Friday, November 12, 2010

Pennsylvania Plenty- Revisited

Several  ladies asked about the quilt in my header so I thought I would revisit that quilt on my blog again.
When I was working on my Dear Jane quilt about 12+ years ago a few of us gals started our own little online group. We are still together after all this time.
One of the gals from my online group saw this wonderful sampler in this book. (still available on Amazon for dirt cheap- worth every penny)



From the book: "Pieced quilt, Sampler, Lancaster County, PA c. 1870. It bears the inscription "Salinda W. Rupp". The maker had every right to be proud of her creation, for each colorful pieced block testifies to her artistry. Each of the blocks is different from the others: some are based on such familiar patterns as Variable Star, Sunburst and Flower Basket, but others are obviously Miss Rupp's original creations."

 

Two ladies of my group love a challenge and took it upon themselves to design each block by looking at the book (sometimes with a magnifying glass) and drawing them up in Electric Quilt. This was back in 2002. If you recognize this as the Nearly Insane quilt it would be the same one, although I have never seen this book in person. I had a wonderful time piecing it and I wasn't even close to being insane when I was done.
But it was plenty....hence the name Pennsylvania Plenty. My quilt top was completed sometime in 2003.

44 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful quilt! I'm glad to know the story behind it.

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  2. How many ways can I say beautiful? It's a masterpiece! I love love it! Thank you so much for giving the wonderful story behind it! I'm going to look for that book!

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  3. I am still working on that quilt too
    and no not using the book either, paper piecing a lot of it.
    I just love this quilt, what a great story, nice that you are all still friends .
    Kathie

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  4. I think I got about a dozen of these blocks done...so impressed with anyone who finished!

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  5. Beautiful quilt and I do love old books and trying to reproduce the patterns.

    Debbie

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  6. Wow!! Lori, it's stunning!! And thanks for the background info...must keep my eye open for this book!
    Paulette

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  7. All I can say is WOW! Great job!!

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  8. Thanks for the post! Again, this is just beautiful. So...are you telling me that this is not a pattern? Then are you ladies selling YOUR pattern that was created for this quilt?

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  9. What an accomplishment! Fascinating story as well.

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  10. I have had that book for ages, and have always admired that quilt. I hadn't realized it was the same as the "Nearly Insane Quilt."

    I admire your resourcefulness of your group in drafting the patterns, and the quilt you made is just fabulous in every way -- an beautiful heirloom for your family with a wonderful story.

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  11. Wow, it's amazing. I'm working on nearly insane these days. Finished the last block without going insane so maybe its the border that does one in. :)

    I love how different the quilt looks based just on colour and fabric choices.

    You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing your quilt and the story behind it.

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  12. W-O-W.
    You are certainly an inspiration.

    Lucy (in IN)

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  13. That is a beautiful quilt!
    Thank you for sharing all the details that were involved in the making of it:)
    These kinds of stories make life special :)

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  14. Lori!! wow, wow, wow!! What a gorgeous quilt...I love it, even better than the original Insanity!

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  15. This is amazingly beautiful quilt, Lori! You did an astoundingly great job. The book is line drawings so we have to use our own color sense - yours is perfect. I've seen it in red and white and it's also beautiful that way but I like your fabric choices better.

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  16. Lori...your quilt is just amazing and I really do know the work that you put into it. My NI or Ranette's Peppermint Twist as it's now called, is almost done. Just have two sides of binding to sew down.

    Great story of friendship!

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  17. This quilt is wonderful, great story behind it's creation. The colors remind me of a stained glass window.

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  18. Oh, my goodness - incredible! And, yes, isn't that a great book? I picked mine up at a library book sale years ago, and it was when I first saw the Salinda Rupp quilt. Blew me away! How wonderful to have your very own version! I've been thinking lately about quality over quantity. Fast quilts certainly have their place, and can warm the heart. A quilt of this quality - as Linda said - a masterpiece!

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  19. Lovely quilt Lori. A lot of work went into that one!

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  20. LOVE, LOVE this quilt!! I've got the Nearly Insane book (and the Just Plain Nuts one, too! :-D) -- and a host of other "small block" sampler quilt books, and I love them all!! I need to stop procrastinating, put the last border on Jane, and get on with another one! LOL
    Beautiful work, as usual!!
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  21. I have always admired this quilt and I admire anyone who makes it. Your header is such a nice medley of colour. It's a nice story you tell.

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  22. What a great quilt. I think I have the Nearly Insane book but haven't looked at it for a while. I need to pull it out and take a peek again.

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  23. Congratulations on all the work you did in making that quilt! It is a magnificent quilt!!!
    Thank you for the story behind your quilt.
    I have the NI book and I have made about 10 blocks.
    Did you hand piece your quilt?

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  24. Wow I love your color selection. I did my Nearly Insane called Lime Phosphate in all shades of greens, and I am not close to insane yet either...IMHO!

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  25. What an amazing quilt! I would love to see photos of the other quilts that were made by the group!

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  26. I am up to block 50 Paper-piecing all the way :-)
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  27. Those ladies in your group were certainly a dedicated bunch, recreating those blocks from sight alone. Your quilt is spellbinding. I can't imagine all the work that must have gone into it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  28. Lori, your quilt is beautiful. I am currently working on mine, about half done. I am impressed that you did it without the book to basically follow.

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  29. It is just fantastic! Love your colors.

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  30. Thank you for sharing the background story of this impressive quilt...and for many of us, spending time looking at those books filled with vintage quilts is all the inspiration needed...and creates special friendships.

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  31. An amazing accomplishment! Truly an heirloom.

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  32. Wow, Lori, your quilt looks wonderful! I have the Nearly Insane book and have been working on this industriously for over a year, but I wouldn't be embarrassed to say how few blocks I have done. Good job!

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  33. Well your quilt is wonderful! Seeing the cover of that book takes me back to college. That happens to be one of my text books from 2-D design class at the university. We were on a textbook rental system, so I had to turn the book in when class was over. However several years later I bought a copy at a used book store.

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  34. What an amazing finish, Lori! You get so much accomplished and its just a wonderful quilt. Thanks so much for showing us the whole beauty!

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  35. Wow, Lori, your quilt looks wonderful...amazing work..

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  36. I"ve often been tempted to start this one, but guess I need to finish Jane first!

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  37. That's a great looking quilt. I can see why the magnifying glass was needed! Do you think way back when that the quilt makers worried about their fabric choices like we do? There weren't quilt shops close by, no internet to order from.

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  38. Have you guys turned this into a book?

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  39. And it is just wonderful! Such dedication and determination!

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  40. Oh my goodness!!! I love this quilt!!! A masterpiece indeed!

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  41. Quilting binds people together as firmly as anything I can imagine. Thank you for the story behind your lovely quilt and your group of online friends.
    I happened to find the Nearly Insane book at a friend's paring-down sale, but I haven't attempted it yet. Another on my bucket list.
    Your quilt is outstanding!

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  42. What a great quilt - it looks great in the header. Thanks for the additional pics and the story behind it. Yours looks quite different from Jills - they are both wonderful.

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  43. Oh my gosh, look at all those itty bitty pieces. Just the thought of it makes me go insane. You did a beautiful job.

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