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.

The Circus Improv Quilt

What fun! Several of the Modern Quilt Guilds in the San Francisco Bay area were invited to participate in a curated special exhibition called Amish: the Modern Muse.  It was to accompany the main exhibition, Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The Plaid Portico will be covering that exhibition in total in the next few weeks. Preview: AMAZING! And it goes until March 1st 2015 so if you are anywhere in the area, it is a must see.

And before I also cover Amish: the Modern Muse, I will show you the quilt I made and tell you a little about it.  The challenge was to do a modern take on the Amish quilt traditions.  I wanted to start with a traditional Amish quilt block and then,  have it become more and more improv as the quilt went down. And I couldn’t resist some stripes at the bottom.

I used all Andover Fabrics Inc. textured solids.  They have this nice weave to them that I thought would make it feel more like I was using traditional woven fabric. It’s slightly thicker than quilting cotton and has a softness after it’s washed. Sort of like a woven flannel. I was going to use traditional Amish colors, then I decided to go more random and scrappy and use colors I had left over from coordinating fabrics to my Pop Rox collection.  In the end the colors reminded me of a circus so I named it Circus Improv.

I quilted it myself very simply and the only thing that made sense to me with this piecing was stitch-in-the-ditch. So voila, the 6th quilt I’ve made. There are plenty more in the works though. I am quite honored to be in the show with many really fantastic quilts which I am excited to show you, so stay tuned… And thank you for allowing me to share my humble quilting journey with you!

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solid

Pop Pendants Quilt

Ann Haley created the most wonderful design using the choco color way of Pop Rox. Her Pop Pendants quilt is featured on p.74 of the Modern Quilts Unlimited Fall 2014 issue. AND we’re also kitting it in my Etsy store for $81 here, or $89 including the magazine here.

She has used black ric rac and beige embroidery floss to really make this special and we’ve included both in the kit.  She used paper piecing and Modern Quilts Unlimited has a web extra of a full size pattern, plus all the detailed instructions in the magazine.

I love this quilt, which works great as a wall hanging–a specialty of many of Ann Haley’s designs.  Enjoy!

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Pendants quilt by Ann Haley using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Modern Quilts Unlimited Fall 2014 with Pop Pendants quilt inside

Modern Quilts Unlimited Fall 2014 with Pop Pendants quilt inside

Peppermint Pinwheels and The Carnival Quilt

Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels did the most amazing Carnival Quilt with Pop Rox, though I am not surprised and you will see why when you see some of her other quilts here!

Founder of East Bay Modern Quilters (Formerly The East bay Modern Quilt Guild) and their annual show Stitch Modern, Stacey also teaches around Northern California and the San Francisco Bay area.  She can most often be found teaching at the fabulous A Verb for Keeping Warm, which is kind enough to host the last Tuesday of the month meetings of East Bay Modern Quilters.

She has a lovely and active Etsy shop Peppermint Pinwheels with baby play mats, digital patterns, baby blankets and more. And if you’re in the area, watch for her lecture and trunk show at The Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild April 18th meeting.

Hope you enjoy her Carnival Pop Rox quilt and views of some of her other yummy quilts!

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Back of The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Back of The Carnival Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The X Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The X Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Silk Arithmetic by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Silk Arithmetic by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Silk Arithmetic by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Silk Arithmetic by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Blue and White Split Log Cabin Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Blue and White Split Log Cabin Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Detail of Blue and White Split Log Cabin Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Detail of Blue and White Split Log Cabin Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Embers Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Embers Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

For Stitch Modern by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

For Stitch Modern by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

For Stitch Modern by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

For Stitch Modern by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Black Circles by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Black Circles by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Turquoise Circles Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Turquoise Circles Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Blue and White Diamond Crib Quilt by Stacey Sharman

Blue and White Diamond Crib Quilt by Stacey Sharman

The Confetti Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

The Confetti Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Scrappy Wagon Wheels for Max by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Scrappy Wagon Wheels for Max by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Code by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Code by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Linen and Denim Stripe Block Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Linen and Denim Stripe Block Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Blue Flowers Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Blue Flowers Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Colorblock Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Colorblock Quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

New York Beauty by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

New York Beauty by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Red & Turqoise quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Red & Turqoise quilt by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Impovisational Split Log Cabin by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Impovisational Split Log Cabin by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels