When I was at QuiltCon, the Schiffer booth was right next to the Why Quilts Matter booth, and I was able to sneak over to get a peek at the new release, "Recycled Hexie Quilts, Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts" by Mary Kerr.
Mary has written five books and has several others in the works. This book is beautiful, and full of ideas about how to purposefully use vintage materials today. She offers creative, new solutions to the age-old questions about what to do with certain materials, whether they are damaged, unfinished or otherwise in limbo. It is important to note, she is very selective about which materials could be repurposed, and which should be maintained intact. Her advice regarding those choices is always sound, thoughtful and clear.
When I was thumbing through the book, there was a nice surprise-- an 1842 Hexagon quilt I sold to Mary a few years ago. It is red, white and blue, with a wonderful border, and it is a good example of a rescue quilt, maintained for study rather than being repurposed. The indigo fabrics are pristine, but all the Turkey Reds are worn.
|photo from the auction listing, tan fabric covering the worn reds|
|what was underneath|
|halfway through the excavation|
Like all her other titles, this book is full of ideas, inspiration and lots of great images. For more information about "Recycled Hexie Quilts, Using Vintage Hexagons in Today's Quilts" and Mary Kerr's other four books, visit her website: http://www.marywkerr.com.