QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Quilt Market in Kansas City

I got to go to Quilt Market yesterday

I had a half hour gig in the C&T booth autographing
The Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler book
we did.

Roseanne, Karla and I then moseyed around all day.
I was on the lookout for the news I can report to the small niche audience I represent:
People who want antique fabric reproductions and traditional quilt patterns. All in short supply.

Did see a few arts & crafts, William Morris reproductions
but my analysis:
Trends of the past few years continuing...

Bright colors across the spectrum contrasted with whites

Jen Kingwell's booth
Or contrasted with each other.


Tula Pink's booth

Note to self: Dye a rug

For a color junkie like me it was fun.



Maria Schell quilt in the center


Jennifer Sampou trying to disappear behind her work.

Other trends: Bright young designers with clever takes on tradition.

Gray still a hot decorating color.

Minick and Simpson

Primitive Gatherings

Minimalism in color as well as shape

Minimal color but maximal impact.
Wool applique


Another ongoing trend is pale colors...
Pastels---it is after all Spring Market.

Lecien


Mary & Barb of Me & My Sister
Or Barb and Mary?
I stole this photo from the Fat Quarter Shop blog.
They always do a great job of reporting:

Lepidopteran #5 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry


Selections from the exhibit:

Jane Sassaman

Sunset Serenity by Cheryl Quesnell
Strips cut to 3/4"




Fair and Square
Giant Yo-Yos


I saw a woman sewing while she walked, stripping
precuts together

With a blanket stitch.
Now that's ambitious.

Me not so much.
All those couches, no where to recline.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Virtual Booth-Spring Market 2019


I'm going for minimalism in my virtual booth for Quilt Market in Kansas City this week. Since money is no object I thought I'd commission artist Yayoi Kusama to do one of her dot/mirror infinity rooms.

In the interests of commercialism I had to put a book display in there. It is
a trade show after all.

Me and Yayoi as virtual friends.
She just celebrated her 90th birthday.

See more about Yayoi Kusama, one of my favorite artists, here:


Shifting back to the real world....

I will actually be at Market, signing books in the C&T Booth (#324)
on Friday May 17th at 2:00.




Saturday, May 11, 2019

Quilts in the Movies

I just watched The Miracle Worker, an amazing movie from 1962.
In her bedroom Annie Sullivan (played by Anne Bancroft) has a log
cabin quilt on the bed---
it seems to have a cretonne flounce. I always cry all the way through it---
not because of the quilt.

Here's another movie quilt

Little Women, 1949 starring June Allyson as Jo,
Elizabeth Taylor as Amy and Margaret O'Brien as the doomed Beth.
Spoiler Alert: Beth gets typhoid fever and dies under this quilt.

This movie is not quite the masterpiece The Miracle Worker is but the quilt is more interesting.

Applique.

A colorized publicity still. I saturated the color a bit.

Pattern related to this one I found on line.

See a post on heart-shaped wreath quilts with a free pattern here:

From a Garth's auction


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts


The state of Tennessee has a fabulous new museum building in Nashville. Their first temporary exhibit is a quilt show up until July 7th. I snapped some pictures when I visited last month...



Frances Mary “Fannie” Powers, of Rutherford County


and I pirated a few pictures from museum publicity.
The quilts are grouped by type. Many are displayed on slant boards.

The museum has about 400 quilts. They chose 40 for the show.



A more than life-size photo on display


Bacon Family of Roane County


Can't have a show of Tennessee quilts without a Rocky Mountain.

People of the World by Lillian Beattie

The is a full size quilt, drafted and stitched with skill

One of the characteristic pieced designs that looks as if it were appliqued 
but the roses and swags are all pieced in.


Margaret OrdoƱez prepared the quilts for exhibition. We heard a presentation from Dr. O about
the process. She certainly enjoys her work.

Dr. Adelson had much assistance from Bets Ramsey (above on the left)
and Merikay Waldvogel (below left) who wrote the Quilts of Tennessee book.



One of America's oldest date-inscribed quilts
Rebecah Foster 1808
It was great to see this one in the cloth.


The Museum has a collecting goal of at least one quilt from each of the state's 95 counties.
They have 72 counties represented so far.

My favorite has to be Sallie Hasson's Masonic applique. She and her
sisters were professional milliners and each made a similar quilt.

The applique is done by machine.

The whole Museum is worth a drive to Nashville. When you go notice
the etched glass images of regional quilt patterns in the architecture.



Here's a video: https://www.facebook.com/tnmuseum.org/videos/544723742680200/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAqwmgX_kP50QH8zbedM1fGdmcqmfSf2CEtY12A-Og-zzcddMA7N0wtsW7KYN6NX2zHvKN8zow0POiW

And an interview with Candace Adelson, Senior Curator of Costumes and Textiles
https://www.todaytells.com/between-the-layers-art-and-story-in-tennessee-quilts-antiques-and-the-arts-online/