Muzeo: Quilts

January 6, 2015

I love sewing, and ever since I finished my first quilt, I have become obsessed with quilting!  In fact, I am currently working on a quilted duvet cover in adorable woodland animal flannel prints for my bed.  (It is almost too adorable to handle, I cannot WAIT to show you when I’m finished sewing it!)

Anyway, several months ago, I came across an Amazon Local deal in one of their emails (Amazon knows me so well, it’s a little scary, but also convenient) for a quilt exhibition at a local museum.  It was a great deal, so naturally I snagged two tickets, and dragged my mom to the museum with me this past Sunday.

The “Quilts” exhibit at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center features American quilts made starting as early as the 1800’s all the way to present day quilts and quilting techniques.  The traditional, handmade quilts happen to be a favorite of mine, but today’s modern quilts, with their artistic, free form style, are definitely unique and just as amazing.

Check out these amazing, handcrafted quilts:

Muzeo Quilts Exhibition, Anaheim, CA | Delightfully, Kristi

Early quilts like this one were sewn completely by hand.

Each square was meticulously and carefully stitched with amazing tiny, regular stitches.

Each square was meticulously and carefully stitched with amazing tiny, regular stitches.

Muzeo Quilts Exhibition, Anaheim, CA | Delightfully, Kristi

It’s incredible to see the tiny squares up close and then step back to see the design as a whole. Can you spot the pinwheels in this quilt, for example?

Hexagon quilts are some of my favorites, but designs are slightly more limited.

Hexagon quilts are some of my favorites, but designs are slightly more limited.

Our docent was incredibly knowledgeable, and sweet!  This is a unique quilt featuring silk tobacco card designs.

Our docent was incredibly knowledgeable, and sweet! This is a unique quilt featuring silk tobacco card designs.

This "Yo-Yo" design quilt was made with 14,000 tiny yo-yo's, or gathered fabric circles, sewn into squares.

This “Yo-Yo” design quilt was made with 14,000 tiny yo-yo’s, or gathered fabric circles, sewn into squares.

Check out how incredibly tiny those yo-yo's are!  Can you imagine sewing 14,000 of these by hand??

Check out how incredibly tiny those yo-yo’s are! Can you imagine sewing 14,000 of these by hand??

Some quilters added "signatures" to their quilts.  This one included a description of their design!

Some quilters added “signatures” to their quilts. This one included a description of their design!

This is a daffodil design featuring beautiful silk fabric.

This is a daffodil design featuring beautiful silk fabric.

A state flower design with each state's flower.

A state flower design with each state’s flower.

The hand stitching on this quilt is incredible, and I love how they added the abbreviated name of each state in the yellow circles.

The hand stitching on this quilt is incredible, and I love how they added the abbreviated name of each state in the yellow circles.

New quilting techniques can be somewhat controversial in the sewing world, but the results are undeniably beautiful.

New quilting techniques can be somewhat controversial in the sewing world, but the results are undeniably beautiful.

Check out the details on this quilt - the artist sewed dancers into the quilting.

Check out the details on this quilt – the artist sewed dancers into the quilting.

This elephant was made with layers of fabric added on top of each other to create the gradient design.

This elephant was made with layers of fabric added on top of each other to create the gradient design.

It's so incredibly lifelike!!

It’s so incredibly lifelike!!

I hope you enjoyed a mini tour of the Quilts exhibit!  There were so many amazing quilts, and I couldn’t possibly capture all of the incredible detail; it just doesn’t beat seeing it in person, but I hope you could get a sense of the history and artistry all the same.

I was so inspired by the quilts in the exhibition.  If you are at all into sewing and you live in the area (or you know someone who is), I highly recommend checking out the Muzeo “Quilts” exhibit before they pack it up in February.

Interesting tidbit: The docent told us that these quilts, which are on loan from another exhibit, will be packed away for 10 years after this exhibit closes because they feel that the light, people, etc. that these quilts are being exposed to in this exhibit is equivalent to ten years of exposure.  Crazy, huh?

After soaking up the exhibit, my mom took some photos of me for Thursday’s Thrift Style Thursday post, and then we hit up the nearby Anaheim Packing District (the super cool, repurposed Sunkist Orange packing house with LOTS of yummy places to eat) for these amazing gelato and sorbetto “popsicles” from Popbar!

It was a great Sunday, and a great start to the new year.  Have you done anything fun in 2015 yet?  Got any plans to do anything special??  As always, thanks for reading!

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

 

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10 Comments

  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Ahh I forgot that you quilt! I’m way intimidated by quilting (plus I’m not sure I have the patience for it), but who knows, maybe it’ll be a goo challenge for me in the not so distant future. Thanks for sharing photos of the exhibition – some of those quiltes are UNREAL!

    January 6, 2015 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Kristi

      It definitely takes A LOT of patience, but the finished result is always worth it! Cutting all the pieces is probably my least favorite part, but I love picking out the patterns and seeing it all come together! You should give totally give it a try! Start small with a baby blanket or a quilt kit, that’s what I did! :)

      January 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    That looks amazing. I wish I had the patience for it. :(

    January 6, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks! I can’t imagine sewing a quilt by hand, but they are so beautiful!! :)

      January 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Those quilts are gorgeous – what a cool exhibit to see! I’m in love with the elephant one! :)

    January 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      The exhibit was SO cool! The elephant was amazing to see in person!! :)

      January 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    WOW!!!! The one with the “flames” is so gorgeous- I said “whoa!” out loud!! thanks for sharing!

    January 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Absolutely! We were all ooohing and ahhhing in person haha!! :)

      January 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Justine S.

    I can’t imagine quilting and the patience and dedication it must take, so props to you for making the Lonestar quilt and working on your current project! Can’t wait to see it! All of these gorgeous quilts are blowing my mind, but especially the Yo-Yo design one. Cannot even imagine how much work went into that. I always admire the handmade quilts at festivals, craft fairs, etc. because they are always so beautiful and detailed. Love this post!

    January 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Justine! It was such an interesting exhibit! The docent mentioned that with a quilt like the yo-yo one, the woman who made it could have started as a young girl. She said that sometimes working on quilts was the equivalent of busy work for kids in the winter haha! :)

      January 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm Reply

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