they have over 60 quilts in the archives, dating from the 1830s to current, and I wished there had been time to view them all….
As it was, I was happy to see ANY of them!
Quilts are folded gently with acid free paper stuffed into the folds to prevent creases, and stored in archival boxes.
I’m ashamed to say that my own quilts are not treated as well, being hefted around in duffel bags and folded in closets in my house. I do refold them in different directions, but one thing I hadn’t considered doing with my own quilts was occasionally folding them on the bias…..so the folds do not go with the directions of the weave of the fabric. I’m going to give this a try to see if it helps with creases!
Jean and Shelly opening this beauty up!
We really needed TWO tables side by side to lay these out flat completely, but to be able to get this CLOSE to these quilts was a thrill!
The quilting is fairly dense and crosses all of the seam lines, which adds strength to the quilt. Quilts that are only echo-quilted within each patch leave the seams vulnerable…and remember there is only one thread holding hand-pieced patches together. The piecing was precise and points matched very well. This is the work of a skilled quilter who didn’t have access to rotary cutters and rulers the way we do. No”strip set” method was used to make these stars. This is one diamond at a time piecing, bias and all!
While things looked VERY planned, with solid green, gold, brown, green, cheddar, print, and either brown, green, or gold as you get to the center star….there was ONE place where she must have run out of solid green on ONE STAR CENTER only! See?
The upper right green center diamond is a PRINT where all the others in the whole quilt were a solid.
I love things like this….little quirks that bring us closer and encourage us to consider the maker of the quilt, wondering why she made the choices she made. I think about her life in the 1850s and wonder what it was like for her….things that were going on around her.
The quilt is from La Salle county, Illinois. I wonder what this woman thought of the candidate named Abraham Lincoln --- though she could not vote herself as a woman, I am sure she had her opinions!
There are several more quilts I took photos of and I will be showing and sharing those over the next several days.
Right now, I’m gathering all my stuff and getting ready to head out the door for today’s My Blue Heaven workshop!