Monday, July 16, 2018

1930's Ruby Short Kim Embroidery Flower Garden Quilt

So many interesting things have been happening in my life lately that it has taken until now to get back to that second quilt I found at that lovely antique shop in Bingen,Washington, called Antiques & Oddities. This second, quilt aside from a few rust stains, was in far better condition than the first one I showed. As the title above says it is a quilt made by following the embroidery patterns of a lady by the name of Ruby Short Kim. Just Google her name and you will find all kinds of interesting things about her. She was a very active designer of all things quilt and I am very delighted to have found one with her signature garden flowers on it.

As quilts go this one is not over large, being 72" x 72", but boy does it make up for the size by the amount of stitches in it. The lady stitches are 6 and 7 to the inch and then she diamond stitched it on under a one inch grid that is truly amazing. She must have loved embroidery too for she did a wonderful job of doing the flowers, alternating the embroidery blocks with plain white. I think the affect really is stunning. This quilt was meant as a show piece, as it has little or no wear. This was a woman very proud of her skills, as well she should be.
Can you guess all the flowers?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Presby Mansion Quilt Show and More

What a day I had yesterday! It went far beyond the simple day at a quilt show that I thought it was going to be. Let me tell you about it.
I had planned for over a month to go up to Goldendale, Washington to the, "Community Days", there, because I was invited up to the Presby Mansion for a quilt show. I had planned to go alone but at the last minute my hubby decided to come with me. We had quite a nice drive through the winding road up through High Prairie to the back side of the small town of Centerville. A lovely drive which I highly recommend.
As we were driving along my husband spotted a really awesome claw-foot bathtub on the side of the road, with a Free sign on it. We were in our car but we stopped, turned around and went back and took a look at it. It was in beautiful condition and I was all for returning to our house and getting the pickup truck and snagging it. He however convinced me to continue on our way, so on we went. I was a bit miffed, but resigned myself to the fact that tho I had always wanted a claw-foot tub, I was never going to get one. We returned to our travels and soon arrived at the quilt show. I had my camera so took a few shots of the show for your enjoyment. It was really well done and the Mansion is the perfect venue for a quilt show.
        My husband looking grand in front of the old Presby Mansion.
They had an old car show down Main street but I had left my camera in the car so don't have any shots of those. Soon after we walked through the car show it began to get hot so we decided to head back home. Would you believe it, we passed the spot where the tub had been and there it still sat on the side of the road as if taunting me. Since it was still early in the day, not yet noon, my good man agreed we should go back home, get the pickup, and get that tub. Yippy! We did, and it slid up into our truck with no trouble at all. The legs had been removed, but were there in a box, so now I have me a claw foot tub. YAY!!!
Now you might think that was enough excitement for one day, but nope, we picked up the tub then instead of returning back home with it, we took it with us, and went for a drive down the scariest road I have been on in ages. I sadly had left the camera at home so have no pictures of that ride, but I shall not soon forget it, it was truly a white knuckle affair. Me gripping the window sill of the pickup while looking down a canyon edge into space. We finally arrived at our destination, thankfully in one piece, and I was happy to just sit in the shade and chat with our friends.
We had not been there long when more guests arrived, who had come up to ride our friends horses and mules. I was asked to lead one of the mules, and the mule turned out to be a mule with attitude. As soon as I unhitched him from his post he deliberately stepped on my foot. I was fortunate in that I knew what to do, and pushed his lead back, so he stepped back off instead of leaning all of his weight on it. I am not much of a mule fan to begin with, as I have history with the animals, which is a story for another time. Suffice it to say, I came home with a sore foot, but still it was loads of fun, and the girls had such a good time riding I almost envied them.
Can you believe I had a full grown mule step on my foot and my two smallest toes? It had shoes on too! I suppose I should be grateful I don't bruise worth a bean. My niece Amanda was there and she came up to me afterwards, as she had seen the stupid mule step on me, and said, "Wow you took that well, you didn't cry out or even swear!" To tell you the truth swearing hadn't occurred to me, I was too busy trying to get the stupid beast off my foot. The actual first thing I thought was, "It better not have ruined my new tennis shoes!" Ha ha ha (It didn't.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Carpenter's Star Quilt

There is a lovely shop I came across the other day, not too far from my home, in the little one horse town of Bingen, Washington. It is called Antiques and Oddities and it is chock full of every kind of old thing you could ever wish to see. I of course am always on the lookout for a good quilt bargain and am happy to say I found two lovely example's for a very good price.

Now I love quilts that are not too perfect, and I especially love quilts from the twenties and thirties. So imagine my delight in finding not one but two of them hanging on a rack in a small stall. This first one was made in a pattern with the various names of, Carpenter's Star, Carpenter's Wheel, and Carpenter's Square. From what I could find on line, the pattern represents that of a tradesman and has religious significance as well, as referring to Jesus the great carpenter.

I loved the pale yellow color contrasting with white of this one and the intricate detail of all of the stitching. This seamstress really wanted folks to know that she was very talented. Her stitches are very small and run 8 & 9 to the inch, plus she added close crosshatching and prairie points to make things even more interesting.

This is a pretty good sized quilt, larger than most of my others, measuring 81"wide by 100" long. Unfortunately my pictures did not turn out as well as I would have liked, for my shop is not yet built, so I am having to make due with trying to take pictures of the quilts while laid out on my bed.

Here is a pattern block of what it should look like in bright detail. Mine is a slight variant of this pattern. The four corners on my quilt are made up of just two blocks all in white. One long and one small square.
Here is another example of the same style of quilt, I found on the net, to give you an idea of the many ways this pattern can be done. I find it to be very intricate and beautiful. Just when I think I have found a pattern I like the most I see another that is equally wonderful. This is just such a pattern.
This is my quilt, unfortunately the lighting just does not allow you to see how lovely it is. The pale yellow and white do not have enough contrast to show up well.
You can see here some of the interesting stitching, and also her yellow and white triangle's at each corner instead of just sewing strips and square's. This lady really liked to go the extra mile.
Another look at those corner triangle's and the white blocks of the corner, with one small square and one long rectangle.
Here is a portion of the back, it really shows this ladies talent for fine needlework. Just look at all of that work. It makes me grateful to own such a lovely piece but also grateful I didn't spend the hours I know it took to do it.
This quilt must have been for summer use, as it is very lightweight and has a thin cotton batting. I believe it was made some time in the 1920's given its style and type of fabrics. I am going to go back to the store where I found it and try to find out more about the seamstress or at least who it may have belonged to?! If I find out I will keep you posted.
Sadly, it did have a bit of damage in places, tho this was the worst of it. The prairie points on its edges were all pretty worn, which tells me that this was a quilt that saw a goodly amount of use and was not just taken out on special occasions. But then that is just the kind of quilt I like. A quilt that shared the bed with many a soul gathering warmth from its precious fabrics. The hand of a fine seamstress caring for the needs of her family and friends. Nothing could be finer!