Quilters Meet and Greet

Quilters Meet and Greet

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.


34 thoughts on “Quilters Meet and Greet”

  • If I had to choose a style “to diminish my stash” I would be in BIG trouble!! Thanks for sharing your journey. I found the link to the Meet and Greet, but didn’t find your direct prize link., though.

    • Thanks Amy! Last night, I actually tried hand piecing a nine patch that would finish at 2.25″ Not extremely small but when gathered with other of the same size I think they would look impressive. Cutting it out took the most time because I was using my scraps. I have to work on making that part of the process faster.

  • I love 19th century quilts, too. (I’m sure you read Barbara Brackman’s blogs.) One of my well-thumbed books is “Indigo Quilts from the Poos Collection.” Your new acquisition is a beauty!

    • Oh yes, I definitely read her blogs. The amount of knowledge she has and is willing to share so freely is amazing to me. Have you seen the new book published by the International Quilt Study Center and Museum? I think it is called Quilts in the Industrial Age. It is huge, lots of pictures, and weighs a ton.

  • I enjoyed reading about your quilter journey, Taryn…and seeing some of your lovely quilts that you have!!
    I look forward to seeing your tiny nine patch.:)
    Thanks for being part of the Quilters Meet & Greet! <3

  • I wish I could pick a style …I just love it all. You certainly shared some gorgeous quilts with us. I’m very glad to meet you, Taryn.

    • Hi LJ, it’s hard not to veer off into other styles. I confess to acquiring a good representation of Kaffe Fassett fabrics but I wound up donating a chunk of them to a raffle quilt fundraiser. The result turned out pretty fantastic so I’m glad I had them to give.

  • I love the tiny 9 patch! There is just something about blue and white quilts that really tugs at my heart. Thank you for sharing!

    • Wendy, thanks for taking the time to comment. I’ve heard that blue and white quilts are by far the most popular. To me, they are a very calming and mellow color combination.

  • The oldest of my three children – my first husband left first. Now I think he’s trying to make a comeback. It’s a difficult situation when we have children together. Anyhow, I’m curious as to your attachment to Maryland provenance. I grew up In WV and bought a quilt book specifically about WV quilts and quilters with zero patterns. I have basically no relationship with my siblings. However the older brother is into genealogy. There was one quilter from the county where I was born and raised and she had a familial last name though not ours. So, I took a chance and emailed my brother. He knew that she was a second cousin twice removed and did not know that she was a quilter. Furthermore, she was from our part of the county. I love the old quilts and would love to have the patience to do the tiny work. I do not enjoy applique. I am such a perfectionist and I have not found how to fit qpplique into my perfectionistic OCD. I just read online where a blogger had taken a class from a given lady and now loves applique. That would be wonderful. Apparently this teacher takes the stress out of it. That’s what I need. I love the quilts you chose to share and I signed up to follow you which I almost never do unless it’s through Bloglovin’. Thanks for participating in the Meet and Greet. I’m anxious to hear and learn more.

    • I like the WV quilt book very much. I am a fan of quilt of mid-Atlantic region, West Virginia included, generally and Maryland in particular because many are so beautiful and they have elements found in the state bordering Maryland. Thanks for signing up to follow. I think you can find me on Bloglovin’ now but I am not 100% sure. Let me know if you do find this blog there.

  • Gorgeous reproduction quilts you have collected. What a fun challenge to re-create them…unless of course the blocks are smaller than a dime! LOL!!!!

  • Hi Taryn
    Your quilts are quite lovely. Hmm, you have started a new idea for me-focus on one style of quilt. That goes along with the whole idea of simplifying my life and work flow. I have never tried the exquisite reproduction style quilts that you have sewn. I keep thinking that they are out of my reach. You must have tremendous will power to keep working on these long term projects. I really enjoyed visiting your blog.

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