• Ann Wasserman

Greetings!

Hi, everyone! Here’s my introductory post on the Just Wanna Quilt blog. Yea! My name is Ann Wasserman. I live in Evanston, IL, just north of Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan. I quilt and sew as a profession.

--Lighten Up!side Down. Self-portrait, except that I can’t do cartwheels. Using fabrics inherited from a quilting friend’s stash, remembering and dedicated to her joy. 41" x 42". 2001.


My two main activities in the quilt world are repairing antique/vintage quilts and making art quilts.  I also repair vintage clothing for a friend who has an Etsy shop. I enjoy embroidering blocks for the Social Justice Sewing Academy, and participating in local repair clinics (community sessions teaching people to repair reusable items).


When Elizabeth interviewed me on the podcast a while back, she asked if in doing my repair business I’d come across any quilts that might be copyrightable. She also asked how many quilts are signed, since we keep being told how important it is to sign and date our quilts. I’ve since gone through my stack of paperwork, and here are the stats:


In nearly 30 years of doing this on my own (I did some through a shop at first), I’ve worked on 398 quilts!!! I sure was surprised at the size of that number!


Of those:

22 are dated

18 are signed (sometimes with just initials)

60 are heirlooms that also include family stories and photos of the makers

--On a pair of twin size quilts....

...with a block I’ve never seen before, a cute little cabin and pine tree.

--Indigo and white baskets. 1888.

--Improved 9-patch. The great-granddaughter of the quilter brought it to me for repair, and shared a family photo:


Out of those 398, there are 25 that I would consider maybe one-of-a-kind. Some of them may have been kits or patterns published in needlework magazines. A few are two-block quilts, which may or may not be a unique pairing. So, these two categories would need further research to be certain of the uniqueness. Three are art quilts, and three are signed, artisan-made bedspreads. One is a community’s anniversary quilt with appliqué pictures of local landmarks. One is a star design claimed as an original by the maker.


The most common pattern that's come through my studio:

I’ve worked on 42 crazy quilts! (I wonder if this says more about the longevity of Victorian era silks than it does about the actual numbers made. Also, since these were made as specialty, decorative items and not for daily use, maybe more of them have survived. But I also have worked on cotton and wool crazy quilts from the 20th century.)

-- Silk crazy found in Indiana, dated 1905.

-- Victorian crazy, with badly shattered silk fabrics and gorgeous embroidery.


Next in popularity:

Log cabin - 18

Assorted stars - 18

Grandmother’s flower garden - 17

9-patch - 14

Double wedding ring - 14

Baskets - 12

One-patch/squares - 12

Dresden plate - 11

Lone star - 9


And the rest……

7:

Trip around the world, Whole cloth

6:

4-patch, Embroidered, Sunbonnet Sue

5:

Hexagons, Triangles

4:

Bow tie, Butterflies (3 appliqué, 1 pieced), Sampler, Yo-yo

3:

Appliqué flower wreath, Boston commons, Cathedral windows, Checkerboard, Fans, Floral appliqué, Redwork, String star, Sunburst

2:

6-point stars, Attic windows, Bricks, Cowboys, Dahlia, Improved 9-patch, Irish chain, Ocean waves, Pine tree, Pinwheel, Pre-printed patchwork, Rail fence, Rising sun, Spider web, String quilt, Trees, Tulips, White on white

1:

Album block/signature quilt, Aunt Sukey’s choice, Bear’s paw, Biscuit, Bittersweet, Broken dishes, Broken spider web, Buckeye beauty, Burgoyne surrounded, Card trick, Carpenter’s square, Ceasar’s crown, Cigar flannel flags, Colonial lady, Corn and beans, Diamond field, Diamond star, Double 4-patch, Double 9-patch, Drunkards path, Dutch tile, Dutchman’s puzzle, Faithful circle, Friendship dahlia, Hands all around, Hawaiian, Love ring, Maple leaf, Mill wheel, Missouri daisy, Nine-patch checkerboard, Nosegay, Old Italian block or snowflake, O, Olive’s tulips, Peony, Periwinkle, Pineapple, Pointed tile, Pomegranate, Potholder, Prayer quilt, Prince’s feather, Red Cross fundraiser, Roman stripe, S, Sailboats, Schoolhouse, Single wedding ring var., Snowball, Snowflake appliqué, Spools, Square in a square, Target, Whirling hexagons, X


I post about quilts I find interesting for one reason or another on my blog: http://annquiltsblog.blogspot.com/

— Family heirloom stories can be found at http://annquiltsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/family%20heirloom

— Dated quilts can be found at http://annquiltsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/dated%20quilt (I include lots of photos of the fabrics as a resource for fabric/quilt historians.)

— Individual patterns are listed in the sidebar on the right.


I love being in the Quilting Army. This is such a great bunch of people, and I feel safe and comfortable online here, which is hard to come by I think. I’m fascinated by the research aspect of this project - going in so many directions and coming up with such valuable information about who we are and how the quilt world works.

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