Thursday, May 31, 2007

NYC, Quilt show and Job

This is what quilting looked like in the 1850's. Can you imagine? All that stiffness, not to mention how hot it must have been under those skirts. This is a picture at the Chester County Historical Society's quilt show. This is an excellent show and I highly recommend going. It is not large, but it has very well documented information about the quilts and the makers of the quilts. Sorry about the glare on this civil war era quilt, but, it was in a glass case...anyway, it was beautifully made in the mid 1800's. I really like the printed pictures in the centers of the blocks.

I've always liked making feathers in my machine quilting designs, but, I'm going to try this willow tree designthat was hand quilted in a whole cloth white quilt from 1802. It was a little discolored with age, but, you could see the detail of the quilting very well.

The collection included a lot of fund raising signature quilts.

The skill of the signatures is amazingly beautiful in it's own right. These 1800's beauties haven't been seen in 10 years and are only on display until September. Besides the quilts, there is a wonderful grandfather clock collection from the 1700's to 1800's. Lot's of eye candy here.

We made the trip to New York City, in order to bring our daughter, Chelsea, to Columbia University. Oh and guess what...IT'S FLEET WEEK!

Just another thing to add to the list of worries about her time away from us...yikes!
She's supposed to be at the American Natural History Museum learn about a meteorite. She wants to be a geologist. I hope there's not a lot of distractions...yeah right! Our other daughter, Jennifer, was thinking about being a teacher and she got to shadow her aunt Kathy while she taught a special needs class in Pennsylvania. If you or your kids are considering a profession, this is a wonderful way to get some insight into a given field. Just spending a day at work with someone, might not give the complete story, but, it'll give a good sample. She has lots to consider. The job of being an English teacher failed in comparison to being a French teacher after a day spent observing, at least as far as my dd was concerned. She also was interested in being an English as a Second Language teacher. Oh well, it's another cog in the wheel of the decision making


Connie said...

Oh how I enjoyed reading your post.

May Britt said...

Thanks for showing these old quilts. I love the last one you showed. Do not worry about your DD, I'm sure she will do ok. But it is a moms privilege to be worried. My DD is moving in august to go to a school and I guess I will have my turn worrying then.

atet said...

Your daughter will be fine -- fleet week is over quickly and she will love her adventure!

Observing teachers does give you a good idea of what you want to teach, though I will say that seeing multiple schools, teachers, and classrooms is a good idea. Not that I'm prejudiced towards English or anything (I just might be) but she might want to see another English teacher.

Libby said...

What a fun adventure - for you and your daughter. You won't be able to stop yourself from worry - it's in your job description, but she'll be fine and full of stories and memories when she's home again.

Anonymous said...

I went to the historical society last week and saw the show...I would love to talk to you about some of the quilts you saw there.....oh I ddin't think to take pictures of the quilts...
I loved all of the red and green applique quilts when you first walked into the room...
Kathie in NJ


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