Dec 17, 2008

Creative Women


I love antique quilts. Here is one that I just bought. Isn't it amazing how creative women were when they only had fabric from old shirts, dresses etc. We are so lucky to have the resources out there to find fabric of all colors and shades until we have just the right combination to make our quilt look fabulous. Some are talented enough to dye their fabric until they achieve the pattern and texture they want as well. Yet long ago women went out of the box by finding a small amount of some bright color and incorporating it into their quilt to make their personal statement. Like here where she found a great red and popped it in one block on the entire quilt. She complimented it with the blocks using the peach/orange. How amazing is that.

4 comments:

Kim said...

Yours is a beautiful antique quilt Barbara. It's looks like it was made at the end the of 19th century to me, with many fabrics from the 1880s.

Make sure not to let water get near it or more of the dark brown fabrics will deteriorate, it's the iron in the dye that causes the problem. Iron and water make rust!

Libby Fife said...

Barbara-I feel this way too, especially when looking at Amish quilts of the 19th century. Such creativity within strict boundries of design.

I am enjoying your blog and am really in awe of how you transitioned so smoothly and seemingly without much effort into making art quilts. Good for you-I am enjoying looking at the results so thanks again.

Libby Fife

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Kim,
Thank you so much for your interest in one of my antique quilts. I well take very good care of it.
I went to your website. How interesting. I am going back later today when I have the time to search and read the entire site. I will photograph some of my other ones to share in the future. I have one beautiful applique one fromt he 1800's in green and red that is amazing.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Libby,
The transition into art quilts even surprised me. I am glad that you are enjoying my blog and watching how I progress through each piece. I hope I will start another soon. I have the idea now I just need the time!

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