last, last saturday ingrid and i braved the fog that rolled across the sound to enfold bainbridge island to go to one of my favorite events of the year: the rotary auction. i'm sure i've blogged about this before. oh, look, see, here and here and here!
i usually come home with many treasures, but this time i came home with just one. that's okay though, because i love it. there were stacks and stacks of quilting books, but this one caught my eye. it is filled with page after page of gorgeous plates of quilts. i know i'm not the first person to point out how often what we call modern quilts have such traditional roots, but it really is true.
this quilt was made in 1889. i know, right?!
and don't these two amish quilts and this amazing early 19th century quilt from new england look like they could have been made today. solids are so modern. i mean traditional. i mean modern.
i like these triangle quilts, too. they've got the whole value/half square triangle thing going on.
and this puppy… yowza!
i love how these take the humble log cabin and make it into something exciting and fresh.
lately i have been smitten with lone star quilts. these terrific examples of lone star quilts (or rather, stars of bethlehem... i'm not sure i can tell the difference) are currently blowing my mind. good timing, because the seattle modern quilt guild is going to have a star quilt-a-long, so i think i'm going to tackle my own lone star. i am a little intimidated. and excited.
i can't end without showing you a few shots of the this year's rotary auction. it is madness, i tell you, madness! and what you see above represents maybe 2% of what's for sale.
there were a lot of balls for sale.
and, as tempting as it was, i did not take this treasure home with me. but i do hope jerry found a nice new place to live. or continue to be a dead head. ha. get it?