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September 9, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

What do these things have to do with taking care of vintage and antique quilts?
 
Two-step greens?

https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/tap-dance" Tap Dance Vectors by Vecteezy
 
Straw needles?

Insect pins?

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Come find out!  

I'm offering a virtual workshop this fall that covers quilt restoration, conservation, and preservation. 

There will be lectures, triage sessions for participants' quilts, how-to videos, samples of repair supplies, etc., etc.

You can attend the whole workshop - five Saturdays October 16 - November 13 - 3 hours per day.

Or you can attend selected lectures alá ...

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August 31, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop from Ann Quilts

Might I suggest a new quilt adventure for your fall?  I am teaching an in-depth workshop focusing on repairing and caring for quilts.  Here's the scoop:

The workshop covers:
• restoration
• conservation
• preservation
• identification and dating
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• philosophies
• supplies
• techniques


We will start with the basic information in my book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy, and explore the topics in more detail and with hands-on experience:
• lectures
• discussions
• "triage" sessions for students' quilts
• a library of how-to videos teaching stitches and repair processes
• specialty sessions (including how to run a quilt repair business and yoga for tired hands and shoulders)

Sewists, appraisers ...

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August 12, 2021
Quilt for an 1895 Wedding from Ann Quilts

I love a dated quilt.  I love a dated quilt with a family story (see full story below).  Combined together....well.... it's simply grand.

The fabrics have some preservation issues and staining throughout.  And at some point, a critter chewed a hole in the quilt and almost chewed a second.  The good part of that story is that the critter was polite enough to avoid chewing up any of the embroidered history.


#1


#2

I patched both places.  Here's one.

 

I patched the damaged black squares with an antique fabric (with white swirl print).  And I put on ...

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May 26, 2021
A Log Cabin Quilt with Mystery from Ann Quilts


I really fell in love with this "homey" log cabin.  It's such a cozy look - and feel, too, as the fabrics are well-loved and very soft.

Family history says it was made in Virginia for the owner's mother, at or shortly after her birth, so in 1920-22.  The fabrics support that oral history, and it's a lovely collection of fabrics from the 1920s.

The mystery is that the top row of blocks was cut off at some point, and then reattached.  You can see that the straight furrow design reverses at the top row.  The reattaching was ...

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March 18, 2021
A Beauty of a Quilt from Ann Quilts

 Here's a gorgeous quilt.  It's as simple as that.

This quilt came to me for repair.  The quilt dates to c1850.  As old as it is, it is in nearly pristine condition, save for a place in the center where it got wet somehow with something.

Here's how fabric looks in an undamaged block.

You can see that whatever spilled on the quilt ate away at the brown fabric, and also carried some of the dye into the white background.  It's interesting (though sad, of course) to witness how the liquid ran along the fibers of ...

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March 8, 2021
Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks from Humble Quilts

I have 36 of these amazing blocks! Only a couple were crispy. I washed them gently in the sink with orvis and laid them flat to dry. They were pretty much the same as before washing. I ironed them and put them on the design wall. It was so great to admire each one up close and personal. 
I took a photo of the more unusual or fun prints.  This brown almost looks like decorator fabric. 

Windmills.... lol

That is a seam in the center square not a fold like it looks like at first glance. 


LOVE!!! 


There was a ...

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August 28, 2020
Antique Quilt Redo from Humble Quilts

I found pieces and strips of this quilt in an antique store. 


So I bought it and then took it apart patch by patch. I then asked friends to search their stash for similar fabric on the patches that couldn't be re-used. 
It is such a sweet quilt and I wonder about the maker and the wonderful variety of fabrics he or she used. 

Its hard to tell which fabrics are new and which are old. 
That is why it is important to label your quilt with the current date and maybe short sentence about its history. 


 I love ...

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June 17, 2020
Little Quilts and A Bear Story from Humble Quilts

I picked up this little quilt, made from a larger one. Originally I was to be doing a lecture on little quilts and wanted to use this, now I wonder if I'll be doing any this year. 
I would have been going to MO next week!! Makes me so sad!


 Closer view of these great prints!
 It has no batting.

Now to answer a few questions about hiking. 
Our tents are pretty close together- close enouh to where we can hear each other. We do not keep any food in or near our tents. We hang our food and ...

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February 21, 2020
Pinwheel Quilt - The Fabrics and The Repair from Ann Quilts

This quilt measures a whopping 93" x 109" !  The blocks are about 11 1/4".  I think many of the fabrics date to the 1860s and 1870s. 

 before restoration

after restoration

The good news is that this quilt is a beloved family heirloom.  For amazing family story and photos of the four generations of women whose lives are intertwined with this quilt, read Pinwheel Quilt - The Family Story and Photos.

The sad news is that it is a victim of the caustic nature of early black and brown dye processes.  Many of the early dyes added metals like iron to ...

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Pinwheel Quilt - The Family Story and Photos from Ann Quilts

 
I did a major restoration job on this heirloom quilt.  For before and after photos, close-ups of the fabrics I used, etc. read, Pinwheel Quilt - The Fabrics and The Repair.

The quilt owner supplied the history and this great family photo.

Here's the who's who:
"The old couple on the left are my great grandparents Col. Mark and his wife Nancy Wayne Mark. Several of their children are in the photo. My grandmother, Millie Mark Fitzgerald is standing directly to the right of two of her brothers. My mother is the little girl on her brother’s shoulders ...

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October 10, 2019
When the Unknown Surprises You! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As we have shared in the past, Teri and I (Kara) are novice quilt collectors. We started with a few quilts that we inherited and picked up a few here and there as we wander the antique malls—one of our absolute favorite things to do together! A few of those inherited and purchased quilts have been shared on the blog (you can read about them by clicking on the links at the end of this post). Over here in Germany, there are not many antique quilts to be found, so I have formed a habit, albeit not necessarily a ...

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