Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quilts to Inspire

 A couple of weeks ago I headed
to Golden, Colorado to visit the 
and was totally captivated by 
the exhibit,
"In the British Tradition:
Hand-Stitched Reproduction Quilts
by Carolyn König.

 Aunt Green's Quilt
 (in person)

Carolyn is a well recognized quilter and designer
both in Australia and internationally. 

Hertfordshire Quilt or
Mrs. Billings Quilt

I think what intrigues me the most
is Carolyn's use of fabrics.

 1860 Marriage quilt

Each block is different and so intricate.
She uses so many different fabrics
to reproduce the original complex antique quilts.

 Nineteenth Century Folk Art

 When I look at her meticulous hand piecing
and applique, I'm in awe.

I was the only one at the museum that day
and spent a long time studying and enjoying
these elaborate quilts.
It was a very special treat.
Charleston Rhapsody

I had to purchase her book
 carolyns new book

 if for nothing more than 
to enjoy the photos over and over again
and be inspired by her talent.
There's always the hope that one day
I'll stitch one of those patterns.

Until Next Time-


  1. Those are some amazing quilts! I'll bet you love all that applique!

  2. WOW!! Thanks for sharing...so inspiring! I loved how she used brown to tone down the other fabrics.

  3. Were you inspired to make something similar in style?

  4. I'm always amazed at the complexity and attention to detail in these treasures. How fortunate you were to have them all to yourself for a day!

  5. I soooo wanted to see this exhibit. Her quilts are stunning. So glad you got a chance to see them. Thank you for sharing.

  6. They are gorgeous masterpieces!

  7. True works of Art !
    Thanks for sharing these Amazing quilts :-)

  8. Absolutely incredible!
    I can't even imagine myself doing something like these, but I can see you doing one--or more!

  9. Wow, Kyle, lucky you! And lucky us, these are excellent photos. I'm sure you will get a lot of inspiration from the book, whether you make one of these quilts or something different.

    Suddenly I have been seeing Mrs. Billings everywhere. But I am resisting!

  10. That must have been a totally awesome show to see all those spectacular quilts! I'm a huge fan of Carolyn and to see them up-close and in person would be a dream! Your pictures are great at showing details - thanks for that! Last time I was at that museum, I didn't care for the exhibit - can't even remember what it was now!

  11. O.M.G.!!!! Absolute works of art. How could you not be inspired?

  12. Oh my goodness, what an incredible opportunity to see those quilts! I love every one of them. Thanks for the great pictures. I bet your head was practically spinning when you left.:)

  13. Weren't you lucky! I also love the way she uses colour and fabrics. Her shop is more than 4 hours drive from here but one day I am hoping to get there. Maybe she will exhibit all her quilts in Australia one day...

  14. Such an inspirational book. I have a copy too but can't decide which one to start with, they're all so beautiful.

  15. Such stunning quilts! So inspirational -- love the soft colors and how not matter how much is going on design wise, it all seems balanced and whole.

  16. Any of those quilts would take me a lifetime to create there is so much work in each one! Always in awe of her beautiful work and the amazing quilting.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your visit to such a stunning exhibit! Carolyn's book is on my wish list. You are so right - just studying her choice of fabrics is an eye opener. Really enjoyed your photos.

  18. Oh, how lucky are you! Aunt Green's quilt has been one of my favorites for some time. Your photos are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Oh My Gosh!!!!
    you should warn a woman that she's gonna have heart palpitations! what incredible quilts and inspiration.
    wow wow wow - I'm going back for another look. I may have to get her book too!

  20. Gorgeous quilts and such inspiration! So glad you had time to study them all especially her fabric choices. Thanks for sharing these great photos :)

  21. these make me feel like a beginner quilter...awesome beautiful quilts!

  22. A special treat indeed! How lucky to see these beautiful quilts in person (and have the museum to yourself!). I think I pinned every one of them--thanks for sharing them.

  23. O.M.Gosh... I couldn't help being awestruck by these magnificent quilts!
    Thank you so much for sharing all of this amazing beauty and inspiration with us!

  24. Gorgeous quilts! Thanks for sharing your pictures! Auntie Green is so tempting - it looks like it would be fantastic fun to appliqué :0)

  25. Thanks Kyle for sharing your pictures with us. What fun to see these beautiful quilts in person.

  26. These quilts are spectacular. I know I would have been in awe (and maybe hyperventilating a bit) if I'd been lucky enough to see them in person. Second best thing--enjoying your photos of them. Thanks for sharing them with us. They are true beauties.

  27. I agree that Carolyn's quilts are amazing. So beautiful and perfectly made.