Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Slice of Cheddar: Antique Pennsylvania Quilts at the NEQM - Lowell Quilt Festival (3 of 3)


detail, Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


Our last treat during the Lowell Quilt Festival last month was seeing the wonderful exhibit "A Slice of Cheddar: Antique Pennsylvania Quilts" at the New England Quilt Museum, guest curated by Arlan and Pat Christ.  The show runs through October 6, and I highly recommend it!  Photos (no flash) were allowed (yay!).  I asked permission to post them for personal use, so here are a few to whet your whistle:  

This Carpenter Star was at the top of the stairs - a real WOWSA (the cheddar doesn't translate in the photo - in person it is much more orange/rich): 
Carpenter Star, circa 1900, anonymous, Pennsylvania, 84"x84"; from
"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.

Appliqued Tulip, circa 1900, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail, Appliqued Tulip, circa 1900, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

This next one... so scrappy...... love it!  Love the bold combination of cheddar and pink:
Twenty-Five Patch Quilt, circa 1890, anonymous, Eastern Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  


detail, Twenty-Five Patch Quilt, circa 1890, anonymous, Eastern Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

And how about this crib quilt, as sweet as can be:



Tumbling Blocks Crib Quilt, c. 1890, anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

detail, Tumbling Blocks Crib Quilt, c. 1890, anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013. 

And this one, so basic and so awesome!  And what an interesting historical context:

Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail,
Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.
Finally, a gorgeous Basket Quilt:
Basket Quilt, c. 1880, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail, Basket Quilt, c. 1880, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.
 There are many more quilts, and the hand quilting is just so beautiful in each one.

If you get a chance to see this exhibit, you won't be disappointed!  One of the many silver linings of being back in the U.S. is that I am back within easy proximity to the New England Quilt Museum.

So that's all I have to share with you from the Lowell Quilt Festival.  I have to say, writing this post is bittersweet... my Grandma Mary Lou would have loved this exhibit and was so close to moving here to MA to be with us...


Catching up

I realize it's been a month since I last posted, and I owe Part 3 from the Lowell Quilt Festival... coming soon.... but in the past month our world was rocked.   Just as we were making preparations for Grandma Mary Lou to come live with us in October, she passed away, after less than a day in the hospital.  Still, such a shock.
1992, me with Grandma ML and the Sunbonnet Sue she made for Noelle 
Grandma really lived right up until she died - made a peach pie two days before and told me all about it.  She was nearly 92 years old.  The service for her was truly a celebration of a wonderful life well lived - a life full of people, music, food, quilting, laughs, love, and service.

Making a flannel baby blanket with Grandma, 1992
I was her only grand daughter and she never let me forget it - we had a special relationship and I will miss her dearly.  She was my first and best quilt teacher, and more importantly, taught me many life lessons through example... and sometimes lecture:).

I can hardly believe I can't call her on the phone anymore.  I had really been looking forward to pampering her in her last years, but God had other plans.  It was a blessing that she could pass away in Denver and never have to make the daunting cross country move to Massachusetts.  I know it is best this way, but I will miss her so dearly.

brother David, me, cousin Dana at Grandma's. 
I am now back home from Denver... craving control over our chaotic house... waiting for our sea shipment to arrive from Japan... scrambling to paint some rooms and de-clutter like crazy.

I feel pretty exhausted physically and emotionally by quite a rough summer, but... I have witnessed God's merciful hand in my life and am so grateful for wonderful friends and family.
Catalpa trees planted years ago by Grandma 
I started this blog to in the first place to share my quilting adventures with Grandma (especially while we were living in Japan)... and I need to decide whether I will continue with it!  I think I will... I'd like to.

Next up.... the promised third installment from the Lowell Quilt Festival!