Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Infinite Variety II: The Legend Continues

So what is a quilt show without  some prizes?

Best Crib Quilt
Applique Alphabet 
Most Random Patch
President Taft! Because hey...
it's President Taft?
Best Hawaiian
Note the exquisite echo quilting.
Best Use of a Printed Fabric

I love how the MCM print
mirrors the blocks of the quilt.
Bast Use of a Tiny Bit of Color Besides Red 
Best Fundraising Quilt

Best Log Cabin
Most Stitches Per Square Inch
P.S. Love the Print

Best Use of Recycled Materials
A Personal Favorite
Just bleach out your flour sacks
and add embroidery!

Most Passive Agressive

Runner Up
Most Passive Agressive

Best Use of Red and White in Balance
Is it red? Or white?
White? Or Red?
My eyes can't focus!
(Neither can the camera.)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Your Regularly Scheduled Thrift Share Monday Has Been Postponed Due to a Quilt Tornado

Well, Nerds I didn't get out to the thrifts this week.  I did something "Infinitely" better. When folks asked me what I was doing on my one day off this week, I replied "I'm going to a quilt show!" Nerdy, indeed. It was a thrifty outing though, because admission to the show was free.

But what a show! The American Folk Art Museum is hosting an all-too-brief exhibit at the Park Ave Armory in New York called Infinite Variety From May 25th-30th Six Hundred and Fifty red and white quilts will be on display. For free people. 

They are part of the private collection of Joanna S. Rose who has over 1300 quilts in her collection.  When her husband asked what she wanted for her 80th birthday, she said: I want to give New York a Quilt Show! Thanks Joanna. Best. Birthday. Present. Ever.

With only a few hours to spare on Sunday, I hopped on a train to New York. I arrived at the Armory (Which, incidentally is an amazing space all on it's own.) and marched up the stairs straight in to the exhibition space. And then my jaw hit the floor.




Gasps of delight came from the crowd of middle aged ladies that surrounded me. We all just stared.

And then we all individually got down to business. I decided the best course of action was to wander through and take it all in. Then have some coffee. Then go back through and take pictures.

The design of the space was astounding. A huge "tornado" of quilts spiraled up from a "quilting bee" in the center.

Surrounding the 'tornado" were large circular "columns"  with exterior and interior quilts three high.

And then a whole back "wall"!

One woman commented that the experience reminded her of Christo's The Gates installation in Central Park. "Everybody is smiling and being nice to each other. It makes everyone so happy!" I saw The Gates on the day it closed, and I agreed with her whole hartedly. I'd never seen so many New Yorkers in one spot, smiling and being friendly. City of New York take note: People like big colorful pieces of cloth, lots of them, preferably in one place.

For the last hour I checked out an iPad from the front desk. The museum had helpfully loaded an app onto the iPad that had a map of the exhibition, and audio tour, and images of every one of the quilts on display.

It was great to be able to zoom in and look at the stitch detail on the quilts that were hanging up high. While the statement of them hanging was fantastic you really couldn't see details. Like, this quilt is tied, not stitched. Or, this one has a print border.

I think their original plan was to have the app done before the show opened so you could download it onto your personal mobile device or iPad and use that. I think they ran out of time. But I have to say the preview of the app was really great and the IT dudes that were manning the iPad table said it would be available soon.

Do I have a favorite? I don't know. What was so great about the design of the display was your eye was constantly drawn from quilt to quilt with out it being over powering. I'll think on it and post more on the individual quilts tomorrow. This is my favorite photo that I took. You just keep looking behind the next quilt, and the next quilt, and so on.

If you liked these photos and you are on Facebook, then hop on over to the Vintage Spinster page and "Like" it. I posted all of the photos I took with my camera and ipod..

If you live in the NYC area, make time to see it before the show closes on March 30th, GO. Run, don't walk. The app and the flickr group are amazing and all, but seeing these quilts in person is truly spectacular.

If you want to get a proper Thrift Share fix, jump on over to Apron Thrift Girl.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Trade Me Up Week 4 *TRADED*

Who wants some Vera?

Up for trade is one of the many Vera scarves I have found in my thrifting travels. The print is a pastel pink and orange in one of Vera's many watercolor floral designs  It is 45" long and 35" wide, it is acetate-not silk, but still very pretty. The photo above is one half of the scarf, the image is mirrored on the other end.

I would say the size of the signature combined with the material dates it to the late 70's or 80's.  Though I am no expert. (If the Vera Company would like to give me a job in their archives, I'll take it!)

As you can see in the photo above the rolled hem is coming unstitched. I'm going to fix that post haste. (See, too much Shakespeare in my head.)  I'm also going to give it a good wash and a press. I will ship anywhere in the USA First Class Mail and Canada too, now that I've got the hang of it.  (And this will definitely be under the 4lb limit-HA!)

Make me an offer! The Doggie Salt & Pepper Shaker is still up for grabs, the Pyrex Divided Dish was traded for another.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Trade Me Up-date

A couple weeks ago I joined the team at The Pyrex Collective II.  I decided that would be a perfect venue to cross promote the Pyrex divided casserole I posted for trade in the first week of Trade Me Up. Lo and behold I get an email from Paula from Canada. She has the Spring Blossom Cinderella bowl I am missing and is looking to start a black and white Pyrex collection. Perfect!

We emailed back and forth and exchanged photos of our respective Pyrex:

A scratch, a scratch!
Not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door.
(Sorry, too much R&J in my life these days.)
The only downside was the price of shipping to Canada.  I was 1 ounce over the 4lb limit for First Class International Mail, so I had to ship Priority.  However, I got amazing customer service from the lady behind the counter and there was no line. That almost never happens. Really, I feel like I paid extra to have an easy trip to the Post Office. Worth it? Totally.

This week (month) has been incredibly frustrating with all of the hours required to run Romeo & Juliet. Having this trade happen made me feel like I got something accomplished.  Thanks Paula!

ETA: Paula received her dish, it arrived in one piece and she loves it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thrift Share Monday

My work schedule is still pretty intense so I only had time for a brief hour sojourn to the Orange Goodwill and Savers on Sunday. It was one of those days where Goodwill was a Zoo with a capital Z. Children running everywhere, screaming, playing with the used walkers and canes.  So I got in and out pretty quick.  While I was checking the mens section for Pendleton a few ties caught my eye. I looked closer and realized someone's collection of vintage designer ties was hanging in front of me and most of them were half off, which made them $1 each.

These two Yale ties have Yale Co-Op Tags in them. The blue one has the Yale crest. I think the other one is probably the colors of one of the colleges or Graduate schools. 

From left to right: Liberty of London floral, Christian Dior mid-century atomic print, (and my favorite) an Oleg Cassini. He was Jackie Kennedy's favorite designer, you know.

I found this one interesting because it's wool, and still has it's price tag.

This brown abstracted paisley is not a particular designer, but that "Made in Italy" label is definitely mid-century. I will probably keep this one for my own costume collection. A vintage tie can go a long way towards passing off a new suit as vintage onstage.

I only found one thing at Savers and is it a doozy. Check this out!

It's a giant pottery fish serving platter! I paid $4 and it turns out it's maker is Royal Haeger Pottery. It's got a chip on it's lower lip, but I can live with it. I'm definitely going to keep it for a little while.

I'm linking up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday! And be sure to check out my item that's up for trade this week as part of Trade Me Up, a vintage doggie salt & pepper shaker. I'm pending a Pyrex trade for my item from week one. Very exciting!