QuiltCon Charity Quilts Part 1

Well, I am back from QuiltCon with enough shots of quilts to last for weeks, and weeks it will take to process them and load them up. So hang on for a fun and inspiring ride. QuiltCon was great–REALLY enjoyed it personally and thought it was very well done and well organized. The excitement was palpable. This IS a movement.

If you don’t know what QuiltCon is, this was the second conference put on by the national Modern Quilt Guild, which included workshops, lectures, a huge exhibition and events, all for the modern quilter. The first two, this year and 2013, years ago were in Austin, Texas. Next year it will be in Pasadena, California, and 2017 will be in Savannah, Georgia.

Normally I curate exhibitions and only take photos of the quilts that really speak to me. In this case I took photos of all the quilts, partly because the majority of them I did like, and partly because I really think the modern quilt movement needs to be documented.

The first thing we all saw were the QuiltCon Charity quilts which were lining the ballrooms that were the site of all the keynotes and lectures throughout the conference. The charity quilt challenge required “Modern Quilt Guilds to work collaboratively to create quilts using a pre-determined color palette and alternate grid design work.”  The quilts were twin size and were sewn entirely by each guild from design through finish quilting, and will be donated by each guild to a children’s shelter in their area. The challenge was sponsored and fabric provided by Cherrywood, Pink Castle Fabrics, Rock Paper Scissors, Sew Modern and The Intrepid Thread.

The quilts were hanging uncredited which I do think is in the spirit of a charity challenge, but for this venue I am glad to credit the guild who created them. So if anyone contacts me or comments with the guild info, I would be glad to add the credit information. Inquiring minds might want to know! And please forgive some of the photos. It was hard to get an unobstructed view of some quilts to take a whole quilt shot and some photos turn out better than others. But rest assured all the quilts could be viewed quite well in person!

Over the next 4-6 weeks I will be posting all the rest of the quilts in the exhibition by category, so stay tuned!

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Quilts from Unconventional and Unexpected at The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

What a wonderful way to take in a quilt exhibition, by following an excursion with visitors into Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, right off the Sonoma town square is hosting an exhibition of quilts from Roderick Kirocofe’s book Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, through May 17, 2015.

True to curator and quilt collector Roderick Kiracofe‘s eye for maverick quilts, this show is unconventional. Hung not only on walls, there are also quilts hanging from the ceiling and draped over pedestals and the exhibition includes not only finished quilts, but quilt tops and backs of quilts.

A small subset of the many quilts included in the book, it is a refreshing view of these quilts made by “primarily anonymous, often self-taught women working below the radar of the art world….articulate many of the same issues that have been at the core of the development of modern art during the second half of the twentieth century”.

One day I saw this exhibit and soon after I found myself at Quiltcon viewing the special exhibition of quilts from Gee’s Bend and also quilts from the 70’s.  And then on to see the very large exhibition of new modern quilts in the main exhibition…it’s amazing.  We’ll be covering all the exhibitions of Quiltcon here in the next several weeks, but if you have a chance to see this show in person, please take advantage of it!  With the intense momentum of the “modern” quilting, the collections, books and exhibitions of quilt experts and curators such as Roderick Kiracofe are timely and have an immense value as part of the discussion of the modern quilt movement.

Nine Patch (double-sided) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Nine Patch (double-sided) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Nine Patch (double-sided) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Nine Patch (double-sided) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Nine Patch (reverse side) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Nine Patch (reverse side) c..1975-2000 Found in Texas from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Fan c. 1975-2000 Found in Wood County, Texas. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Fan c. 1975-2000 Found in Wood County, Texas. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Fan c. 1975-2000 Found in Wood County, Texas. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Fan c. 1975-2000 Found in Wood County, Texas. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected Exhibition at The Sonoma Museum of Art

