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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