Sunday, January 30, 2011

Susan McCord Quilts

 So, Yesterday I went to the library looking for some smut novels to read and it seems I have read all the Highland warrior and vampire romance novels that were available. So, I wondered over to the quilting section....just browsing and I found some pretty good books. I brought them home and I was flipping through them when my eyes almost popped out of my head! Have you ever met Susan McCord? I bet you all have and I am the only one who doesn't know who she is....but the Henry Ford foundation has several of her quilts.
 She was a farmers wife back in the late1800s and she was a quilting genius. Look at these quilts!

 This is a bit about her, but if you don't have access to this book by Fons and Porter, you can read more about her here
 She used a great deal of pink calico fabric, but she strip pieced the leaves and buds before appliqueing them. Such a gorgeous result, don't you think?
 All that work, all that time invested into her quiet time. I wonder what she was thinking about while she was busy with her needle.
 This one is my favorite. So so wonderful.
So, I have cut some tiny strips so I can make some strip pieced vines too! Why not? I need some small work to keep my fingers busy with in case I have some quiet time to sew with just my thoughts.

xo,
Tia

9 comments:

teaginny said...

those leaves are unreal!

Katie said...

Wow. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor! What gorgeous quilts.

Laurie said...

Years ago that vine quilt inspired me to quilt a quilt with that design. I haven't tried piecing then appliquing it though. Good luck.

Kristin L said...

I love that leafy feathered star!

beth said...

yes, her quilts are inspiring!! Love all those leaves!

Cherie in St Louis said...

I love Susan McCord's quilts. You msut to go to Janet's blog, quiltsalott.blogspot.com and check out this post: http://quiltsalott.blogspot.com/2011/01/panel-4.html. Totally awesome. Beware, you may start this quilt and it could be come an addiction ;)

ana s. said...

I made a version of the Susan McCord quilt when the pattern came out (a long time ago). But I had never seen that crossed branch with leaves block design befoe. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I'm going to have to check out that book again!

jmbmommy said...

Love those leaves... you have such great taste!

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