Tuesday evening my friends and I attended a meeting of Hearts 'n Hands quilt guild in O'Fallon, IL. Chris Moline, quilt historian and appraiser from Naperville, IL, presented a program of 200 years of quilt history. She brought with her a treasure trove of antique quilts from her private collection.
This is a closeup of the corner of a fabulous red and white quilt. It is hand quilted to within an inch of its life. Never heard of hand micro stippling? Here it is.
This quilt was made by a relative of Chris'. It is a cathedral windows quilt, although looks are deceiving. The woman who made it didn't like the way her joins looked, so she hand appliqued a one inch white square over each and every one. From a distance it appears to be colored squares of fabric with narrow white sashing, but close up you can see the detail. And, yes, it weighs a ton.