Monday, October 9, 2017

Our World In Stitches Women of the West (WOW) Quilt Show

At the end of September I attended The Women of the West Quilt Show (WOW Guild) called "Our World In Stitches".

At the entry table attendees were given a viewers choice ballot. Two choices in four or five categories were possible.  These are always puzzlers for me, as it is SO HARD to select favorites.  After three trips through the quilts, I made my selections.

I'll share a few of the quilts here.
Let's GO!


This is a details show of the hand quilting on Jean Carlton's "Feathered World Without End (Pine Burr Variation).  It is a stunning quilt.  Hand quilted by Jean Calrton.





The quilts were hard to photograph without other attendees in the photos.

Jean did the quilt with the help of friend, Jennifer Ionia. Jennifer drafted the pattern and they each made pairs of blocks to swap with each other. Jean made additional blocks for a larger and unique quilt.

I appreciate the show labels having information about the quilts, beyond the basics.

The quilt stand were very high. Note the beautiful wood ceiling in the auditorium.







Throughout the show, vignettes of antique and vintage sewing items filled corners and nooks.

The pineapple crochet table cloth is a beautiful contrast to the dark black hand crank sewing machine.

The turquoise rocker displays vintage sewing supplies.


A painted bucket on the floor was filled with quilt magazines.







Mary Gunness
The label says pattern: Connie Kaufman but I was unable to find it.
This quilt was a nice use of plaids.  I also liked the lights and darks.
These are quilt shop fabrics, not cut up shirts.

I liked the small floral clips that held the show tags on the quilts.  No pins!

Pat Taylor Thwaits
This tumbling blocks quilt utilized more than 100 prints.
Large and colorful it was very striking.
She took two years to make the quilt and is giving it
to a grand daughter.

Detail Photo of Tumbling Blocks

Janna Laumann
Quilt: Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman
This quilt was made as a gift for her grandson.
There were a few variations of this quilt.

This was a fun hexagon quilt.
Kathleen Winters made this quilt over 5 1/2 years.
Hand pieced on road trips visiting national parks.
Quilted by Jan Smith
I particularly loved the piped stripe border.

Another display at the show

Jocelyn Joyce-Anderson is an avid birder
as well as quilter.
This small quilt was so pretty.


The Mariners Compass quilt is an original design
hand quilted by Jean Carlton.
She used wool batting and pieced the back.
See the corner detail below.

Corner Detail - Hand Embroidered
Jean Carlton - Original Quilt

Another vintage display at the show

Variation of "Pennies from Heaven" 
Wool on Cotton
Joan Gale 
Hand Applique & Beading
Machine Quilted
Details from Joan's quilt

These are just a few of the beautiful quilts in the show.  There were many beautiful quilts, all winners.
I hope you enjoyed the little bit I shared here.
Have a great week!
Dawn

Friday, September 29, 2017

Netherlands Part Five Regional Fabrics and Dress

Thanks to a wonderful dear friend I came home my Netherlands trip with more treasured Dutch fabrics to add to my collection.

The detail in the flowers is wonderful with the fine picotage dots. Imagine wearing this!

In traditional Dutch costumes several prints and plaids are used. There are many regional variations to the traditional dress and head covers. You can see Staphorst from my trip last year HERE.

The use of a variety of fabrics and styles serves to tell a little story to a knowledgeable observer.  Just like today what we wear to a party is generally different then what we wear doing daily errands.




c. 1960 from old garments
These dark purples prints are traditional regional mourning prints. The darker the print, the deeper the mourning. The wearer was closer to the deceased, where a light purple indicates the mourning for a person less close to the wearer. I am sure there are variations on this based on region and era.

The button is the sign of Zeeland. Which means "sea land".  This region of the Netherlands consists of a series of small islands with a strip of land that borders Belgium. Zealand Buttons have a special design. HERE.




These fabrics are from Bunschoten/Spakenburg in Noord-Holland.


Many here still wear the local garments. I might have the purple print in the wrong stack - it might be light mourning.

These fabrics are used in several parts of the outfit.

These prints are from circa 1960 and many of the pieces were cut from cast off garments.







Fotografie: Folkert Koelewijn
Het Klossie Magazine

To put the prints in context, another friend gave me an issue of Het Klossie magazine with an article.

Note the prints at the shoulder.

The fabric here is heavily starched so-called "kraplappen".

A little more research and I found this You Tube video that shows you the starching prices. It is not in English, but worth watching. I am particularly interested in the second iron and the way she uses the heel feature at the end of the iron.   HERE

The fabrics are also used for the "baffles" which is the flat part of the bodice. Also, sometimes the upper portion of the skirt.








