Saturday, November 28, 2009

birds on quilts

Looking through some of our images for a Holiday image,
I found this fabulous, hand embroidered
TURKEY from a fancy 1890s Crazy Quilt (detail).

We recently sold a 19th century Sampler Quilt featuring
this cocky fellow.

So, I started looking for more Birds on Quilts and found

the cool ones below.

Detail: circa 1880s "Birds of Paradise" quilt, Pennsylvania

Detail of an Album Quilt, circa 1860

Detail of an Album Quilt, circa 1860

Detail of an Appliqued and Stuffed Quilt, circa 1880

Align CenterVictorian Crazy Quilts tend to be covered with embroidery,
typically worked over every seam.

But the fancy pieces of silk and velvet
are also a nice canvas for embroidered images of
objects, people, animals of all sorts ~ and great birds!

Why so many birds on quilts?
Whoo Knows?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

YOU . . . are . . . INVITED !

Julie Silber and Joe Cunningham
are very excited about our


A FULL Day of Rare, Fun & Informative Quilt Events

Sunday, December 6, 2009
9:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ~ San Francisco

• A
Guided Tour: Amish Quilt Exhibition at the de Young Museum
• A
Rare Tour: Jeffery Ross and Jonathan Shannon's fabulous home, the Archbishop’s Mansion ~ and quilts (including "Amigos Muertos")
Janneken Smucker: “A New Look at the Esprit Quilt Collection”
(includes live examples)
Robert Shaw: "A History of the Art Quilt" ~ Who Knows MORE???
Julie and Joe: Dog-n-Pony Show on "Maverick Quilts"
and the nature of improvisation
with Live Examples ~ some DOOZIES !

Lunch and Museum Admission are included.
Space is limited.

For More Information and Sign-Ups

Sunday, November 1, 2009

then ... and now

I HEART Jean Ray Laury...

Jean and I have known each other for a long, long time. Way further back than the top photo here, taken about 15 years ago, on one of my visits to Jean and Frank's home.

Circa 1994 outside of Jean Ray's home in Clovis, California.
My sweatshirt (in Hebrew) translates to "Mendocino" (my home town)

At the annual meeting of AQSG Oct. 2009, San Jose, CA; Jean was the Keynote Speaker
(What a wonderful treat to get in a little visit...)

The late, legendary textile dealer, Cora Ginsburg, once said this to some folks who were complaining about how they looked in a photograph,

"Enjoy it, my Dears. Fifteen years from now, you will look back at this shot think you looked FABULOUS!"

Tempus, she definitely fugits...

To learn more about Jean Ray, and her work, please visit: