More from the Wadsworth Athaneum

Chintz is a highly glazed cotton printed (or not) fabric.  Over the years I think I’ve used some chintz in one of my quilts, not on purpose though…I think I found a fabric I liked and didn’t know what it was and just bought it.  This one (though you can’t quite tell from the photo) is quite pretty.

This lovely quilt is silk.  Made between 1860 & 1875, the silk is from a producer in CT.  Even more beautiful in person than in this photo (not quite getting the adjustments I want with PhotoShop).  A flash can not be used in the museum and I didn’t get the shot of this quilt straight on.  Silk is interesting to work with to say the very least, using some kind of stabilizer an absolute must so I can’t even begin to imagine how the quilter put this quilt together.  I’d love to make a quilt entirely of silk someday.

I love the entire collection of quilts on display, this quilt Broken Star, has to be one of my favorites! Just like the silk quilt above the complexity of pattern just pulls my quilty heart strings.  I can see a quilt like this with a black back ground and bright colors and bright batiks.

After the petticoat in the previous post I only thought it fair to bring quilted clothing into the 21st century.  This was on display at the University of Connecticut Stamford campus.  I just love these bright colors!  As I stood next to this I thought, this will be my outfit in 20 years when I’m 60. . . and I take up skiing.  Maybe I’ll wait until I’m 65, but 60 might just do it for me.  We’ll see.  The pants are grid quilted on the diagonal, the hat is knitted and the jacket has some quilting.

Jeri Riggs made this lovely quilt.  When I see her this week I’m going to ask her how long it took and if it’s pieced or is the scroll work made with bias binding.    There are two blue birds sitting on the fence.

When my sweetie saw this Benedicte Caneill quilt he said that this is one I would like, my style.  I do like the free form movement of this quilt, the detail in the quilting.  His comment is interesting as I’d not given much thought to more free form pieces before and it gives some thought to seeing how this can develop in my quilting.

One week from today Quilt Celebration X will open.  I’m excited that we’ll have 120 quilts, 7 vendors each of whom will be offering a demo on each day of the show, the guild boutique, and our Special Exhibit.  I’m amazed that it’s been 2 years since the last show and 19 months since Susan & I agreed to take this on as chairs.  This has been a very full experience, one that I will treasure for a very long time.

I also get to see my sisters next weekend.  They’re coming for the show to volunteer and spend some time together.  It won’t be long enough that’s for sure.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

2 thoughts on “More from the Wadsworth Athaneum

  1. Hi Teri: Glad you enjoyed the show. Just a bit of clarification: my quilt was pieced, and then the black leading was appliqued on top. And there are 3 birds!
    The garments were all made by Cindy Friedman, and premiered in Houston at Bernina Fashion Shows. The quilt you liked was titled “Lost in the Amazon” and was made by Katharina Lichtman, not Benedicte, in fact.
    You can see all the quilts ( with titles and artist names) at http://notesfromnorma.blogspot.com
    See you next week!
    Jeri

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