I absolutely love Folk Art as it is funky and a little unpredictable. Many tell a story. I first saw this amazing embroidered quilt at the Folk Art Museum in New York in February of 2011. What drew me to the piece was the folky flowers and animals randomly placed on the quilt top. Nothing was placed perfectly using hand drawn images that were simple yet very appealing. It was made from wool, cotton and silk and embellished with beads and silk and cotton threads. What I love about use of different threads and embroidery stitches is the added surface texture you achieve. Unfortunately the maker of this quilt is unknown but it was possibly made in New York State between 1825 -1845. The quilt measures 91″ x 80-1/2″ and was originally used as a bed cover. It is now in the permanent collection of the Folk Art Museum in New York.
Today many quilt makers reproduce original antique quilts. My lovely friend Sarah Fielke has gone one step further in her amazing book ‘Old Quilts New Life’ that was officially released last week. Not only did she reproduce 9 quilts form the collection of the Folk Art Museum in New York she took it one step further and produced a second quilt of each in a modern style. As I paged through her new book I was taken by her use of color, twist on the modern design and the amount of work that went into producing all the quilts for this book.
Old Quilts, New Life showcases 18 stunning quilts each one accompanied by step-by-step instructions so you can create them at home. The book takes you through the history of the quilting tradition and explores the techniques and styles employed by quilters over the centuries. From the beautiful simplicity of an Amish quilt to a pretty pinwheel design, there is a quilt in this book to suit all skill levels and styles.
This week is the official launch party for Sarah Fielke’s book ‘Old Quilts New Life’ to find out more about Sarah and her quilts visit Sarah’s blog , Instagram @sfielke and her Facebook page. You can also view many quilt designers favorite antique quilt on Instagram #oldquiltsnewlife during this exciting week.