Unconventional and Unexpected Exhibition at The Sonoma Museum of Art

Unconventional and Unexpected Exhibition at The Sonoma Museum of Art

Unconventional and Unexpected Exhibition at The Sonoma Museum of Art

String Diamond c. 1950-1970. Found in South Carolina, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofefrom the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

String Diamond c. 1950-1970. Found in South Carolina, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

String Diamond c. 1950-1970. Found in South Carolina, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

String Diamond c. 1950-1970. Found in South Carolina, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Unique Yo Yo 1964, by Laura Otto (b. 1881 d. 1971) Fairview Park, Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Unique Yo Yo 1964, by Laura Otto (b. 1881 d. 1971) Fairview Park, Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Unique Yo Yo 1964, by Laura Otto (b. 1881 d. 1971) Fairview Park, Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Unique Yo Yo 1964, by Laura Otto (b. 1881 d. 1971) Fairview Park, Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Mosaic Rose (based on One Patch) c. 1950-2000, found in Arkansas, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Mosaic Rose (based on One Patch) c. 1950-2000, found in Arkansas, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Mosaic Rose (based on One Patch) c. 1950-2000, found in Arkansas, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Mosaic Rose (based on One Patch) c. 1950-2000, found in Arkansas, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Star, variation, c. 1925-1950, found in southwest Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Star, variation, c. 1925-1950, found in southwest Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Star, variation, c. 1925-1950, found in southwest Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Star, variation, c. 1925-1950, found in southwest Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

String (unfinished top) reverse side, c. 1940-1960. Found in Ohio. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

String (unfinished top) reverse side, c. 1940-1960. Found in Ohio. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

String (unfinished top) c. 1960-1990. found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

String (unfinished top) c. 1960-1990. found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Grandmother's Flower Garden, variation. c. 1950-1975 attributed to Donna Settles, Cook County, IL. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden, variation. c. 1950-1975 attributed to Donna Settles, Cook County, IL. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

Grandmother's Flower Garden, variation. c. 1950-1975 attributed to Donna Settles, Cook County, IL. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden, variation. c. 1950-1975 attributed to Donna Settles, Cook County, IL. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe.

Double Wedding Ring, found in Altadena, CA., c. 1975-2000, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Double Wedding Ring, found in Altadena, CA., c. 1975-2000, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Double Wedding Ring, found in Altadena, CA., c. 1975-2000, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Double Wedding Ring, found in Altadena, CA., c. 1975-2000, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design. c. 1950-1975, attributed to a Mrs. Sparks, found in Anderson, Indiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design. c. 1950-1975, attributed to a Mrs. Sparks, found in Anderson, Indiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design. c. 1950-1975, attributed to a Mrs. Sparks, found in Anderson, Indiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design. c. 1950-1975, attributed to a Mrs. Sparks, found in Anderson, Indiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Courthouse Steps (Log Cabin), variation, c. 1950-1975, Found in San Francisco,from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Courthouse Steps (Log Cabin), variation, c. 1950-1975, Found in San Francisco,from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design, c. 1975-2000. Found in Alabama. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Original Design, c. 1975-2000. Found in Alabama. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Flag. 1960-1990. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Flag. 1960-1990. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Brick Wall, 1950-2000, found in Akron, Ohio, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Brick Wall, c. 1950-2000. Found in Akron Ohio. From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Strips, c. 1975-2000, found in Southern Louisiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Strips, c. 1975-2000, found in Southern Louisiana, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe 

X (unfinished top) c. 1950-1970, found in West Tennesee,from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

X (unfinished top) c. 1950-1970, found in West Tennesee,from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

House c. 1960-1990 Found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

House c. 1960-1990 Found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

House c. 1960-1990 Found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

House c. 1960-1990 Found in Alabama, from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Amish: The Modern Muse Part II

So excited to see the second installment of the Amish: The Modern Muse at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  It did not disappoint!  It struck me as quite dramatic as I entered the gallery room. The exhibition goes until March 1st so if you are in the area, head down there! There is nothing like seeing quilts in person, plus the larger exhibition of Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection is NOT to be missed.

