January Quilt of the Month

Do I have a treat in store for all of you! This unique piece was made from the owner’s grandmother’s collections of feed and flour sacks. The centerpiece features a panel from a 100 lb. bag of Chicken Feed. The brand is Ful-O-Pep….and the roosters certainly appear to be peppy! Most of these sacks appear to be from the 40s and 50s. Such a cheerful piece. The owner prefers a high loft batting and chose this panto. Congratulations, Linda, you are the first quilt of the month for 2018!

December Quilt of the Month

I haven’t been as diligent as I should be about putting up some of the gorgeous pieces that my customers bring in for me to finish. This one is so perfect for December. With its icy hues and Labyrinth pattern, it just feels cold….quite an achievement for a soft and cuddly item like a quilt! Congratulations, Peggy, you are Quilt of the Month! Happy holidays to you all.20171209_102344

Documentation Day at WMQFA

I spent Saturday assisting with the documentation of quilts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Documentation is the assessment of quilts brought in by the public, using a specific form to collect information that will eventually be shared with The Quilt Index, the largest online database of quilt research. Documentation days are always fun and interesting because you never know what’s going to come through the door. Saturday’s pieces ran the gamut from several contemporary quilts, prizewinners among them, to a tattered baby quilt from the early 1960s. All the pieces have value for research because the stories behind the quilts are at least as valuable as the pieces themselves. We heard stories about great-grandmothers, aunts and mothers collaborating. We also had pieces found in antiques shops, garage sales and attics. Such a treat. I believe in volunteering for documentation days because it helps keep my identification skills sharp, and I really enjoy working with the public. I will not be posting pics because the pieces are all in private ownership.