Monday, September 27, 2010

Antique Hexagon Quilts

At the show in PA there was an exhibit called "Through the Garden Path". It was a collection of antique quilts presented by Mary Kerr. I know many of you are making hexagon quilts and I thought it would be fun to show you some fantastic antique examples.

I'm not sure if you can tell in the photo but this one was quilted with red thread. What a brave quilt maker!


I always get such a different view as I move in closer.

I think we talked Jill into making one like this! I love the little stars!!
This one looks pretty traditional and not like an antique at all...
Until you take a closer look at the beautiful prints!!
I love the fabric she used for the path. It is quite unusual for this style of quilt. I love it!!
Seeing these quilts almost makes me want to start one, but not quite! LOL We really didn't talk Jill into making the little stars either!!

33 comments:

  1. LOL! I'm with you, Lori! I love the IDEA of them, but executing....Lord have mercy, I can't get my machine projects done, much less all those hexagons that I'd have to do by hand (and I would have to do them by hand, because they'd be Pucker City if I didn't! LOL).
    Lovely show!
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  2. Thank you for sharing these photos! Hexagon quilts are so much fun, this one little shape is so versatile.
    I love the one with the little stars most, but the others are amazing, too.

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  3. What beauties! I can't imagine doing a great big quilt like that all by hand either!! BTW, I was just looking at the pictures I took at your house and I really want to make that quilt that has a four patch in a square alternating with the hourglass block. Just wondered how big the blocks are. I love that quilt!

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  4. Wow! Those are fantastic! I love the looks, but I myself would never do one, yet. Maybe you wait for your retirement to start one of these.

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  5. Thanks for sharing such fantastic photos! I have boxes and boxes of yo-yos i've been whipping up for about 5 years and i can't wait to make them into a coverlet. these are some inspiring patterns.

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  6. great presentation of the hex quilts!
    for me, been there, ain't going back...but love them, just love them. I think appreciation of them has grown since making mine :)

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  7. What fun to see those unusual examples of GFGs. Quilters have always been artists!

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  8. For me that is the one thing I will not be doing. I did a 1930's yo yo and that was fun. You can always find one to buy . LOL.

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  9. I admire those hex quilts but can't ever imagine doing one! That one with the stars is just mind boggling. Thanks for showing them.

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  10. My daughter in law is making a hex quilt..I sent her a link. Fabulous quilts thanks for sharing.

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  11. They are all just fantastic. I would love to make one someday, but ..... you know.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. it's always so interesting to see the wide variety of ways that the hexagon/flower garden quilts can be put together.

    i have one started (from long ago) but it doesn't seem to see the light of day for too long before other projects bury it again . . . i know that someday i will finish it . . .

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  13. Oh those are so awesome. The first one almost makes me want to make one. But only almost!

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  14. I've made two hexagon quilts...used to travel a lot for work and always kept a baggie with handwork in my briefcase! Still love the look of them...

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  15. I have no desire to start a hexagon project either. I can certainly admire them though. These ones were lovely - thanks for the close-ups!

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  16. OH....be still my heart! That first photo is to die for!!!!

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  17. My first quilt was all hexagons. I'll always have a love for them!

    A couple of these tempt me...(I'd like to try doing them with papers someday) but I'm not giving in1 LOL

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  18. I used to vow "No hexagons for me." I'm just too restless to sit and sew by hand. But long car rides and sitting in waiting rooms and sitting around the table with relatives -- I'm filling in those hours of my life with quiet, relaxing hexagon stitching.

    I doubt I'll ever make a full-sized Q like the beauties you're showing here, but any smaller project I finish will make me feel like I used those hours wisely.
    The first quilt with the elongated blocks is so striking! Thanks for the feast of hexagons.

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  19. Oh my gosh! Those tiny stars inside each outer ring hexagons...that's something else. I love the different shape of the elongated ones, too. I adore hexagon projects. Cutting them is a nightmare unless you have the GO, though. My first one is cut by hand...and I'm having a hard time getting back to it. Imagine that!
    Thanks so much for sharing all the photos!! They're inspirational =)

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  20. Oh my! Lovely, gorgeous, and beautiful in no particular order. I've never seen an oval shaped hex quilt. Totally intriguing. Thanks for posting these wonderful quilts!

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  21. Those are some beautiful antique quilts! I must say the one with the stars is beautiful, but looks daunting to create.

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  22. The elongated hexagon block quilt is the one I find most interesting. A little different setting.

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  23. They're all beautiful and the first one is mind boggling. There are plenty of quilters who'd love to make them but I don't think I'll be in a rush.

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  24. oh these are beautiful! I love seeing them, but not sure I'd ever make one.
    Karen

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  25. Wow these are great, and you are right, almost but not quite...

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  26. They are spectacular and we can all appreciate the amount of work involved. I think a table runner would be my limit.

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  27. What gorgeous variations of the hexagon quilt. I love that first one!

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  28. OOOh! Little stars inside hexagons. How utterly fabulous. How big, roughly, were the hexxies? Could be tempting.

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  29. hexies! I love how they look. I even LIKE to make them. maybe, someday, again.......

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  30. What wonderful hexagon quilts! Each one unique and beautiful. Thank you for posting the photos:)

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  32. Thanks so much for posting these photos! I was wondering how to set my stars. I have pieced over 200 of them sitting on airplanes, etc, and am ready to do something with them. The starry flowers are it!

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