“American Elegance: Chintz Applique Quilts 1780 – 1850” Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, through November 7, 2010

This exhibit of chintz applique quilts is the showing of some of the most colorful quilts ever made in America.  They are at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, and  are dated from the late-18th to mid-19th centuries.

“American Elegance: Chintz Appliqué Quilts, 1780-1850,”  on through November  7, 2010,  is  from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the exhibition was organized by the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



Maker unknown, Tree of Life Quilt, probably made in the United States, 1790-1810. International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007.034.0001

For info about the Taft: http://www.taftmuseum.org/

“Politics and Bedcovers, American Quilts and Textiles” Exhibit at White River Valley Museum, Auburn, Washington, through November 7, 2010

An exhibit of about forty quilts and textile art, “Politics and Bedcovers, American Quilts and Textiles” is at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn, Washington, until November 7, 2010.

It celebrates the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.  In the nineteenth century, women expressed their political views through quilts and other textile art.  Most quilts in the exhibit are suffrage or WCTU  (Woman’s Christian Temperance Union).  Included  is a tied utility  quilt made from  civil war uniforms that is said to weigh about forty pounds .

See this five minute youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V3cQ2uiQAY

More about the exhibit at:  http://wrvmuseum.org/exhibits_current.htm

Photo is the Museum’s.

World War II Quilts Found!

Sue Riech’s World War II quilts have been located  and are being returned to her.  Our quilters posted everywhere they could think of to get the word out.   And we are all so relieved that the quilts will be back with the collection.

World War II Quilts from Sue Reich’s Collection Stolen!

This is the message from Sue Reich, author of World War II Quilts, about her four stolen quilts that are a part of her WWII quilts collection plus another quilt.

The World War II Quilts were at the Asheville quilt show the first weekend of August.  I am pained to report 4 of them have been stolen.  The empty trunk was delivered to FedEx in New Jersey and there it sits.   Despite all of the precautions I take at sending quilts, they were not properly returned in a secure manner.  Three of the four trunks fortunately returned safely but none were taped and garbage bag ties were used instead of the locking plastic ties.
The trunks did have tracking numbers and were sent second day delivery but it still took me nearly one week to finally determine the status of the missing trunk.  The quilts disappeared somewhere between Charlotte and New Jersey.

Here is a list of the missing quilts.
1. Navy Insignia quilt in the Winter blue.  It’s condition was excellent.
Pg. 122 of World War II Quilts.
2. The wholecloth Canadian Red Cross Quilt.  Slightly faded.  Pg. 145 of World War II Quilts.
3. The Night Shift Workers Quilt.  It’s condition was excellent.   Pg. 15 of World War II Quilts.
4. The Hazleton Fund Raising summer quilt.  (This is the quilt I recently wrote about from the Vermont Quilt Festival.)  It’s condition was excellent.   Pg. 135 of World War II Quilts.
Lastly was the sweet Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, I use as a table cover.

These quilts are very distinctive and recognizable.  Hopefully, the thief will not be very smart and will get them to the open market and soon.
Please know that I will appreciate any and all help in getting the quilts returned.    My address and telephone number were on the sleeves of each quilt but they are easily removed.

We now know that they were stolen in the Fed Ex facility in Keasbey, New Jersey, on August 11th, so they may still be in that area or elsewhere in the Northeast.

Please be alert and on the lookout for these quilts.

There are photos of some of the WWII  quilts that were stolen at this site near the bottom of the page:


Online Slide Presentation on The Quilt Show of Items from the V & A Museum’s Quilt Exhibit

The Quilt Show has a slide presentation of a few of the pieces that were in the quilt exhibit “Quilts: 1700 – 2010” that closed last month at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, U.K.


Lowell Quilt Festival this Weekend in Lowell, Massachusetts

The Lowell (formerly  New England) Quilt Festival is this weekend through August 14, 2010, in Lowell, Massachusetts.  There are many activities and exhibits of traditional, art, and antique quilts throughout  the city.

Check these sites for all the info:



Slide Show Online of Antique Quilts Exhibit at Long Beach, California’s, International Quilt Festival

The antique quilts “America Collects Quilts” exhibit at the July 2010 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, was wonderful!  I saw it at their show in Chicago a few months ago.

The Quilt Show has put together a slide show of 34 quilts with Smile Box at: http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/2969

or below:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

2010’s “Quilting in America” Survey Results

The “Quilting in America” survey results for 2010 are out.  They are sponsored by International Quilt Festival and Quilters Newsletter.

Some info is: quilting is a $3.6 billion industry annually and that  there are 21.3 million quilt makers in the U.S. with 14% of  American households having at least one active quilt maker.

So that is  good news and bad news, because the average age of quilters today is 62.   We need to get younger people involved.

Here for more info: http://www.quilts.com/lbqf10/enVivo/

AQSG’s Online Auction Now through September 20, 2010

Join the fun and bid in American Quilt Study Groupd’s Pre-Seminar OnlineAuction, August 1st through September 20th!

You can  purchase a wonderful quilt history item and support the American Quilt Study Group at the same time! You don’t need to be a AQSG member or planning on attending the 2010 Seminar to bid—just go online to: www.americanquiltstudygroup.org/sem10auction.asp and bid now!

Thanks to generous donors, they have 18 items for you to choose from including books, fabric, and quilts from early 1800s to mid-1900s. Items not reaching their Buy-It-Now price in the online auction will continue into the Live Auction at the Seminar in October. All funds will directly support AQSG.

Amish Quilt

Amish Quilt donated by Stella Rubin

Photo is AQSG’s.