Hi, it's Marjorie Busby today from blue feather quilt studio to share a tutorial for a Fun Flower quilt that is quilted in the hoop. First, let me say that the Fun Flower die is my all-time favorite. It is so quick and easy to stitch with machine embroidery and it's just the right size to use in so many different ways. It fits perfectly on a 6" square like the center of an uneven nine patch from the 12" Qube. And it is used on lovely Carolina blue place mats at my house to honor our alma mater, the University of North Carolina. Fun flowers transform a plain alternating block on a quilt to a quick, easy and beautiful joining block. I have even used it to cover a permanent magic marker stain on the side front of a little girl's t-shirt. The following pictures show a couple of examples of the ways I like to use Fun Flowers.
“The Met” Quilt Gallery #751
It’s a bit surprising not to find quilts on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. However, behind the scenes, quilts are constantly being purchased, donated and organized for future viewings. The two-part American Quilts and Folk Art exhibit was introduced in July 2015, combining folk paintings, furniture and eight stunning turn-of- the-century quilts. With special permission from the museum, this blog has been created for the enjoyment of AccuQuilt readers.
The museum has allowed us to use these copyrighted photographs. Surprisingly enough, they do allow photography of the quilts in the museum without the use of a flash. Five of the quilts created between 1850 and 1920 have been selected for this blog.
Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Floral Wreath Quilt Cotton, 86 X 98" ca 1850
Emeline Travis Ludington (1820-1887)
Carmel, New York
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellow Gifts, 2008
This quilt mimics the floral intricacy of the Rococo Revival style that was taking place in Carmel, NY. Similarly, rosewood furniture backs in the time reflected wreaths of grapevines and flowers like the ones you see here.
Unlike more modest bed quilts, this was considered much more stylish. Its preservation over the years is stunning. Although this quilt is over 165 years old, its fabrics and stitching are in exceptionally good condition. It would have been considered a “show” quilt only displayed in the home on special occasions. Today, our own quilts are on display throughout our homes and the older and more fragile quilts we have collected are pulled out to “show” or use on special occasions, too.
Emeline was obviously an ambitious quilter with an artistic vision for her quilt, laying out and stitching this stunning overall design and adding an unusual scalloped detailed finish to the edges. She was the mother of six children and a banker's wife. Not much else is known about her as her quilt making skill is undocumented beyond this piece.
Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I am Diana Ray, quilter and writer at Ray’s Sew Crafty, and I am so excited to start this new year with you all! Thanks to AccuQuilt, I’ve been able to quilt a bit more without spending most of my time cutting with my rotary cutter and mat. I am hopeful that my list of quilts finished will grow this new year!