Sunday, November 23, 2014

Just A Few More Memories

The last of the quilts that I photographed on Friday at the Warner Historical Society in Warner, New Hampshire, appear below.
This one was all silk tobacco premiums that had been carefully sewn into a pattern of concentric rows by category, all the animals in one row, all the flags, all the medals, etc.

The backing had the word "Baby" emblazoned on it. Who would think today to embellish a baby quilt with anything related to tobacco??

There was a very fine broderie perse (French for "Persian embroidery") quilt that had baskets alternating with the appliqued flower blocks.

Here is a basket:

You can see that this quilt was tied with red yarn.

One of the flowers that had been cut out of a different fabric and them appliqued onto the block is shown next.

The next two pictures are of the same quilt. Although the first photograph is way too dark to appreciate its design, it does show the relative size of the quilt.

This is a close up of it.

I was fascinated by the fact that this next quilt was made of "cheater cloth," a printed log cabin. And although I don't recall exactly it's date, it was early.

So quicky quilts existed back then, too! Here you see it from a more normal viewing distance. I was completely taken in by the deceptively clever printing.

A wool flannel from the 1940's was very bright and masculine.

The quilt that was used as the frontispiece for the exhibit was so bright and fresh that it looked new.

I loved the reds! But you knew that, right? I am a dedicated red-junkie, I'll admit it.

Click on any photo to enlarge it, if you like.

And there had to be a 1930's Grandmother's Flower Garden, to be sure. It was a stunning example!

So much visual stimulation gave us an appetite! We had a delightful brunch at The Schoolhouse Cafe, a restored school building turned into a restaurant.

The food was fabulous and so was the ambiance.

After lunch, I insisted that we stop by a lovely quilt shop only one town away in Henniker, New Hampshire. It is called Quilted Threads and boasts three floors to see.

I couldn't get past the Civil War section, which was ample.

As we drove home the roads stayed clear and dry despite some stray snowflakes. It was a perfect day!
I hope that you make some marvelous memories, too!

Happy sewing!


Janet O. said...

Some really cool things here, Vic! Love the log cabin cheater--and that little quilt that looked so new! Wow!
Quilted Threads is a great shop--I enjoyed my visit.
I like the looks of that Schoolhouse place. Fun!

Auntie Em said...

You saved the best for last! That tobacco premium "baby" quilt is amazing! What an odd combination by today's standards.
I visited Quilted Threads back in September and bought some of those fabrics from the bolts in the picture.

Nann said...

Thanks again for the tour, Vic. Next time we go to Henniker (we are overdue for a visit) I want to go to Quilted Threads! (And a side trip to Park Hill Farm.)

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