The Wednesday Quilt Show

If it's Wednesday, it must be The Wednesday Quilt Show! This week we're going to look at more antique quilts. If you want your quilt shown here with a link to your blog or website, please shoot me an email at milodesigns@embarqmail.com or check the submission guidelines found to your right. No blog or website? No problem - I'll share your quilt as well!
Beautiful, quirky, 1940s era Folk Art quilt from Cynthia Felts
Detail of Flower??? Star???
Thanks for showing this wonderful quilt!
Click Cynthia's name above for the complete story of this quilt.
Cynthia's quilt made me think of two quilts I have packed away...
My 1930s Birthday Dresden Plate.
Detail of exquisite quilting and workmanship - all hand done.
Ice Cream Cone border. All those bias curves!
This Dresden Plate quilt was a birthday gift from my mother about 10 years ago. It was bought at an antique shop in Harrisonville, Mo. The shop owner said a local physician's wife made it. The workmanship is flawless. It obviously has never been used as there is no sign of wear and tear on it. I love this quilt because it is perfect!
Another 1930s Dresden Plate
Compare it to this 1930s Dresden Plate quilt. I like to think of these two quilts as the Town Mouse and her Country Cousin! The workmanship on this one is obviously not as good, but it is far more interesting. Perfection can be boring. Look at the quilting. Today we'd call it "big stitch" quilting. She probably called it "get 'er done" quilting! There are 30 blocks set side-by-side with 1 1/2" sashing. The background is yellow and the sashing is "Martha Stewart" green. I love this quilt because it is not perfect!

Detail of Country Cousin.
Those quilting stitches add a wonderful modern feel to quilt --
plus the generous use of solids in the background
and sashing make it feel so contemporary.
The "plates" are machine stitched down with white thread.
I wonder how she turned the seam allowance under.
The knife blade edge eliminates the need for
an applied binding. One day I'm going to finish a quilt like this.
The back is a solid pink - even if it's a bit faded.
She understood color and used it well
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And now for the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. The Country Cousin quilt was made by my Husband's great grandmother. I have seen other quilts she made, so I know her skills were every bit as good as the physician's wife! She just didn't have as much time, being a farm wife. Other than that, I don't know any history on this quilt. But even so, I can easily imagine she made it for warmth, not to show off her skills. And it was obviously used and loved, which the Town Mouse wasn't. So which is the better quilt? I know what I think!

Comments

  1. Oh what a gorgeous display of quilts!

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  2. I love antique quilts! It's always nice when you have "the rest of the story"! I just made my first Dresden Plate block, (slightly different version) and I can appreciate the workmanship in both quilts!

    LaDonna

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  3. I love these quilts. Cynthia's quilt is really unsual. I've never seen this pattern before. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful antique quilts. Hugs

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  4. Both are wonderful quilts! I think making large stitches look as good as they do in the country cousin quilt takes as much skill as tiny stitches!

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  5. I just love "Wednesday Quilt Show"! Hoping to get some good shots of my quilt done up so I can make a submission. :)

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  6. I agree with you all - the antique quilts are great! It's so cool to think that we're part of such a long line of tradition!
    J

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