Friday, December 7, 2012

Going, Going....Gone!

I have two antique quilts.  One you are very familiar with <G> and the other is a Mariner's Compass that I bought in an opportunity shop for $25.  Two objects isn't a collection, it's only a pair.  So I feel the need to acquire a third quilt so I can be a quilt collector.
I have been looking at online auction sites and have discovered the universal dilemma - the quilts I can afford I don't like, and the quilts I like I can't afford.  Never mind.  I though I would share two quilts that I definitely would have added to my almost-a-collection.

The first quilt was a pieced friendship quilt from Massachusetts.  The blocks are inked with signatures, poems and sketches of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

The details are worth a look - the link is here

The second quilt has been for sale for a while.  It's also a signature quilt, this time from Ohio.

It was out of my budget so I tried not to look at it too often.  But as I was driving home work one afternoon I realised that this quilt ticked all the boxes.  It was a signature quilt like the Chester Criswell Quilt.  It was from Ohio (like me).  It was pieced, and it was a sampler.  It was bright and interesting.  I decided that regardless of the price, it was meant to be.
I got home, turned on the computer and looked for the quilt.  Can you guess?  It was sold.

I still love the look of it.  I guess that the tan pieces are faded from green.  There are at least 6 different sized blocks, and the spaces are filled with Chinese Coins and half square triangles.  I can imagine a young lady getting all her friends to make her a block, and then taking it to her mother and asking, Can you put this together for me?

I'll keep looking for my collection.


  1. When things like that happen, I tell myself it wasn't meant to be, because something better is coming along my way. So keep your eye out for one better.

  2. Those are really pretty! I love the ivory/tan in the first one. I don't have much of a collection either, but I am becoming more and more intrigued with owning some old quilts after following so many blogs based on antiques. A few years ago, my mother gave me all the quilts her mother had made. They were utilitarian for the most part, but I have a beautiful, bur worn, hot pink grandmother's flower garden in the bunch. I love hexies, so this one is extra special to me! I call it Memaw's Garden, since we called her that. I am amazed at what the women of the past made without the tools we have today! Thanks for sharing those beauties!

  3. It is a hard lesson. Sometimes I hesitate and am happy I did other times I am not. Depending on who the seller is some take deposits. Just another thought. I think it is great you have limiting criteria for quilt collecting. I wish you the best of luck.


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