25 August, 2011

Wheel Of Fortune

Back in early August our Guild was treated to a program featuring the antique quilt collection of a fellow member, Susan McGirr. Her trunk show was vast and all-encompassing, everything from pieced and appliqued tops to glorious finished quilts. Pictured here is a "Wheel of Fortune" top, a Carpenter's Wheel variation. I love this one.

There was another pieced quilt, an older one; I can't identify this block name.
heard it referred to as "Texas Tears" but I can't confirm that. Most of Susan's collection was acquired while she lived in Texas, so that might be right, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know? I adore the simplicity of this block and the way it is set alternating dark and light backgrounds.

Susan's latest obsession is purchasing quilts and tops for her collection from E-bay; as well as from on-line auctions for a cause, like Ami Simm's AAQI quilts.
She passed around a few of those for us to see up close and imagine my surprise when I was suddenly holding this quilt, made by none other than our very own blogging buddy, Quiltdivajulie! I felt momentarily overwhelmed by the connection. Blogging has certainly made our world a smaller one. The Wheel of Fortune was certainly spinning for me that evening, I drove home humming and happy; feeling like the luckiest woman out there for all the inspiration and connections to other quiltmakers through time and space, both near and far!

Life is Good!

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leigh anna said...

i can't tell you anything about your quilts....but i wanted you to know that when i try to click on your pictures, they aren't clickable, so they can't be made bigger.
i'm sure it is a setting in your blogger account somewhere....maybe you set it up that way on purpose....but it would be nice to be able to click on the "texas tear" quilt to see more detail.

so, if you are wanting to fix it...that i'm not sure how to do, but i'll see if i can find something on the internet if you would like :)

Teresa said...

I find antique quilts amazing in the complexity of some of the designs, knowing the quilter did not have all the great tools we have at our disposal. All I can say is they must have been very talented and patient people.

Quiltdivajulie said...

That carpenter's wheel quilt IS amazing ... I treasure the quilts made by my grandmothers. They were ahead of the game on scrappy and mixing colors!

SO nice to know that one of my PQs has such a happy new home!

lindsey said...

Beautiful quilts!

Janet O. said...

Wow, that "Wheel of Fortune" is a stunner!
I don't know what that other one is called, either. It isn't one of the two patterns identified as Texas Tears in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, but that doesn't mean it isn't known by that name. : )

Nane said...

It was a nice collection!

Mary Lou Casada said...

Wow! Eye candy all night long! That wheel of fortune is wonderful! My mother made a quilt similar to the Texas Tears -- but the "spokes" are smaller, the setting triangles not quite as wide. It's called Iowa Star. Hers was set differently, too, not with the low triangles but with diamonds so that it interconnects like a double wedding ring...if that makes any sense!! :-D I, too, love that we can be friends and be connected far and wide to quilters through blogging! How else would I have ever been blessed by the Strawberry Patch!! :-D
Mary Lou

LizA. said...

I agree, I love the simplicity of that "Texas Tears". Please let us know if you find out anymore about that block. If I get a chance, I'll look it up in BlockBase.