In this view you can see the back of the bonnet, the waist faster
and the back of the bodice.
Another view showing the beautiful fabrics!
NOTE:  I added the words of thanks to the image - they are not part of the fabric

Thank you to my friends who made the 2017 Netherlands trip a success - fun and informative!  
I hope to return one day soon.Happy Stitching,
Dawn
LINKS
Museum Spakenburg HERE
Spakenburg Museum Exhibit Details HERE
Museum Gift Shop Photos HERE
Het Klossie Quilt Magazine HERE
Dutch Fabrics HERE

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Netherlands Part Four Lucie Huig-Dunnebier


First Staircase Up!
I was recently told the Dutch quilt community is small. It might be small but it has so much talent!

Dorry introduced me to Dutch quilter Lucy Huig-Dunnebier.  I am honored that Lucie invited us into her home and studio.

As we walked the beautiful tree lined canals of Amsterdam one can't help but wonder what lies behind the 400 year historic doors of canal houses.

With Lucie's generous invitation, we toured her 400 year old home and studio.

This wonderful staircase is the first flight of steps on the  way to Lucie's Studio.

Ready?

Let's look at a few of Lucie's quilts.





Swirls of folded fabric create circles


Lucie is brilliant - her quilts are all made from 100% natural fibers. Silk, cotton or linen.

She does amazing handwork as she manipulates the fabrics in fine art quilts.

In these examples Lucie folds the fabric into textural circles that gleefully swirl across the surface of the quilt.  All of her quilts are hand quilted.

My photos won't do the beauty of the quilts their due justice - they are exquisite in quality, color and details.

This is the first room of Lucie's studio space.
She draped quilt after quilt across her hand quilting frame.

The room exploded in color and texture.
It was an experience I will never forget.




Same quilt - two views (top left)
Opened silk flower petals (top right)
Closed surface flaps (middle right)
Lucie opening a compartment (lower left)
Opened layers (lower right)

Each work of art has a story and Lucie relates the stories with passion and detail.

Quilts that change color and form as they are held in different directions.

Hand applique flowers that open to reveal pure silk petals with the tiniest accents of glass gold beads.

An architects daughter, Lucie plans intricate closures that facilitate the transformation of her quilts as layers are opened and closed, exposing delightful surprises in color and treasure.


Lucie has exhibited and taught all over Europe.
If you have the chance to see or experience these textile wonders - take it!






Studio view - a few of Lucie's quilts draped on her quilt frame



Her ingenious way of designing, and manipulating premium fabrics like wool, silk and linen is spell binding.

Add the color and texture and it is a feast for the eyes and hands.  I am guessing exhibit attendees always want to touch the quilts.

The quilts in this room were several layers deep.  I wish I could show them all to you.  Day and night backs and fronts remind children to sleep and wake with charming details.


Lucie's recently completed wool quilt
Lucie's new wool tweed piece hangs in the main front room.
The rich wool glows in the sun lights. I had an instant desire to run my hand over the surface.

Each square of wool was individually hand quilted.

The colors are arranged light to dark as the light enters the front window and adds to the dramatic effect.

Lucie collects the fabrics and then decides how she will use it.

The quilt hangs from the ceiling picture rails along with her talented husbands oil paintings, adding to the gallery effect.
We felt as if we were in an exhibit within each room.

Built in 1616, Lucie's family acquired the home after WWII, with muddy windows they weren't sure what they were getting. Grateful for the opportunity of a home after the devastation they have made it a beautiful and welcoming home.



Hand quilting detail (top)
One of her diagrams (middle)
Night time quilt back (bottom)

I found Lucie's studies and diagrams very interesting.


For exhibits she includes diagrams to assist viewers in understanding what the quilts do, how they transform and change as the surface is "opened".  Since exhibits are so stationary, I can see that some people may have a hard time understanding the quilts.


Lucie's hand stitches are beautiful, and enhance each quilt.
They are the subtle finish to the intricate surfaces.

The second room of her studio includes a large window overlooking the canal, her cutting table and shelving for her fabric collections.


What a beautiful space to create!





Lucie with one of her quilts - opening a compartment


Lucie had several quilts with children in mind. Compartments that opened to reveal treasures like baseball cards, dinosaur figures and rocks - special places for a child to stow away treasures.

As the treasures are placed in the front compartments, the quilt can be flipped to the back. The back reveals a sleepy theme such as a moonlit sky and twinkling stars - encouraging sleep and sweet dreams.

Each quilt back is as interesting as the front.

Wonderful aren't they?

Each of her quilts truly embodies what a real art quilt is.







Amsterdam Row House Poster

You never know what's behind those historic facades that line the canals, and now we can say we toured one.

Lucie's home is on this poster charting out the canal homes.

Thank you very much Lucie for generously sharing your home, quilts and art with us!




2016 Gallery Exhibit



Please leave a note for Lucie in the comments.

