Wednesday, May 20, 2015

babysitting...



I've been babysitting the most beautiful antique silk Tumbling Block quilt. It was given to my friend Karen by a client who found it in a trunk in her father's house in Poughkeepsie NY. It was probably bought by her mother who liked to go antiquing and to auctions. Her client doesn't know anything more about it and doesn't recall seeing it around the house growing up. When she emailed my friend and said she'd found a quilt and would she like to have it, Karen imagined something quite different like a more common one from the depression era. Needless to say, she was absolutely astonished!

The quilt is very fragile and K. would like to find a home for it in a museum perhaps back in the States. Best guess is that it is from the late 1800's. Any suggestions as to where this beauty might find a place to live???


Each side is less than an inch...


The variety of silks is extraordinary...


The quilting is beautiful too...

12 comments:

  1. This quilt is beautiful! I am going to share this link in a fb Antique and Vintage Quilt group. Hope you find some answers. Are you on fb by any chance?

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    1. Thanks Sujata! That would be great. I will email you FB details xo

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  2. wow what an incredible treasure! gorgeous!

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    1. Have to help find it a home before I get too attached:)

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  3. Wow! This is really special. I'm sure a collector will want it.

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    1. Just need to find that collector:)!

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  4. Stunning! You could also check with Kathy at www.artwithaneedle.blogspot.com

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  5. It is a beautiful quilt and made of silk....wow! One thing I have read is that when some quilts are donated to museums they don't necessarily add them to their collections. They may sell them so it is something to look into before making a decision.

    I wonder if the Textile Museum in Toronto would be interested in having it.

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    1. Thanks for the info. I know she tried but couldn't get an acquisitions person from TMT to return her calls. She decided to look further afield for a new home...

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  6. Maybe try Bill from http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com.au He collects some quilts, is from the U.S. and may be able to help you.

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    1. Great idea! Thanks for the suggestion:)

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