New and Old


It is that time of year.  End of July or beginning of August means that it is time for Quilt Odyssey to be held at the Hershey Lodge.  So, we hopped in the car, drove 45 minutes, parked at the Lodge and went to the quilt show.

I must say that I was really impressed by what I saw this year. The quilts were beautiful with one quilt being more spectacular than the one before it.

To start this tour of the show I thought I would concentrate on two special exhibits that greeted us as soon as we walked into the “Quilt Room”.

The first exhibit showcased Baltimore Album Quilts.  What exactly is a Baltimore Album Quilt?  First of all each block is appliqued.  The motif is usually, but not always, floral.  There can be many pieces to each block and they are quite colorful, usually primary colors.

So, let’s take a look at a few of the quilts that were on display.

This first quilt has a center block that is surrounded be 12 smaller blocks.  I thought the quilting set off the blocks nicely.


This next quilt has the same layout, but the border is much more intricate.  I also like how the sashing around the blocks separates the blocks.


This quilt is a bit different because sashing was not used between the blocks.


This last example doesn’t have a center block but is made of 25 individual blocks.  The border on this one really frames the blocks nicely, in my opinion.


These quilts are all relatively new, but as my title says the old were displayed along with the new.  There was an antique quilt exhibit there as well.  The dates on these show that quilting has been around for quite a long time.  These quilts are still in excellent shape.

The Star of Bethlehem or Lone Star quilt has been a popular pattern for many years.  This one dates from around 1870.



This next one dates from the 1840s – 1850s.   What struck me about this quilt is that the fabric colors are not what I usually associate with quilts of this era.



This last example from the 1890s uses a diamond pattern.  The thing that amazes me is that these quilts were all hand quilted since long arm quilting machines were not invented yet.



Next week we will take a look at some of the other quilts that were on display.


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8 responses to “New and Old

  1. So very beautiful. I can imagine the people who made them with such love and interest.

  2. Lovely!!! This is my second virtual quilt show this week. I follow a knitting video podcast from the UK and she did a video a few days ago about the Festival of quilts in Birmingham. It all makes me think about learning to quilt.

    • When we go to the show at Oaks near Philadelphia there is usually a display of quilts from around the world with the UK being represented by several entries.

  3. I’m always excited to see the quilts from your travels. My favorite is the last one, the Sunburst. All those points, someone was a very talented quilter.

  4. Simply gorgeous . . . and hand quilted! Such craftsmanship. I, too, vote for the Sunburst!

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