Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Antique Quilts

Good Morning to you. Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Lisa Eriandson lecture at our quilt guild. I've been a member of a guild in California and also for the last 8 months been a member of the League of Northern Colorado Quilters. We don't meet monthly, but let me tell you that I've heard some incredible speakers.  Lisa is an incredible speaker and her lecture was over to quickly-I could have listened to her for hours.  I did find out she has a retreat center in her home state of Texas.
 Here is Lisa's bio:
"Lisa Erlandson is an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles, lecturer, quilt restorer, quilt show judge, teacher and quilt historian. In 2005, one of her hand appliqué, hand quilted quilts was named one of 15 finalists in the international Marcus Brothers “Friends Around the World” challenge. In 2006, she opened a retreat house in Gainesville, Texas for quilters and other crafters. It remains filled to capacity each weekend. Lisa has an extensive collection of antique quilts that she shares during many of her lectures. She has spoken internationally and teaches and lectures at venues from small local guilds to national quilt shows. She also judges quilt shows ranging from county fairs to statewide shows. Lisa served on the Board of Directors and as newsletter editor for the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles and is currently serving as President of the American Quilt Study Group. Lisa has a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from the University of North Texas. She taught junior high school, high school and college before deciding to focus on the quilt world. Lisa is a devout collectors of antique quilts and brought a good number to share with us."  The topic was Quilt History and Quilt Fabrics and Designs from 1800-present. I am blessed to have three or four antique quilts, but her quilts were in such incredible shape and so beautiful. We learned a lot about the differences in colors, techniques and design of the quilts dating back to the 1800's.  I didn't get a picture of her whole cloth quilt from 1800, but it was so beautiful. So here are just a few of her quilts-mostly from the 1800's and just a few from the 1930's. Enjoy!
Lisa had lots of Hexi quilts.

I love Log Cabins and this was was phenomenal.

This small quilt was a workers quilt.

This baby quilt was dated in the 20's.  It ushered in the Pastel era.  My Trip Around the World antique quilt was also from the late 20's-early 30's.
This quilt was from the 30's and very similar to my quilt.  In fact, Lisa referred to them being cousins.

Lisa shared that she is an avid collector and could tell us the number of antique quilts she has.  Suffice to say most of the reputable dealers have her on speed dial and text her whenever a new quilt comes in.  I realized yesterday that I need to make a good label for our quilts so that future generations will know the history of them.
You can find more info on Lisa at her website: http://www.legquilts.com
I am anxious to find out what type of groups she has at her retreat center.
Have a great day!


  1. Noreen, I bet you thoroughly enjoyed your day . I loved seeing the quilts...makes me think of my aunt Helen...she was an awesome quilter, all by hand . Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
    p.s. oh yes, you need to label yours.

  2. Oh my, Noreen, looking at these pictures was sheer delight! Thank you for sharing them and making my morning. Blessings~ Andrea xoxo

  3. Those are just beautiful! I love the old quilts!!!

  4. Wow, what beautiful quilts!! We can't figure why it is fallish at your place and not here! Not fair!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley


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