Friday, June 29, 2018

Past Perfect: Froncie Quinn

Bias Pomegranate reproduction quilt
by Froncie Quinn

Froncie and her Sarah Johnson repro

June's Past Perfect pick is Froncie Quinn who publishes reproduction quilt patterns through her Hoopla Pattern Company. She began working with the Shelburne Museum in 1996 to pattern quilts in their collection.

Your copy of Enduring Grace, one of the Shelburne catalogs, may not have Froncie's name on the cover but she's the artist who drew the patterns for five of the quilts. She gets credit in later printings of the book.

Her patterns for Hoopla are meticulous. The Sarah Johnson Quilt included hand and machine piecing instructions plus quilting stencils.

 This is a time-consuming quilt to make but the pattern is so well done that a remarkable numbers of quilters were inspired to start a Sarah Johnson quilt...

Barb Perrin's Prize-winning Sarah Johnson quilt took ten years.

...And finish it.

Here's a description of the pattern for the Clarissa Moore Quilt from Old Sturbridge Village:
"includes interesting 19th-century diary excerpts on homemade fabric dye, and brief historical information regarding the Eight Point Star and early stenciling. The 14 painting stencils included have been authentically reproduced and maintain the integrity of the 19th-century originals. Hand and quick-piecing dimensions are given along with instructions for a " T" -shaped or more modern square quilt."
Froncie makes small interpretations of the original,
so she can show many in her trunk show.

In an interview with Kimberly Wulfert Froncie explained her modus operandi, saying she
"was passionate about providing instructions for the antique quilts that were as true to the original as possible. I was insistent about including the hand instructions along with the machine instructions as too many patterns ignore the hand piecer....I've also wanted to provide patterns that document the quilts and offer the quilter glimpses into the history and, sometimes, the 'story' of the quilt. I want to be your eyes to quilts you may never see in person."

Calico Garden 

Hoopla's most popular pattern is the Calico Garden,
drawn from Florence Peto's original in the Shelburne collection.

Calico Garden by Florence Peto, 1950
49" x 39"

The applique patterns for the Calico Garden are printed on freezer paper.
I recently got to spend a day with Froncie, who now lives in New Hampshire, and took this
picture of a detail of her quilt.

One of her latest projects is Posey Packets®, patterns on freezer paper
for 3" blocks with the background fabric, packaged in a seed packet.
Perfect gifts for your stitch group.

Froncie's also designed several reproduction fabric collections. This one
is In Time of Toile.

And here's a great repro made by the quilter at Every Stitch from the
fabric and pattern.

The fabrics are out of print but Froncie's patterns are available:

1891 Redwork Quilt

Below a few more reproduction quilts made from Froncie's patterns:

From a Shelburne quilt
The Shelburne Museum is sending a traveling show to Omaha's Joslyn Museum
this fall. I certainly am looking forward to seeing some of their quilts. Hope this
one is there.

Judy Brenneman's Emily Munroe quilt. The original is
in the New England Quilt Museum.

Tom Miner's version.

Theresa Tiburzi's Peony, another prize winner from the Shelburne pattern.

Read the interview with Kimberly Wulfert here:

Froncie & Judy Severson last month, totally engrossed in quilts.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Summer & Fall 2018

Grab a friend and go to a show of antique quilts this summer and fall.

California, Pasadena
Huntington Library. Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. The Fieldings' new wing exhibits objects from their folk-arts collection including several quilts. Through October, 2019.

Connecticut, Milford
Milford Historical Society. Threads of Milford History: Quilts from 1830 to 1990. 20 quilts ranging from the 1830s to the 1990. Opens on weekends through October 7, 2018.

Indiana, Goshen
Goshen College Hershberger Art Gallery. Amish Arts 1900 – 1940: from the Pottinger Collection. Through September 16. Moving to the Good Library Gallery, September 23 through November 18. Lecture by David Pottinger. September 9, 2018. Quilts now in the Goshen College Collection.

Indiana, Marion
Quilters Hall of Fame. Enrolled Upon the Bed: 200 years of American Name-inscribed Quilts from the collection of Xenia Cord. July 31 - October 6, 2018.
It's an Honor to Honor the Honorees! Exhibit showcasing living honorees. Through July 28.

Kansas, Montezuma
Stauth Memorial Museum. To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions, exhibit from Michigan State University. July 7 - September 30, 2018.

Kentucky, Bowling Green

Western Kentucky University Museum. Kaleidoscope. Thirty quilts from the collection. Through December, 2018.

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum. Kansas City Star Quilts from Edie McGinnis's collection. September 7 – December 4, 2018

Maine, Augusta
Maine Quilt Show. The antique exhibit is All in the Family from the New England Quilt Museum. July 26-28, 2018

Maryland, Bethesda
The American Quilt Study Group's Annual Seminar is October 3-7, 2018 at the Bethesda Marriott.

Massachusetts, Sturbridge
Old Sturbridge Village. Early New England Quilts: Repurposed, Refashioned, and Recycled. Highlighting some of the ingenious ways women reused, re-purposed, and refashioned materials into quilts. Through February, 2019.