The show was curated by San Francisco Artist Joe Cunningham, and includes quilts submitted by East Bay Modern Quilters, the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild.

Enjoy!

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

A Shot of Amish by Margaret Glendening

A Shot of Amish by Margaret Glendening

A Shot of Amish by Margaret Glendening

A Shot of Amish by Margaret Glendening

Songs of a Distant Lancaster by Tami Levin

Songs of a Distant Lancaster by Tami Levin

Songs of a Distant Lancaster by Tami Levin

Songs of a Distant Lancaster by Tami Levin

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Amish Modern I by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Toni McAuliffe

Amish Modern I by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Toni McAuliffe

Amish Modern I by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Toni McAuliffe

Amish Modern I by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Toni McAuliffe

Bar Fly by Rhonda Ludwico

Bar Fly by Rhonda Ludwico

Bar Fly by Rhonda Ludwico

Bar Fly by Rhonda Ludwico

Amish Stripes by Linda Hlady, quilted by Terry Carpenter

Amish Stripes by Linda Hlady, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Amish Stripes by Linda Hlady, quilted by Terry Carpenter

Amish Stripes by Linda Hlady, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Diamonds and Jewels by Tina Michalik

Diamonds and Jewels by Tina Michalik

Diamonds and Jewels by Tina Michalik

Diamonds and Jewels by Tina Michalik

Churned by Linda Sinclair

Churned by Linda Sinclair

Churned by Linda Sinclair

Churned by Linda Sinclair

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Joseph's Stars by Claire Sherman

Joseph’s Stars by Claire Sherman

Joseph's Stars by Claire Sherman

Joseph’s Stars by Claire Sherman

Complementary Reflection by Karen Maple

Complementary Reflection by Karen Maple

Complementary Reflection by Karen Maple

Complementary Reflection by Karen Maple

Dad's Amish Pants by Michelle Sullivan

Dad’s Amish Pants by Michelle Sullivan

Dad's Amish Pants by Michelle Sullivan

Dad’s Amish Pants by Michelle Sullivan

Ben's Quilt by Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt

Ben’s Quilt by Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt

Ben's Quilt by Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt

Ben’s Quilt by Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt

East bay Mini Composition by (L-R, top to bottom) Terry Carpenter, Kristen Takakuwa, Chancy Fessler, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Margaret Glendening, Terri Carpenter, Claire Sherman, Linda Hlady

East Bay Mini Composition by (L-R, top to bottom) Terri Carpenter, Kristen Takakuwa, Chancy Fessler, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Margaret Glendening, Terri Carpenter, Claire Sherman, Linda Hlady

Mini Quilt 12"x12" by Stacey Sharman

Mini Quilt 12″x12″ by Stacey Sharman

Shades of Grey quilt and 2015 Musings

Well, The Plaid Portico is back again after the new year. Yes, another long blogcation was in order. Now it is sinking in that a whole new year is indeed ahead, and with the completion of a big home renovation just today, it really does feel like a chapter is ending and a new one is beginning.  And since who doesn’t like before and after renovation photos, I’ll show you a couple of those before we get to the business of quilts and quilt shows and textiles.

Speaking of which, we will be covering a number of shows in the next few months. First there will be the Part II of The Amish Muse at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, then the Roderick Kiracofe exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art , Unconventional and Unexpected: Quilts Below the Radar. And then I will be heading to Quiltcon and will do comprehensive of the quilt exhibitions there. Can’t wait!

I hope to bring you lots of quilt show coverage this year beyond these and will of course from time to time show you my own quilt journey and share other textile, fabric, sewing and quilt projects and people I run across. Here’s to a great 2015 all around!

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And the Shades of Grey quilt. It’s not really a sexy quilt as the name might imply. It really is just a grey quilt, comfortable and simple. It started out being a quilt back and instead I made it into a front. Though I mostly do improv quilting, it seems like when I am using fabric up for a quilt back, the true improv really comes out and I like the look of these, so… unaffected. These shots were taken in dappled sunlight, creating even more shades!

