The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Harriet Powers, A Pattern Book

I was amazed, stunned to see this pattern book on Ebay for Harriet Powers' Pictorial Quilt.  I didn't even know a pattern book of either of her Bible quilts existed. I did a search and found one more on Amazon.  I almost fell out of my chair at the price on Amazon, and then a few days later saw that it was sold.  Back to Ebay, watched it, watched it some more.  I  felt that feeling one gets when you know you have to make a certain quilt.  Not as expensive, but.  So I watched it some more.  I would be upset with myself if I didn't buy it.  Only a few copies are out there,  and one is in the Smithsonian Library.  The pattern book was drafted by an employee of the Boston Museum back in 1973.  All the appliques are drafted and includes all the captions written by Harriet Powers back in 1898 when she completed the quilt.  I hit that bid button on Ebay and knew it was going to be mine. 

I'm waiting for this treasure of a book to arrive and to start the search for the fabrics to reproduce it.  I'm pleased that I have purchased history and am looking forward to making it a priority of reproducing it in all it's aged beauty.

9 comments:

  1. Lucky you, you will have to show us photos of the inside of the book.

    Debbie

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  2. What a great find! Exciting to have a treasure on the way. I love that the author has a history where the quilt is exhibited and has included the makers own words.
    I always thought the story of how she had to sell the quilt was sad, but maybe the new owner 'helped' it be preserved.

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  3. Well Done getting the pattern book. I like the idea of you making it in the old style.

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  4. I'm so pleased you got it Nancy. I shall look forward to seeing you working on it.

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  5. I'm so envious!!! (smile) I know you will do a fabulous job recreating this treasure, so actually I'm very happy the book is yours. Go Girl!!!!!

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  6. I had no idea there was a pattern book. I was wondering why someone had not done that. I would love to make one.

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  7. I am so happy for you.
    I know how much you love this quilt.
    now I can't wait to see your quilt......
    let us know how the book is.
    Kathie

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  8. I don't know Harriet Powers but I'm happy for you!
    Good day from France!

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  9. Congratulations on getting the pattern book. It can be a difficult one to find. Like you, I found one on eBay when doing research for a book about Harriet Powers.

    Best, Kyra Hicks

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