Mississippi, Jackson
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Stories Unfolded: An Exhibit of Mississippi Quilts. Through October 14, 2018.

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum/Quilt House.
War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics. May 25 -September 16, 2018
Color and Contour: Provencal Quilts and Domestic Objects from Kathryn Berenson's Collection.
Through October 28, 2018

Singular Fascination. One Piece quilts on a tiny scale. Curated by Jennifer Keltner. Through August 30, 2018.

Nebraska, Omaha
Joslyn Museum. Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum. October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019.

New Jersey, Morristown
Morris Museum. Stitch by Stitch: Quilts and Coverlets from the Permanent Collection. "Get cozy with the Morris Museum’s expansive collection of quilts and coverlets, many exhibited for the first time." August 30 through December 9, 2018.

Ohio, Columbus
Columbus Museum of Art. Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts 1850-1950 From The Donna And Rodney Wasserstrom Collection. Showcasing a recent donation. Through July 1, 2018.

Pennsylvania, Pennsburg
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center. Perkiomen Valley Quilts, a show of antiques from the collection and contemporary versions of the split nine patch. Through November 16, 2018.

Texas, LaGrange
Comfort and Glory Two Centuries of American Quilts from the Briscoe Center June 28-September 30, 2018

Vermont, Marshfield
Marshfield School of Weaving. The Textile History Forum. July 27-29, 2018.

Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum. Treasures From the Vault: New Acquisitions. Through September 8, 2018.

Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home, 1700-1820 includes a few quilts (one with a John Hewson panel) and a lot of early fabric. Through 2018.

Prangins, Switzerland. Swiss National Museum. Chintz: How a Fabric Changed the World. Through October 14, 2018.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Colors

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Southern Quilts

Unnamed pattern from the Kentucky project and the Quilt Index.

As a person who has spent entirely too much time indexing quilt patterns, determined to find the published source for every one of them, I have long been confounded by Southern quilts. These are not "book patterns" as they say in Gees Bend.

I have eagerly awaited the publication of Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs. Mary W. Kerr has collected 13 quilt historians to write about their areas of expertise. She also collected pictures of 270 Southern quilts for this book. That's a lot of pictures, thank you, Schiffer Publishing. And a lot of information, thank you, Mary.

It's the perfect picture book and the information by all those historians is the definitive summary of Southern quilts and what makes them different from Eastern, Western, Northern quilts and regular old book patterns.

Elizabeth Wages Butler, Alabama
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

For years quilt historians have been puzzled by the many contradictions in Southern quilts made after the Civil War. Stitchers frequently chose ambitious pattern that often seemed to overwhelm their skills.  No one ever appeared to be intimidated by too many pieces, too much bias or too many points. Quiltmakers chose gorgeous color in cheap and unreliable cottons that usually lost their color--resulting in an unintended palette that is beautiful in its own right. We see a formidable amount of needlework in thick quilts that kept out the cold and were used and used up.

Here a short sample of topics addressed:
Circles and Spikes by Teddy Pruett

Mary Elizabeth Eddleman 
Historic Arkansas Museum collection
(These are photos from my files---You're going to buy the book
so you can see their photos.)

She says: "Quilt makers in the deep South were extremely fond of circular patterns, particularly circular patterns with points, teeth and spikes....It would be gratifying to know why this is so, but the answer to that question is not readily available....These circular patterns are not for the faint of heart."

 "They are stunning works visually if not technically." 

Pattern found in Alamance County, North Carolina

Alamance Applique by Kathlyn Sullivan
She says: "Fabric choices were limited for Southern quilt makers. The source of fabric was primarily the crossroads general store....Southern mills produced plain cloth dyed as a solid...Printed cloth was not produced locally until just before the start of the twentieth century, until that time prints were imported from Northern mills, which made them more expensive."

Crown of Thorns by Merikay Waldvogel
She says: "It originated in the southeast with examples coming from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. A quilt in this pattern from Tennessee was dated in the quilting  '1857.' A quilt from Georgia was titled 'Rocky Mountain' in the quilting."

Chapter Headings:

Making Do- a Southern Tradition by Mary W. Kerr
Alabama Pine Burr by Mary Elizabeth Johnson
Alamance Applique by Kathlyn Sullivan
Circles and Spikes by Teddy Pruett
Cotton Boll by Kathlyn Sullivan
Crown of Thorns by Merikay Waldvogel
Double Wedding Ring by Sherry Burkhalter
Farmer's Fancy by Bunnie Jordan
The Impact of the Feedsack on Southern Quilts by Sarah Bliss Wright
Pieced Pine Burr by Mary W. Kerr
Rattlesnake Quilts by Marcia Kaylakie
Seven Sisters by Sandra Starley
Southern Florals by Lisa Erlandson
Tricolor Quilts: How the Germans of Pennsylvania Influenced a Color Palette and Style in the South by Lynn Lancaster Gorges
Whig's Defeat by Gaye Rick Ingram

Read more about Southern Quilts at Schiffer Publications: