Wednesday, June 20, 2012

20th Century Quilts Lecture

"The Thrifty Wife" c. 1900, Wisconsin
Yesterday, I visited the Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild to do a lecture on 20th Century Quilts. It was my first time doing this particular lecture, and I brought a big pile of quilts - lots of eye candy! I started with three quilts that just arrived hours before the lecture. The quilts came from Deborah Ursell in Texas, and I'll tell you more about those in my next blog, after I've taken pictures.

The chronological timeline of quilts started around 1900 and quickly progressed through the 30s, on to the 70s, and ended with a quilt made in 1995. Toward the beginning, I showed the two Amish quilts from Esprit together, even though one was a little out of order with the chronology. They go together. During the lecture, I spoke about some of the genres we saw throughout the century, and the history, but emphasized that these were not typical examples. Nothing I collect is really ordinary.

So, here are pictures of 14 of the 17 the quilts I showed, roughly in order of appearance. :)

Amish Nine-Patch On Point Crib Quilt
c. 1900, Ohio
Amish Tumbling Blocks Trundle Quilt, c. 1940
Lidian Hostetler, Wayne County, Ohio
American Legion Auxiliary Inscribed Fundraising Quilt, 1931
Salem, Oregon
Signature Friendship Crazy Block Quilt
with Sunbursts, c. 1935, Wichita, Kansas
Double Wedding Ring, c. 1935, Oregon
Barn Raising Log Cabin, c. 1935, Ohio
"Babies in Tubs" c. 1950, United States
Trailing Leaves Kit Quilt, c. 1965, Frieda Ruder Moser
Dalton, Ohio
"Bible Story" 1979, by Lucy Mingo, Gee's Bend, Alabama
Bicentennial Flag Quilt, 1976, Florida
Houses, c. 1970, Texas
"Night Flight" 1982, Andrea Leong Scadden, aka Andrea Balosky
Seattle, Washington
"Jerry's Garden" 1995 by Andrea Balosky, Camp Sherman, Oregon
Wow, I guess I brought a lot of quilts, but I didn't hear any complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild. We had a lot of fun, and I'll happily return any time they want me. There was even a small girl at the meeting, Sage, who couldn't have been any older than 7 or 8, but was probably younger - and she's already quilting! She seemed to enjoy herself. Well, I did tell her at the beginning that it was gonna be cool. Afterwards, she came to look at the pineapple fabric in Lucy Mingo's quilt. A girl with a good eye for fabric!!

So, stay tuned for the other three quilts from Texas in my next blog. I had blogged about them recently, but will be taking some new pictures. Hope you enjoyed these 20th century quilts!


  1. Thanks for all those old quilts that I can see your blog!

  2. Love that sunburst CQ quilt--and have not seen a Baby in Tub quilt before--a bit unusual.

    1. Yes, very unusual. If it's ordinary, I usually don't want it. :)

  3. What fun! I love the Thrifty Wife and Lucy Mingo's. That little girl does have a good eye!

    1. She was darling, and very quiet, but not shy about coming up afterwards to look at Lucy's quilt. I probably used some words during the lecture that she didn't know, like "homogenization" - but the take-away for her was that quilts are cool, they are fun, there's a long tradition, and now she's part of that tradition.

  4. It was an awesome lecture and the quilts were more beautiful in person. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Wonderful time!! Beautiful quilts and lots of knowledge shared. Thanks for coming.