Care of Quilts

Most people I meet who have antique quilts want to know how to care for them. “How should they be stored?” “Can I launder or dry clean my quilts? ”  Those are the two most commonly asked questions I hear.

I recommend that you read:   http://www.quiltersmuse.com/quilt_care_straight_talk_book_intro.htm             about quilt care.  It is written by Patricia Cummings and is on her site: www. quiltersmuse.com.

1800s-log-cabin

A log cabin quilt from the 1800’s.  It looks quite contemporary, doesn’t it?

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International Quilt Festival’s Attendance

This is about the Festival in Houston last month. “As for attendance, final figures from Quilts Inc. show that total attendance was 52,542, down 1,704 from last year’s recording-breaking numbers. Considering the economy and Hurricane Ike, the drop in attendance was surprisingly moderate, said Karey Bresenhan, president of Festival’s producer Quilts Inc.”  This was reported today in The Professional Quilter Online newsletter.

According to “The Quilt Show” today, there were 20,249 attendees with 525 vending booths at Festival in Chicago last April.  More than 1000 quilts, garments, etc. were on display in nearly twenty special exhibits.

on You Tube

This You Tube site is fun:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7XaLKx77rk

It is titled “I Dream About Houses” – shows pieced house blocks.

This one is about the Gees Bend quilts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpOkLdtM50

Check them out.

The Shelburne Museum’s Antique Quilts & “Quilts in Bloom”

Larry Everson and his wife were in  Vermont in October and were fortunate to see the “Quilts in Bloom” exhibit at the Shelburne Museum as well as  antique quilts.

The museum allowed him to photograph the quilts without flash, and he  also had to photograph through glass, which explains  some reflections.

Here is the link to the photos:  larryeverson.com/s_quilts.htm

The “Quilts in Bloom” photos begin about 3/4 of the way down the page.

The “Quilts in Bloom” exhibit consisting of eleven quilts, is currently on display through the end of the year at the Charleston Museum. This exhibition is a part of an ongoing rotation of quilts.

International Quilt Festival

To view the rest of the winners and other quilts as well as the Bernina Fashion Show from the International Quilt Festival, go to:

http://www.quilts.com/fqf08/enVivo/

Go to “Special Exhibits” and “Quilts: A World of Beauty” to see photos.  Here is the Best of Show Award,  sponsored by HandiQuilter and Spirit of  Mother Earth won, by Sharon Schamber.

The photos of my two quilts are also on the site; both are under Special Exhibits.   “Buzzards Bay”  is a part of “Sky’s the Limit” and “Dancing Lilies” is in the “In Full Bloom V” exhibit.

Dancing Lilies


Buzzards Bay