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...


11 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! Thanks for the great show.

Julie Fukuda said...

I have been thinking of you and missing you. This is a lovely exhibit and Lowell has put it together so expertly. Thanks so much for sharing.

Quilteuse Forever said...

Each quilt is an incentive one,thanks for these great ideas around cheddar!

Every Stitch said...

Thanks so much for the photos - what a wonderful exhibition! The colour has been used so many different ways but all beautiful!
Hilda

claire witherspoon said...

Hi Cynthia, What a wonderful show thank you for posting all the great pictures and descrptions! Such interesting historicalbackground. That scrappy hst quilt is a real knock-out. I wish I had the patience to make such a quilt. lol. cheers, Claire W.

Queeniepatch said...

Old beauties stay young forever! Nice to read your blog again.

Camilla said...

I've just been catching up on your posts Cynthia. Looks like lots of riches- in terms of quilts and family and reconnecting-nice!

made by ChrissieD said...

Great post, wish I could see the quilts in person but smashing that you are sharing them with us. My favourite is the Twenty Five Patch :)

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Cynthia. Thanks for sharing your photos of this quilt show--I enjoyed seeing all the work, old and new. Simply gorgeous
best from Tunisia,
nadia

meli B said...

Gorgeous quilts. Love the 25 patch.

fabriquefantastique said...

specially fond of the Rail Fence....followed by 25 patch. My sort of quilts, geometric and scrappy.