Sunday, November 14, 2010

Travels in Time

If the quilt above looks familiar, it's because it is one of the quilts I photographed at Houston Market. It is stunning! The quilt was made by Cynthia Collier. She was kind enough to email me with detailed photos and a background story for me to share. Here is the story of the quilt in Cynthia's words and photos.
Enjoy, Dawn

The "Travels in Time" quilt was inspired by the Baltimore Album quilts of the 1840s and 50s and the chintz broderie perse quilts of a decade earlier. I started out to make a Baltimore album style quilt with the center block and four corner blocks. I was greatly influenced by the Sarah Morrell quilts being reproduced lately and really wanted to do more with toiles and broderie perse. "Travels in Time" morphed into a combination of the two styles, taking its own little travel in time!
My design sources were block patterns from books by Elly Sienkiewicz and a wonderful reproduction fabric from the Winterthur Museum called the Sophia Pierce Collection. Another reproduction toile used in the four corner blocks by Kaye England gives the quilt its name. The center block is from patterns reproduced by The Baltimore Applique Society of the Elizabeth MacCullough Hervy quilt.
The quilt was hand appliqued by myself, and machine long-arm quilted by Cynthia Clark, also of League City, Texas.

Cynthia Collier
League City, Texas


  1. A beauty of a quilt. I wish I could have seen it in person.

  2. I did see this quilt, and it was truly amazing! I took photos because of her incredibly brilliant use of fabric. Just awesome. My photos didn't turn out as well as yours, so thanks for showing them. She had another quilt in the Baltimore Album exhibit, but this one was my favorite. Michele

  3. What a beautiful quilt!!! Thanks for sharing :O).

  4. all I can say is wow - and really wow. What a beautiful quilt. It is an amazing reproduction of an antique style - so well done - thanks for posting additional photos of it for us.

  5. Thanks so much for those photos - it is gorgeous! I am doing the Sarah Morrell quilt myself at present so it is quite inspiring to see the broderie perse work. Such a lovely collection of fabrics and beautiful applique - a very talented lady. I can't stop looking at it...
    All the best:)

  6. Thank you and Cynthia for showing the close ups of this quilt. It was
    my favorite at the show. Loved the
    way she used her fabrics. What an

  7. This takes my breath away. I have been passing up the border print because it reminded me of a tablecloth, but I'm headed back to the store to buy it tomorrow. Fabulous!

  8. What a beautiful quilt..I would have loved to see it in person..
    Julia ♥

  9. Thank you for sharing my quilt on your blog, Dawn. And thank you for all of the lovely comments from sister quilters, ladies. I am encouraged to stitch all the more!

  10. Beautiful quilt, I would love to see it in person.

  11. All I can say is WOW! I'm happy if my corners meet!! LOL!

  12. WOW! What a beautiful quilt and wonderful use of fabric. I never thought of using the toiles as she did.

  13. Thank you for sharing the photographs and story of that amazing quilt!!!
    Congratulations to Cynthia!!

    I have some of that border fabric. Now I have the inspiration for a way to use it! Thank you!