Intricacy in Quilts: December 30

We’re always fascinated to see quilts that are intricate, either in their overall design or in the use of small pieces. When they are hand-stitched vintage quilts we can imagine both the peace that must have come with getting to sit down and sew together tiny pieces of fabric, and the pride in frugality that must have accompanied the knowledge of using even the smallest scrap. In today’s quilting we can see the pride of meeting a challenge of an intricate design or, again, working with tiny pieces of fabric. There’s an art to it, and maybe a spiritual component much like the creation of mandalas in Hindu and Buddhist art or fine mosaics or stained glass from so many other cultures or faiths. There’s a pride in getting it done. Sometimes we say “Never again”, but like with any completed challenge, we do always do it again.

Here are a few that have recently been shared with us by our readers.

from: Rosalind Mixon Mcclam: “This is my husband’s great grandmother’s quilt, pine burr, is what he called it. Are you familiar with this or can you tell me anything about it. It is made from about an inch square piece of material folded and placed to form a circle.”

We’d like to thank several of our readers including Mary and Linda for passing on good information about the sources for quilt appraisals. This is an amazing vintage quilt. It looks like circular tumbling blocks and we can see how intricate the piecing had to have been. It is an heirloom quilt that we know will be held in pride for generations.

We’d like to thank Dottye Bregman, also, for showing us that the quilt is the Pine Burr pattern and is the state quilt of Alabama! Dottye was good enough to give us the link to the Alabama Archives page on the quilt. You can get a good look at it and see the instructions for making it from the page. Thanks, Dottye!

from Donna McCormack: “My daughter’s Christmas present…. it is 68″ x 42″. Tons of tiny detail (hard to see on here) I sewed, one at a time, seed beads around the coral circles. Each fish is put on one layer at a time and most have clear beads for “air bubbles”. The turtles are made from 6 different kinds of fabrics to get the look I wanted. The sea weed is clear and blue sheer shimmery fabrics.

from: Janice Crane: “This is my second one of these quilts,a friend found a picture of an old quilt in a magazine. Used my own colors but replicated it!”

from: Patsy Cosby: “This is a tiny Double Wedding Ring quilt I made, only 15 inches wide and 16 inches long. I will never make another one. I have this one on the wall in my bedroom.”

We’d like to encourage our readers to take a double look at Patsy’s work. It is very small. We can easily see how difficult it would be to make. Each one of the rings would be around 6-7 inches in diameter so we can imagine how mall the squares are.

Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their quilts with our community, and to everyone who has commented on individual posts. We do encourage and inspire each other.

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