Hand Quilting in County Durham, England
I treasure this photograph. It was a gift--a wonderful black and white picture, c.1950, of a lady hand quilting. On the back in wavering pencil is written "Durham quilter." Durham is both a city and a county in northeast England and famous for its beautiful quilts. For more information, check out the book, North Country Quilts-Legend and Living Tradition, by British scholar Dorothy Osler. And when you go to Durham, don't miss the Beamish Museum's extensive collection of quilts…
Accurate Quilting Frames for Civil War Re-enactors
A vignette from American Home Scenes in Harper's Weekly April 13, 1861 A reader wrote that she was interested in quilting on a frame at Civil War re-enactments. What kind of quilt frame would be authentic? "I have looked at pictures but it is hard to see how the frame itself is made. I want to be 'period' correct for the Civil War but I am not getting anywhere as to how the frame itself should be." Luckily for the historically-minded, quilt frames have not changed much in about 200 years…
Interesting insights on the Amish
Many of us could point out an Amish person thanks to their iconic “farm style” fashion, or their ride of choice, the horse and buggy. But what else do we know about the Amish? Their secluded lifestyle has made their religion and culture somewhat of a mystery to most people, so let’s clear the air and dive into the fascinating details of these unique communities that have spread throughout America.
Some Words from the Past
I found this poem on Pinterest and believe it was first published in 1932. Many of its sentiments ring true with me, I do hope my descendants are interested in keeping my quilts. READ MORE » This is the latest post over at my new blog Melody Matilda. Please pop on over to read the rest of the post. Love Melody