Monday, May 16, 2016


This awesome 1950s quilt arrived recently, and it got me thinking about the vertical movement in several of the quilts and tops found in the last year. Here are some of the others.

I've decided it is not a coincidence to find all these pieces within the same year. Things really are looking up.


  1. So, Bill do you have any details of provenance to share about these wonderful "vertical" strip quilts? I guess they are strip or bar quilts and my comments are uninformed by wide experience, but here they are anyway: #1 is indeed Awesome (is it some highly sophisticated variant of an Amish quilt?). #2 puts me in mind of an LSD trip (I know that dates me) and I just want to fall into it and wonder what kind of fabric it is that gives it that amazing flowing, billowing fullness? #3 most interests me because it seems to be made from a coordinated "collection" of fabrics in different color ways, which I thought were a very recent trend--so is it young in age? #4 looks like Hawaiian shirt fabric that could be rayon and I really admire the watery look of the center bars and I can't tell on computer screen but it doesn't look quilted and almost ripply--is it tied or what?
    And Oh Wow #5 just makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it! Talk about self confidence and joie de vivre! If I could meet the maker of only one of the five it would be #5. Katie S.

  2. P.S. I was enjoying all five of them so much I rudely forgot to say thank you very much for your generosity in sharing them. What a treat for your readers!

  3. I have a link to a post about a different sort of New York Beauty that you might enjoy a look at.

    And then again you may have already seen it. It is Quilt Market Week so we are all busy busy watching for new things.