Friday, March 20, 2009

About the Book - Australian Quilts!

We'll get this out of the way first - wasn't happy with the proportion or something about my Angel Quilt, so here's the revamped version - now all pinned and ready for quilting, so that's it! with a bit of luck, I may get if finished to put into our QuiltWest Ehibition mid May - it will make me get it finished, won't it? - I'm not too serious about exhibiting quilts these days - all for a bit of fun and it is nice for the association and the public to have lot of quilts on display!


Now - the book! That is The Fabric of Society by Annette Gero and Kim McLean - a wonderful book on Australian Quilts - I posted about it on 13 March and dear friend Karen loaned me the book to take some pics - so pardon the quality and thanks Karen! Some may find this a little boring, but I am sure most quilters are a little interested in the history of quilts - if not put your hand up and you may leave the room!

Below, Elizabeth Hardy's Frame Quilt with broderie perse, 1830 - great hexagon medallion and pattern is in book!

Below here we have the Wesleyan Commemorative Quilt 1893, with handmade lace border - I think it's home could now be Gympie, Queensland.

A lace border today - everything old is new again! My attempt on my repro of the Sarah Evans quilt - a lovely story of a great friendship with Christine of Once Upon a Quilt ... !

This is the original Sarah Evans Quilt - Kim has a wonderful pattern in the book - she calls her quilt 'Old Brights'.
Here is a pic of my part of Kim's quilt 'Old Brights' - I was fortunate enough to do a workshop with her on the Gold Coast quite a few years ago!
As you can see, 1806!
Below - one of our most beautiful quilts - the Dancing Dollies Coverlet 1830 - this has always been my favourite, check out my Header! I have noted this pattern is in the book, too!
Auntie Green's Floral Applique, below, 1860 - a renowned Australian modern day quilter, Judy Day has reproduced this quilt!

Only one more to go - Mary Tolman's Hexagon Quilt - this may be an inspiration to our Hexie Girls!
Wow - that was all a bit exhausting to keep in it's right order - I think it makes sense! Oh, just a couple of things the book can be ordered at www.annettergero.com/ - I think it costs around $120 and Kathie has told me postage to the USA is $40 - I assume that is AU$ - if so, that's not bad as it is a really big, heavy book - one day it will become a priority on my list, I am sure!
I'm off on a very overdue trip to the post office (shame on me!) and then I'm carrying on to spend some birthday money - whoopee!
Happy weekend everyonge - hugs♥

20 Lovely People said ...:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The angels are looking good. Thanks for giving a great preview of the book - nothing boring about it.

Mildred said...

I loved this post Lurline. The book looks wonderful and your angel quilt is divine! Have fun spending the birthday$$$

West Michigan Quilter said...

What beautiful quilts. I can't imagine doing such intricate work. I really like your repro and the edging. Thanks for sharing all this. Otherwise I might not ever get to see these beauties.

Pat said...

That books looks wonderful I love your Angel quilt. It should be on display.

Julia said...

What a beautiful book Lurline...must see if our library can get it, till I can afford to buy it!
Love the knitted edge!! yours will look just as beautiful...
Thank you so much for sharing the pics...
Get that angel quilt finished, it's a must for the show..
Hugs Julia ♥

Jeanne said...

Thank you for sharing those wonderful pages from the book.

Catherine said...

Thank you for sharing pictures from the book! I had read bits about it here and there but hadn't seen any pictures. Now I'm thinking it has to belong on my wish list!
Your angel quilt is adorable!

janet said...

I have 2 favourite quilts in that book, the old brights and the hexagon. It is comprehensive isn't it?

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing peeks of the inside of the book. Gorgeous.

MYRA said...

I like your Angels in this proportion... 8-)

Thanks for a bit of a preview of that book! Sounds and looks like quite the book! Wow! 8-)

Have a good weekend Lurline!

Rumi said...

Thanks for the peek inside this great book! Love your lace edge too!

Jantine said...

I just love your laced border and admire you for having the patience to knit it!

Cybele's patch said...

Amazingly beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing those pictures.

Christine said...

WOW. That book looks amazing. I will have to start saving my pennies!
Love your angel quilt, too. The 9 patch in the sashing is very effective.
Christine

Karen said...

Oh, the "Dancing Dolly's" quilt is wonderful. I smile every time I see your header. Are you creating your version of the quilt?
I love your angel quilt. I just like angel quilts in general. Yours is very special!

Anonymous said...

I saw Julia mention this book, then came over to see what you've said and shown. Then I've checked out links to Annette Gero. Now I've told DH "there is a book I would like to get!!!!...!!!" So I'll see what money is on the money tree in the next few weeks...otherwise I'll have to do what Julia said in her comment to you earlier...go and check out the local library.
Susan
Manjimup WA

jwsmoore at bordernet dot com dot au

Anonymous said...

Annette Gero's Book is worth every penny. I ordered it from Dr. Gero's website,and I had it delivered to Texas, USA. It is fabulous, and Kim McLean's patterns and the CD are awesome additions. If you love old quilts, you will love the impeccable research and photography that Dr. Gero compiled in this wonderful historical book documenting Australia's quilt heritage.

patty pickle said...

I am so enamored of Australian quilts and quilters!! Your color sense is so brilliant! I want to visit!

KDL said...

I would love to make a similar angel quilt for a friend of mine. Is there a pattern to buy for the angel somewhere?It is just lovely - the best angel block I've seen and I've been doing a lot of looking. Is it all pieced or applique? I can't tell from the picture. If you could email me at kdlavoie at pacbell dot net I would be so thankful.

KDL said...

also when I first tried to look at your blog it kept getting taken over by something called neoworx-blog-tools.net. A techie friend helped me turn off some javascript settings so that I could get through and look at it and leave comments...might be something to look into or ask blogger about. Best - KDL