Friday, October 25, 2013

My Favorites from the Aurora Colony

I hope I've kept this interesting enough to show one more group of antique quilts. If I have to choose, I'd say these were my favorites.
For those of you that haven't read the About Me section at the top of my blog, now would be a good time to do that, before looking at more antique quilts. It explains a little about my love affair with antique quilts.
What a fun quilt that has great color, zingy border and amazingly pieced blocks! My number one pick this year. I like to think she made the top border and decided the zig zag was easier so did the other three that way.
What an amazing block!

No need to line up the backing precisely. Really people, there are no quilt police. For me personally,  these little quirks add so much charm. They are in my quilts, but mostly by accident. I enjoy piecing and quilting too much to get bogged down in perfection!
I'm thinking a green quilt is on my horizon! These stars were 6" finished. The fabric is terrific.
No need to spread out the blues, greens, pinks throughout the quilt. It looks like the maker lined them up in rows.....sort of.
The fabric steals the show in this one.

I gasped when I saw this one. I could tell it was very old, but it was still so vibrant.
It was found  inside a settee!  It was stunning!


Thanks for coming along with me to the Colony Quilt Show!

Next Monday will be show and share our little Faithful quilts. Have a lovely weekend!

28 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing those wonderful, colorful quilts....and the last one - inside a settee???? I guess that's why the colors are still so vibrant. I love 'em all!

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  2. I have always loved green and these quilts are wonderful. I have more greens than any other colour of fabric in my stash. The backing got a WOW! from me as did the pheasant fabric. Thank you for leaving the best to last.

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  3. The quilts are amazing and I do love that block.

    Debbie

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  4. I am loving them all! I find myself trying to figure what the quilter was thinking when I see something out of the norm in a quilt. I like your theory on the borders of the first quilt. : )

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I NEVER tire of looking at antique quilts, especially those from Aurora Colony. The green stars quilt is one of my favorites - it is in a book I have, but not out flat - how wonderful!!!!

    Blessings

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  6. What an amazing block indeed!! Would be a fun challenge to reproduce I think. All the fabric substitutions add so much interest and charm. Thanks for sharing these great quilts!!

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  7. Thanx for all these pictures! Last week I was in Veldhoven, Holland on a exhibition. I saw a beautiful 1800 triangle quilt. I have some pictures at my blog... But I have even more detail pictures of it. It's a quilt with a beautiful play of colors and chinz flower fabrics. Maybe you'll like it!
    greetings from Holland, from someone who follows your blog for a while now!

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  8. otra vez me gustan
    el verde me fascina, (mi color) el vuelo de la oca divino
    gracias por compartir
    buen fin de semana
    saludos

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  9. Gorgeous! Love the bits that aren't perfect. Very charming.:)

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  10. love the star quilts! I must make something with that poisoned green one day.
    happy weekend

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  11. I like the two quilts with the faded poison green backgrounds! Look like lime green now.

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  12. quite lovely. I agree with Audrey. thanks for sharing.

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  13. Quilt shows, quirky fabric, and great finds--it's all so good

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  14. Yes! The Ohio Star quilt is awesome! Yea!! No quilt police!!

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  15. These are all stunning! And I think my favorite is the first one, too! AWESOME! I love that block, and alternated with 81 patch blocks! LOVE IT! Good colors, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. #20 was my favorite, too. I don't usually like bright green in quilts but i liked both of those. The Aurora show is always my favorite quilt show of the year but this year was my favorite of all the Aurora Colony shows.

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  17. Love the Ohio star. Would be a nice one to reproduce. I'll take anyone though.

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  18. The quilt with the zig-zag border is interesting. I like how the star parts are divided by sashing. And the border the icing in this quilt. I wish I could find a lot of the poison green like in this quilt.

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  19. Wonderful! I can see why this is your favourite lot. The quirkiness is so charming - and the suprising colours! Love that flying geese quilt with the bird chintz - wow. Thanks for showing :)
    Hilda

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  20. Seeig antique quilts make me giddy. Great pictures.

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  21. Thank you for showing those gorgeous quilts. I have to agree about perfection...I make quilts for fun. If I tried to make a perfect quilt I would just never get anything finished!

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  22. That one quilt's blocks have 89 pieces in each block! Wow. Love that diamond nine patch. Great show and so many amazing old quilts. Love all that green :)

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  23. i agree with you, the 'imperfections' are charming in these (as well as other) antique quilts.
    the first one's borders resemble ric rac and i love the effect. i think that you may be right about why the maker didn't create all of the borders the same way. either that or she was attempting to mark the different edge as the 'header' of the quilt . . .
    really interesting to see the star block . . . it appears the maker decided to separate the parts with sashing and cornerstones . . . and it works~! the blocks would be great as a quilt all on their own.

    i've enjoyed seeing your favorites from this show as well as all of the other bits that you have shared. thank you so much for sharing~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  24. Thank you for sharing these wonderful antique quilts - each one just beautiful and charming. I love the green. There is just nothing like an old hand quilted quilt, right?

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  25. Fabulous quilts - and the green is my favourite!!

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  26. How wonderful to study these old quilts. Thanks so much for showing them.

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  27. Lori, these quilts are soooo mouthwatering, i could start one on the spot. Especially the one with the feathered star parts, never seen such a block btw, is very attractive. Could be a quilt made from orphan blocks partially... Thank you for sharing and greetings from Paris

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