Even Martha Washington Had UFO’s

First (known) photograph of The Star Spangled BannerMy sister Em is in town for a few days (hurray!) We spent some time yesterday at the American History Museum in DC. Jennifer had mentioned that the museum has a quilt collection, and that we should plan a DC Modern Quilt Guild outing to see the quilts. Yesterday, I saw some quilters doing a demonstration, so of course I stopped to ask about the exhibit… they do tours twice a month, on Tuesdays. I’m working on a date in February. Apparently, the exhibit even has a WIP from Martha Washington–a finished quilt top that didn’t quite make it into the “finished” category. This made me smile.

The picture to the left is from the Star Spangled Banner exhibit–the first known photograph (c. 1873) of the original Star Spangled Banner, made by Mary Young Pickersgill, her daughters, and others in her household. The Baltimore seamstress made over $400 for the flag, more than most in her city made in a year.


As for my WIP projects? Pretty much in the same position as last week. BUT. I spent literally every second this weekend cleaning and organizing my house. And I’ll tell you. That makes me very, very happy. Em and I are working on a tumbler quilt today from fabric I won at the Sewing Summit and cut out while I was there. Fabric includes Bryant Park by Khristian A. Howell, Echo by Lotta Jansdotter (which I am convinced goes with everything!), and some random solids, text print by Sweetwater, Jennifer Paganelli Queen Street print, and some Peacock Lane by Violet Craft. Fun!

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow, so cool to have history like that so close by! Can’t wait to hear how your tour goes. Love the fabrics for your tumbler quilt, looks great so far!

  2. Posted January 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    You are so lucky to live in our nation’s capitol. Next time we go to DC I want togo to that museum. I love Echo fabric too but haven’t used mine yet.

  3. Posted January 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I never knew about this! Makes me feel like I kind of missed something when I was in DC. I can’t wait to see the tumbler quilt, those fabrics are gorgeous.

  4. Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I would love to see that quilt exhibit! Next time I’m in D.C. I’ll have to try to make it. I love that Martha had a WIP! The tumbler quilt looks very cool. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  5. Posted January 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, that looks like a fab exhibition. Love the idea that even the First Lady didn’t get everything done!

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