I have a TON of pictures to share.......but I think I need to start with the fabulous antique quilts that were on special exhibit "For Fellowship, Love and Farewell" curated by Debra Grana and Sharon Waddell. These are quilts from their private collections or on loan from friends. AND they allowed pictures to be taken! Woot! We thoroughly enjoyed following them around the exhibit while they took turns talking about each quilt, pointing out specific quilted, pieced, appliqued or inked items symbolizing fellowship, love or farewell sentiments. It was really wonderful to see these beautiful quilts, and have so much information about them! And, of course, there are a over a dozen of them that I want to reproduce! LOL I need to live to 120!
Get comfy!......you won't want to move for a while! lol
From the show book......"Each block in these quilts is individually pieced or appliqued, quilted, and then the edge finished before being tightly whip-stitched into a finished quilt. This 'potholder' technique is believed to be a Maine tradition and is the ongoing research project of Pam Weeks in NH. Found in Upstate New York, these half quilts have a label indicating 'patches made by the members of a Congregational parish in Maine for their minister.' Preliminary research places those named on the quilt in Portland, Maine, though we do not yet know which minister or congregation. Nor do we know why it was cut in half!"
I think it's amazing that these two halves have survived and are together......170 years later!!!! Wow!
......Fabulous in every way!
Ok........so there are the first 15 quilts! Fantastic, right!?!
I'll post more of the antique quilts in a day or so.......and then on to the show quilts! Woot!
If you are ever in New England during this show........you MUST go! It's wonderful!