Featured Member Quilts: March 17 Morning

Good Morning! We hope that everyone had a very good weekend. To help get Monday off to a good start, here are some quilts we think you will enjoy seeing. It’s so inspiring to be able to see, and celebrate, the artistry and interests of other quilters!

You’ll see below, from our reader Janet, her quilt in progress at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC. One of the themes of the exhibit is that quilts are often “hidden labors” of love, unsigned and sometimes, after the years past, lost. Families may forget who made them; they may get sold at auction and end up in shops or even flea markets.

At 24 Blocks we want to celebrate the makers, the fabric artists. By attaching our names and our stories to the quilts we make, both literally and online, our work isn’t “hidden” and neither are we. We’re all artists–from newbie to experienced pro. And we do shine!

from: Kenyon Hairrell: “This is quilt made by my 4 year old grandson and me . This is his quilt. If you look you can see a Z and H in the pattern. We love seeing such a colorful quilt made with the participation of a grandchild. We love, too, seeing it hung from an upper porch of a home that looks to be 150 years old. How wonderful! Thank you, Kenyon, for showing it to us!”

from Janet Freitag: “Here I am with my uncompleted Trip around the World at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. They have a wonder antique quilt exhibit up till April something and needed an incomplete quilt to show the process. I used Civil War reproductions and it fit the bill!”

Thank you so much, Janet, for your post about the “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” exhibit at the NMWA.

The exhibit, using quilts on loan from the Brooklyn’s Museum’s decorative arts collection, covers 200 years of quilt making, but from the perspective of contemporary feminist thought. Quilts are now seen as personal expressions of art, but for most of our history they were considered a home “craft”. The years of work that went into a fine quilt was generally “hidden labor”. Men who created works of art, even woven coverlets, generally signed them. Why did most women not sign their quilts?

The exhibit, with its stunning historical quilts, runs to April 27.

from Rocky Pierce: “Thought I would share a Quilt my mother made. She passed away last year and this was the Quilt she was most proud of. It took her 5 years to finish it. It is called A Trip Around the World. Her name was Carol Saltsman Pierce.

from Carissa Daly: “Finally finished my winter project, a cathedral window quilt. It is made up of 360 squares & 680 windows & is approx 74″ x 82 1/2” in size. I started sewing the blocks together by hand, but it was taking so long that I ended up sewing most by machine. All the windows are sewn by hand. I chose not to use any browns, blacks, or harsh color prints. All the prints are pink, rose, yellow, orange, green, purple & blue. It took at least 350 hours to make. I’m already thinking about my next quilt, but must take a break & plant my garden!

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