On Sunday, I visited the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado with a friend. Golden is one of those charming towns in the foothills of the Rockies that holds on to its mining and western heritage. The quilt museum is small but mighty and always has interesting exhibits. The current exhibit is “In the British Tradition: Hand-Stitched Reproduction Quilts by Carolyn König”. According to her website, Carolyn König is an Australian quilter who specializes in Antique and Reproduction Quilt Design and Fabrics. The current exhibit represents her last 11 years of quilting. Her quilts are stunning.
This quilt is a 19th Century Frame Medallion made with modern, reproduction fabrics. The detail photo is from the bottom, left hand corner. This quilt was machine pieced, hand appliqued and quilted on a long arm machine.
The quilt above is named Marriage. One of the things that struck me about her quilts is that her appliqued circles are perfect. Actually, all of her applique is flawless. Many of her quilts have appliqued pieces as small as 1/2″.
Just for selfish, sentimental reasons, the quilt above was probably my favorite of all the ones on display. This quilt is called, Sunflowers In My Retro Garden. Hand pieced, hand appliqued and long arm quilted, this quilt represents the whimsy of sunflowers that I love.
The photo above shows Hertfordshire on the left. The inspiration quilt was made in Yorkshire c. 1795 – 1805. It features fifteen frames or borders. I wish I had a better picture of this one as the piecing was amazing. The quilt on the right is Georgetown, this was a real fun quilt to see in person.
I’m not sure what this last quilt is called, but the story was that the fabrics reminded Carolyn of the plaid, flannel shirts her dad wore when he was working on his tractor on the farm. I love the Americana feel it conveys.
If you’re ever in the Denver area I hope you take the time to stop in Golden and visit the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Golden is less than 30 minutes from downtown Denver. There’s a few touristy things to keep you occupied in Golden. Just a block from the quilt museum is the Golden Quilt Company where you can shop for fabric after viewing all the inspiration. Golden is also the home of Coors beer, you can take a tour of the facility and there is a tasting room. Buffalo Bill’s grave is also in Golden on Lookout Mountain and the location provides an amazing view of Denver and the plains to the east.