Friday, April 30, 2010

Oregon Quilt Documentation

Oregon has finally started documenting quilts!! I volunteered yesterday at Sisters to help. I had no idea how wonderful and fun it would be. This is a two year project and plan on helping again somewhere in the future. You can read more info at the Oregon Quilt Project.

This was one of the first quilts to enter the room!!! We about all fell over!! It was a family quilt dated to 1851. The Oak and Reel larger block is called Heroes Crown. I thought that was an awesome block name.
Need I say more about this photo? Several motifs tightly quilted all over. The flowers are reversed applique in the center.

AMAZING!!


Here was some of the group getting the fine info....with a lot of volunteers trying not to drool!!
The woman with the brown sweater is Mary Bywater Cross the author of Quilts of the Oregon Trail.

Here was a volunteers quilt that she had won in a raffle!! The quilting was amazing. Not all quilts being documented have to be old.

This was one of the more beautiful double wedding rings I've seen. The woman who brought it in found it in a bag after a death of a family member.

Here are two signature quilts. The woman who brought this on in also found in a plastic bag in an attic of her MIL who had died.

I don't remember what the story was on this one. I loved the border and how accurately it meets at the top!! hahaha
This was a beauty too!!
What a fantastic day being with fun people who also have a love of quilts and especially old quilts.
Have a great weekend!!

33 comments:

  1. What a treat to be in the presence of such gorgeous quilts! Can you imagine opening a bag and finding a quilt? A nice one? And suddenly realize that you had something incredibly special? I just shiver at the thought. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties.Jayne

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  2. Lucky you! I was just wondering if there was an Oregon quilt book. Guess not. I would just love to participate in that project. If only... Thanks so much for sharing those quilts. They are wonderful (some lovely, some quirky...just like people).

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  3. That first quilt is unbelievable!! The applique, the borders, the quilting... it's all amazing! I love the quilted urn with flowers in it - its wonderful. What an exciting project.

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  4. Thank you so much for a great show and tell. Beautiful!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing them with all of us. What a fun day!

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  6. I didn't know Oregon had a quilt project and it makes me very happy that we do. These quilts are just beautiful!

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  7. You lucky girl to be in the presence of such beauty! I wish wish wish, I would find something like this in my attic.

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  8. wow! What a great experience you got to have!! I love those quilts and wish I could of been there!! Well...you took me there virtually. Thank you!

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  9. i think my favorite is the raffle quilt of Mary's . . . but that first quilt has some incredible quilting going for it~!!!!!~

    i'm wondering how well Mary's quilt might translate into a doll quilt . . .

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  10. Oh my, what a fun project to volunteer to particpate in! Thanks so much for sharing these beauties.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the pictures. It is always such a treat to see beautiful quilts like those. Do you happen to know if the signature quilts were dated? If so, do you recall the dates? I hope Oregon will be putting a book together when they are all done. Thanks again and I hope to see more in the future.

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  12. This would certainly be a very interesting volunteer job. I hope you will have more photos for us. The first quilt is a beauty!

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  13. Be still my beating heart! I am so glad that we will get to be inspired through your sharing! Thank you a million times over...

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  14. What an honour . I would be sticking my hand up good and fast if I had that opportunity too.Fabulous quilts.
    I hope they are going to bring out a book to accompany the documentation.

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  15. I wonder if they are doing this in Wisconsin. I have a family heirloom quilt made in 1883 in Washburn, WI and we only know it was made by Grandma Score (not a relative). It would be nice to have it listed somewhere and maybe find out something about the maker.

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  16. Wow, that sounds really fun. Those quilts are amazing!

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  17. WOW! WOW! Oh my WOW! Those are just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  18. Wow! Lucky you. What a wonderful way to spend the day! Love the border on the Oak and Reel quilt.

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  19. Oh I wish I could see that first one up close and in person. Wow.

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  20. A Hawaiian style one also!??! wow!
    I'm going to have to get out a couple old quilts that I have left. I've given most to my stepdaughter, as they came from her grandmother. The ones I have left she did not want because they weren't usable to her. Anyways, the reason I bring it up is that I have one that looks like a version of the tulip looking one toward the end. I'll put it up on my blog in the next few days... :)

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  21. Ooh, that quilt from the new Oregon project just made my heart go pitty-pat! Sounds as if there will be another state book to look forward to. Thanks for being a part of it, and sharing a sneak peek.

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  22. that first quilt is a knock-out. Wow!

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  23. How wonderful to be part of a state documentation project. I just finished reading the Massachusetts book and the Georgia books. Mary is a great person...met her when she visited my area a few years ago...thanks for sharing the photos!

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  24. How wonderful to be able to be part of the group seeing all those wonderful quilts and to learn the stories them. It's fantastic that they are all going to be properly documented for future generations of quilters to admire.

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  25. How on earth could you top a day like that! How fantastic that you were a part of it. The quilts are glorious, especially wonderful to see the quilting on the red and green. Of course it would be my favourite.

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  26. I am sitting here in AWE of that first quilt
    oh love the border and well the blocks just have me in speechless...do you remember what they said about this quilt?
    any history included with it?
    what a wonderful thing for you to be involved with and thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Kathie

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  27. What a fabulous thing to be a part of - and such a treat that you are sharing with us. Thank you!

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  28. Love your new 'nazzie' blog header!
    What a great experience...I know you just LOVED it!!
    Thank you for sharing....you always
    have the neatest quilty things to show!!!

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  29. What a stunning quilt! It must have been pretty hard to top that one.

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  30. I would love to get a chance to be a part of quilt documentation! I'm just reading Quilts of the Oregon Trail..and along with the few you show here..that would be a wonderful state book to have. I LOVE that first one. The quilting is fabulous. Thanks for sharing these.
    :)

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  31. Wow! The Heroes Crown quilt is magnificent. I am drooling on my laptop! I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in person. Good for you for volunteering and thank you for sharing the photos with us. Anne

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  32. Oh those are way too cool. What a fun day. That first quilt you showed is amazing! How come I never find treasures like that?

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