Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Slice of Cheddar: Antique Pennsylvania Quilts at the NEQM - Lowell Quilt Festival (3 of 3)


detail, Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


Our last treat during the Lowell Quilt Festival last month was seeing the wonderful exhibit "A Slice of Cheddar: Antique Pennsylvania Quilts" at the New England Quilt Museum, guest curated by Arlan and Pat Christ.  The show runs through October 6, and I highly recommend it!  Photos (no flash) were allowed (yay!).  I asked permission to post them for personal use, so here are a few to whet your whistle:  

This Carpenter Star was at the top of the stairs - a real WOWSA (the cheddar doesn't translate in the photo - in person it is much more orange/rich): 
Carpenter Star, circa 1900, anonymous, Pennsylvania, 84"x84"; from
"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.

Appliqued Tulip, circa 1900, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail, Appliqued Tulip, circa 1900, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

This next one... so scrappy...... love it!  Love the bold combination of cheddar and pink:
Twenty-Five Patch Quilt, circa 1890, anonymous, Eastern Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  


detail, Twenty-Five Patch Quilt, circa 1890, anonymous, Eastern Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

And how about this crib quilt, as sweet as can be:



Tumbling Blocks Crib Quilt, c. 1890, anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.  

detail, Tumbling Blocks Crib Quilt, c. 1890, anonymous, Pennsylvania; from "A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013. 

And this one, so basic and so awesome!  And what an interesting historical context:

Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail,
Rail Fence, c. 1890, Anonymous, Berks County, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.
Finally, a gorgeous Basket Quilt:
Basket Quilt, c. 1880, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.


detail, Basket Quilt, c. 1880, Anonymous, Pennsylvania; from"A Slice of Cheddar" at NEQM August 2013.
 There are many more quilts, and the hand quilting is just so beautiful in each one.

If you get a chance to see this exhibit, you won't be disappointed!  One of the many silver linings of being back in the U.S. is that I am back within easy proximity to the New England Quilt Museum.

So that's all I have to share with you from the Lowell Quilt Festival.  I have to say, writing this post is bittersweet... my Grandma Mary Lou would have loved this exhibit and was so close to moving here to MA to be with us...