Saturday, December 11, 2010

Red & Green Quilts ... 'Tis the Season!


* We're Celebrating *
With some Red and Green BEAUTIES!

For your viewing pleasure, we offer here
~ A Small Gallery ~
A Few of the Antique Quilts We're Offering This Year.


www.The Quilt Complex.com
(click here to get to our website)

Starting with the Oldest...
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An Early "Fleur de Lys" Applique


Here the "Green" is actually a Teal, and some might put it into the "blue" category.

We have included it anyway, because it fits the Holiday Mood!
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A Spectacular Early "Rose" Quilt Top
We always wonder, of course, why some women did not complete their quilts.
So many things could explain it ... a broken engagement, illness or death, or something less dramatic. Maybe she loved applique but wasn't so keen on quilting, and her favorite quilter moved away?
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"You Don't See Quilts Like This Every Day..."

A most unusual and personal quilt, a celebration of the Grape!
A marvelous "Wreath of Grapes" ~ not to be confused with "Grapes of Wreath" !
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A Bit Less Formal ...

Red, Green, and White quilts appear about 1840 in America.

They were quite the vogue mid-century (1840s - 1860s), but they continued to be favored throughout the 19th century.

This one, which we call "Christmas Star," dates to about the 1880's. The applique design is simpler than in some of the early quilts, but this qt maker did not hold back on her elaborate hand quilting!
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A Folk-y Example of a Classic Applique Quilt Design



We found this circa 1890 quilt in Pennsylvania, where it was likely made by a woman of German ancestry.

The exuberant color and densely placed color typifies what is often called the "Dutchy" aesthetic.
(Pennsylvania Germans were commonly known as the "Dutch," a word confused with the German word for "German" ~ "Deutsch.")
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~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS ~
from Our Family to Yours !









christmas-holly


Friday, August 27, 2010

so much for "dutch" !


We very recently acquired
a
*Treasure Trove*
of marvelous Antique Pennsylvania Quilts
... and thought it was a great time to look at the tricky term
"PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH"


The first half of the term is clear and straightforward ~
these quilts were indeed made in Pennsylvania,
before and up to the turn of the 20th century...

 


However, Word Two of the phrase,
"DUTCH,"
is a bit misleading ...





"DUTCH" is acutally a corruption of the German word "Deutsche," which means, of all things: "German."

So the term translates, more accurately to
"PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN"

The phrase refers to a distinctive decorative style used by descendants of the German and Swiss immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In Pennsylvania German quilts, we see their highly decorative design heritage expressed in exuberant color, densely covered surfaces, and liberal use of printed fabrics -- both on the fronts and the backs of quilts. 

Often the separately applied bindings are yet another colorful print.

Borders tend to be plentiful and imaginative.
 
These "Dutchy" Quilts,as they are often called.
 exude energy and whimsy.
 
But, make no mistake ...
 
Technically speaking, these beauties are
Pennsylvania German.
 
 
To see descriptions and more photo details of these quilts:
http://shop.thequiltcomplex.com/2008/06/tqc-quilts.php
 


  

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Merry's 96th Birthday!


Happy 96th Birthday, Mom!





A couple of months ago, I took my Mom, Merry Silber, out antique-ing!

We came upon a velvet Crazy Quilt with a big circle near the center. Embroidered in that circle? "1914" ~ the year of my Mom's birth!


Mom has been collecting quilts for about 45 years ~ and she loves it. So my gift to her could not have made her happier.


Her actual day of birth was July 10, 1914...


I hope you enjoy the quilt, too!

Thanks for tuning in...






Sunday, February 21, 2010

rare and wonderful "string quilts"


Please enjoy
Three Great Antique Quilts
made of "strips."




Strips of fabric, of random widths,
were sewn onto squares of cotton.

Then four of these squares were sewn together,
creating the illusion of "X"'s

in this "String Quilt," made circa 1900.






This fabulous circa 1890 "Kaleidoscope Star,"
as the former owner called it,

combines Strip Piecing (in the Four Point Stars)
and Crazy Quilt
(random shaped pieces)






Check out this wild, unique interpretation of 1880s Log Cabin!
Note the Log Cabin blocks set within Strip Diamonds,
and the Strip Piecing in the centers of each Cabin.




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Quilt Adventure II


We Had Some * FUN * at QUILT ADVENTURE II


On January 31, Joe and I were joined by Barbara Brackman
and
Jane Przybysz
(Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles)

to host 30 enthusiastic participants in a
FULL DAY of Crazy Quilts and more
...

Circa 1900 Crazy with tobacco premiums border

We enjoyed a guided walk through of the Museum's terrific exhibition, "Still Crazy."
After a yummy lunch, we had presentations by Julie, Joe, and Barbara. A Fun and Enlightening Time was Had by ALL...



All of us intently listening to the super-knowledgeable Jane Przybsz (door way) Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts



Sharing our various (and occasionally differing) thoughts



Circa1900 Pine Burr ~ String/Crazy Quilt



Joe & one of his recent quilts "Safety in Color"



Julie discussing a circa 1900 Victorian Sampler quilt



Happy Valentine's Day
from
Joe and Julie
QUILT ADVENTURE






For more info and photos on our Second QUILT ADVENTURE See Unsolicited BLOG entries by two participants:

http://alliesinstitches.blogspot.com/2010/02/julie-and-joes-quilt-adventure-crazy.html

www.DianeSteeleQuilts.blogspot.com




Friday, January 29, 2010

crazy quilt ~ "crazy teas" !


Ever Heard of A "CRAZY TEA" ??










I am doing my homework for the upcoming
"Julie and Joe's QUILT ADVENTURE
"
this Sunday (January 31) in San Jose, CA.

I found this *WONDERFUL, hilarious* passage in
Penny McMorris's 1984 seminal work, the book
"CRAZY QUILTS."

Check it out:

From the magazine “The Ladies’ World,” 1890:

“Crazy quilts, pillows, etc. are going swiftly ‘out,’ but crazy teas are a new and very pleasant diversion.”


Penny McMorris adds:

"The theme of a crazy tea was to be made plain from the moment that the guests received their invitations, for these invitations were to be written in various colors of ink on cards of different shapes and sizes and were then to be stuffed into envelopes that did not match.

The guests, arriving at the stated time, would find the hostess’s home suitably decked out with crazy quilts (“nearly everyone has friends who will lend them”) hung on the walls and draped over the doors. Pictures were to be turned upside down and rehung on the walls. Sofas were to be covered with books, vases, and fancy work (making guests sit on the floor?) Lamps, topped with shades of all colors and sizes, were to be placed in out-of-the-way corners.

The guests who were not fortunate enough to have eaten recently were treated to the following menu: baked beans covered with currant jelly, cornbread and cheese frosted with chocolate icing, tarts stuffed with chow-chow, and to quench the resulting thirst, hot salted lemonade.

Even the party conversation (assuming anyone was still able to talk after a few sips of lemonade) was made to be “crazy” by being stopped and redirected to a new topic every five minutes, at the sound of a bell rung by the hostess.
"


I love this ~ Let's have a Crazy Tea!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

is almost full and oh, it is going to be great!

Guest Presenter:
Barbara Brackman!
















These are but a few of the many Fabulous Quilts
we will show and explore on Jan.31 in San Jose, CA


For more info: CLICK HERE