|Geese settling in on the Eastern Shore|
This group was originally organized by the late Cinda Cawley. She was a friend, a mentor and a great lady. This was my first visit to the study group since her passing last year. For me Cinda's physical absence was at first overwhelming, however, Beverly and Julianne do an excellent job keeping Cinda's love and enthusiasm for quilt study ongoing.
Members of ESQSG bring some of the most wonderful quilts to share! I am a long-time quilter and history buff, but i am new to 'blogging' so I didn't think to ask permission to share photos of quilts that belong to others here. There is nothing stopping me from sharing my own.
The theme of this meeting was 'blocks without borders,' in other words blocks set side by side without sashing or setting blocks of any kind separating them.
Of course, since it is the current topic of study on this blog the first quilts I thought to take were my Tumbling Stars quilts. The diamonds aren't exactly traditional quilt blocks but they are set side by side. I took only my favorite one rather than duplicates. And guess what?! One of the members mentioned she knew of a reproduction of a patchwork print that includes calendars. Reproductions are inspired by original fabrics so I have a new lead that will need to be followed. Thank you Polly!
|Four Patch T-shaped Quilt, c. 1870|
I also shared an old favorite Four Patch quilt (c. 1870) that I found in New England several years ago. Steven, my enabling dear hubby, was in the antique shop with me when I spotted this scrappy quilt. I started to walk away when Steven asked me if the quilt was talking to me. It's scary to think he can hear those voices too! :-) I had to admit there was something about the quilt I liked in spite of its terrible condition. I turned around to take a closer look and reconsider.
|Can you spot the fabrics that don't belong?|
|Lane's Net and a Mint Green Polka Dot |
Both of these fabrics original to the quilt.
As you can see the Four Patches are set to give the impression of diagonal lines running across the quilt. It is quilted in al all-over chevron design. When I found a second Four Patch with similar fabrics and block set in Pennsylvania a few years later I decided it was a sign that I needed to make one. The story of that PIP ('Project In Progress') will be shared in a future post.
If you are not already part of a quilt study group may I take this opportunity to ecourage you to find one. There are existing and new groups all over the United States. One visit and you will be hooked.
Brie and I both would like to say 'thanks' to all of the members of the Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group for a such a wonderful afternoon. Wij kunnen niet wachten om weer doen in April!