Sunday, my husband and I went to visit one of Chili’s Historical buildings – Streeter’s Inn. There were lots of interesting items in the building, and one of them was a huge book of local maps from 1924. We were allowed to turn the pages and found the Dusenbury homestead. Another tie in for the crazy quilt I purchased.
And now for some close up pictures of Sarah’s quilt:
The top left section (I put a white box around it.) is strip pieced from many different silk fabrics. The center strip is a patterned fabric and the seams were embroidered.
Do you notice how she created a nice flow by using the same thread and embroidery stitch around the striped fabric on the right? That created a strong LINE for your eye to follow – one of the main principles of design.
I especially liked the embroidery treatment on the cream fabric underneath the striped fabric. There were stacked combinations of stitches and Sarah used different types of embroidery thread too. She must have had a nice selection of embroidery threads in her collection.
With this next photo:
Sarah introduced another embroidery thread color, and used different thicknesses. She used a thin strand around the floral block to mimic a lace border. Against the black fabric, the thread is the same color but much thicker, and it creates an interesting graphic design against the fabric. Two very different embellishments unified by color.
Do you notice the flocked velvet in the center? Even though it is a strong print, it is balanced by the strong graphic design on the black fabric next to it. The more I look at this piece, the more I appreciate Sarah’s artistry, because this is no beginner’s crazy quilt. She was a skilled embroiderer and understood the main principles of good design.
Don’t miss how she changed the embroidery thread color again against the floral print next to the black piece of fabric. That adds even more complexity to the piece. It’s actually a light lavendar that is a close match to the fabric, but there was a shadow in the room when I took the photo, and that makes the fabric look darker than it is in reality.
Back to Streeter’s Inn. Here is a photo of an old treadle Singer sewing machine:
It is bigger than others I’ve seen, and had spots for 2 spools of thread on top. I took a picture of the writing hoping someone would be able to tell me if this could possibly be an industrial treadle sewing machine.