Hello! I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years but only recently moved Reproduction Quilt Lover from the Blogger platform to WordPress. There is still a lot of housekeeping to do as I clean up some of the messes made during the migration. But, most of my old posts made it over and I am ready to get back to connecting with the community of quilt lovers as we talk about our ideas, what inspires us and the best places to stash all the fabric we have. If you are new here, I hope it is because you found this blog through the Quilters Meet & Greet coordinated by Benita from Victoriana Quilt Designs. If not, click here to visit her blog and find links to a bunch more quilt related blogs. The information will be up for the whole month of September and there will be a fantastic prize awarded on October 1 (more details about that here). To enter for the grand prize, click on the image below.
Since this is a meet and greet, let me tell you a bit about myself and my favorite style of quilting. I am mom to three grown children and wife to what I like to refer to as my fourth child — my hubby. He still keeps me laughing so that’s a big plus. I work full-time so squeezing quilting into my “free time” is an ongoing challenge. When I started back to work full-time about 14 years ago I decided to pick a quilting style and stick with it for the sake of “minimizing my stash.” I still laugh at that thought every time I look at the wall of shelves full of fabric in my basement. But I did pick a style and I have stuck with it. I love antique quilts and using them for inspiration to make reproduction quilts. Hence the name, Reproduction Quilt Lover. Benita asked that we send a photo of a favorite quilt and I picked the “Pot of Flowers” below. My quilt dates from the turn of the 20th century and was made by one of two sisters from Frederick County, Maryland. I haven’t reproduced this quilt yet but it’s on my very long list of “Quilts I Would Like to Make.”
Another of my favorite quilting things are quilts with a Maryland provenance. The Pot of Flowers is one from my collection. Below is a photo of an album quilt, also from Maryland, that I recently acquired. It is in pretty rough shape but is still exciting both for the names inscribed on it and the beautiful patterns just begging to be reproduced. The names on this quilt represent all four of the most popular methods of inscription in the mid-19th century: inked, stamped, cross-stitched and embroidered. Not only is this quilt a research opportunity but it also gives me a chance to spend a lot of time practicing stabilizing the disintegrating fabrics.
Don’t think I only care about appliqué quilts. I admire the artistry and skill involved in rendering appliqué patterns but I also love pieced quilts. One reason is probably because I’m better at piecing than I am at appliqué. When collecting pieced quilts I look for favorite blocks, unusual patterns and/or pieced patterns done in small scale. Years ago, I saw an antique quilt in a vendor’s booth that was made of 2-1/4″ nine-patch blocks, literally thousands of them! But it was priced at a number that was roughly equivalent to the balance on my car loan at the time and I figured the hubby would rather see me pay that off than buy another quilt. So, I left it but haven’t stopped thinking about it yet. I did find a similar one about a year ago that was much more affordable. My fantasy quilt was made from many, many different fabrics and my tiny nine-patch is blue and white with a spunky red binding. I have an idea for creating a reproduction and look forward to sharing that with you in the coming weeks.
That’s enough for today but I hope you’ll stop back again soon. If you would like to be notified when new posts are published, please fill out the subscription form on the right side of the page. I hate spam as much as you do so, rest assured, you’ll only receive emails about posts and my very occasional newsletter with some additional fun quilting information. Don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize and pop back to Benita’s blog to meet some other quilt bloggers.