I was really surprised to realise when writing the last blog post that I hadn’t written at all about the June Orr quilt which was hanging over the top of the ladder in this pic from last time
So as promised, though not as timely as promised,
( I have been back nearly two months…eeek where did that go?)
here are some pics and the ‘short’ story of the June Orr 1849 quilt.
Aren’t we just eternally grateful to our quilting sisters of yesteryear who had the presence of mind to sign and date their quilts!
When I purchased the quilt back in 2012 from Cindy Rennels Quilts at the Paducah KY. quilt show it came with some provenance which tells us J.O. is June Orr. She lived in Cannonsburg County, Pennsylvania which is just south- west of Pittsburg.
The above pic is taken the day I decided June’s quilt was coming home with me, my dear friend Sherry really helped me make up my mind (yes I needed a second opinion…can you imagine it! But as you’ll know if you’ve been to the major quilt shows in the U.S.A. the amount of antique quilts on offer is mindboggling)
Gerald Roy dropping in to the booth at the same time, and saying “great buy…I had my eye on that, well done” just capped off a great day. Cindy and Ronnie Rennels are the most gorgeous people and I enjoy seeing them when I’m at a show.
June Orr used a classic combination of Red and Green for her nine block applique quilt.
The green fabric has stood up well over the 160 odd years since she made her quilt but the red has not fared as well.
The red fabric has lost its print which has ‘dropped out’ causing the small holes, in places almost the entire piece has disintergrated. But it doesn’t detract at all I feel. It is only on a few of the blocks and it is typical of the effect of the dying processes used at the time.
I have drafted the block and started to make up my own version, I confess this is a slow process as so many other qults tempt…but slow and steady wins the race.
I have made more than one block I hasten to add LOL, and I have cut out most of the pieces.. Can I be so bold as to declare a ‘finishing frenzy’ or would I just end up eating my words?
With the imminent finish of the Pomegranate quilt (all blocks appliqued and just have to do the border) I actually feel excited about getting a UFO out of the cupboard, this could be the one but yes there are plenty of others to choose from.
thanks for dropping by and happy stitching,