As an ardent art quilter, you might not guess that I began my quilting journey with traditional quilts (my first is a Wild Goose Chase variation from McClun and Knownes Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! book, my second a Mariner’s Compass from a pattern by Mary K. Ryan of Vermont), and still absolutely adore them even if I don’t find the time to make them. There was a wonderful exhibit of quilts from Texas, and I was able to take pictures.
Star of Stars, circa 1845, by an Unknown Maker, was on this year’s totebag (which you can see in the last picture on this post) and is simply spectacular in color, design and workmanship. It is a large quilt…101 by 101 inches, which is plenty big for a king sized bed!
Oh My Gosh, by Diane Tenney, is a contemporary quilt. The small flying geese triangles that make the diagonal lines on the quilt look like they are about 1.5 inches on the LONG side of the triangle!!! EEEK!
Log Cabin, Streak of Lighting setting, 65 1/2 x 77 inches; no date estimated; unknown maker. I’m not usually wild about streak of lightning settings, but I really liked the use of value (light versus dark) in this one:
I love log cabin quilts, tho, and this one with plaids was no exception. It is 53 x 66 inches, dates to circa 1875-1885, by an unknown maker The logs are barely a half-inch wide finished size!
And here’s a detail..oh my!
The final quilt I’ll share is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden with silk green border. You can tell that Quilts, Inc., does things right…this delicate quilt even had a special display podium to prevent undue stress on the quilt. The hexgons are about 1/2 inch across!!!!:
If I recall correctly, all these quilts are in the International Quilt Festival collection…. I wonder how large that collection is… I’d love to see them ALL displayed some year but I expect it would take over the entire convention center, or nearly!
Next: The Frayed Edges in October….Deborah came from Texas for a FUNDERFUL visit, then more on Festival. Cheers, Sarah