Dorothy and Joan are longtime quilters with a passion for miniature quilts. Joan has also taught quilting classes. In fact, she mentioned that one of her first students was a young Marianne Fons before she started quilting! This was the first pieced miniature quilt that Joan made.
She also made this darling miniature yoyo quilt.
And here is Dorothy's miniature yoyo quilt.
She made the little roses in this appliquéd quilt with yoyos, too.
Dorothy also made this wonderful poinsettia quilt with beautiful Japanese-style prints.
Her miniature crazy quilt won a blue ribbon at the state fair.
It was also a treat to see this lovely antique quilt made and designed by Dorothy's great grandmother, who died in 1886. Dorothy told us that the plant featured in the quilt was inspired by one that her great grandmother found when she ventured out into the woods. It only grows in the southeastern part of Iowa.
Since this time's Prairie Women's Sewing Circle focused on women's undergarments of the pioneer period, some of the members brought some vintage examples to share with us. One of our members, Diane, has a treasure trove of antique quilts as well as other lovely things. I couldn't believe what she brought for us this time. It was a 19th-century ladies hoop that was worn under their skirts!
Diane also shared this wonderful treasure from her trunk of treasures—a 1906 schoolgirl's sewing book filled with sewing samples and lessons, which were then graded by her teacher.
Now wouldn't you just love to see what other treasures are in her trunk?! We are so fortunate to have so many members who bring in their lovelies to share with us. I hope to share more of their treasures in future posts but I think this is enough for one day!