Thursday, August 11, 2016

Maine Quilts 2016 Show

I am finally posting some photos of our “Small Quilts from Antique Inspiration” at Maine Quilts 2016. Cyndi Black and I organized an exhibition of little quilts and the antique quilt that inspired them. I hope you enjoy the photos.

First off, Cyndi Black (BusyThimble) with her magnificent potholder reproduction. What a sensational job! The original was on loan from the Maine State Museum in Augusta. 

Here is Laurie LaBar (official title: Chief Curator of Historical and Decorative Arts, Maine State Museum) unofficial title: One Who knows lots and Shares All! With her first quilt ever (she makes wonderful jewelry however). She had the wool hand dyed and then pressed it at the cleaners to try to recreate the calendering. (spell check does not like this word, but I promise it is not spelled like the other “calendar”). The original quilt is from the Maine State MuseumEmma Morin made this little wool quilt behind Laurie, to honor her grandmother’s original. The original ways a ton so we had to 
drape it over a rack.

Sue Rivers reproduced her magnificent Irish Chain with swag border. Oh how I want to make this little gem. She did a fabulous job!

Pat Burns reproduced an Amish quilt in the collection of our friend Judy Roche.

 Suzanne Bruno made this fantastic tea cozy to represent her crazy quilt. What a great idea!

Diane Dixon chose to make this adorable little pyramid quilt. The original had some of the most wonderful wool challis’ in it. Great job!

Bonnie Dwyer made this red and white Bear Paw. Just above that is a quilt made by Ann Reed (not pictured, she snuck in and out too quickly for a photo) from a quilt in the Henry Ford Museum. The two quilts were striking. It was our “red and white corner”!

For some reason I was not able to catch Mary Reynolds for a photo, but she made this beautiful rendition of a quilt in the collection of Judy Roche. I was in awe of the Compass Rose, but Mary said it was the feathered star that gave her fits.

Dawn Cook-Roninngen (Collector with a Needle) and Jeannanne Wright made two tiny little quilts from the incredibly inspiring original from Jeannanne’s collection. They even hand dyed the backing to be more authentic. I think if I had my pick of any of the antiques, it would have been this one. Hmm… maybe because of the cheddar?

Florence McConnell made this exquisite "Carolina Lily" quilt from one in her collection. What a fantastic representation. Florence has participated in the AQSG study quilt projects in the past and her work is stunning. 

Nena Cunningham made this little gem from a quilt I have owned for years. I am a sucker for medallion quilts. Nena did a fantastic job! 

This is Karen Keeler’s interpretation of this wonderful turn of the century Churn Dash quilt. Love the scrappy look! 

And finally, yours truly. This antique inspiration was so unique that I just had to reproduce it!

Forty Five minutes after the show closed, this is how it looked. See you next year! Thanks to everyone who participated.

One of the best parts of our show this year was meeting up with Blogging friends, Gladi Porche (Gladi Quilts) and Cynthia Nanto (Wabi-Sabi Quilts).

One more boat show this weekend and then I can relax and get back to a normal 40 hour work week and cooler temps for quilting!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these little reproductions -- they're brilliant! It's so interesting to see how each talented quilter interpreted her antique original -- what a great program.

  2. That was an extraordinary exhibit. You and Cindi did a wonderful job planning and executing the show. Everyone's interpretation was marvelous and so authentic. Loved seeing you and your marvelous two quilts as well.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos in today's post. That little swag miniature is a beauty. The basket quilt....wonderful. And so is the quilt with the Feathered Star. All of the quilts are such good representations of the originals. Good work, ladies!

  4. What a wonderful show you put on. The quilts are exquisite. I wish I lived in Maine in summer for more than the quilts. It is also a breathtaking state.

  5. You had participants from coast to coast! Well done.
    Lovely post, thanks for showing the show tags too.
    One clarification - Florence's quilt is NOT her AQSG entry. It is disqualifying to show those before the exhibit. I think she made this beautiful mini just for your exhibit.

    1. Thanks Dawn, I already changed it and I didn't realize that they were not to be shared, but it makes perfect sense if it is to be in the quilt study. The rules have changed since the Colonial Revival that I participated in. I didn't think of it as a competition, but it truly is one now and I thoroughly enjoy each one!

  6. Congratulations on a fabulous exhibit! Thank you for allowing those of us who don't travel to experience the excitement from our armchairs. I still liked yours best!!!

  7. O, I wish I could have been there! Think I need to go to Maine for vacation!

  8. excellent visit to the show for those beauties, wendy...and that irish chain? inchies? aka 1.5"squares? how big are those squares do you know? i have a LOT of them is why i

    1. I think they finished at a 1/2"! It was remarkable.

  9. This was an incredible display--right in my wheelhouse to make a little quilt from a larger inspiring quilt. Loved seeing what everyone made. Thanks to you and Cyndi for making this happen, and for sharing it with us!

  10. It was such a wonderful display - my favorite part of Maine Quilts - and such a treat to see you and Cyndi! I loved reading this post - like seeing the exhibit again and with some good tidbits of info! Such talent, and such love for old quilts!

  11. Wonderful pictures, awesome theme and amazing execution! I need to make that cheddar and indigo quilt!!

  12. What an awesome idea... you can show off your talents and reintroduce an antique quilt in a new way. Wish I could have been there, thanks for sharing for those of us far away.

  13. Cyndi and you had made an incredible work !
    Thank you for sharing all these beautiful quilts .... I hope you spent a wonderful time with your friends quilters !

  14. Thanks for sharing pics of your quilt show! Such beautiful work by all those who made reproductions of treasured antique quilts. Wonderful!

  15. What a fun show! I think your quilt is my favorite--it is very unique!

  16. How lovely all the quilts are. Thanks for sharing all these photos.

  17. All of these quilts are stunning!
    Such a wonderful show - thank you for sharing all the beautiful photo's with us!

  18. Well that sure was AMAZING!! Such talent!! Loved them all, and thank you for sharing!!!

  19. Wow Wow Wow
    I am so sorry I didn't see these quilts in person. I loved everything about the show of quilts. Incredible reproductions of these beauties. Yours is one of my favorites! You did an amazing job.
    Stay cool at the boat show - yikes.
    Is there a plan to do this again? count me in! way in

  20. What an amazing show!!! It's fun to see photos of the quilters with their quilts and I loved seeing the smaller versions of original quilts, it such a wonderful idea and a special way of emmersing yourself in a quilt you admire. Isn't it incredible how quickly a quilt show can be packed away.

  21. Well done to all of you - what a wonderful project and such gorgeous quilts! I would have loved to see them all! Thanks for sharing the photos with us - nice to see all the lovely ladies with their work :)

  22. What a great quilt show. What a treat to see old quilts and new ideas. So unlike the many shows where so much is the same.

  23. Applause for everyone involved. Such a great show, wonderful work. And thank you for showing so many pictures. That is great for us who could not attend.

  24. Wow! What a great show!! IMHO, there is nothing better than reproducing an antique quilt! Wish I wasn't so far away!!

  25. I wish I could have seen this in person! What a genius idea! Thanks for sharing the pictures so I could see it that way.

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