In case you missed it over the weekend, Carrie Bloomston’s brand new Collage fabric blog-hopped here on Saturday. The comments are still open if you’d like a chance to win a layer cake of this pretty fabric line!
And on to today’s post – a visit to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. It’s located north of Seattle and west of Mount Vernon in a town of quaint shops. We also had a great lunch there!
The museum is housed in the historic Gaches Mansion, an impressive Victorian built in the 1890’s. All three floors of the manse house the museum, with the top floor built out in gallery-white spaces (currently filled with art quilts, but alas no photos of them allowed). The rest of the building is restored and decorated to suit its architecture, and was filled with mostly antique quilts.
While I seldom make anything that approaches traditional, I have an appreciation of our quilt history. Quilt museums quilts are often fascinating because they have quilts that have notable stories or design elements, and I found a few such quilts at La Conner!
First up, a two-fabric Texas Star:
What I liked best about this quilt was the asymmetrical border – what a mystery! Perhaps the quilt was on a bed that was tucked into the corner of a room, and the maker decided to only border the parts that were seen. Or perhaps that’s as far as the fabric stretched?
Next, some happy bluebirds:
I must admit, I didn’t notice the birds on first look… I saw the abstract shapes forming the circles. The next images is for my embroidery loving friends – check out the dense French knots that make up the flowers:
Next, the Balloon Quilt, probably my favorite of the day. I’m generally not a fan of quilts from the 1930’s – I want more depth out of my colors. But this quilt wowed me with the insane amount of perfectly appliqued 1″ circles (that I believe might have also been puffed up with trapunto). I don’t do applique, but I sure appreciate it when I see it done well. This is such a sweet, cheerful quilt:
And more detail:
And finally… check out the rabbit!
I think the maker of this quilt not only had a great fabric stash, but a delightful sense of humor too! FYI – a pattern for it is available in the museum gift shop. And no… I won’t be making one!
Last quilt for the day, a contemporary one by Cathy Favret, titled Petroglyphs:
The redwork patterns were adapted from petroglyphs along the rock walls of the Columbia River. The creation of the Dalles Dam in the 1950’s flooded these carvings, but not before Cecile Terry Colcord captured rubbings of them. I thought they were unlike any other petroglyph drawings I’d ever seen.
So that’s your dose of quilt history for today!