This quilt was AMAZING!! It is made of the silk bands which used to hold bundles of cigars together, and is called - appropriately enough! - a Cigar Band Quilt. Since I saw this I have looked a tiny bit more into them and apparently the silk used for the bands was not over a very good quality which adds to the fragility of them. I also discovered from some online auction sites that these sell for a LOT of money and I can see why given the work that must have been involved in putting them together.
OK, so the picture above isn't exactly a quilt. It is an image projected onto the floor. You get to select three fabric patterns and a design and put them together on the computer and then your quilt is projected onto the floor. I didn't totally like my design, but other people were waiting to have a go, so I didn't have another go, but it was fun to play.
The picture in the above goblet quilt is a reflection!
This is the most amazingly beautiful Baltimore Album Quilt. Sadly it was quite hard to photograph, but the work and detail, patterns, colour, intricacy and so on is just amazing. A word that I can (!) overuse, but it really does apply in this case.
Below is a Woven Candlewick bedspread which came from Connecticut and was made in the early 1800's. It is a professionally woven piece.
I love patterned quilts of all styles, but I also find the detail in the stitching in the actual quilting part of the process very interesting, and this was unlike anything that I had seen before.
I am sorry that the picture of this house quilt is a bit blurry, but it was so unusual that I had share it.
Below you can see more amazing stitching work - and above!
The quilt above is from about 1840, and was made in Maryland. This is an unusual quilt, because the hexagons are not all cut individually, in most cases three hexagons have been cut out together so that you reduced the number of seams needed. Clever huh!
When I took the picture of the pennant quilt above I thought that they were all from places in Texas, but when I looked again when I got home I realised that they were not - the New Mexico one should have been a giveaway for starters shouldn't it!! Oh, and that Los Angeles one as well!!!
Of all quilts the ones that I love the most are Hawaiian Quilts. Until I lived in America many years ago, I had never seen anything like them, but I fell in love straight away and have loved them ever since. The one above is a Ku'u Hae Alhoa Quilt (translated as My Beloved Flag), it is circa 1893 and is, of course!, from Hawaii.
Apparently the most treasured Hawaiian quilts are those that feature Hawaiian flag, and because of this the usually stay within the family of the maker. This one features both the flag and royal coat of arms to pay homage to the Kings and Queens as well as to honour and memorialise the Hawaiian kingdom and the time during the 19th Century when it was independent.
The quilt below is typical of Hawaiian quilts from the 20th Century. It is based on a papercut design, where you fold a sheet of paper and cut out a pattern. It is then accented by stitching which follows the shape of the cut out.
Another unusual quilt is the Lone Star Quilt above. Made in 1983 it was made by Margaret Little Thunder, a Sioux Indian of Crazy Horse, South Dakota and includes the Cheyenne tipi into the points of the star. In the middle the war bonnet is appliqued and has white feathers with black tips.
This isn't strictly a quilt, but it was very beautiful! It is actually a Jacquard Coverlet from 1848, made in Bristol, Ohio - not Bristol, England! It is woven in two widths from cotton and indigo dyed wool. It bears an inscription with the name of the weaver, Benjamin Lichty Bristol Ohio.
There was also a large display of various Indian Blankets and other similar pieces, but I just couldn't photograph it all! I am sure that if you get to visit you will enjoy them.
Sorry that I have been a bit absent lately. I will explain more later in the week - Friday probably. At the moment it isn't anything bad, so no need for any worry. I have been reading your posts - although I am rather behind - but not always commenting, so don't worry, I am not missing totally. I will catch up again at some point.
In the meantime, Hello! I hope that all is well with you, thank you for all of your lovely, kind and thoughtful comments of late, sorry that I haven't replied very well, but I have read them all I am still thinking of you and sending good thoughts to those in need of them - and the rest of you too!