Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MORE ... Making It Her "OWN" ...

MORE  ...
"Slight" Variations

My last post was
 about women who found various ways to
make traditional quilts "their own..."

Again, in this post, I am not talking about
outrageously personal and unique quilts, like the one below ~
a REALLY rare 20th century pictorial "Pine Burr" quilt

(click on photo for more on this quilt)

We will get to more of those "Super Mavericks" in later blogs ~ Promise!

In this post let's look at the more subtle ways some quilt makers
personalized their quilts, distinguishing otherwise conventional designs
 into more memorable ones.
Slight variations or unexpected choices in
  • Color 
  • Scale (extra large or extra small) 
  • Sets or borders 
  • Quilting
  •  Placement
can make a big impact on the final look.

Check out the following quilts with unusual sets or borders:
"Flower Basket" 
Circa 1880, Michigan

(click on photos for more on this quilt)
"Peppers" applique with vining Grapes borders
 Circa 1870

(click on images for more on this quilt)
"Oak Leaf and Reel"
Circa 1880
Geese in Flight borders and "Distelfink" intersections

We'll keep exploring this way of looking at
cool variations of traditional quilt designs....  Stay Tuned!


  1. I like the color combo on the last quilt. It appears to be blue, yellow & red. An interesting design with the qpplique and flying geese.

  2. I found your blog on the sidebar of the Wonky World blog. I love that you are doing this topic. I often read on quilter's blogs that they "don't like to use patterns because they don't want their quilt to look like someone else's". But I have always felt that it is always possible to alter a design just enough to "make it your own". I look forward to seeing what other quilts you have found that have done that.