Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This Will Take Awhile

Oh, we certainly have a lot to catch up on.

First of all, a little about my vintage sewing suitcase.  Uh, NOT such a good idea.  On the flight there, I checked it and when I picked it up off the carousel - it was tagged by security.  It got a lot of attention.  The sharp objects…... the large sand pincushion all housed in a vintage case that possibly a bad guy wouldn't mind blowing up….. you get the picture.  Things were quite tousled, but intact.  On the way home I took out the large sharp objects and decided to carry it on.  Well, that got a lot of attention too.  It was swabbed for explosives and I was asked questions.  The last baggage carrier even suggested I should enter the 21st century and buy something with wheels.  So, no more airports for this carry all.  It will only go on sewing trips that I take in a car.  Geesh, nobody appreciates vintage charm I guess.

The trip was fun.  Part of the trip included a tour of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln Nebraska.  We had a "behind the scenes" tour with Kim Taylor the Collections Manager.  Her job is to take care of the quilts.  I won't go into the details, except to say it is a full time job.  This is Kim showing us the archives of quilts….

These slide out trays were for the most fragile of the pieces.

This was a whitework - or Broderie de Marseille.  It was made around 1720 in France.  To say the stitches were small is kind of insulting.  They are practically microscopic.  This one was a huge favorite to say the least.

I won't post a lot more, as there were other bloggers there who probably want to post too :)

 One of the current shows in the museum was on Kit Quilts.  Kits quilts are fairly easy for the quilt collector to identify.  They were popular in the 1920's through the 1960's.  They consisted mostly of solid fabric and were mostly the colors we today consider the 1930 or Depression color palette.  Light, bright, pastels. I particularly like the one above in blues and creams - and lots and lots of hand quilting.
 This was a popular kit called Poppies.
 This is a section of a Giant Dahlia quilt kit.  What great quilting.
 Could this have been the first Pre-cut?

 This Trip Around The World mixed solids and prints.

My favorite exhibit in the Kit Quilt Display is what we now consider a contemporary "kit" - a pattern that features Pre-cuts.  Hey!!! It's my friend Carrie's quilt pattern displayed in the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, UNDER GLASS.  Hey girl, don't go gettin' a big head.  How fun is that?!  It is even displayed with Moda Fabric - just how it should be :)

A great time was had by all.

Remember that yesterday this started…..

Here is the Blog Hop Schedule……

Janet Clare Designs –

Eric +Julie Comstock-
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio –

Malka Dubrawski –
Lauren + Jessi Jung –


April Rosenthal –
Minick and Simpson –

Primitive Gatherings –

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Bunny Hill –

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Me and My Sister Designs –

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above 

I'll be posting next Monday.  Come back and see us!!



Janet said...

That white work piece is GORGEOUS! And made in 1720! What amazing skill applied so beautifully! I enjoyed the kit handquilting as well. Thanks!!

Carrie said...

ROFL Pinned. Under glass. It makes me feel like some kind of bug... a specimen.

But it's seriously cool - and thank you for the picture. I love it... and it's a good thing that Market is being held in a big convention center.

Sharrieboberry said...

I love the Poppy kit. I've seen it in red, but never in yellow. Maybe someone in California created it? Thanks for sharing your visit and pictures!

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