Friday, May 19, 2006

A Quilt To Ponder

I bought this quilt at a family auction on my husband's side several years ago. I think it is called Carolina Lily. I have always loved it for its graphic quality and folk art look. It is hand-pieced and has exquisite hand quilting; however, the handles and stems are appliqued by machine. Sadly, the green has really faded. Since I have been the owner, I have tried to keep it out of direct light and to refold it often. The yellows and reds have held up well. The pictures don't really show those fabric colors that well though. We think it was made by DH's great grandmother--wish she had put a label on it or signed her name. Lessons to be learned here!!! I hope to reproduce it someday. I didn't come from a family of quilters, but married into one!!!

Today was a good mail day! After Laura mentioned this book in her blog the other day, I immediately did a search and found a used one on Amazon for $14.00. Wowzer, jumped right on that and I got it today. You're right, Laura, it is an excellent source. Love the roses and tulips. I like those 4 block quilts too and I see that she (Gwen Marston) has a new book, Folk-Art Quilts, coming out in June. Yep, I'll probably have to have that one too!!!

7 comments:

Simonetta said...

Really so much beautiful, you have done well to purchase him, and the colors are so harmonious :))))

Linda_J said...

Lovely quilt--I like the faded color even but it probably was once a vibrant green like the red and yellow. Makes me wonder what might happen to our fabrics we use today over time. Supposedly things are more colorfast or we have things to set color better but still.......

Tracey said...

What a beautiful quilt! And I do remember Laura mentioning that book, but I couldn't come up with anything on my search. Thanks for showing it...and congrats on your purchase! :o)

Laura said...

Lucky you finding the book! I love just looking at the pictures in it. So much inspiration!

Judy said...

Great find! on the book. I found one for $35 but wondered if it was worth it. Love the antique quilt!

I saw in an earlier pic that you have your 4th Kansas City Star BOM block done! I'm working on the first one still...I started late! Yours look great!

Dawn said...

Oh that Lily quilt is gorgeous! The vase/pot they are in is a really great desing.

I noticed Laura mentioned that book also and I don't have it. Hmmm, two people saying it is good... I may have to go buy one also!

Lucy said...

I need to look forward to this book !