[If you love old quilts, you will want to check out the Quilt Index, at the address below:
There are thousands of quilts there, with pictures and stories. I often find inspiration for my quilts there.]
And check out all the crazy quilts!
Most of the crazy quilts we saw were made of silk, but there is one made of cotton (see above). The cotton one is crazy-pieced on the front AND on the back.
Here are some of the amazing details from the crazy quilts:
As if this wasn't enough, we saw wonderful pieced quilts, like this:
These quilts date from at least a hundred year span. We document new quilts, as well as old. It's terrific to be able to talk to the quilt maker herself/himself.
All of these quilts were wonderful. It is always so exciting to see each quilt as the owner takes it from its bag/pillowcase, etc. But we were absolutely unprepared for this one: a Baltimore Bride's Quilt.
As you can see, we decided not to hang it for photography, mainly because it measured 100 in. square, which is too tall for our room. We photographed it on a table.
Pictures cannot do it justice. The workmanship was amazing. Elaborate, graceful appliques, tiny applique stitches, lovely border--I do not know enough superlatives. How many times in my life will I get to closely examine a quilt like this? I don't mind admitting, I was absolutely stunned. And did I mention we measured 13 stitches per inch on the quilting? (There was no batting in this quilt, however.)
The quilt is still in the family of the maker, and is being lovingly cared for.
As always, our volunteers made this event happen, and we are all grateful to them beyond words. Thank you to Carol, (our go-to expert), Richard, JoAnn (who was actually a customer and just recently had her knee replaced), Mary, Donna, Karen, and Brenda, and to the museum staff who always support us.
Next documentation day is Nov. 15, at the museum. Most of our appointments are already filled!