This month's Past Perfect featured quilter is Gay Bomers.
She didn't make the quilt above; she drew the pattern for
her company Sentimental Stitches.
The quilt is Beyond the Cherry Trees and the quiltmaker is Alice
Tignor, who used Gay's pattern to make a reproduction of the quilt below.
The original Beyond the Cherry Trees quilt
Gay's modus operandi is to buy sadly used quilts that should have been preserved because
of their beauty, their family history, the patterns and their historical value.
From the Benjamin Biggs quilt
Sarah Poulsen's version from Gay's pattern
Gay and Clutch live in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dear Daughter original quilt
A specialty: Album quilts in bad shape.
She doesn't herself make just one copy; she draws the pattern so faithfully that many quilters can make a copy.
Nancy's copy of the 1857 Album at her
blog the Literate Quilter.
The original 1857 New York album.
Debra Harry's blocks
The original Benjamin Biggs album
Lori's version at Humble Quilts
From the Dear Daughter quilt
Gay also does historical research on the names inscribed.
She isn't all 19th-century.
Just Takes Two by Barbara Black
And she isn't all applique. Above a quilt she designed with
8 inch block from Dear Daughter by Barbara Schaffer
Gay publishes her patterns in interesting fashion. The pattern is free for the first month it's posted and after that you can buy a digital download. As time goes by you can buy the whole package from her shop Sentimental Stitches.
Here's a spot to buy her digital downloads:https://sentimentalstitches.myshopify.com/collections/digital-downloads
And last year's Dear Daughter quilt: