Thursday, August 20, 2015

Much to Learn about Quilt History at VQF!

 Have you ever wondered what your antique quilt has to say?

Well, the Vermont Quiltsearch team explored this question with many individuals who brought their pre-1960 quilts to the show.  The antique quilt experts talked to the audience about the age, patterns & condition of each quilt brought to the afternoon of exploration.

 It was so interesting!

I couldn't believe how quickly the 2 hours flew.  These two experts have examined over 6,600 quilts sharing their knowledge of the quilts brought to them by individuals like you & me.

Too bad they do this only in Vermont since they are on the state team there.

 I will simply show you a couple of the quilts here.  I was so busy looking at the quilts & listening to them, I must have forgotten to take pictures.

When I returned home I couldn't believe how few pictures I had taken.  Sorry . . . 

 This crazy quilt was awesome!  It was full of wools, satins, cottons, all textiles plus the maker had embroidered all the blocks with fabulous threads & stitches. 

Around the outside on the black border beginning in the bottom right hand corner, she had embroidered lovely designs & this message in capital letters, "THIS WAS MADE BY GRAMMA A.M. FARNSWORTH,  AGE 95 YEARS OLD. THIS IS NOT ALL THE FANCY WORK I EVER MADE BUT I MUST QUIT THIS AND GO TO WORK AT SOMETHING ELSE.  WELL CALL AROUND, GOODBY"

In the bottom left corner is embroidered the year 1811.  Unbelievable!!

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