Friday, December 15, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #12, Loopy!

The maker of this polyester quilt had to be a little loopy.

This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

My friend Jean invited me over one day to look at a table, and of course we ended up looking at quilts, too. She'd recently found this one, and offered to sell it to me. My wallet was out so fast, it had whiplash. To read a little more about it, click here.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #13, Frank Palmer's Quilt

"Where my Demons Hide" by Frank Palmer
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Somebody had to be #13 on the countdown, but 13 has always been a lucky number for me. Someone really needs to flip the bird at the idea that 13 is unlucky. That's why I chose Frank Palmer for #13 in my countdown of Top 20 quilts of 2017. Frank and I have chatted a fair amount on Facebook. His work is intriguing as his life journey, and his career is on an upward trajectory. Frank recently moved from Orlando to Duluth, Minnesota to join the McTavish Quilting Studio, and Karen McTavish did the free-motion quilting on Frank's quilt. I can't wait to see what Frank does next. Karen, too! šŸ’œ

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #14, Nine Patch with Hearts

"What the world needs now..."
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

We need more love in the world, and this 1970s Nine Patch with Hearts is such a lovely reminder. It was love at first sight. A big-hearted quilt! To read more about it, click here and here.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #15, Wilson Family Quilt

"Ka Ua Kani Lehua" - The Wilson Family Quilt, Kailua
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

In January, I went to Hawaii in search of Hawaiian scrap quilts. I found many, but also bought this gem. To read more about it, click here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #16, Groovy Floral AppliquƩ Quilt

Flower Power!

This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

How could I resist this groovy floral applique quilt with butterflies and a ladybug? It came from an eBay seller in New Mexico, and is one of my favorite purchases of the year. To read more about it, click here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #17, Julie Yukimura's Quilt

When I searched for Julie Yukimura, I found her story.
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Julie Yukimura founded The Kapaia Stitchery of Kauai, Hawaii in 1973. The shop is the longest operating, largest quilting, sewing and fabric supply shop in the region. It started as a yarn shop, but soon, Julie's love of quilting took over. She made Hawaiian scrap quilts, including this one from 1977. When I searched for information about Julie, I found her story. To read more about it, click here.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Top 20 Quilts of 2017: #18, Hand-Painted Bicentennial Quilt

Rebecca Thompson was determined to finish this quilt!
This month, I am posting a series of blogs counting down my top 20 quilts of the year. All the quilts were acquired by the collection in 2017, and they represent four centuries of American quilts. 

Kit quilts are not usually my thing, but this hand-painted Bicentennial quilt grabbed my attention because the maker, Rebecca Thompson of Boaz, Kentucky, started it in 1976 and finished it in 2016. I admire her determination. To read more about it, click here.
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