Friday, January 11, 2019

AQSG Quilt Study 2018

Reading one of my favorite blogs this morning - Sandra Starling’s (Textile Time Travels) reminded me that I had not posted about my participation in the AQSG Quilt Study for 2018. We had to keep it secret until the seminar in Maryland last October and I just forgot about it. 
The theme was “200 Years of Solid Color Quilts”. My friend Laurie LaBar (Maine State Museum) had made a little reproduction of one of a beautiful 18th century Maine wool quilt back in 2016 for our state show. I thought it would the perfect entry and encouraged her to enter only to realize (or rather remember) that you needed to make your reproduction specifically for this quilt study and that it had to be unveiled at the seminar. Here’s Laurie standing between her the original quilt and her sweet little reproduction. I might add that this was Laurie's first attempt at quiltmaking! 

So, we decided to team up and make another reproduction of this same quilt. Laurie did all the paperwork and the quilting design work and I put it together and quilted it. I had to hand dye the salmon fabric as it was a bit bright. It was a learning experience for sure. I love using wool batting, but it’s not easy to hand quilt through all that wool woven fabric! How on earth did they do that in the 18th century by lamp (or candle) light? So here is Laurie at last year's seminar with our collaboration: "Wooly Mammoth". 
It is hard to see in the above photo, but I made this one in the same shape as the original and I must say those little inverted curves on the binding were not fun to do! 

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts) and Barb (Fun With Barb) made super little quilts and remembered to post theirs! Do check them out (Cynthia’s) (Barb’s) along with Sandra’s little gem (here). You can read about how the study plan works and get the touring schedule on the AQSG website (here).

Next year’s (2020) quilt study theme is “medallion quilts”. Oh boy am I in trouble. Medallions are my favorites (next to the potholder method and hexagons and applique quilts and feedsack blocks and…)


  1. I bet those inverted corners were tough! It's a cool reproduction!!

  2. OOOO I love seeing this Wendy. Congratulations to you and Laurie for a great reproduction. So detailed (your quilting! The binding!) and yet strikingly simple (solids). I'm contemplating the next study quilt though medallions aren't really my thing!

  3. Love your "reproduction"!! And the quilting is fabulous!

  4. Wow--Love the quilting! But I can't imagine doing those corners.

  5. I'm so glad you posted more about you and Laurie's quilt. Congratulations again! I'm so glad I got to see it in person.
    Not sure about doing the next one as I have so much in the works.

  6. What an awesome team effort. The quilt is beautiful and the quilting exquisite. Thanks for sharing. Love you list of favorites!

  7. Do you have to attend to enter?

    1. Karen, you have to be a member of AQSG to participate but you do not have to attend seminar (but we'd love to have you). You can mail your quilt in or have a friend bring it to seminar.

  8. So glad you shared you and Laurie's quilts and stories!

  9. Love the team effort to make this fantastic repro! The quilting is beautiful and those corners look like a bit of a challenge :) Great job!

  10. Be sure to watch the AQSG website for the schedule of the traveling exhibit of Study Quilts. The 2016 Basket Study quilts are still traveling as well. The Basket Study is coming to the New England Quilt Museum this summer.