23 January 2009

Princess Feather

When I was at the local museum partaking of the Gee's Bend exhibit I spied this beauty in one of the display cases in a different exhibit. This is a two color Princess Feather quilt. It was given by A.D. Hagemen to his wife as a wedding gift c.1871. The quilting is exquisite and is 1/2" apart. Look at how the unknown quilter quilted a feather design in and around the feathers. Another thing was the extensive quilting inside the applique pieces. Wish I could do hand quilting like this. I know I can't, because I just put the last stitch in a small quilt last evening. My stitches are not tiny and, lately, they are not even consistent. *sigh*.

I've been plodding along on the first pair of bartered tube socks. Can we say boring? It is not the yarn but the design: a tube stock done with stockinette stitch. *yawn!* I've been trying to hurry on these by doing 2 at a time but it still seems interminable.






It is probably going to be a bit quiet around La Casa del Quilter as I am only working on tube socks *yawn* and the 4SQS5 that I can't show you. Speaking of which, it has turned out so well that I am going to make myself one in red, white and green; you know, the colors found in a Baltimore Album quilt. I've always wanted a quilt in those colors and this pattern will work wonderfully.

16 comments:

  1. Well, thanks for sharing this beauty while you know your boring socks! LOL! That's a spectacular quilt.

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  2. You will be glad you yawned through those socks when the barter begins.
    What size needles? If a size two we are talking about 8 rows to an inch. How many minutes does it take to do a row? That is the kind of thing I think of to get through the duller moments.

    Thank you for sharing that quilt...

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  3. How wonderful that Auntie's condo sold, news like that would certainly be welcomed. At this stage in my knitting life (I use that term loosely, I might add), I would be thrilled to be able to do what you're doing. But it's ok for you to yawn since you're an accomplished knitter, and I'm note even one yet, just a wannabe. ;D

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  4. Obviously I'm not a good speller either. Ahem....I am embarrassed. I do it too often, make typos cause I hurry.

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  5. It is a beautiful quilt. Way beyond my skill level. Congratulations on the sale of the condo. I'm looking forward to seeing your swap quilt - everytime I make one of those, I feel like I should be making one for myself. The color combination sounds good - I look forward to seeing what you do with that as well.

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  6. *yippee* The condo is sold. That must be a big relief for you and Auntie, too.
    Love the feather quilt. Someday maybe I'll have nice, small, even stitches . . . . in the meantime, I'll just keep trying.

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  7. The quilting around that feather is astounding. I can't even imagine being that skilled (or having that good eyesight!). As for your plans to make a red and green quilt, I think any design would look good in that traditional combination. My mom says that when she was a girl almost every quilt her relatives made was red and green, it was so entrenched a color scheme, and it didn't connote Christmas either (I think that's a more modern thing).

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  8. Wow - that about sums it up. AND the condo sold - that alone is an accomplishment. Gracious me! Goodie on you!

    Marne

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  9. my guess is that this quilter spent loads of time doing hand quilting which, of course, made her stitches so tiny and perfect. all it takes is practice, I think..i know when quilting a quilt, by the end of the project, my stitches are better.

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  10. oh my gosh! that is a gorgeous quilt! thanks for showing it!!!

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  11. Tube socks. They don't have heels? I think I could do that. I am trying to take up knitting again.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely quilt.

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  12. Fantastic that Aunties condo has sold. Wow! Gorgeous quilt too.

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  13. WOW...that is amazing.

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  14. Congrats on the condo sale! The PF quilt is spectacular, thank you for sharing, I could look at a quilt like that all day long...

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  15. Came over from Sio's blog post today. Goodness yes - look at that feather quilting around the feathers. I always wonder what type of inner spirit these type of quilters had (have) to complete such tasks. Amazement. Thanks for linking up.

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  16. Incredible quilting - all of us can appreciate the many hours spent to achieve this...a wonderful quilt and thank you for sharing it with us.

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