February 20, 2020

Pinwheel Quilt - The Family Story and Photos

 
I did a major restoration job on this heirloom quilt.  For before and after photos, close-ups of the fabrics I used, etc. read, Pinwheel Quilt - The Fabrics and The Repair.

The quilt owner supplied the history and this great family photo.

Here's the who's who:
"The old couple on the left are my great grandparents Col. Mark and his wife Nancy Wayne Mark. Several of their children are in the photo. My grandmother, Millie Mark Fitzgerald is standing directly to the right of two of her brothers. My mother is the little girl on her brother’s shoulders. They had moved to a farm near Portland from Jamestown, North Dakota after my grandparents separated. I think the photo must have been taken over 100 years ago.  These three women each had a hand in the quilt. "

Read on!  The family zig-zagged across this country.  It's quite a tale.

Pinwheel Quilt - The Fabrics and The Repair

This quilt measures a whopping 93" x 109" !  The blocks are about 11 1/4".  I think many of the fabrics date to the 1860s and 1870s. 
 before restoration

after restoration

The good news is that this quilt is a beloved family heirloom.  For amazing family story and photos of the four generations of women whose lives are intertwined with this quilt, read Pinwheel Quilt - The Family Story and Photos.

The sad news is that it is a victim of the caustic nature of early black and brown dye processes.  Many of the early dyes added metals like iron to the dyes as mordants, the substances that help the actual dyes adhere to the fibers.  These metals have destroyed the fibers over the years.

February 12, 2020

Announcing Our *Quilt Restoration Workshop*

My restoration buddy Martha Spark and I have been planning our brand new Quilt Restoration Workshop for the past year.  And now - here we are - venue, schedule, a pretty flyer, and registration forms, ready to go!   All the details and registration forms are on my website.


Date:
July 23 - 25, 2020
Three full days of lectures, quilt study, practice sewing, and much more.

Venue:
Ye Old Schoolhouse Quilt Shop in Cedarburg, WI.
A lovely shop specializing in reproduction fabrics, situated in a destination town of antique and art shops and home of the Wisconsin Quilt Museum.
Lodging in nearby Grafton, WI.

Instructors:
Well, those of you who read this blog know that I've been restoring and conserving quilts for my customers for many years now, nearly 40 in fact, and wrote a book a few years ago (see sidebar).  Martha shares the same longevity in her background, with the addition of several jobs and training with museum textile collections.

We are eager to get more folks interested in and learning about the art and craft of saving our collective quilt history.  There are lots and lots of wonderful quilts out there with wonderful stories, and the more we can save, the better off the world will be.  As we all know, quilts are just that special!



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