A couple of weeks ago Kathy and I went to a quilt exhibition in Middletown. Notice I said “exhibition” and not “quilt show”. This was not a display of newly made and judged quilts. No awards were given for Best of Show or Best Hand Quilted. There were no vendors present to sell quilting needs. This was not sponsored by a national quilt show. There was no charge to enter.
Instead, this display was organized by the Middletown Historic Society. Yes, there were recently made quilts, but they were paired with their antique counterparts. Although the quilts had the same or similar patterns, one might have been made within the last ten years while its partner was made during the 1800’s. It was something to see them side by side. Depending on which part of the country the quilt came from the name changed, Here is a pattern know as the Lone Stat or Star of Bethlehem. Looking at the four can you figure out which is the oldest and which is the newest?
I’m not saying.
Looking at these two crazy quilts again one is new while the other is not. In many instances the fabric is the clue to the age of the quilt.
A popular applique pattrn is that of Sunbonnet Sue.
Here is a traditional Log Cabin and a Log Cabin Heart. Sometimes a traditional pattern is given a new twist by the design in which it is used.
I will finish with the Flying Geese Pattern. Here are three quilts utilizing that pattern. Again, the new is paired with the old.
I am amazed at how well the antique quilts have held up. Yes, they show some wear and are worn thin in parts. But, after all, these quilts were made to be used and not just put on display.
Beside the quilts, there were many other historical artifacts on display at the historical society. Some day we might take another trip to look more closely at them. I am glad that Kathy saw the ad for this unique display and that we decided to go.