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey by Carol Van Zandt

Shades of Grey by Carol Van Zandt

Amish: The Modern Muse

Amish: The Modern Muse at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles runs in two parts.  The first part goes through January 10th, then the second part through March 1st 2015.

The museum asked local modern quilt guilds to submit quilts inspired by Amish quilts but with a modern take. The East Bay Modern Quilters, the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and the South Bay Modern Quilt Guild gladly participated, and after being curated by San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham, it was decided to run the show in two groups. Good news, as there will be more marvelous quilts to post in January!

Alas this is my last post of the year, but the Plaid Portico will be back mid January with coverage of the second round of Amish: The Modern Muse, coverage of some up and coming designers doing cool things,and then some pretty comprehensive coverage of QuiltCon.

Happy New Year in advance!

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter 

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Look Who's Walking by Karen Foster, 2014.

Look Who’s Walking by Karen Foster, 2014.

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

MacAmish by Carole Rossi, 2014

MacAmish by Carole Rossi, 2014

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection, Part 2

Now to continue our coverage of this amazing exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Exhibit goes through March 1st 2015.  And consider giving to the Museum to keep their doors open here!

Next up is Amish: The Modern Muse.

Enjoy!

Log Cabin, Barn Raising, c. 1925-30, Unknown maker. Charm. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Log Cabin, Barn Raising, c. 1925-30, Unknown maker. Charm. Holmes County. Cotton and wool. 

Log Cabin, Barn Raising, c. 1925-30, Unknown maker. Charm. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Log Cabin, Barn Raising, c. 1925-30, Unknown maker. Charm. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Railroad Crossing, dated March 23, 1897. Signed Lovina Miller and Jemima Miller. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated March 23, 1897. Signed Lovina Miller and Jemima Miller. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated March 23, 1897. Signed Lovina Miller and Jemima Miller. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated March 23, 1897. Signed Lovina Miller and Jemima Miller. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated February 12, 1914. Signed Anna Hershberger. Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated February 12, 1914. Signed Anna Hershberger. Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated February 12, 1914. Signed Anna Hershberger. Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, dated February 12, 1914. Signed Anna Hershberger. Holmes County. Cotton. 

Roman Stripe, Parallel Variation, c. 1900-10. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Roman Stripe, Parallel Variation, c. 1900-10. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Roman Stripe, Parallel Variation, c. 1900-10. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Roman Stripe, Parallel Variation, c. 1900-10. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Twinkle Stars, dated 1895. Dena Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Twinkle Stars, dated 1895. Dena Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Twinkle Stars, dated 1895. Dena Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Twinkle Stars, dated 1895. Dena Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Bear Paw, c. 1910-1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1910-1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1910-1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1910-1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Pinwheel-Broken Dishes Variation, c. 1910. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Pinwheel-Broken Dishes Variation, c. 1910. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Pinwheel-Broken Dishes Variation, c. 1910. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Pinwheel-Broken Dishes Variation, c. 1910. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Dishes, c. 1925. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Dishes, c. 1925. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton. 

Broken Dishes, c. 1925. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Dishes, c. 1925. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Roman Stripe, c. 1880-90. Made for Mose J. Yoder by his mother. Holmes County. Wool.

Roman Stripe, c. 1880-90. Made for Mose J. Yoder by his mother. Holmes County. Wool.

Roman Stripe, c. 1880-90. Made for Mose J. Yoder by his mother. Holmes County. Wool.

Roman Stripe, c. 1880-90. Made for Mose J. Yoder by his mother. Holmes County. Wool. 

