We had a fabulous day at our monthly appliqué meeting this week. One of our members kindly brought along her collection of antique American quilt tops.
Although not completed as a quilt, this top looked like it had been used as a bed cover.
The fabrics were very frail as too was the stitching. It had definitely been washed over its history.
There was a collection of foundation pieced blocks. The intention was to piece them together into a quilt, but the foundation papers proved too precious to discard.
The different pieces of newsprint give an insight to the times back when the blocks were being pieced. The date 1938 keeps appearing. Different articles tell us about the wages, the cost of items and the entertainment on offer. I was surprised to read an article, I presume it to be a weekly feature, listing the patient names at the local hospitals. Wouldn't the gossips have loved that!
These flying geese strips were gifted from a friend living in the US. She sent them over, stating "You may be interested in these, if not just bin them ". (Obviously a non-quilter friend.)
The strips have been sewn to green squares to form a quilt top. Again, it was intriguing to look at the collection of fabrics. Some of them almost identical to reproductions I have on my shelves.
Lastly, we looked at two different Crazy Patch quilts. There were lots of different textured fabrics in these.
It was easy to see the age.
We were very grateful for our members generosity, and the chance to touch some of these treasures.
Which now leads me on to tell you about a great day I have organised for Sunday 3rd July.
Janet O'Dell, well known quilt historian and convenor of the Quilt Study Group of Victoria will be visiting Nullawarre, to give a presentation on Antique Quilts from both America and Britain. Janet has been studying quilt history for a number of years, and travels regularly to the US and Europe to study quilts. She will also be bringing a collection of her quilts so we can have a close and personal look at them. If you are interested in attending, please contact me to book your place.