I have been wanting to get
down to see Barb Vedder’s (Fun with Barb) quilts at the New England Museum
since it opened in January. Finally, I was able to free up a day and it just
happened to be the same day that the American Quilt Study Group was holding its
regional quilt study day. Win – win!
I knew Barb’s quilts were
spectacular. I have seen many of them in person, but to see so many hung so beautifully
was truly amazing. I photographed every one of them but I am only going to give
you a taste because her exhibition doesn’t end until Saturday and I hope to
entice those of you in New England to head down now!
We took our photo in front of
my favorite Barb quilt (although it is hard to choose a favorite!), “My Mother’s
Garden”. I have loved it since the first time I saw it and I didn’t even know
I wanted to focus on her
Alice Payne quilt to showcase her talent in reproducing an antique quilt, but
in the process making it truly her own. This is the gorgeous original antique made
by Alice Payne in the mid 19th century.
And, this is Barb’s
Some blocks she made close to the original, and in some, she used Alice’s inspiration and added her own fun little elements to make them truly unique.
I was so happy to finally see this quilt in person.
Barb's block - bullseye or solar system? You decide.
Barb's block - her creativity really shows in this one!!
This quilt is also an
inspiration to me. I was with her in Vermont when Pepper Cory showed us this
quilt. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of the original, but believe me she took the
inspiration and then made hers sing with excitement. I love it.
I’m not going to show any
more of Barb’s quilts. I will let her share the whole thing when the exhibition
ends next week.
As for the quilt study. There
were 21 of us and we all brought the earliest quilt in our collection. I can’t
share photos of these quilts because people asked that their photos not be published.
The one I brought was made around 1840 but of course I was so excited to see
all the other quilts, I forgot to take a good photo while it was all laid out.
I will show it another time.
I can show you this
remarkable bed hanging that belongs to the museum. Marcus Fabrics made
reproductions of many of these prints years ago as part of one of JudieRothermel’s collections. Aren’t these amazing?
I was so thankful to be able
to ride down with my friend Laurie whom I hadn’t seen in ages so it made the
whole day truly complete!
Hope you all had a lovely
weekend as well!