Friday, August 27, 2021

AQSG Quilt Study: Framed Center/Medallion Quilts


Mini Me by Wendy Caton Reed
Wendy's interpretation of a quilt in her collection for
the 2021 American Quilt Study Group's Quilt Study.

The Quilt Study show was a highlight of the AQSG Seminar last week
in Virginia.

 You may still get a chance to see the spectacular show of
small versions of large quilts over the next three years as many of
the entries will be traveling.

Some of the inspiration quilts in public collections were quite familiar.
Here is Sheryl Low's interpretation of Sophonisba Peale's
medallion in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The rules asked for quilt studies no larger than 42 inches square.

Eagle Medallion Revisited by Sandra Starley

Some of the entrants used their own collection for a source.

Sandra has two of these....Well, now three.

Jill Meszaros, Lee Martin Ellsworth & Taryn Faulkner organized the Quilt Study this time and did a great job as did the entrants. I didn't get pictures of everything ---or even half, but there will be a book with the traveling exhibit.

Windmill Blades by Nancy Ostman

Lisa Wagner with her Birds in Paradise

A phenomenal version of the Garden quilt seen in
Emporia, Kansas in the 1930s.

Leah A. Zieber's Solstice Supernova
from Janet O'Dell's collection

Kathy Anderson's English Medallion
from the International Quilt Museum collection.

Joanne Florence's Feathered Star Crib Quilt from 
Sandy Sutton's collection.

Amelia's Legacy by Joan Duncan, from the D.A.R. Museum's
Amelia Lauck quilt. 
Original is 112 inches wide. 
Look at the small-scale quilting!

Florence McConnell's Radiant Rose appliqued medallion is in her collection.

Donna Starley's Around the Sampler was inspired by one
in her own collection.

Cathy Woodson's A Star in My Perse

Kay Butler and Kelly Kout interpreted a panel quilt
in Polly Mello's collection.

Blair W. Mahan's Copp Family Quilt from the Smithsonian's Collection.

Annette Burgess's Ode to Hewson was inspired by one in
the Winterthur Museum

And some wonderful repro fabric from Andover a few years ago.

Recycling is Not New by Anita B. Loscalzo
from a quilt in her collection

That once belonged to Terry Thompson and then to me....

A beautiful job!

Some Prussian blues in the original (which is quite worn.)

The 2021 Quilt Study Exhibit will travel. Do ask your local museum or quilt show to borrow it over the next few years. It's a delight.


  1. These look so great - and there's such a variety! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Truly amazing. I wonder if these will make it out to the west coast.

  3. These are fabulous! thanks for sharing them.

  4. Oh how I wish I could have been there to see these in person. They are all spectacular (especially the first one pictured!). I do hope to see them at some venue in the coming year. Thanks for posting these!

  5. So nice to get to see these, especially Wendy's!