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Report from Houston – Antique Quilts

Vicki Welsh reporting from the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

While I am don’t make reproduction quilts, I absolutely love antique quilts. Some of that love stems from the collection of quilts and quilts blocks left behind by my Great-Grandmother. My Mom and I have spent a lot of time finishing up some of her tops and blocks and we enjoy giving her treasure quilts to many of the members of her family. The International Quilt Festival never disappoints in providing a nice display of antique quilts. Here are a few from this year’s exhibit.

Star of Stars was made around 1845 and is totally hand pieced, hand appliqued and quilted. The corner square and side triangle blocks are fussy cut chintz prints. This one is also the cover quilt for the Festival program.
Star of Stars

I fell in love with the bright colors and beautiful trapunto of this Feathered trapunto Applique. It is also completely hand appliqued, pieced and quilted.
Feathered Trapunto Applique

So many bloggers are working on Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts so I selected this one for them. This must be what happens when you obsessively make hexagons. This stunning quilt was made around 1890.

Chips and Whetstones with Oak Leaves is estimated to have been made between 1860 and 1890
Chips and Whetstones

This graphic Folded Log Cabin is my favorite of all of the antique quilts. It is hand-stitched on muslin.
folded log cabin

My second favorite is this Silk Courthouse Steps quilt. The photo has an inset enlargement of 4 blocks. This one was made around 1890 and like all of the others, is by an unknown maker. Is there any better argument for documenting your work than this exhibit of beautiful art by unknown artists?
silk courthouse steps

Vicki Welsh
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This post was published on October 15th, 2009. Post topics: Guest Bloggers, Quilt Gallery, Quilting Events. Post tags: .

2 Responses to “Report from Houston – Antique Quilts”

  1. janet says:

    Vickie: Your reports from Houston are a real hit with me. The quilt pictures are well done, bright and vibrant. Fantastic details. Thank you especially for the 19thc quilts – my particular area of interest.

  2. Sandi says:

    Vickie: Thanks for taking such wonderful pictures of those beautilful quilts for those that weren’t able to go to Houston.

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