Category Archives: Donna di Natale

February 25, 2015

Color Play

By Donna di Natale When making a pieced quilt, your use of color and how you place those colors is integral to the design. I’m sure this is something you are aware of if you are an experienced quilter, but if you are somewhat new to quilting, or used to following a pattern exactly as Continue Reading

February 18, 2015

A National Treasure

By Donna di Natale I just got back from a trip to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Wow! That’s the museum in a nutshell: Wow! As its name states, it is a national museum, representing quilters from across the country. It has more than 41,000 visitors a year. Touring exhibits give more than Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

A Quilt With History

By Donna di Natale One of the oldest quilts in my collection is called Sybil’s Civil War Quilt because I purchased it from a woman named Sybil, and she provided a provenance along with the quilt. As you can see, the provenance states that it was made by Sybil’s great-grandmother, Martha Jane Crutchfield Christopher, in1850. Continue Reading

February 4, 2015

Weaving a Tale of Basket Quilts

By Donna di Natale Baskets have been a part of life since prehistoric times. I’m not sure, but I imagine that people were weaving baskets while still wearing animal hide clothing. Perhaps the baskets led to the discovery of linen, one of the earliest known woven fabrics, which is made from flax. It isn’t surprising Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

A Gem of a Quilt

By Donna di Natale When I give a talk about my quilt collection, I’m often asked which is my favorite. This is a difficult question because I love them all. But last week, I obtained a new favorite. I call this my “gem” because when I look at it from a distance, it reminds me Continue Reading