Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #15, Wilson Family Quilt

"Ka Ua Kani Lehua" - The Wilson Family Quilt, Kailua
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

In January, I went to Hawaii in search of Hawaiian scrap quilts. I found many, but also bought this gem. To read more about it, click here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #16, Groovy Floral Appliqué Quilt

Flower Power!

This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

How could I resist this groovy floral applique quilt with butterflies and a ladybug? It came from an eBay seller in New Mexico, and is one of my favorite purchases of the year. To read more about it, click here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #17, Julie Yukimura's Quilt

When I searched for Julie Yukimura, I found her story.
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Julie Yukimura founded The Kapaia Stitchery of Kauai, Hawaii in 1973. The shop is the longest operating, largest quilting, sewing and fabric supply shop in the region. It started as a yarn shop, but soon, Julie's love of quilting took over. She made Hawaiian scrap quilts, including this one from 1977. When I searched for information about Julie, I found her story. To read more about it, click here.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #18, Hand-Painted Bicentennial Quilt

Rebecca Thompson was determined to finish this quilt!
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Kit quilts are not usually my thing, but this hand-painted Bicentennial quilt grabbed my attention because the maker, Rebecca Thompson of Boaz, Kentucky, started it in 1976 and finished it in 2016. I admire her determination. To read more about it, click here.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #19, Velvet Love

I'm crazy about this 1920s velvet crazy block quilt.
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

I love crazy quilts, but have a real weakness for crazy quilts made out of velvet. This one came from an eBay seller in York, Pennsylvania. It is 62" x 62" and includes 16 blocks with crazy patchwork in rich, jewel tone velvets.


Each patch is outlined with feather stitching with a variery of colorful threads. The quilt arrived about a month ago, and it looks like I never got a chance to blog about it previously, but it is one of my favorite purchases of 2017.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #20, Andrea Proudfoot's Quilt

Everything new is old again. Pieced alphabets are popular, but nothing new.
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Everything new is old again. The recent wave of quilts with pieced letters actually has some historical context. Alphabet quilts appeared as early as the late 19th century. They were uncommon, if not rare, but they have surfaced from time to time. Andrea Proudfoot was among the first to copyright her alphabet, and she even quilted the copyright into her quilt!

I blogged about the quilt in March. To view the original blog, click here.
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