Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Crown of Thorns" - a Judy Niemeyer Design

Marcia Gilliland made this "Crown of Thorns" quilt, a Judy Niemeyer design
When I was looking at the quilt exhibit at the Washington County Museum this week, one of the quilts made by Marcia Gilliland looked very familiar. Yesterday, I looked at it again after the quilt bed turning at the museum, and realized it was a pattern I had in my collection of ephemera.

The design is called "Crown of Thorns" and it was created by Judy Niemeyer and members of her family who helped design and draft the pattern. The design was copyrighted in 2004, and is now discontinued. I bought my copy from an eBay seller several years ago, and tucked it away with my other ephemera related to the New York Beauty design.

When I opened it up to get a better look at it, I realized I had never really examined the contents closely. There were several sheets of printed paper foundation, along with the instructions.

I could actually make the quilt if I knew how to sew and use foundation, but it's really more my style to keep the pattern intact and maintain it in my collection of ephemera. It was fun to look at all the pages and the instructions. A lot of thought went in to the design, how it was drafted, and how it was made into a quilt.

"New York Beauty" quilt by Nancy Tanguay, Connecticut
I do not have one of the Niemeyer designs in my collection, but Nancy Tanguay's 2010 quilt has a similar configuration of blocks. This type of overall design was seen mostly after the introduction of foundation piecing during the last 20-or-so years.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

another great eBay bargain

1970s polyester quilt, 46" x 59"
This neat little 1970s quilt came from an eBay seller in Illinois, and it was a great bargain-- less than $10. When I opened the box, I could tell the quilt had not been washed in a while, so I tossed it in the washing machine.

There were some light spots and stains, so I used regular laundry soap and some oxygen stain removing powder, and washed it using the delicate cycle.

Since it is tied, I didn't want to use the normal cycle and risk having the batting migrate. When the wash cycle was finished, into the dryer it went. Turned out beautifully. I just love polyester! It is wonderful to be able to throw a vintage quilt in the washing machine and not worry about it!

Blue and white quilts are always winners, but this one has some striped and plaid fabrics in addition to the solids, and also a solid gray. Even though it's very simple, I find it quite charming! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Quilts of the Aurora Colony, Oregon

detail of Emma Wagner Giesy's quilt, c. 1850s, Aurora, Oregon
Mom and I spent most of the day in Aurora, Oregon today. We went to the Old Aurora Colony Museum-- serendipitous after hearing Mary Bywater Cross speak yesterday at the Washington County Museum about the quilt made by Emma Wagner Giesy in the 1850s, which was on display at the museum.

Emma Wagner Giesy's quilt, c. 1850s, made of wool, at the museum
There were several quilts and textiles on display, in addition to other artifacts such as band instruments. It's a neat place! Here are a few pictures.

two wool quilts on display at the museum
wool coverlets on display at the museum
barn raising log cabin, backdrop for the video lounge at the museum
bed quilt in the upstairs room of one of the houses
more quilts and a hooked rug
the rug was a neat design
two more quilts in the bedroom
a sweet little doll quilt
another doll quilt
There is a great little book about Aurora and its tradition of quilts, written by Jane Kirkpatrick, available at the museum gift shop along with several other books.

If you're in the area or visiting, it's worth the time to go visit. For more information about the Old Aurora Colony Museum and the Aurora colony, click here

The Volckening Collection on Facebook

I created a Facebook page for my collection. It is especially helpful for anyone who is interested in the quilts, but would rather not see random posts about my cat, Lulu, or links to music videos such as this one. (LOL!)

Pieced Quilt, c. 1800, Rhode Island
There are pictures of several quilts in a few groups: New York Beauty, 1970s Quilts, and 1850 and Earlier.

Pieced quilt, c. 1865, United States
Pieced Quilt, c. 1970, Oregon
I will share news and information about events on the new page, as well as my personal home page. There will be some new magazine articles coming soon, a few events, exhibitions, and of course, my upcoming book. To visit The Volckening Collection Facebook page, click here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doll Quilts, found in Hillsboro, Oregon

doll quilt, c. 1970, 16" x 19 & 1/2"
Today, Mom and I went to the Washington County Museum to hear Mary Bywater Cross present a lecture, and afterwards we checked out a couple of the antique shops down the block from the museum.

I found two charming little doll quilts, made by a local woman whose name I have not received yet. The owner of the shop is going to see if he can retrieve it. The first of the two quilts is a small, string-pieced gem, only 16 inches x 19 & 1/2 inches!

The second quilt is also c. 1970s, 27 inches square, and is a colorful little one-patch with diagonal rows of solid colors. Charming!

I didn't expect to find anything today, but was happy to score these two little gems. Even though they aren't very old, they are cheerful and uncommonly small. Something to crow about, for sure!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

places to go

Columbia River Gorge
This year, Mom came for her three-week-long visit with a list of places she wanted to go and things she wanted to do, plus two friends from Maine. Our friends stayed for two weeks and returned home yesterday. Here are just a few of the places we went and things we saw together.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 
International Rose Test Garden
Japanese Garden
Cannon Beach 
Tillamook Creamery 

McMenamin's Kennedy School 
Beaverton Bakery - Mom likes Butter Crisps for breakfast!
Chinese Garden
Mom is here until next week, so we're still running around. She's made another list of things she wants to do while she's still here. That's why I haven't been blogging much this month. We have had fun, but I will soon be ready to retreat to a very secluded place for at least a week-- the break I really needed after spending two months writing my book.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stunning! Barbara Shapel at Latimer Quilt & Textile Center

"Autumn Beauty" (front) by Barbara Shapel
The first time I saw the work of contemporary fiber artist Barbara Shapel, one of her creations was hanging at the Northwest Quilting Expo with a Best of Show ribbon on it. The funny thing was, the quilt was displayed backwards, and we were all looking at the back side of the quilt rather than the front-- but that is how extraordinary Shapel's work is. The backs of the quilts are as stunning as the fronts.

Shapel is currently exhibiting at Latimer Quilt and Textile Center until September 7th, 2014, and the exhibit is a must-see! I went with my mother, and Robin and Bill Carter, our friends from Maine. All of us were absolutely flabbergasted by Shapel's gorgeous creations.

More information about Barbara Shapel and her exquisite fiber art work may be found on her web site: Latimer Quilt & Textile Center is located at 2105 Wilson River Loop Road in Tillamook. The center is open most days, and you may find more information on their web site- click here.