Saturday, November 4, 2017

AQSG Special Exhibit

A Crazy quilt from Montpelier, Vermont. Sharon Waddell's collection.

The quilt exhibit at the hotel for the American Quilt Study Group's Seminar last months was Chintz, Calamanco & Cotton: Quilts of New England. Collector Sharon Waddell curated the show which featured many quilts from her own collection and that of Debra & Richard Grana.

We saw a wide range of New England quilts.

Strippy of two toile-style cylinder prints
about 1830. Sharon's collection.

Variable Star found in Maine from Deb Grana's collection

Honey Bee with a white-ground chintz border from
Deb's collection.

Wool worsted quilt from Sharon's collection

Diamond Hexagon from Western Massachusetts, about 1830
from Deb's.

Album quilt with dates 1854-1855. Deb's collection.

Deb, second from left, talking about her giant sampler
that was cut in half

Circle Star about 1870. Sharon's collection.

Crazy from Deb's collection with a quirky inscription:

"This is not all the fancy work I ever made but must quit this and go 
to work at something else. We'll call around. Good by. This was made by 
Granma A. M. Farnsworth. Age 95 years old."

Next year's AQSG Seminar is scheduled for October 3-7, 2018
in Bethesda, Maryland.
You'd better come. They'll try to top this show (not easy.)


Pam Weeks said...

Deb Grana's quilt that was cut in half is a potholder! Hard to see, but one of the ones that are done knife edge and sewn together from the back.

Lisa Dziuban said...

I wonder what Grandma Farnsworth created after she "quit this" crazy quilt? What an inspiring woman!

Shasta Matova said...

It sounds to me that Grandma Farnsworth may have died and someone else finished the border as a label.

Lady Locust said...

Quilt mysteries ~ cut in half and quirky quotes. Oh! They should be able to speak their story. But then we wouldn't wonder over them so much.

roth phallyka said...

one of the ones that are done knife edge and sewn together from the back.


Wendy Caton Reed said...

It was indeed a fabulous exhibition of New England quilts. Gradma Farnswoth's was definitely my favorite. I'm not much for crazy quilts, but I am one for just plain "crazy". I think she is a distant (or maybe not so distant) relative!