|Lower Left Corner Detail: Competition Quilt |
Lancaster PA 1895
Cotton, silk & Linen
I received questions about the quilts in the DAM exhibit, "First Glance Second Look".
The book is available HERE.
Stick with to the end of this post - it just might be worth your time!
Many of the answers are in the book. I'll share some of those details here.
Are the mullions appliqued on the The Houses and Pine Trees Quilt featured in the exhibit advertising and on the cover of the book?
The window and door mullions are pieced.
The staff takes great care examining objects prior to exhibition. The quilts were laid out on the large table in the conservation lab and examined using state of the art technology.
In this example, the staff was able to see the individual squares of each window and door pane pieced with narrow strips of fabric to create the mullion effect.
The stripe effect of the sashing is also done by piecing - not a print.
Slant boards are used to prevent stress on the textile fibers while it is on display. In the case of the broiderie perse album quilt the applied fringe edge treatment makes the quilt very heavy. The angle of the slant allows the weight of the textile to be redistributed and not stress the top of the textile.
Note the iPad on the stand - these are stationed throughout the exhibit to provide additional details and closeups of various objects.
I didn't crop out the long black piece in the lower right corner. It is one of many places to sit in the exhibit so you can leisurely enjoy the exhibit. Each seating areas has assorted related quilt textile books for reference.
|Gallery View showing the bar backings |
and a few of the crazy quilts
That is hard to answer.
Besides the exhibit there is the Thread Studio that is packed with displays, drawers to open and explore, reference books, videos and more comfortable seating!
One of the groups I went with planned about an hour and said it was not enough time. They thought closer to two hours and maybe go back after lunch!
Lunch? Yes, the museum has a wonderful restaurant.
The drawers contain wonderful treasures.
Another horse bonnet.
Remember the one I saw at the Schwenkfelder?
You can see it HERE.
The drawers fully extend, with the objects under plexi so you can get really up close.
|Medallion Bedcover, England - Early 1800's|
Some of the quilts come with full history like The Matterhorn Quilt.
Others, like the Medallion Bedcover come with some history, but not a full story. The museum maintains files on each object with information that cannot possibly all be included on the exhibit tag. In this example one piece of supporting documentation is a letter from the donor. In her 1991 letter she writes, "I purchased this applique quilt in 1960 at the antique department of Heal's Department Store in London. Nothing was known about the originals there, but I took the quilt to the curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum who said much the same things about it as did PF. Except that it was earlier in the 19th Century than she did."
The museum generously donated an exhibit book, "First Glance - Second Look" for me to gift to a lucky reader.
Leave a comment and I will randomly select from the comments August 4.
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Have a great week!!
|Competition Quilt Lancaster County PA|
About 1895 Red Dot backing