Ann Hermes designs and makes her miniature quilts from authentic antique and vintage fabric from the 19th and early 20th century. Hermes has collected a wide variety of fabrics dating from 1850 to 1920 that are as beautiful today as the day they were produced. She has been collecting and studying antique quilts and fabrics for many years.
Hermes's quilt designs are traditional patterns, often inspired by antique quilts and she especially loves the vivid, graphic quilts from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Lancaster blue, double pink, yellow, red, green, orange - the Pennsylvania German quilters were not afraid of color! You will see this palette in many of her miniature quilts.
The quilts range in size from about eight inches square up to twenty-four inches square and are machine-pieced and machine-quilted using tiny machine stitches reminiscent of old time treadle sewing machines. Many antique doll quilts were machine quilted. The quilts contain very thin cotton batting, characteristic of fine antique Pennsylvania quilts.
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