There seems to be much discussion in the patchwork world about 'new or 'modern' ideas.
I think debate is healthy, and I enjoy hearing what people have to say, or seeing what they sew under these titles! The more people sewing and quilting the better I say, and if they think they are doing something new or modern so be it!
I am often asked about the 'quilt as you go' as most people assume that the desire to quilt your quilt in smaller manageable or portable size sections is a 'new' idea.
Those of you who have been checking out Barbara Brackman's blog will have enjoyed, as I did, her post about 'Pot Holder Quilts'. Check it out HERE.
These quilts were sewn and quilted in small sections and then put together……… in the 1880's!
I saw a similar quilt at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York last spring, and I was blown away. Let me show you.
Looks like nothing out of the ordinary from a distance:
Take a closer look at the green sashing:
You can see the different quilting in the different sections:
And this is the information card:
This quilt was made for Mary Grow in 1856!
But what I found even more amazing was that no where does it make any reference the the technique that has so obviously been used to sew the quilt! I know I can be nerdy about the construction processes that are used to make quilts, but surely this would have been worth a mention?
Of course I am now just desperate to get my hands on a copy of the book by Pamela Weeks and find out all I can about these quilts!