Julie Boatner of Keizer, Oregon e-mailed us on Feb 23, 2014 saying:
“I saw from your website that you had done some research for the pattern for the airplane quilt. I have looked everywhere for the pattern without any luck. Any ideas as to where to get a copy of the pattern for the quilt block? I know that it was originally in the magazine Successful Farming in 1929.”
I was on a ski vacation when the e-mail arrived but briefly replied that, if she joined the museum, I could mail her the same 2 books I had loaned to Nancy Skala 1 year ago. Nancy had also asked for the pattern for the Lucky Lindy’s Plane block. She wrote a lovely guest blog entry on Feb 26, 2013 telling everyone how helpful our library volunteers were. On March 8, 2013, Laura Lane, our collections manager, saw Nancy’s blog entry and added an entry telling that the museum has an airplane quilt with the same pattern in our collection. Nancy made 2 small airplane quilts and showed them at the Maine State Quilt Show in July. On November 6, 2013 she sent us a photo of her quilts and again thanked us for our help.
Just 5 days later, Julie had joined our museum through our website and I mailed these 2 books to her.
Marino, Ragi. Flying high : the airplane in quilts.-- 1st ed.-- Waupaca, WI : Stardust Publications, 1994. 67p. : ill. col. : pb. ISBN 0-929950-18-6 : $19.95
This book tells the history of many airplane quilt patterns and led me to
Better Homes and Gardens. America's heritage quilts.-- 1st. ed.-- Des Moines, IA : Meredith Corp, 1991. 320p. : ill. col. ISBN 0-696-01905-1
This book has a photo of the quilt and complete instructions for making it.
What’s really funny is that the library book I took with me to read in the evening after skiing is "One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson published last fall. It tells all about Lindbergh’s life and historic flight.
~Martha Supnik, Library Volunteer Coordinator
ARABIAN GOLD by Suzanne Knapp [NEQM 2001.08]
Today's blog entry comes from guest blogger Judy Buswick, whose own blog can be found at http://jtbuswick.wordpress.com/. Judy is one
of our most dedicated volunteers, and she wrote this entry after attending last week's volunteer luncheon at the museum, where staffers prepare lunch for our wonderful volunteers and enjoy their fabulous show & tell!
I didn’t think I’d blog today, but after the Museum’s volunteer lunch, followed by a short Show & Tell, I have to write a few words. Many quilters know that Suzanne Knapp makes beautiful quilts inspired by Persian rugs; today I saw her “Arabian Gold” which is in the Museum’s collection. (It’s also mentioned, though not pictured, in my Sally Palmer Field book.) Seeing it up close is the best, but it's pictured here.
The Museum staff announced that the entire NEQM Library catalog is now online on a searchable database. Someone else mentioned that our library is the largest specialized collection on quilts anywhere! I think it’s accessed from the Web site, but haven’t searched that yet. I did see and started to read the Museum’s blog which has been in existence at least for a year. Quilters should check it out. Laura Lane had some great entries, as did guest bloggers.
I have to tell a little about the creativity that other volunteers showed after our delicious lunch prepared by the staff (of a mere 8 people). We saw Ethel Shulam’s polymer clay buttons that she’d made herself and plans to use with a fabric that she received as a gift from Debbie Janes, who leads workshops where volunteers sew items for the Museum gift shop. Wine bottle carriers, mug rugs, and quilts. Bright and cheery colors. Lots of
applique which Debbie excels at.
Another volunteer Bonnie (I missed her last name) brought a wall-hanging made with tucks and turns, a technique she’d learned from Caryl Bryer Fallert. See web for picture: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Reflection17/Reflection17.htm
Sibyl Tarbell brought in a meticulously quilted small piece with a butterfly motif that mimics the book cover of the NEQM history written by Jennifer Gilbert. Frances Gedzium brought in a square she has made using ribbons,
embroidery, beads, and colorful threads. Since buttons had already been extolled and the closing of Windsor Buttons lamented, Frances noted, “The way you think about buttons is the way I think about threads.” You should see the details in her work up close!
Kim Oey-Rosenthal showed a piece of Indonesian fabric. She sells her homeland’s fabrics on eBay (type in textile.art) or search for ‘bali ikat’ to see her fabrics. Lynne Champion brought in 3 quilt tops she is working on.
I loved her trillium motif, which will eventually have some bottons on it!
Others had things to share and I should have taken more careful notes. But without pictures, I think I will close
for today. The women (and one man) at the luncehon formed a lively group. What creativity! And what a positive,
enthusiastic vibe was in the air!
~ Judy Buswick
I read with interest the recent blog entry by our guest blogger, Nancy Skala. Just by coincidence, the New England Quilt Museum recently acquired an airplane quilt in a pattern very similar to the one Nancy saw at Infinite Variety, the exhibit of red and white quilts in New York City. The pattern for our quilt was also inspired by famous aviator Charles Lindberg. Lindberg had a couple of nicknames, including “Lucky Lindy” and “The Lone Eagle.” The pattern for our quilt was called Lone Eagle Airplane and was published in Successful Farming in 1929.
New England Quilt Museum’s new acquisition was believed to have been made soon after the pattern was published. Instead of red and white, it is made in blue, yellow and white. “Lone Eagle” is hand quilted into the top and bottom border of the quilt and the plain blue alternate blocks have eagles quilted in them. Our Lone Eagle Quilt (2012.17) was part of a donation of 21 quilts by Richard and Susan Doll of Rhode Island.
-Laura Lane, Collections Manager