Celebrating Quilts (Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season)

At first I thought it oddly off-season to hold a quilt show in the heat of summer. Then I remembered the show I went to two years ago, and realized these are art quilts and may or may not be the kind that are meant to keep us warm in winter. Here’s a detail from one of my favorites at Georgia Celebrates Quilts, on view last weekend —

Storm of Rebrith - Ruth Ann Yax

“Storm of Rebrith” – Ruth Ann Yax: Hand dyed silk, cotton, paint sticks on cotton. Beaded. Machine stitched dandelions and seeds.

I picked quilts with ecological themes for this post — a concept that’s never off-season. Here’s the complete picture of this one.

Storm of Rebirth - Ruth Ann Yax - Georgia Celebrates Quilts

A theme of ruination and rebirth.

The next one appeals to me for the same reason that the quilts of previous generations do — making use of scraps of fabric that are otherwise unusable. Perhaps you can’t tell from a distance…

Compost Piles - Selvage Quilt - Lee Yarrell  … but you can when you get closer. This quilt uses selvages — the edges of fabric that are usually discarded.

Compost Piles - Selvage Quilt - Lee Yarrell - Georgia Celebrates Quilts

“Compost Piles /Selvage Quilt” – Lee Yarrell, quilted by Country Corner Quilts, Harison AR, Georgia Celebrates Quilts

 Here’s another favorite, though my photo doesn’t do it justice —

The Note Said: Handmade by Gladys - Betty Gay White and Gladys

“The Note Said: Handmade by Gladys” – Betty Gay White and Gladys

After discovering the hand-pieced quilt top in a consignment booth, this quilter found a note pinned to the back saying “Handmade by Gladys”. She decided to honor Gladys by hand-quilting it herself.

I love the themes of rescue, reuse, and rebirth, particularly when it comes to quilts. I still have family comforters and quilts of my own whose fates are undecided. Meanwhile, I’m still unpacking boxes, and more than a little sorry I have to wait two years for the next quilt show.

Do you have a favorite family quilt?

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15 thoughts on “Celebrating Quilts (Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season)

  1. Such beautiful quilts, Sandy. The one made from discarded fabric is interesting – certainly one of it’s kind and something you can’t replicate exactly. This quilt post has got me thinking of the blanket my aunt gave to me on the day I was born. It’s more of a quilt since it’s stitched like one, thread running right through it from one end to the other. I still have it with me, though a bit worn but it feels so comfortable to the touch. Nice and soft 🙂

      • Haha, a “life blanket”. Love how you say it, Sandy. I find it tricky to wash it – never dared to put it into the washing machine for fear it would come out in shreds. I suppose that might be the case for the other quilts here too..

      • I made the mistake of washing a comforter that family members made for me. I had no idea that the batting inside would lump up in the wash. I’ve washed older quilts with no problem, so maybe it’s something about the new batting fabric. I’ve also heard from a fabric restorer that I consulted about another piece that the soap residue from washing is a problem for the vintage fabrics. So, I guess I shouldn’t be washing any of them. What to do? — not sure.

      • So that’s what you call it – the batting inside. I heard that if you use softeners on older blankets that happens, not sure if that is true. Soap residue, that makes the blankets slimy in the wash 😦

      • I finally remembered that we thought the newer batting was made with polyester, and the older quilts had cotton, which was not a problem. I hadn’t heard that about softeners, but that could certainly be part of it.

      • Most supermarkets in Australia stock liquid softeners. I don’t know if it’s popular in the States. My brother loves pouring big cups of it into the water when he’s washing his blankets. Mum always starts yelling then because too much of that makes a difficult wash 😀

      • Yes, very popular, both liquid and little sheets for the dryer. I think it’s because with ‘hard’ water we don’t get the soap residue completely out. It does make the towels and blankets nice and soft, but on the vintage quilts, I think it still leaves some chemical residue (at least according to the preservationists).

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