Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study Group
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The sidewalk was lined with pink roses as the IIQSG participants
entered the Grout Church at the Kalona Historical Village Aug. 6, 2005.
The beauty of the antique quilts was just as lovely and in some cases more
show and tell began with a Wild Rose quilt, Merikay Waldvogel found the
kit quilt ad in a 1932 "Woman's World" magazine. The kit sold
for $3.75, a similar quilt was listed for sale for $950 at the antiquequitsource.com!
North Carolina Lily quilt was purchased at an auction. The red, white, and
green lily quilt was complimented by a vine with birds border. One
half-inch diagonal quilting went through the lilies; open space had
pineapples in the quilting.
small quilt with only three flower garden motifs appliqued to the eighteen
inch square with machine quilting, was thought to be Karan's father's baby
quilt. A Colonial salt sack from Akron, OH was the backing. This is
Karan's only family piece.
showed a great auction find. The tourqoise pink and brown Boston Commons
was quilted with a four petaled flower in the squares. There was a good
discussion about dating the plain colors, with dates ranging from 1890 to
1900 to 1950, with the 1950 date decided.
buy ugly scrap quilts? To study the variety of one-patch fabrics from last
quarter of 19th century. More surprising was the backing made with
wonderful pieced baskets made at a later time. This quilt was registered
in Florida. Now makes it's home with Marilyn.
jewel of the day was an early chintz Sunflower Quilt. Many wonderful
chintzes were used in the flowers. The border used two different chintzes,
sides of one chintz and a different chintz in the corners. This auction
find was said to be originally from
New Jersey. Barbara C. shared her multicolored Trip around the World baby
quilt. Barbara's grandmother made the quilt for her doll bed. Barbara
recommended the book Legacy:
The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts by Nancilu B.
Burdick as a favorite quilt history book.
red, white, and blue one-patch baby quilt of Glenda's lead to a discussion
if this quilt was actually cut down from a larger quilt. The paisley
backing was used as binding on two sides and the squares on the side a
different size convinced most that it was cut from a larger quilt.
Char and Emily brought their family quilt. This red and white Double Irish
Chain quilt (documented in Johnson County) was made by their grandmother.
Leah Niffenigger Yoder used the quilt for all her children before giving
it to Char. Emily has been the caretaker for several years.
Shirley always astonishes us with her quilts. This meeting found her
unveiling a Hubert Van Hehren. The cotton sateen shades of pink diamonds
made a wonderful star quilt. This quilt designer from the 30's ran his
company out of Des Moines, IA. Hubert started the trend of graduated
colors. The yellow to orange was his most popular kit sold. (Read more in
Susan Price Miller's paper in the 2000 "Uncoverings" Journal
Vol. 21, published by AQSG). She also showed a needleworked
"tambour." Worked with an anchored hoop and a special type of
crochet needle. Some Redwork LOOKS like tambour, but is, instead, an
embroidery chain stitch. On the embroidered -with- a -regular-needle
pieces, the chains do not overlap on the top. On the tambour pieces, they
County, Jefferson, Iowa invited all to come and see their barn quilts.
Shannon shared this information along with an appliquéd tulip quilt with
a scalloped border. A friend of Shannon's Grand-mother-in-law did the
lovely wreath quilting. Also, a pink, blue, green, and white Shoofly with
checker board sashing was rescued by Shannon at an auction when the fellow
also bidding wanted the quilt for a dog blanket!
the 1940's Lena Glover stitched a Birds in the Air, Hummingbird,
Periwinkle quilt (no one thought to bring Brackman's encyclopedia!). Tiny
outline, cross hatch, and improved 9-patch quilting added to the beauty. A
Kitty in the Corner was purchased at the Meredith, "Better
Homes and Gardens" sale. The quilt was featured in "Great
Patchwork Collection." Elizabeth was the bidder that got the muslin,
brown, blue, and gold chintz quilt, measuring 90" by 105" from
the middle of the 1800's.
to do about stains was the challenge of the morning. Melva brought in a 48
State Flower and Bird quilt. The quilt came with Melva's and Bill's AZ
home had a brown stain. The suggestion of the day was to follow
Cord's advice to sit down and wait for the washing idea to go away.
were the date decided on for Barbara E.'s Tulip quilt. The red, green and
white showed the effects of aging with the green turning to tan. In the
red print fabric minute holes now show the batting where chemicals in the
dye or lye soap have damaged the pattern. The original binding was found
underneath a 1930's one.
how come? was question came from Virginia's quilt top. Late 19th century
fabric pieces were appliqued on a muslin background resulting in a stained
glass window effect. Several of the pieces were missing and others
Great grandma stitched a red, white and fugitive green tulip quilt that
was most likely made after 1903. Grandma quilted for others charging by
the spool. This quilt showed her expertise with feathered wreaths.
L. saved antique blocks from the 1980's. The maybe Railroad Crossing
blocks corner triangles were missing. The grays, blues and shirtings are
strong enough for Pat to take them apart making several more stars for a
rescued a Geese, Rambling Rose, or Railroad quilt containing chintz
centers. Family members found the quilt in the home of Stella Johnson
(1915-1984). Love will take care of the condition issues.
IA library shared a pink and green Dresden Plate signature quilt made by
the Rebecca Lodges from the community during the 1930's.
Vyki found a quilt at auction that came from an antique dealer in Ashton,
red and white box lunches matched the afternoon study session on "Redwork."
The Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum's exhibit of Two-Color quilts made an
vibrant place to study "Redwork." The embroidered quilts shared
the displays (walls, beds and antique spool cabinets) with Red and White
words of thanks go to Cindy Brick
and Rissa Peace Root for allowing us to use their copyrighted material of
"Redwork Revisited" and "A Redwork Embroidery
numerous quilts shared fit into the categories of: animals, flowers,
birds, toys, holidays, calendar, famous people-places-buildings and
events, advertisements, Japanese-inspired, Kate Greenaway characters,
Biblical characters/verses, stained glass, contemporary art and
architecture, and album and mixed patterns.
next meeting is March 31, 2006 in Kalona, IA starting 7pm with a Basket
quilt lecture. April 1, 2006 in Kalona, IA show and tell am basket quilts
pm. Cathy Litwinow