Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Designs Still Worth Doing: Jolly Circus and Nursery Rhyme Quilt
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Tuesday's This and That: May 30, 2023
Finished 4 quilts for Christmas that are based on the "Out of the Blue" quilt pattern that was a free tutorial at Riley Blake's blog.
I had a long talk with Beth on Saturday. We always make sure to chat at least once a week for at least an hour (usually longer). At one point, Beth considered getting rid of some of her Civil War reproduction fabrics. My advice this week was to use them up. The price of fabric is so high these days and there are always people that like muted tones. Don't you agree?
Monday, May 29, 2023
Happy Memorial Day!
Friday, May 26, 2023
Flower Friday: May 26, 2023
But what is blooming:
Sundrops and Missouri Primroses are beginning to bloom:
Thursday, May 25, 2023
More wall hangings...
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Designs Still Worth Doing: Mother Goose Quiltie
Ruby Short married Arthur McKim in 1917 and the couple had three children during their marriage. Arthur had worked in public relations and the couple created one of the most successful sewing cottage industries.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Tuesdays This and That: May 23, 2023
The nice thing about this bush is that when the flowers fade, I'll trim and guess what? I'll get another blooming. The second blooming won't be as amazing as the first but I sure do love whatever blooms on this bush.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Although I've made a lot of small quilts through the years, I haven't done any since last summer when I made doll quilts.
A lot of my friends regularly make smaller pieces to use up blocks or to create a variety of projects. Diann at Little Penguin Quilts makes wonderful table runners and wall hangings if you need inspiration. In the past I've made table runners and wall hangings but also mug rugs. I have a whole drawer full of fabric put aside for placemats; our guild collects the placemats to give to folks who receive meals on wheels.
I was thinking of these projects and then I began to wonder when did quilters began to make wall hangings regularly for their homes or others?
Well in 1910, a young woman decided to hang quilts on the wall inspired by the tapestries that once were used to decorate homes.
She was an artist and wanted to make her garret more artistic and used suspended rope to hang the quilts that "her sisters had voted out of style...and ultimately discarded." Although this idea was published widely, it didn't seem to be adopted by the public.
Both of these examples were of bed quilts being hung. But what a quilt made especially to be hung on a wall?
I should have realized earlier, it was Jean Ray Laury who specifically made wall hangings. Here's a photo from a 1959 newspaper article:
I've written about the designer before (here) but she was an artist who really stretched the concept of quilting by making it personal--and fun. In a 2000 interview with the Quilt Alliance, Laury stated, "I don't see a big difference between fabric on the wall and paint on the wall." She was such a strong influence in the quilting world that she was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 1982 (read here).
In 1958, her quilted wall hangings were even exhibited at Stanford University:
By the 1960s and 70s, more and more (usually young people) were hanging textiles on the walls. Pattern companies adopted the idea as well:
The Flower Alphabet pattern was marketed in 1969 as a quilt or a wall hanging by Laura Wheeler Designs.
Although other makers may have created wall hangings, I haven't really found one that made a smaller scale (not quit sized) piece. Do you know of any?
Friday, May 19, 2023
Flower Friday: May 19, 2023
From Barb, we have some Major Wheeler Honeysuckle:
From Sue we have some knock out Irises:
The Clematis uses the azalea as a trellis...as Sue says, "Lord, I love this time of year!"