Friday, June 6, 2008

Sarah Johnson and Dancing Dollies Quilt





My daughter, Angela, is the proud owner of this quilt I made perhaps 10 years ago. The middle of the quilt is my reproduction of the Sarah Johnson Quilt, that Sarah completed in 1826 when she was just 14 years old. The border comes from a great Australian quilt held in a museum in Adelaide, Australia, I think.

I really must invest in a book on our great Australian quilts - in the past I've had friends who had the book and I used to borrow for reference and inspiration.

Isn't it amazing that a 14 year old made the original - and I guess it would have been all made by hand.

I'm off to experiment with my Blueberry Crush - let's see if the fabrics I am thinking about do the trick!

Best wishes all.

5 Lovely People said ...:

Kristie said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Amazing! I just love that border, I have never seen anything like it.
Kristie

Kathie said...

this quilt is amazing!
Wow, do you have any close ups of it? would love to see the fabrics you chose!
The Sarah Johnson quilt has been on my list to make. LOve that you combined to quilts into one.
Lucky daughter of yours! hope she realizes that. OH and what book are you talking about that has Australian antique quilts in it? I am always looking for quilt books with antique quilt pictures
thanks Kathie

Eileen said...

How beautiful, Lurline, the dancing girls borders are very different. Great to keep your Aussie designs going combined with that great quilt that Sarah made. Love it. Wanted to see your blueberry but guess you don't have it up yet.

Megan Carroll said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!. Well done Lurline. I've seen the dancing dollies done several times over but never have they looked this good! The overall effect is fabulous.

Wendi L said...

Absolutely beautiful Sarah Johnson. Our group is planning on making this quilt and we have searched for information on the history of the Quilt but unsuccessfully. Do you have any information on the history of Sarah Johnson or and her quilt? Would appreciate it.