historical quilt museum
We went camping last weekend. On our way we drove through a small town that had a sign for a historical quilt museum. DH saw the sign and asked if I wanted to drive by it. We were late and we still had a while to drive before the campground, but I said, yes, let's just drive by. Well...one block later we saw balloons and lots of people and live music and an ice-cream social in the garden and a huge banner saying there was an open house that evening at the historical quilt museum.
My fantastic family enthusiastically agreed to stop and we all marveled at the quilt exhibits. The oldest quilts were from the 1850s. I couldn't believe the time/effort that was taken to make these quilts. There were a lot that were huge (about 90x90) and one in particular was stitched 11 stitches to the inch with a diagonal crosshatch that was spaced 1/2 inch apart. I have never hand quilted anything, but when I looked at the exact stitches in that quilt I thought it would take a master quilter years to complete.
It was really fun going with my family and seeing what they liked and were drawn to both from a color pallet and style perspective. I also enjoyed that they recognized some traditional patterns. The top floor of the exhibit was a modern quilt artist's collection of bird quilts. They were amazingly life-like. It was really neat.
Unfortunately, photography was not allowed and the museum's website doesn't have many pictures on it. I wish I could show you what I saw.
Anyway, I know that a lot of you have experience in old quilts but this was the first time I have been to any kind of quilt show. It was such an unexpected, unplanned, serendipitous event that I just wanted to share with you all.
And, thanks to the summer solstice, we still were able to set up our tent before it was pitch dark.