Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne Museum

We just got back from a little getaway from The Lake Champlain Valley in Vermont and part of our little trip was visiting The Shelburne Museum. We spent two days walking around visiting the different buildings and exhibits. Shelburne Museum is a museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. It is located on 45 acres near Lake Champlain.

 The Shelburne Museum has a collection of 400-plus quilts from the 18th and 19th-century. They change this exhibition every year and display only about 30 quilts at a time. 
I thought I would share with you some of my favourites.
*These are no-flash phone quality pictures.

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Pieced Pineapple Quilt 1900-1910
*Notice the four blocks on the lower right corner disrupting the balanced design, it is suggested it was done on purpose.

*Museum note: "Some historian refers to this deliberate error as "the humility block" originating from the belief that only God can create perfection." 

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The next one is the Floral Album Quilt, 1840-1860

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Star of Bethlehem 1850-1920

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Streets of Boston Quilt 1873
Although this quilt resembles a crazy quilt, its design is based on a city-map of Boston.

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One of my favourites, 
Pieced Sawtooth Medallion Quilt 1870-1880

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The next three pictures, my favourite of them all from this exhibit,
Pieced Postage Stamp Quilt, 1930-1940

This quilt was created by Catherine King of Braintree, VT at the age of 85. It contains more than 12,100 individual squares of fabric, each measuring approximatively half inch.

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Burdick-Childs Quilt 1876
The 36 blocks in this quilt illustrate scenes of the family and home-life in North Adams, MA.

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Appliqué and Pieced Crazy Quilt with Abraham Lincoln and Animals, 1870-1880

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The Appliqué Love Apple Quilt, 1850-1860

*Museum note: The seductive Pomegranate fruit or, "love apple", as been regarded as a symbol of fertility for thousands of years, cultivated from the myths of ancient cultures. The combination of the appliquéd fruit and eight-pointed stars and, hearts in this quilt suggests that it may have been a bridal quilt or a wedding present.

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Picture taken from the Shelburne Museum parking lot, you can see the Green Mountains in the back.

There were about 30 quilts on display and these are the ones I liked the most, I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I did. 

Happy summer!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Clamshell quilt ... Time for an update

It's been a while since I shared any progress on my Clamshell, not since I finished the top last March so, how about a Clamshell update today? 

I have been hand quilting my clamshell off and on, taking frequent breaks for the sake of my fingers ... I am stitching at about 1/8 inch from the edge, going through all layers and, that would be four (not counting the batting)... Not what you might call "A walk in the park" but, I am still enjoying the slow process. I know it would have been easier to quilt at 1/4 inch from the seams to avoid stitching through them but, this is the way I decided to go and this is the look I was aiming for.

I tried different hoops and this is the one I have been using so far, it's my favorite. It's a square hoop by The Grace Company, it was a gift from my husband a few years ago when I first started hand quilting. 

I am working on three or four rows at a time, I am using a black Valdani pearl cotton #12. It's just perfect for this project.

I chose this beautiful print as my background, Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale from the Cotton+Steel collection. I couldn't match the seams, as to my surprise, there was no horizontal repeat ... Uhh!

 This project is not happening as quickly as I would have liked, there are 38 rows and, I have quilted 18 so far.  Now that I am halfway through with the quilting part, it's quite encouraging.

Looking forward to finishing it!

Have a great week, hope you all enjoying your summer!


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Cooking Up Quilts   Blossom Heart Quilt   QuiltStory   
Freshly Pieced   My Quilt Infatuation

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Swoon Quilt Top {finished}

My Swoon Quilt Top is done!
I finished the top over a month ago and it's huge!!

I don't know about you but every time I finish a quilt top, to me, it sure feels like a "finish" even if the quilt isn't entirely completed.

This quilt is so tall that it drags on the lawn when the breeze isn't lifting it. (The quilt top is approx. 126 inches long x 100 inches wide.) It's definitely the largest quilt I made to this day!!
I thought it would be nice to make the quilt long enough to have a large fold over at the top.

The original size of these blocks is 24 inches, 
but to fit my bed, I re-figured the finished size of the block at 22.5 inches.

I began to enjoy the different steps in the making of the blocks once I found a way to press the seams effectively. I like my blocks nicely pressed and flat and it's not always easy to achieve when there are many layers at the intersections. With a bit of help from the web, you can see here how I was inspired to press the seams on my blocks.
And here is a good tip I got from Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses, you press your blocks then cover them with a magazine and leave them to cool ... It's a great tip!! 

Here are the rows freshly pressed resting on the railing, waiting to be sewed together(above) and on my design wall. (below) 

I used fabrics from the Gypsy Caravan's collection by Amy Butler, It's an older line but still one of my favorite of her's and Kona Snow.
The fabric for the backing is on its way and as soon as I get the backing done, I'll send it off to my longarmer. It should be a quick finish once I get it back.

Aren't these blocks beautiful?

This pattern by Camille Roskelley has been around for a while and surprisingly, I wasn't drawn into it immediately ... not until I saw a picture of this quilt laying on a bed. 

Big blocks for big quilts ... It's definitely a winner!!

Best, Maryse

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Crazy Mom Quilts  
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 - Finish Along Q-3

In hope to get my sewjo back soon and actually finish these few projects ... How nice it would be to link all of them at the end of this quarter!  

Without further ado, here is my list for the Finish Along Q-3: Most are rollover projects from Q-1 and Q-2 and still needs to be completed ...

1 - Six pointed Star Quilt
It's a shame that this one isn't finished yet, especially it was to be given to some dear friends. I have been debating long enough about the quilting ... I think the best would be to bring it to my trusty longarmer, this should be an easy finish.

2 - The Clamshell
Still hand quilting this one, now and then ...

3 - The Swoon
The top is done, I'm looking for backing a the moment. 
Hand quilting or machine quilting???

4 - Scrappy Courthouse Step Pillow
Using scraps from the "swoon" (above) 

5 - AMH Nine Patch 
The odds of finishing this one this quarter, is very small since the plan was to hand quilt it; however, it might change ... 

Et voilà!!

Good luck to all with your finishes and happy summer!!

Linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side