Thursday, July 12, 2012

… a treasure from the rotary auction

a fog engulfs bainbridge island

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!

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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.

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

this quilt was made in 1889. i know, right?!

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

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.

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

i like these triangle quilts, too. they've got the whole value/half square triangle thing going on.

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

and this puppy… yowza!

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

i love how these take the humble log cabin and make it into something exciting and fresh.

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

from treasury of american quilts by cyril i. nelson & carter houck

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.

bainbridge island rotary auction

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.

bainbridge island rotary auction

there were a lot of balls for sale.

bainbridge island rotary auction

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?

4 comments:

  1. The auction sounds fun! And the book you chose is lovely! I also have lone star quilts on the brain lately. They're so modern/traditional/modern. ;)

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  2. Of course, love the lone star, but those quilt ladies know how to use value.

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  3. makes me want to eat some cherry garcia ben and jerrys ice cream! the auction looked like tons of fun. i could make jokes for forever about that pile of balls! you hit the jackpot with that book! a lone star is on my quilting bucket list!

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  4. Amazing patterns, I was really surprised how progressive some of the quilts were at the V&A's Quilts exhibition a couple of years ago. Some amazing colours and bold shapes. Must be very inspiring.

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