Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old Aurora Colony Quilt Show

I am showing two of my favorite quilts from a show I attended on Sunday in Aurora, Oregon. If you are interested Jane Kirkpatrick wrote a wonderful book called
Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft. It's worth checking out from the library.


This quilt really caught my eye. I love how there are two wreaths at the top but no more. I wonder if the quiltmaker decided she didn't really want to fill up that space with applique.
Tiny hand buttonhole stitch, but only at the top of the tulips.

 Lovely little prairie points.
This one is so graphic. I think I'm getting more drawn to the beautiful simplicity of the Amish quilts. This was made by Matilda Knight Stauffer and owned by the Yoder family.

I hope you can click on this to see the wonderful quilted motifs and beautiful feather quilting.

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31 comments:

  1. The quilting in that Amish quilt is wonderful...thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. thanks for sharing those beautiful quilts! I am curious about the two blocks left un-appliqued. If only quitls could speak.

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  4. I can't believe I missed this show this year. It's always my favorite. If you go next year, let me know ahead of time and we can meet.

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  5. Can you tell us a little bit about Aurora and the quilts - I would love to read that book but I don't have a library close by - Thanks!

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  6. Wow! I love that Whig's Defeat (is that the right pattern name!?) -- what a hoot those "orphan" appliques!! :-D I'd love to reproduce that one; I've always loved the pattern.
    And the Amish is striking, isn't it!? Beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  7. I can not get enough of antique quilts.. I feel that even when I make contemporary quilts, my inspirations always come from antique beauties! Love the colors of the Amish quilt.
    Thanks for sharing them!

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  8. I always love seeing old quilts, especially quirky ones like the applique, and there's something special about those Amish quilts, isnt there? sigh.

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  9. Beautiful!! Thanks for the close up shots - the quilting is marvelous to see. Were there more antique quilts?

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  10. Beautiful examples of fantastic quilting! Both seem totally unique. Love the cheddar in the Amish one.

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  11. Such beautiful work, love the designs and fabrics.
    I do love intricate quilting designs, I need to start practicing myself.

    Debbie

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  12. Now that's my kind of applique quilt, but there would have only been one appliqued block if I had made it! :0)

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  13. Both so different but both totally lovely.
    The applique one is sure one of life's little mysteries.

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  14. The quilts are wonderful, such beauty & simplicity, I have been to Aurora Or., and visited all the antique stores, houses & museum. Thanks for sharing the pics.I remember something about lots of musicians settled the area?? Is that correct?
    Wendy

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  15. Lori, how magnificent to see these quilts up close. How do you not stop everything and decide you must reproduce one of these beauties you see up close and personal? I'm so taken with the skill in that hand quilting and thank you for pointing out the interesting aspects of the various quilts - like the top quilt. I might have missed the 'two wreaths' but I defintely would hav noticed the impact those prairie points have. I think it's because a small part of me wants to do that someday. (a very small part of me)

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  16. Very nice. I have a top similar to the first quilt.

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  17. Oh, I love that red and green one, and the way she did some blanket stitch applique on it. Thanks for showing them.

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  18. You get to lots of quilt shows. Wish I could do that. I haven't been to a show in ages.

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  19. What amazing quilts. The longer I quilt, the more I love traditional patterns and antique quilts. The variations are what make each quilt so interesting.
    Thanks for sharing your favorites.

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  20. There was a very large store in Shipshewana (Amish country) called Yoder's! Wonder if they're related. The quilts are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing. Are you going to make one??

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  21. What's not to love about these two quilts. So bright and bold and graphic.
    Thank you for sharing them with us. You do find some fantastic shows to visit.

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  22. Dang it! I missed it again this year! And I was home most of the day too! Oy vie! thanks for sharing.

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  23. aaaahhhhhhh
    just beautiful can't wait to see more from the show
    will have to get my book out.

    I agree I love the 2 wreaths wonder if they were for top of the pillows and they would stand out...

    oh the amish quilt is beautiful
    LOVE the colors and well hand quilted feathers just makes me happy!
    great post Lori, thanks so much for sharing.
    kathie

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  24. Wonderful quilts! I have a soft spot for prairie points, so the first one is my favorite. I have that book in my shopping cart on Amazon. It might be time to finally get it. Thanks for the pictures.

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  25. These quilts are fantastic - really love them both. I'm so drawn to the whimsy in the first one and the graphic color combo in the second is awesome - perfect for this time of year!

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  26. oh my my my my~!!~ LOVE that Amish quilt~!!!!!!!~
    the quilting is unbelievable and the colors just about stop one's heart, don't they~!?!~

    hhmmmmm . . . maybe something with an Amish influence for your next quilt-a-long . . .

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  27. I love that first one - quirkylicious.

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  28. The top quilt is such a curiosity. I wonder why just the top of the tulips are button hole stitched..and why just two wreaths?

    The Amish style quilts always grab my attention. The use of solids makes timeless?
    Thanks for sharing these Lori! :)

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  29. I love the Amish quilt a lot too. Clicking on the picture helpt a bit but it wasn't really big enough for my satisfaction ;-).

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  30. I really love these old quilts...lovely in every way, and their quirks make them even lovelier! Thank you for sharing them.

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