Sunday, July 28, 2013

1902 McCalls Magazine

Many years ago I was given a battered, partial 1902 McCalls magazine which had been used to store silk embroidery floss. The floss was sometimes woven into the pages.  The pictures and illustrations are still interesting although the pages torn and battered.

Friday, July 19, 2013

More Favorite Handkerchiefs

Here are some more favorite handkerchiefs from my collection. I stated collecting handkerchiefs in 1993 so I could make a handkerchief quilt. Back then I found them for fifty cents or a dollar as yard sales and dumpy flea markets. Later I started to buy on eBay as well as in antique malls and flea markets. Now I have six or eight hundred in my collection, some meant for cutting, some for quilting, and some just because they are lovely to behold.

This mint with label peacock has more intense colors in real life . I believe it is from the later 20th c, 60s or 70s even.

A painterly presentation of trees, this hanky is in Pat Gardner's book Handkerchief Quilts. I was lucky to find one of my own on eBay.

I loved this later 20th c Japanese handkerchief so much I made it into a wall hanging. I added borders that continued the hanky design elements.

A literary souvenir handkerchief is of The House of the Seven Gables which inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's book of the same name.

I was born near Lake Erie, moved to Michigan, and for some time have lived along Lake Michigan. This Great Lakes hanky from the 50s is one of my favorite souvenir hankies.

I love this natural looking flower garden with the light blue background.

I have a collection of hankies with leaves on them, which I have always planned to make into a bed quilt some day. This is one of the more vibrant ones.

I also collect handkerchiefs with violets and pansies. Have planned to make a bed quilt with them some day. I wonder if I will live long enough to make all these quilts I want to make!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some more vintage handkerchiefs!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Negro Problem

I am preparing my quilt for shipping to be shown at the Grand Rapids, MI American Quilt Society show. And I took the time to read again the quotations I embroidered. And I feel the quilt is timely.

The women on the quilt, black and white, all worked for freedom and equality. Their words still move me as I read them again.

"Remember we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone, but for the freedom of the human spirit, a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind." Ella Baker 1903-1986

"The chasm between what the principles upon which this government was founded ... and those which are daily practiced...yawn wide and deep." Mary Church Terrell 1863-1954

"Problems lie not so much in our action as in our inaction." Diane Nash 1938-

"The ultimate test of democracy in the United States will be the way in which it solves the Negro problem." Rev Pauli Murray 1910-1985

"In toiling for the freedom of others, we shall find our own." Lydia Maria Child 1802-1880

"Shall I be inactive and permit remain undisturbed? Or shall I ...enlist in the ranks of those who...dare hold combat with prevailing inequity?" Prudence Crandall 1803-1880

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman 1820-1913

"For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

The quilt title, I Will Lift My Voice Like A Trumpet, is from a speech by Angelina Grimke Weld. Born on  a Southern plantation, she and her sister Sarah left their home for Philadelphia and became Quakers. Even the Quakers were not accepting of their radical Abolitionist views. Angelina became a speaker for Abolition. She was speaking in Philadelphia when hostile crowds surrounded the building and threatened to burn it down. Still she raised her voice for freedom.

Virginia Dunn was married to a lawyer. When the Dunns supported Civil Rights their Southern society dropped them, socially and professionally. They put up the bail money for Rosa Parks. 

Anne Braden (1924-2006) and her husband worked for housing rights. Retribution was forthcoming. She said, "It's a fine thing to sit and talk and get your heart in the right place, but it ain't going to have one bit of impact. Whites need to be visible and engaged."

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1972) was a grass roots worker. She knew from experience the truth of her words, "Ain't nothing going to be handed to you on a silver platter, nothing. That's not just black people, that's people in general. You've got to fight. Every step of the way, you've got to fight."

One who chose her battle line was Rosa Parks (1913-2005). She explained, "I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move."

America is still in process of working out "the Negro problem", which is of course really a human problem, involving us all. I take some comfort in Septima Clark's words (1889-1987), "I have a great belief in the fact that wherever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift."

What chaos will manifest itself in America today? What phoenix will rise from the fire of one more polarizing and igniting point? What can we do, can I do, to bring justice and mercy and peace to a broken world? 

Monday, July 15, 2013

More from the Pentwater Quilt Display

Along with the heirloom quilts, contemporary quilters and several collectors brought quilts to the show. These spanned the last thirty years of quiltmaking.

A Stack n Wack star showed up.

Connie Hiscock, sister-in-law of co-organizer Anne Soles, made this red and green applique quilt based on antique patterns:

A local quiltmaker and machine quilter contributed this house quilt. Viewers loved her color palette and fabrics.

Another organizer, Mary Jane Crimp, made this Lone Star quilt and the broken star that follows.

Mary Jane belongs to a group of quilters that meet at a local church. They made the blocks for this crazy quilt. They had a great deal of fun collecting the laces and fabrics.

Kristin Forester set up our display.  I loved her early Bow Tie. It looks almost contemporary in its use of white background with bold bright colors.

She also had several smaller quilts and pillow sets.

 I am afraid I don't know who made all the quilts in the show. These quilts being in that category.

A United Methodist Church quilt group in North Carolina made this blue and white quilt belonging to Carol Cornelisen.

I contributed some of my older and more recent works, including the Prince's Feather made for my husband. My President redwork quilt was quite a hit. I also had my Mountain Mist Sunflower applique, my first handkerchief quilt, the Little Women quilt, and several quilts I have collected recently.

This bargello wall hanging was made by a local quilter as a housewarming gift. The beauty of  Pentwater  can be seen in the color choices. I immediately saw the sand beach, the water and the sun.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pentwater Quilt Display a Success

On Saturday, July 13 the Centenary United Methodist Church of Pentwater, MI offered a quilt display in conjunction with the city's annual Art Fair. Quilts were brought out of closets and taken off beds, representing 19th through 21st century quilt making. About sixty quilts were arranged on the church pews in the sanctuary. The church building was erected in 1875, although the Methodist church in Pentwater was the earliest church in the area, back in the hey day of  lumbering in Michigan.

Pentwater is a resort town these days, with many retirees from all over. In summer the village blossoms with cottagers, summer folk, campers and the marina filled with Lake Michigan boaters. So it was not surprising that 19th c quilts showed up, like the two crazy quilts featured above. Three 1890s crazy quilts were brought to the show! The embroidery on these quilts was spectacular! 

One quilt even featured a photograph of the maker printed on fabric.

Many well loved Depression era quilts were on display. A Kit Quilt Trip Around the World was purchased for $5; it is on the left in the photo below. Later it's clone arrived!

Lots of strips and gingham in this Drunkard's Path! Perhaps shirts, aprons and dress materials?

 This faded Dresden Plate on a pale yellow ground has particularly fine quilting, noted by attendee Jeffrey Cunningham (originator of the Coppersville Farm Museum quilt show, "Quilts and Their Stories.")

This quilt interested me; the blue fabric predates the Depression Era pieced fabrics around it by quite a bit. But quilters have always hoarded fabric, and during the hard times anything was fair game.

Two Sunbonnet Sues came in. The pink sashed quilt was discovered under a bed mattress! The second Sue was made by the owner's mother and incorporated fabrics from the girls dresses.

This Carolina Lily variation is unusual as the flowers are green and the vases red. The stems are also unusual, going to one flower instead of one to each flower. 

A Gees Bend area quilt purchased in the early 1970s was also shared.

I will post more photos from the show next time!