Bear Paw, c. 1900-15. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1900-15. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1900-15. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Bear Paw, c. 1900-15. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1875-85. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1875-85. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1875-85. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1875-85. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves, c. 1890-1900. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves, c. 1890-1900. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves, c. 1890-1900. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves, c. 1890-1900. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1920-1980. Unknown maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1920-1980. Unknown maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1920-1980. Unknown maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1920-1980. Unknown maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Fox and Geese, c. 1900-1910. Maker unknown, Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Fox and Geese, c. 1900-1910. Maker unknown, Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton and wool. 

Fox and Geese, c. 1900-1910. Maker unknown, Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Fox and Geese, c. 1900-1910. Maker unknown, Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1890-1910. Unknown maker. Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1890-1910. Unknown maker. Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1890-1910. Unknown maker. Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing, c. 1890-1910. Unknown maker. Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Jacob's Ladder, c. 1915-20. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Jacob’s Ladder, c. 1915-20. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Jacob's Ladder, c. 1915-20. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Jacob’s Ladder, c. 1915-20. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Lounge Quilt, c. 1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotto  and wool.

Lounge Quilt, c. 1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotto and wool.

Lounge Quilt, c. 1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotto  and wool.

Lounge Quilt, c. 1920. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotto and wool.

Friendship Roman Stripe, dated 1912. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Friendship Roman Stripe, dated 1912. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Friendship Roman Stripe, dated 1912. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Friendship Roman Stripe, dated 1912. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton and wool.

Plain Quilt with Zig Zag Inner Border, c. 1925-30. Unknown maker. Wayne County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Zig Zag Inner Border, c. 1925-30. Unknown maker. Wayne County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Zig Zag Inner Border, c. 1925-30. Unknown maker. Wayne County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Zig Zag Inner Border, c. 1925-30. Unknown maker. Wayne County. Cotton.

Stars with Chinese Coins Border, c. 1930. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Stars with Chinese Coins Border, c. 1930. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Stars with Chinese Coins Border, c. 1930. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Stars with Chinese Coins Border, c. 1930. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Cotton.

Unnamed Pattern -- "O" Quilt, dated 1883. Initials JY SY JJY LCY JR ER. Holmes County. (First found in Plain City, Madison County)  Cotton.

Unnamed Pattern — “O” Quilt, dated 1883. Initials JY SY JJY LCY JR ER. Holmes County. (First found in Plain City, Madison County) Cotton.

Unnamed Pattern -- "O" Quilt, dated 1883. Initials JY SY JJY LCY JR ER. Holmes County. (First found in Plain City, Madison County)  Cotton.

Unnamed Pattern — “O” Quilt, dated 1883. Initials JY SY JJY LCY JR ER. Holmes County. (First found in Plain City, Madison County) Cotton.

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection, Part 1

Fantastic exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles of antique Ohio Amish quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley collection. I’m going to let the beautiful quilts do the talking here, but first you must know that the exhibition is on until March 1st, 2015, and is comprised of over 40 bed, crib and doll sized quilts made between 1880 and 1940. Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

We will cover the quilts in the Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection in two postings and then will cover the accompanying exhibition, Amish: The Modern Muse, comprised of with modern quilts inspired by the Amish tradition.

Enjoy!

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting "R.T. 1884". Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation “Winter Quilt”, 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting “R.T. 1884″. Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting "R.T. 1884". Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation “Winter Quilt”, 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting “R.T. 1884″. Know County. Heavy Wool.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10.  Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10. Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10.  Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10. Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

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Plain Quilt with Double Inner Border, dated March 5, 1904 and 1925. Made by Susan J. Miller for her son Alfred D. Miller in 1925. Initialed A.D.M. in center. Purchased from Alfred D. Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Four Patch with Zig Zag Border, c. 1890-1910 Unknown maker. Cotton.

Four Patch with Zig Zag Border, c. 1890-1910 Unknown maker. Cotton.

Bars Variation, c. 1890-1900 (top) Unknown maker. West Salem, Wayne County. Wool.

Bars Variation, c. 1890-1900 (top) Unknown maker. West Salem, Wayne County. Wool.