This morning I want to welcome a new artisan to my American Artisan Store. Her name is Ann Hermes. Originally from Illinois, pharm Ann moved to Southeastern Pennsylvania several years ago. She soon became addicted to collecting antique quilts and textiles. For the last 10 years she has been making miniature quilts from the antique and vintage fabrics that she has collected. Scraps and yardage of late 19th and early 20th century fabrics are readily available, patient especially in Southeaster, Pennsylvania, which has a rich quilting heritage. The quilt pictured above is called “broken dishes”, and was made of early blue and brown fabrics dating from around 1860-1880. I love the colors Ann chose for this quilt.
The antique fabric pieces that Ann uses to make these charming little quilts, might have been left over from the making of a lady’s dress, a child’s jumper or a family quilt. Not only did I fall in love with Ann’s quilts, but the idea that she uses only pieces of leftover early fabrics, never destroying an early textile, was important to me.
I love the way miniature quilts look when displayed with dolls, but they also look wonderful as a collection displayed on a wall. What a charming way to show them off, don’t you think? I found this photo in a favorite book I have owned for over 35 years, it still continues to be a favorite. It’s called Collecting American Country. If you love country and primitives, you will absolutely love this book. published in the 1980′s. I do have an extra copy in excellent condition, so if you would like to purchase it, just email me at carolescountry.com.
Two of Ann’s quilts will be available by in the next couple of days in the American Artisan Store, maybe sooner, so be sure and look for them. WELCOME, ANN! I am delighted to offer your charming little quilts in my artisan store.
Happy day everyone!