Aileen O'Toole Stannis was remembered and honored with a special tribute exhibit of 26 of her quilts. This display of 35 years of beautiful master quilting was a real treat for me. It included her quilt "Baltimore Remembered", which received the 1996 Gingher Hand Workmanship Award in 1996. But I enjoyed all of her work just as much as her award winning quilt.
I love log cabin quilts, and Aileen's is beautiful:
The additional info tag on this one says:
Not a fan of rotary cutting, Aileen used templates and scissors to cut the strips for this log cabin quilt. She wrote, "Stretched quilt Friday, April 28, 1989, and pinned it to my NEW quilting frame bought at AQS Show in Paducah for $250." Aileen made several log cabin quilts. It was the only pattern she felt she could accurately sew on the sewing machine.
Next is "Wagon Wheel", which is 38" x 42" and was inspired by an antique crib quilt ca. 1890.
|Beautiful hand quilting that accents the design so well.|
Next is Pomegranate, a copy of an old quilt, and her hand quilting again, is unbelievable:
She "had me at hello" with this one, as I love blue and white quilts:
Here's the label, which also shows the hand quilting up close:
Next up is Aileen's Amish Star quilt. I would not think to put these colors together, but it was striking. My camera doesn't do the colors justice - it's a beautiful warm brown.
Next up is her Seven Sisters, another quilt pattern that I want to make someday:
When I make one of these, I will show this picture to the machine quilter, and tell her to do something like this. Aileen's hand quilting was so beautiful to see, and it fit the piecing so well on each quilt.