September is my favorite month – I can’t believe we’re already at the end! It’s been a gorgeous one, so I won’t complain. I’ve got a sick boy this week and as a result I’m feeling a little thrown out my rhythm. I have nothing new to share today so I thought I would post some pictures I took last month as we wrapped up our summer.
These pictures come from a place called This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. (It’s called that because it’s at the mouth of the canyon where Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake valley in 1847 and said “this is the place” where they would stay and build a city.)
This time I had a little bit of time to run in the Utah Quilt Guild museum and catch a glimpse of their display of pioneer-era quilts. Quilts from this era are among my favorites- especially because of their resourceful, scrappy coolness.
This is an irish-chain pattern made from squares about 3/8 of an inch big. Some wear and tear, but still incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quilt with smaller pieces.
Tiny hexagons and tiny flying geese.
This signature quilt was made about 1885 in Illinois and Tennessee and has the signatures of Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Who knew they were quilters??
This Star of David quilt made in the 1880’s was my favorite. I loved the colors and the pattern It would be fun to make this same pattern in a more contemporary color scheme too.
Log cabin made by Ellen Dougherty in 1870 in Illinois. Look at the pieced borders on this one. I’ve never seen something like it.
Another beauty: Rose of Sharon probably made in the 1850’s in amazingly good condition.
And there you go.
And now, a moment of silence for the end of September. 🙁
You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a sucker for old quilts. I pretty much love everything about them – the fabrics, the designs, the artistry, and the work that went into them. I think it’s that scrappy, ‘make it do’ aspect that I love the most. Creating something beautiful from the limited resources that were available is what inspires me most. Anyway, I photographed a few that I came across over the summer months and realized that I’d never shared them and decided why not do so today. These first two photos were from the Beehive House in downtown Salt Lake City.
The other quilts come from This Is The Place State Park – kind of a Sturbridge Village type of place, recreating the early settlement of Salt Lake City. My kids love going there and we try to get there at least once each summer.
I like going because the Utah State Quilt Guild has a museum there with lots of antique quilts. I didn’t get to look at everything this time, but I got to snap pictures of a few. (I was the lone adult with 6 kids in tow and stopping to look at old quilts was not high on their priority list.)
I think I would love a red bench like this in my kitchen too.
Also a train ride was involved. Something for everyone = successful outing.
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