quilted Joy Too 2014
36" x 36", Sandra Starley
I'm honored to have my reproduction in the current issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine in the Readers' Quilt Show as part of the Celebrate Hand Quilting group and featured in their online edition.
It is traveling to quilt shows and museums as part of the American Quilt Study Group's Civil War Quilt exhibit. It is also in their book documenting the 2014 Civil War Quilt Study and shown below in the book

The antique inspiration, 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Day 26 - Sending Sunshine

After wintery days, it is nice to remember the summer sunshine so I'm sharing a few miniature landscapes I've made in honor of my home in Moab, Utah in the high desert.
This is one of my all time favorite quilts: Miniature Moab Landscape (9" w X 6.5" h). It shows the beauty of my hometown of Moab, Utah. It won best miniature (hand quilted) at the 2004 Springville Quilt Show at the Springville Art Museum (Utah) and also best miniature at the 2003 Utah Quilt Guild. Also shown at the NQA show. I like working small.
Mini Moab Landscape - pattern is available on my etsy shop.

This vertical version is a bit bigger but still only 8 1/2" x 11 (page sized).
My Corner of the World,  made for the 2006 Journal Quilt Project - a special exhibit shown at the Houston International Quilt Show.  Page sized, part of my miniature Moab, Utah  landscape series.

It is over a 100 degrees almost everywhere in Utah today and I think this quilt captures the feeling of HOT, HOT, HOT!

The postcard I made for the Cyber Fyber art exchange and exhibition. The 3rd in my Moab Landscape series (click on landscape quilt on right to see the other two). It was interesting to develop a new technique (machine applique, no raw edges) to make this mini quilt. I attached the pieces with yarn and decorative trims, sewing over the folded seam allowances: piecing, quilting and embellishing all in one step. #1 in the series was all hand appliqued and hand quilted so this was quite a departure but definitely a technique I will use again.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Day 24 Christmas Love Birds

Detail of c. 1850 crib quilt clearly made for a much loved little one. Love the tiny tail feathers on that red bird!

Whig Rose Center

36" x 36" Antique Crib Quilt

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

day 23 Super Christmasy Quilt

This is probably my most Christmas-y quilt.
Wreath or Horn - so cheerful

Cheery curved floral border.

The full quilt

Detail of quilting  and note the applique dots with embroidered stems.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

day 22 Red and Green Applique Beauty

Part of the Sandra Starley antique quilt traveling collection - I'd love to share it with you in the cloth!
c. 1850 applique sampler

From the auction listing:
Pieced and appliqued cotton quilt with urn of flowers design. American.
Hand stitched quilt composed of four urn of flowers motifs interspersed with oak leaves and acorns, a wreath of flowers, a leafy pinwheel and floral sprays with undulating flowering vine borders in shades of green, red, orange, pink, navy, and brown solid and printed fabrics on a white ground with white backing and diamond stitched quilting throughout.

80" X 90"

Monday, December 21, 2015

21 More Christmasy Quilts -Caesars Crowns

This Caesar's Crown top seems quite Christmasy with the seconday design of a cross or 4 bells.
C. 1860 from SE Pennsylvania.

Caesars Crown is not a very common pattern due to the difficult curved piecing involved in the design. YES, you read that correctly, the block was generally curved pieced not appliqued. In finding a few more to add to my collection, I was surprised to find that it was used as a signature quilt pattern in the 1840s and 1850s and even a century later in the 1940s and 50s.

Detail of a signature Caesar's Crown quilt from Berks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, Dated 1851 and the names and inscriptions were written by a paid professional scrivener and he signed one of the blocks- Edwin G. Fritz. German community. I'd love to find some other signature quilts or frakturs, birth announcements etc. signed and written by him. Starley antique collection.

And here is one more. It is also a signature quilt (top) dated 1850 and likely also from Pennsylvania.The writer on this one was a likely from a German community.

Day 20ish More Christmasy Quilts

Signature quilt from New Jersey circa 1860

Oak leaf and reproduction

Saturday, December 19, 2015

day 19 more christmasy quilts -DOTS

Love this Christmasy quilt from my collection. c. 1850. It is a unique version of the Cockscomb and Currant pattern. Usually the stem with dots spin out from the center as 4 separate pieces.

An extra special detail: the 4 flower baskets in the border

Another supper dotty antique quilt- the pattern is Cherry or Foundation Rose and Pine Tree. Starley Collection.

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