The second part of the exhibit featured traditional quilts made during the first half of the twentieth century, although some of them seemed to have quite a "modern" vibe to them, I thought.
|"Muscatel Grape Quilt" designed by Mary McElwain, appliqued by Genevieve Peters Wainwright, begun in 1937 and completed in 1989, quilted by the Ladies Aid Society of the Community Church, Fontana, Wisconsin|
I'm going to include some of the signs that told her story throughout this post. Click on the photos to make them larger and more readable, as necessary.
|"Gypsy Tears" quilt, a/k/a Drunkard's Path|
|Close-up of hand quilting, quilted 11-13 stitches per inch.|
This next one was one of my favorites of the whole "Traditions" exhibit. I just loved everything about it, the colors, the pattern, the quilting—oh my!
It's called "Pine and Wreath" or "Trees and Garlands," made in the second quarter of the twentieth century.
|"Pine and Wreath" or "Trees and Garlands"|
|"Daisy Chain" made circa 1935|
|Close-up of "Daisy Chain" applique and quilting|
|"The Laurel" made circa 1937-1938|
|Close-up of "Oak Leaf and Acorn" quilting and applique|
|"Oak Leaf and Acorn" made circa 1936|
|"Modern Rose Quilt" or "Peachy Posey" made around 1936|
|Double Irish Chain Quilt|
How interesting to see this 1941 invoice for a quilt from Mary's shop. An entire quilt for $31.36! I like the line that says "Color...gorgeous." At least I think that's what it says, what do you think?
I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with too many photos. It was just so interesting to see all of these quilts (and more), still so compelling and colorful and beautiful after all these years.
|Close-up of "Horn of Plenty" quilt|