Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday: This Week's Playlist

Oldies week, in more ways than one. Old quilts and favorite old songs. Thank goodness for music! I have been at the computer editing of old quilts, of course! Here's what I've been listening to this week.

Good music for editing photos. Here's a sneak peek at the one I am working on today. It's taking hours and hours, all day really, but it's worth it!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Antique Alley Sales Heating Up

Sold at Antique Alley: Sun Mirror
Sales are heating up toward the end of my fourth month as a dealer at Antique Alley in Portland. I stopped by yesterday, and the staff greeted me with a handful of receipts.

The last time I was at the shop, I moved things around in the booth and case. There's so much stuff at Antique Alley, it's a little overwhelming at times, so they recommend shuffling inventory. I also pulled a few quilts from the booth to allow other items to be more visible.

I'm in Booth C-1. Here's the booth when I first opened
Soon I will go back with more new items, some glassware for the case and of course more quilts.

I'm also in booth F-3
Antique Alley is located in the lower level of the 42nd Street Station, 2000 NE 42nd Avenue in the Hollywood District of Portland. Hours are 10am-6pm Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and 12-5pm Sunday. I'm in booth C-1 and case F-3, so I hope you'll come visit if you're in the area. For more information, click here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Textile Hive Interview

Recently I sat down with Mimi Loughney of the Textile Hive for an interview and it is featured as part of their June Threads. We looked at several quilts and talked about collecting, quilt history and a very cool pair of shoes that arrived moments before Mimi did.

Thank you to Mimi Loughney and the Textile Hive for highlighting my collection. To read the interview, click here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Girls' Day at the Museum!

You never know who will visit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Last week, it was the International Advisory Board. This week it was a group of 22 girls and the "My Doll and I Get Groovy" class led by Sheila Green. Many thanks to Sheila for posting these photos. Oh my gosh, so adorable!

According to Sheila, when asked what they thought when they first saw the exhibition the girls said, "Colorful!"

In addition to viewing all the exhibitions including mine, there were snacks and crafts. The girls got to deck out their dolls in groovy threads.

I was about their age when the quilts were made, and it caught me a little off guard in a good way to see a whole group of them in the space, mesmerized by the quilts. What could be better than that?

"Off the Grid, The Bill Volckening Collection" will be on display at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum through August 27th. For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

picture quality

"After" photo: a rare, early geometric pieced quilt from Rhode Island, c. 1800
It's always nice to improve with age. This year, I have been quietly redoing photos of some of my quilts. Many of the photos were taken several years ago, and my skills have improved since then. Take a look at the "before" photo.

"Before" photo
The "before" photo really wasn't bad, but there were some things I didn't like about it. The lighting was a little uneven, especially along the top edge, and there was too much contrast. In the "after" photo, it is easier to distinguish the subtle colors-- three soft green triangles along the top border, versus the pale gold damask in the points of the stars.
By the way, the quilt is a rare, early example of geometric patchwork in America. It was made around 1800 and came from Rhode Island. I love having such a wonderful, old quilt from Rhode Island, having spent some time there in the 1980s as a student at Rhode Island School of Design. I can picture this quilt on a tall four-post bed in one of the elegant homes along Benefit Street.

Friday, June 16, 2017

1979: The Year the Rotary Cutter was Born

Yoshio Okada of the OLFA Corporation in Japan invented the world's first rotary cutter in 1979. The invention came 23 years after Okada's breakthrough invention, the snap-off blade cutter.

The OLFA Rotary Cutter revolutionized how people cut fabric, from scissor cutting to rolling a circular blade over the material. 

According to the OLFA website, their rotary cutters are used around the world today by quilters. When I was searching for information online today about the origins of the rotary cutter, I was looking at images of OLFA cutters and thinking, "Gee, those look familiar!" Sure enough, I have two (pictured at top). One of them is displayed in the neat Rotary Cutter Coat made by Dawn White

So, that's the story of the rotary cutter. Are you surprised it was born in the 1970s? I'm not.