Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beauty Secrets

I made another trip to the coast, this time with my hubby and our two grown kids. It was the relaxing trip I needed after taking my mom.
It just so happened we were driving right by the Benton County Museum where Bill has some of his collection of New York Beauties on display.
I love the use of cheddar on this one.


What a beautiful setting.

A simple and effective display.

I adore this amazing and humble quilt. I never noticed the red at the top. Is it patched?



Even my husband enjoyed the quilts. If you are anywhere close you need to see this exhibit. Thank you Bill!!

36 comments:

  1. What beautiful quilts. Never been to the Pacific Northwest but if I do, it will be on my list of "must sees".

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  2. Whenever I see vintage quilts in complex patterns like this I marvel that they were made without the benefits of all of our shortcuts and conveniences. Gorgeous quilts. Thanks for taking us along.
    Glad you got to have a relaxing visit to the coast!

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  3. They are magnificent! Thankyou for sharing these precious pieces of history!!!

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  4. I wish I was close. I'd love to go see it - they're such fabulous quilts! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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  5. What a treat! Love all the quilts.
    There is something so special about these antique beauties!

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  6. It is an appealing pattern. Those are magnificent examples. Aren't they hung beautifully. I would love to see those quilts in person, but thanks for the next best thing.

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  7. Wow! What a neat display. Thanks for the photos. I love this pattern, but I'll probably never attempt it. Those points are intimidating!

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  8. Oh, my, these are spectacular, Lori! What a treat. I do wonder about that red, too. I sometimes think the maker would laugh at us trying to figure out why they did this or that, when it wasn't anything we thought of at all. I have a friend that made a Burgoyne Surrounded out of pink and white. She ran out of pink, and there's a big strip of green for the bottom border. You'd have to know her to know it's perfectly in character for her, but I wonder what future generations will think is her reason. ;)

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  9. What wonderful old quilts, love the materials they used and wish they would reproduce them, worn look and all;)

    Debbie

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  10. Really, really love these quilts - what an awesome exhibit. Thanks so much for sharing them. Hope to take a trip to the Oregon Coast next year. Its one of our favorite trips to take, so relaxing. Glad you are having fun with your family.

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  11. Beautiful quilt, antique quilts always amaze me. Their quilting is wonderful. Glad you had a relaxing week-end.

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  12. always love to see the New York Beauty quilts; both old and new. someday i hope to tackle one myself.
    thank you for sharing.
    you probably already know that there is a book by the same name as your post full of these fabulous quilts . . .
    happy to hear that you had a relaxing time.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  13. Beautiful! All those super sharp points--wow. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Was this the college in Philomath? My home town! Wish I had time to make a trip down there to view it!

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  15. Wonderful, thanks for sharing !

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  16. Must have been marvellous looking at those quilts - was it just a coincidence that you were passing by....?

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  17. Bill has a great eye for design - his NY Beauty quilts are stunning. Lucky you to be able to get "up close and personal". Thanks for the lovely pics!

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  18. Wow!!! That looks like a wonderful exhibition! If I was closer I'd go see it myself but I'm on the other side of the world so I'm thankful for the photos youve shared.

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  19. Thank you for sharing this, somany of them, and all are gems... you lucky American quilters, i wish they could travel to Europe too???
    Will in Paris, sunny and warm today

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  20. What a collection. Very nice you were able to get away with the family and enjoy them together. Did you order Bill's book?
    Thank you for sharing.

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  21. What beautiful quilts. You find the most wonderful places to stop and check things out. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you..

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  22. Great exhibit...I'll put it on my bucket list.

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  23. Those quilts are amazing! I love visiting historical museums and having quilts on display is a bonus!

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  24. Love those quilts! And Bill is tonight's speaker at the Mary's River Quilt Guild. The meeting will be held in the very room at the museum where his quilts are hung! I'm bringing my copy of his book "Beauty Secrets" for him to autograph

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  25. I never tire of seeing photos of Bill's quilts...

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  26. Awesome quilts! Thanks for sharing, I loved to see them!

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  27. I adore the cheddar and then the patched red. Just would want to know waht happened, but it adds that something to the quilt. To be able to stitch at that pace without any conveniences, yet with more than amazing results. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Nancy in MT

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  28. Really great quilts - thanks for the wonderful, up-close photos, Lori!

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  29. I wish I could se those quilts on person. The NYB is one of my all time favourites and I'd love to do a traditional one.

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  30. Thanks for sharing, I love NYB quilts!!!

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  31. Wow! Thanks for sharing these NY Beauty quilts. Love them and wish I could see them in person.

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  32. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I bet you would have liked to take one or two of those quilts home with you. I know I would have.

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  34. Thank you, Lori, and everyone who commented. I'm glad people have enjoyed the exhibit and pictures. It's been a fun project, and I've learned it's rather unique to do an exhibit like this, tracing the life story of a quilt pattern. Had a great time talking to the Mary's River Quilters, and opened the talk with, "Don't you just love how I decorated this place?" I think they did, based on the reaction. ;)

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