October 11. 2016
With the flooding that is occurring in the Southeast from Hurricane Matthew, this information about quilt and textile care after a flood may be helpful. “How to Care for and Salvage Your Textiles After a Flood” is from Lynn Lancaster Gorges.
Posted by woodhavenstudio on October 11, 2016
May 9, 2015
The Smithsonian has info about the care of Victorian silk quilts and slumber throws: http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_si/nmah/vicquilt.htm
Photo is Smithsonian’s.
Posted by woodhavenstudio on May 9, 2015
American Quilter’s Society has quilt care information:
Part 1 is on Light in quilt care at: http://www.quiltviews.com/quilt-care-101-part-1-light
Part 2 is about Cool, Clean and Dry: http://www.quiltviews.com/quilt-care-101-part-2-cool-clean-and-dry
And Part 3 is Quilt Storage: http://www.quiltviews.com/quilt-care-101-%E2%80%93-part-3-quilt-storage
Bobbie Aug is an expert on quilt appraisal and quilt care, and she was a member of the American Quilter’s Society’s AQS Appraiser Certification Program Committee. Here is a YouTube video by the American Quilter’s Society of Bobbie demonstrating the folding of a quilt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jnc_rPKsCg
Posted by woodhavenstudio on September 14, 2013
March 24, 2012
Karen Combs’ quilts were stolen during the night on March 16th from the back of her rental SUV which was parked at a hotel in New Braunfels, Texas. You can go to the lost quilt web site, where there are some pictures http://lostquilt.com/
The police stated the break-in looked like it was professional and was probably a “smash and grab” with the thief not knowing what was in the suitcase and of course, then finding that was nothing of value to the thief. But, very valuable to the owner! Many hours of work and creativity and thought went into the contents of that suitcase. How terrible for Karen!
This type of crime is committed more frequently today than ever. Think about what you leave in your car. Be careful. I do not leave quilts in my car, nor anything else of value, but definitely – never quilts. As a quilt appraiser I hear of losses more than you would imagine.
Let’s hope that Karen’s full suitcase or the contents turn up soon.
The black suitcase contained quilts for her Patchwork Illusions class, along with teaching supplies and demo items. The quilts are original designs. They are labeled with Karen’s name and address. The labels are sewn on the back, and could easily be removed.
Here are photos of two of the missing quilts:
Photos are from lostquilt.com.
- You can visit her blog: http://karencombs.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/quilts-stolen .
Posted by woodhavenstudio on March 24, 2012
The Royal Ontario Museum recently spent eight months restoring a large palampore, and they kept a video record of their major conservation project. Fascinating to see, and what a beautiful palampore!
Posted by woodhavenstudio on September 20, 2010
You can find more information on storing antique textiles at this Smithsonian Museum site:
Posted by woodhavenstudio on February 26, 2010
This site lists links for quilt care and quilt history information:
It is on the Professional Appraisers – Quilted Textiles web site: http://www.quiltappraisers.org/
Posted by woodhavenstudio on November 14, 2009
These two videos are from the International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2009. They are about buying and anitique quilt and caring for an antique quilt. The presenters are: Mary Koval and Jane Lury.
Posted by woodhavenstudio on November 12, 2009
Here is another web site with quilt care info. It is from Sandy Schweitzer’s web site, and the reason I thought you would be interested in her quilt care information is that she includes care of new quilts. It is: http://www.quiltappraisalsplus.com/articles/care.html
Posted by woodhavenstudio on August 2, 2009
I had written earlier about quilt care info that can be found on Patricia Cummings’ web site. See previous post.
You might also want to read the following, which is the International Quilt Center and Museum’s web site about textile and quilt care:
For more quilt information, check the International Quilt Center and Museum’s web site: http://www.quiltstudy.org/index.html.
Posted by woodhavenstudio on December 20, 2008
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.
A log cabin quilt from the 1800’s. It looks quite contemporary, doesn’t it?
Posted by woodhavenstudio on November 28, 2008
This is a new blog about quilts…all about quilts.
I am an appraiser of quilted textiles, certified by the American Quilter’s Society in 1997. I have had an interest in quilts for many years, having collected them, been a charter member of several quilt-related organizations, a founding member of a few, and a member of some others. I teach and lecture as well, and I used to work in a quilt shop.
The groups’ interests range from traditional new quilts, antique quilts, quilted garments, as well as art quilts. I make art now. And I love all types of quilts!
I also am a new author. My book, Fabulous Tee Shirt Quilts, which was published last year, is about making quilts using tee shirt logos. These quilts are special to their owners, as they are personal to them, with logos from the tee shirts having special memories for them. These quilts are something like a scrapbook other than the best part is that one can sleep under tee shirts quilts, so cozy. Don’t think anyone’d want to sleep under a scrapbook.
I plan to include photos of quilts in this blog. We quilt makers are very visual.
“Wonder Women” is my millennium celebration quilt, made in 2000. Here it was exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2007. It consists of photo transfers onto fabric of fifty American women who lived during the 2oth Century, women whom I admire.
I realized early on in the project that I could have only so many photos, because the quilt could be so large; so I decided not to include women from other countries, or women in show business, because I could not let the quilt get too large. Each photo on fabric is 4″ x 4″ in size. The border print has the year “2000” printed in it to commemorate the celebration.
Posted by woodhavenstudio on October 26, 2008