Did you know that according to the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, 2011 is the Year of the Quilt? In March, my daughter and I took the train to New York City for a whirlwind weekend to visit good friends (and their adorable twins just younger than Little Tiny). I’m fortunate to have visited NYC on a number of occasions, so this trip was about friends, not the city. The one exception was the Folk Art Museum’s exhibit. Debi got to go sans twins, and my daughter slept almost the entire time (as long as I kept moving, of course), so we had plenty of time to admire the quilts, which were pretty impressive. The majority were hand pieced and hand quilted–wow! There were a few antique quilts that were simply stunning, and ones that would fit a “modern aesthetic” very well.
1. American Folk Art Museum, 2. Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, 3. Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, 4. Pinwheels
While walking through the exhibit, I decided that I had to learn more about traditional piecing–the patterns, the techniques, the history behind the blocks, perhaps even something about the quilters themselves. When I saw Faith’s post about the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns on her beautiful blog, Fresh Lemons, I emailed her right away to see if she would be interested in joining me in a Summer Sampler Series. We were thrilled when Lee from Freshly Pieced agreed to join us, and the idea for a Summer Sampler Series began to take shape. I feel fortunate to be collaborating with these two talented ladies on this project. I hope you will join us (and grab the button below to help spread the word!)
Details for the Summer Sampler Series
[Note: You don’t have to purchase the book to join the Summer Sampler Series–it is an encyclopedia of hundreds of blocks–we picked twelve to focus on. I think it is a great resource to have if you are interested in traditional blocks, but not necessary for this quilt along]
The Solids Sampler: Wednesdays at Fresh Lemons: July 13, 20, 27, & August 3.
The Scrappy Sampler: Fridays at Freshly Pieced: July 15, 22, 29, & August 5.
Summer Sampler Quilt Along Flickr Group: We’d love to see your fabric selections, process shots, and answer any questions through the Summer Sampler Series Flickr group
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Note: A special thank you to Faith for her incredible work with the graphics associated with the Summer Sampler Series.