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Posts Tagged ‘Dresden Plate Quilt’

Book Preview: Quilts From El's Attic

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Quilt as Desired Special Exhibit, where longarm quilters took original antique quilt tops and added a modern flair to them. And Eleanor Burns was on hand to introduce her new book, Quilts from El’s Attic.1090_LG Eleanor Burns is a You Tube quilting star,  creator of Quilt in a Day, and the perkiest 70 years young woman you will ever meet. During a $5.00 Lecture class, Eleanor shared that Quilts from El’s Attic features 10 antique quilt patterns made in to newer, modern quilt designs. Eleanor’s love of antique quilts is her passion and she set out to simplify those beautiful vintage patterns from the past. In addition to the patterns, Eleanor also includes vintage quilts from her own collection, offering fabric selection advice, lovely sample quilts, history, and yardage and cutting charts. The book went on sale in April. In her class, Eleanor discussed the history behind some of the famous antique designs along with her modern renditions. Did you know that in 1860, the Ladies Art Company was the first company to publish quilt patterns? There were no instructions, just pieces of cardboard with a little picture. The Crow’s Nest quilt (circa 1890) was an example of these early patterns. [caption id="attachment_3990" align="aligncenter" width="525"]Eleanor_Burns_class-29 Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] El’s version of the Crow’s Nest in her new book uses Civil War reproduction fabrics to create a more modern positive-negative space. Eleanor and her sister created the floral fabrics when Eleanor was recovering from her heart surgery last year. [caption id="attachment_3991" align="aligncenter" width="562"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Did you know that in 1930 the Kansas City Star published a new quilt pattern every week? Women would make that block the day the pattern came out and put the blocks into samplers [caption id="attachment_3986" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Here is Eleanor’s new version of a block sampler: [caption id="attachment_3993" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Did you know that red is Eleanor's favorite color? Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Red is Eleanor’s favorite color! Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Did you know that in 1941, a McCalls pattern sold for 35 cents? The traditional Dresden Plate pattern was quilted by hand. Eleanor took the original design and added an ice cream cone border. [caption id="attachment_3988" align="aligncenter" width="586"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Eleanor has made an ice cream cone template available on her website to make it simpler to create this modern table runner which is machine quilted. [caption id="attachment_3989" align="aligncenter" width="530"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Did you know that the Baptist fan was created for convenience? Church ladies would sit together to quilt. Because there was limited space, they added a curve to their design and used large stitches. [caption id="attachment_3994" align="aligncenter" width="549"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] As always, you can count on Eleanor Burns to give an entertaining look at quilting.  ]]>

Road 2016 Special Exhibit: Quilt As Desired

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Quilt as Desired, curated by Mary Kerr, a Road 2016 teacher. [caption id="attachment_3977" align="aligncenter" width="618"]Picture by Brian Roberts Photography Picture by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Mary teamed with some of the best longarm quilters in bringing this exhibit to life. Mary found the vintage tops for the quilts. She never paid more than $50 for any of them and they were in all kinds of condition.  Mary passed the tops on to the quilters who donated their time, batting and expertise in bringing the quilts back to life. Sometimes they added to the top; sometimes they took away. As Mary remarked, “It was a unique marriage of old and new, blurring the lines of the quilting world.”  Shows, such as Road to California that display the exhibit, pay to get the quilts shipped to their location and for having Mary come to lead tours and explain the quilts. [caption id="attachment_3980" align="aligncenter" width="615"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] The full exhibit has 40 quilts. Twenty four of them were included in the exhibit at Road 2016. In 5 years, when Quilt as Desired is done touring, all of the quilts will be auctioned off for various quilt causes chosen by Mary and the longarmers. [caption id="attachment_3979" align="aligncenter" width="526"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption] Miss Sally was a top quilted by Sally Garuet, founder of the American Quilt Story Group. The original fan top is circa 1930. The Art Deco quilting was done by M&M Quilting.Quilt_as_desired-12 This Dresden Plate top entitled Melon Smoothie was quilted by Marty Vint of Baltimore, Maryland. Mary has macular degeneration and estimates she will only be able to quilt for 2 more years before she loses her eyesight. When this quilt is auctioned off, the proceeds have already been designated to benefit macular degeneration research. [caption id="attachment_3981" align="aligncenter" width="529"]Quilt_as_desired-8 Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption] As Mary said, “No woman ever started out to make a quilt top. A quilt top deserves to be quilted.” All it takes to finish a quilt is time, talent, and resources – which this special exhibit offered for these amazing quilt tops. You can go to Mary’s web site to find out where Quilt as Desired is going next on its tour. You can also purchase a DVD of the entire exhibit.]]>