- American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
- Henry Ford Museum, The, Dearborn, MI
- International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE
- La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner, WA
- Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, Lancaster
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
- New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
- People’s Place Quilt Museum, Intercourse, PA
- Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
- San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA
- Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
- Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA
- Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
Several quilts that inspired me, A LOT
- Improvisational Quilt by Anna Williams of Baton Rouge
Anna Williams’ quilts are a source of inspiration for me. I love all the tiny pieces and the casual but powerful overall designs. Years ago my sister Eileen and I sat in front of one of Anna’s quilts for half an hour (at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah) and really studied it. Then we challenged each other to make a quilt that would just like one that Anna would make. It wasn’t easy. When we were finished, we mailed photos of our quilts to her. She wrote back saying that she was happy we liked her quilts. She didn’t offer an opinion about whether our quilts looked like hers, though.
You can read more about Anna on “Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture” blog: www.barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.
- Quilt by Lori Mason
It is made in honor of Lori’s late grandmother, Eva, out of her reclaimed jeans, Oxford shirts, and favorite pair of gardening shorts – hence the name Eva in the Garden.
- Gwen’s Quilt
Fantastic green. All that space to show off the quilting.
- The Mercer Museum Crazy Quilt
It was for the Mercer Museum’s Folk Fest in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Embellishments include: a little clock that works, a pearl necklace, yoyo’s, a little eyeglass frame, a crocheted fan, a subway token, charms, buttons, beads, lace, crystals, a spider web made with shiny gold thread, a silk ribbon rose, a crocheted granny square, an old Girl Scout uniform button, a little doll from Peru, a tiny glove, buttons made from seashells, and much more.
The quilt was first machine pieced on a muslin foundation fabric, and then hand embroidered, embellished and quilted. Most of the fabrics are silk. This quilt was made over a period of three months. The quilt raffle raised over $2,000 for the museum.
- Quilt from the Tokyo Quilt Festival
This quilt was exhibited at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in 2006. Unfortunately, the maker’s name is not given. This photo was posted on flickr and www.bemused.typepad.com. It has tiny yoyo’s and mini rick rack which she says are popular on modern Japanese quilts. Very creative. The Japanese seem to be masters of intricate detail.
- Fancy Shaped Quilt
This fancy shaped quilt was made by Eileen Lovett of East Providence, Rhode Island. It’s a Thousand Pyramid quilt with an optical illusion.
- Quilt by “Needle and Thread”
This is “Ms. Laura Jay’s Amazing Sunshine Quilt” from the photostream of Needleandthread on flickr.com. (Boy, that sentence wouldn’t have made a bit of sense 10 years ago!) She describes the colors in this quilt as “beach glass colors.” This is a very happy quilt.
- Liberty Jack Quilt by Janey Forgan
Janey Forgan made this Liberty Jack quilt using Liberty of London fabrics. A real classic.
- “Cuppaz” Blocks by Mellicious
I like quilts like this. Mellicious has a nice collection of quilts on www.flickr.com. Her description of this photo is: “More Jan Mullen “Cuppaz” blocks.” It looks like this quilt isn’t finished yet, but it’s going to be a good one!
- Miniature Quilt
This miniature quilt is being held by some Barbie-like dolls! Is this clever, or what? The photo is from Steffi’s blog: http://www.steffiscandyquilts.blogspot.com/. Steffi is from Germany, but fortunately she writes both in German and English.