Kind Regards,
Dawn

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Netherlands Part Three Quilt It & Dotty

While in the Netherlands I shared some of my hexagon quilts at Quilt It Dotty.

Quilt-It Dotty, (Dorry van Osch) a quilt shop in Overloon Netherlands hosted me. Generous, gracious exceptional hostess!

She booked two full days of fun!  The hexagon program we did Saturday we repeated with another group on Sunday.  I am so thrilled with their interest in antique quilts.

This is a view from the kitchen door - looking through the French door window panes into the great room.
The quilts are laid out ready for the lecture and trunk show.

This room was later transformed into stitching space for the afternoon workshop.



Dorry's Shop, Quilt-It-Dotty is filled with wonderful fabrics and trims, gift items as well as women's clothing.

The shop is light and airy - a happy place to gather.

Attendees had so much fun shopping, we had to hurry to make the program - it was fun!
Sorry started everyone off with wonderful baking from the Aga and fresh coffee/tea.

Dorry set up beautiful seating all over her gardens. Quilts adorned the seating while fresh flowers were on the tables.

Large shade trees provided comfort from the noon sun.  The weather was beautiful so lunch was served outside.

Delicious gourmet lunch was served with elderberry lemonade, tea and more baked goods!






I bought a few little extra pieces of antique chintz to share after ahttp://hesterpatchwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/hexagons.htmlhttp://hesterpatchwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/hexagons.htmlhttp://hesterpatchwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/hexagons.htmln online discussion about the "hand" or feel of 19th century chintz.

Always fun to share a little something extra.

Everyone got to see and feel the antique fabric.







The attendees were fun, attentive, curious and a joy to spend time with!  I hope they enjoyed the days as much as I did.


I was so busy talking, I am glad others were able to take photos.  This was the only group photo I got. (Hello Ladies!!)

Also thank you to the ladies who brought show and tell - amazing quilts!




You can read more about the events on these blogs:

Oh, Oh, Quilts! - Phyllis Blog:  HERE
Me And My Needle - Ageeth's Blog: HERE
Workshop Prince - Betty's Blog:  HERE
Quilt It & Dotty - Dorry Blog:  HERE
Juud's Quilts - Blog:  HERE
Quilt Things & Stuff - Marieke's Blog:  HERE
And
http://hesterpatchwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/hexagons.html
Please let me know if I can add more links here!

Dorry will have many of her patterns converted to English soon!  Including the medallion quilt in the picture. She has some family history on this Dutch treasure so stay tuned.

THANK YOU DORRY!!
Happy Stitching,
Dawn

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Netherlands Part Two

The next part of our adventure takes us to the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

I took more than 500 photos and was almost speechless at the quality of the articles on display.

It was a stunning exhibit of Dutch Chintz in garments, quilts, hats/bonnets and home goods.

I think the exhibit is now closed.





The exhibit book was not printed in English, but I purchased it anyway.
With Google translate and the photos it was worth the price.

This sign tells how cherished the chintz is.

It is carefully preserved and cared for.  The Frisians were wealthy enough not to wear their clothing out. Their chintz rich traditional costumes and related items were carefully preserved.

The children's garments are in exceptional condition. Larger worn garments could be remade into smaller articles.

Chintz also had a second life wine used for linings in blankets, bed capes and cloaks.



This was my favorite dress.
India, second quarter 18th century. Painted and dyed using the chintz technique.

The cut outs show incredible embroidery.

The skirt was also magnificent, not to mention the neck scarf.

It is in the collection of the Fries Museum.







The dolls and doll clothes were very detailed.
This doll wears a wool under dress with a chintz apron and cap. Dates first half of the 18th century.  It is in the collection of the Fries Museum.

This doll was displayed with a mirror under the feet so you could view the layers of petticoats.

Next to her was an oak chest of doll clothes. Numerous outfits all made in chintz.  Even the straw plaited doll bonnets were trimmed in chintz.







Infants were wrapped in specially shaped 'blankets', secured closed with ribbons. I think these are "wikkelkleed".  Dated second half of the 18th century.

This infant sized doll, wearing a chintz bonnet, is shown wrapped in the (wikkeleeded) somewhat "T" shaped blanket.
One of the prints is French (Jouy-en-Josas, 1788
printed cotton from Oberkampf cotton printers.

Numerous examples were in the exhibit.





There were quilted petticoats, stomachers and quilts. This quilt is still in the makers family. Joes Meester is the owner.
(Blog: Dutch Quilt Cat)

It is a double sided quilt. The other side is quarter square triangle blocks.

A wonderful reproduction fabric line was produced from fabrics in this quilt, titled, "Josephine".

Thank you for joining me for part 2 of the trip.
Did you like the exhibit?

Happy Stitching,
Dawn
Link to Dutch Quilts I have reproduced (HERE)
Link to our Easy Shop (HERE)