November 5, 2021: More from the Museum Exhibit and Cocheco show and some ”Earthly Delights”

Greetings dear readers! This post is full of photos from the Boston museum exhibit, a few more from the Cocheco show, and more fall foliage. It’s a visual feast and I hope you take your time and enjoy the colors and details. The museum exhibit was full of excellent information about our cultural connection with quilts throughout the centuries – not just the beauty/appearance of the quilts – and, though I’ve included some of the information displayed next to the quilts, it’s beyond my ability and not my intention to cover all of that here. If you can’t see the exhibit in person, there’s a book on the exhibit available. I didn’t buy it, but now wish I had and may order it.

One of the highlights of the exhibit was seeing the 2 existing Harriet Powers quilts side by side – the first time they’ve ever been together for an exhibit!

There was a small section of the exhibit on indigo, dicussing its importance and also acknowledging the history of its growth on plantations by slaves.

Many of the makers of the very early quilts were unknown:


I am in love with this next piece and would love to consider making something like it some day in my Spirit of Japan series:

This next piece was very interesting:

The next two are more traditional applique pieces, starting with this one by Florence Peto:

And then this drop dead gorgeous Baltimore Album quilt!:

Such a shame that the maker is unknown!

The last one from this exhibit for today – more next time! – is this wonderful, but sobering piece. Unfortunately I was unable to get the photo with the background info on it downloaded to the blog – maybe next time.

It’s Billie Holliday singing in the upper left corner and the title refers to a song she sang. Obviously the subject of the piece is racism, violence, and oppression.

An excellent example of quilt as art and social commentary.

I have a backlog of photos from the Cocheco show to share so here are a few more quilts from it:

I think that’s enough quilts for one post! I want to finish with some autumn earthly delights since it is such a lovely time of year. Enjoy the COLOR!

The path to the bog:

My street:

More color:

I still have quite a few more quilts from both the museum and the Cocheco show to share. I’ll eventually share the progress I’m making with my current projects. The days and nights are getting colder – I even had to wear a hat and gloves on a couple walks this week! Soon the trees will be bare. Hope you are getting to enjoy the season!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

24 thoughts on “November 5, 2021: More from the Museum Exhibit and Cocheco show and some ”Earthly Delights”

  1. Robin November 5, 2021 / 8:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures and information. I seldom get out to quilt shows and we don’t have anything this wonderful available close by. Wish I could go for a walk with you in your neck of the woods, such a lovely time of year.

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks Robin. I enjoy sharing and it’s good to hear you enjoy the photos.

  2. Susie November 5, 2021 / 9:35 pm

    enjoying this very much…….

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you!

  3. acityquilter November 5, 2021 / 10:53 pm

    wonderful quilt show gladi….and oh those foliage scenes…just beautiful

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. marissthequilter November 6, 2021 / 9:10 am

    It must have been a moving experience to see the Harriet Powers quilts in real life. Thank you for giving us the vicarious pleasure of seeing these and the other quilts through your photographs. The Strange Fruit II quilt is a powerful and disturbing piece.
    You are brave to want to tackle a fine logcabin quilt in Japanese fabric and style!
    I also enjoyed the autumn foliage from your neck of the woods. Thank you Gladi.

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you Mariss! The museum exhibit was both beautiful and powerful – an excellent combination, making for great art! The Powers pieces were special. I’m very lucky to live where the foliage is so lovely and I cherish each day I can enjoy it!🙂

  5. barbvedder November 6, 2021 / 1:07 pm

    I have the books on Harriets quilts and I have always admired them and now I have to get up there to see them in real life. At one time I was keen to make them and have patterns as well. It is a maybe someday quilt.
    Inspiring post today!

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:53 pm

      Thanks Barb! Sounds to me like you should really prioritize seeing this exhibit, if possible! There’s some powerful work there.

  6. Kyle November 7, 2021 / 3:10 am

    I didnt realize there were two Harriet Power’s quilts. Thanks for sharing

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:55 pm

      Thanks Kyle. I’m not sure I realized it either, until the exhibit. It was quite the experience to see them together!

  7. Wendy C Reed November 8, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    Thank you for the marvelous eye candy. What a treat. I hope to be able to get down soon.

    • gladiporsche November 9, 2021 / 10:56 pm

      Glad you are enjoying the photos!

  8. Nancy November 11, 2021 / 4:08 am

    Thank you for sharing photos of these amazing and beautiful quilts. There is so much detail in some of them that it’s hard to believe human hands made them! And then the anguish and sorrow of Strange Fruit II. Very powerful.
    Your autumn is much more colorful than ours. Our peak color in Ohio is usually the middle of October. Some trees have changed color, some have dropped their leaves, but many are still green. I hope we’ll get some of your color before all the leaves fall.

    • gladiporsche November 13, 2021 / 12:26 am

      Thanks, Nancy, for commenting. Strange Fruit is definitely powerful! Wishing you some lovely fall color before the leaves are gone!

  9. Cynthia November 11, 2021 / 9:42 am

    Thank you for all these photos! The Harriet Powers quilts side by side…. how wonderful. The striking log cabin (so many Japanese quilters have really taken the log cabin to the next level), all of it. If you ever get to hear Carolyn Mazloomi speak, don’t miss her. She’s a great communicator and teacher.

    • gladiporsche November 13, 2021 / 12:28 am

      Thanks, Cynthia. I would LOVE to hear Dr. Mazloomi speak! I agree – the Japanese quilters have mastered the log cabin!!😊

  10. Gail Wozniak November 11, 2021 / 12:00 pm

    Hope to get to Boston exhibit before it closes. Always beautiful inspiring photos. Question-I think you said you use Sulky stabilizer ? Is that what you use instead of freezer paper ? I can’t remember what you said.

    • gladiporsche November 13, 2021 / 12:45 am

      Hi Gail! If I am doing appliqué the “Ellie Sienkiewicz” way, i.e. needleturn with paper on top, I use the “Totally Stable” Sulky iron-on product instead of freezer paper because it’s softer and more transparent. However, with my last several projects, I find myself using the “prepared” or “turned” edge method of appliqué and make my own templates out of either 2 or 3 layers of freezer paper which I iron to the wrong side of the fabric. Then I treat the seam allowance with sizing and iron it over the edge of the template. I remove the freezer paper template after the fabric cools; the template is re-usable several times. Hope that answers your question!

      • Gail November 13, 2021 / 3:23 pm

        Thanks for refreshing my memory. I have tried the prepared edge but just can’t seem to get it perfected. I have quilt pals that do that method all the time now. I’ll have to practice sine more I guess

  11. Juliana Ellington November 11, 2021 / 1:18 pm

    I just discovered your blog recently and am now following you. Thanks for all the wonderful photos of the quilts. I went to one of the Boston museums many years ago and was so lucky to see a magnificent antique applique quilt of New England scenes: houses, ocean, etc., done in all silk fabric and lots of embroidery. I wish I had a better memory of it because it was the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen. I enjoyed your autumn color also.

    • gladiporsche November 13, 2021 / 12:50 am

      Hi Juliana. Thank you for commenting; I’m glad you like the blog. Check out the photos of the beautiful appliqué “crazy” quilt with scenes and lots of embroidery from the museum that I just put in the next post. I wonder if it could be the one you saw years ago.

      • Juliana Ellington November 14, 2021 / 2:32 am

        YES!!!! It is the one!!! I have never forgotten this amazing quilt, and I’m just so happy to have a chance to see it again in your photos.

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