Friday, June 9, 2017

Antique Shopping and The Schwenkfelder Events

The rest of my Pennsylvania trip was spent antique shopping, attending a New Jersey Study Group and at the Penn Dry Goods Market (and lectures) at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center.

I made several stops at favorite antique shops.  Some inventory was recognizable. Interesting to see quilts sit for years in a shop.
This is probably over priced due to the green.  Nice design!  Once again I admired it and left it hang.

There were more quilts than ever for sale this year.

Neatly folded looking for new homes

Book case repurposed for quilts
Beautiful 20th c. Prince's Feather
All Hand Stitched to perfection
Small collectibles in a glass case

After a couple days of shopping I drove to New Jersey with a friend to attend a quilt study group meeting. No photos, but it was a fun day! Nice road trip with a friend, good study examples and a gourmet lunch. I like spontaneous days like that.

Friday and Saturday was the Penn Dry Goods Market and lecture series.

They had a special exhibit in the gallery, "Blooming'/Blumen:  Flowers in Pennsylvania German Textiles and Folk Art"

An extraordinary pair of embroidered wool quilts flanked the entrance.  It was a stunning greeting to the exhibit.

Wool Embroidered Quilt (1 of 2)

Embroidery Detail
Details of the Quilts

Artwork inspired from the garden - becomes embroidery
"Cactus Applque Quilt"
c. 1892
Mahella Rhodes Wolfgang (1871-1947)
Earl Township, Berks County
Gift of Nancy Roan 2015.26.02

Cotton velvet and silk
c. 1900-1920
Maker Unknown
New Hanover Township Vicinity, Montgomery County
Gift of Betty Moyer   2017.03.01

"Flower Pot Applique"
c. 1880-1910
Made by a member of the Gerhart or Schultz family
Upper Hanover Township or vicinity, Montgomery County
Gift of Alma S. Nash    2002.11.02

In addition to the market (24 select dealers in all manner of textiles) and the special exhibits, there are lectures.  
This year I signed up for four of the eleven - I want to take them all but then I would miss shopping!
Sorry I can't share photos from the lectures.
I can share the book cover from Lori Lee Triplett's lecture, "Celebrating The Blues: Africa to America".  They brought all of the quilts from the book, "Indigo Quilts". I highly recommend this lecture for your guild, study group or special quilting event.  The book is a nice addition to any quilters library.

Then, all too soon it was time to catch my flight home.
I hope you enjoyed the photos and seeing a bit of textile history from Pennsylvania.

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  1. Lucky you to attend! I love all the quilts you posted. I wonder why antique popularity comes and goes. A dealer friend I know says antique coverlets are also not selling, where as a couple years ago you could not find any! I didn't know that quilts weren't selling either. Melinda

  2. I loved to see your pictures and hear about your trip. It sounds fantastic!! I love that first quilt with the gorgeous starbursts. That last quilt too looks pretty amazing - wonderful quilting! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. The Flower Pot applique got my attention. I like it very much.

  4. Thanks for the photos Dawn - fascinating German quilts! Sounds like a great trip all round

  5. Had to enlarge the photos and get a close look at each quilt. Some really unique ones here. I'm fascinated by the wool embroidered quilt, and like Karen, I found the Flower Pot applique eye-catching. But probably unlike Karen, I would not be tempted to try making it. : )

  6. I'm always amazed at the details and precision and, of course, patience shown in these quilts.

  7. That surely must have been a wonderful trip, with all this antique shopping, the quilts at the exhibit, and the interesting lectures. Thank you for sharing the photos of the beautiful wool quilts, and the handquilting on the "cactus quilt" is just amazing. You must havr had a great time there, Dawn!

  8. Love the flower pot quilt! my heart always beats faster for the antique applique quilts. I miss the NJ group and their events. Nice that you got to attend.

  9. Oh my goodness...great post..drooling here...

  10. Thanks for some great inspiration! Love that green with applique quilt. I would have been swooning.:)

  11. What a great exhibition of German quilts! What a wonderful trip you had full of inspiration.

  12. Thanks for the wonderful post Dawn!

  13. So nice to be able to see vicariously some wonderful treasures! Thank you for posting and so glad you were able to make the trip!

  14. So nice to get to visit with you a bit during your travels. Thanks for mentioning Lori's lecture and our book! Looking forward to more adventures.

  15. Made some wonderful trips again, thank you for sharing your pictures so we can sort of travel with you. Beautiful quilts. The first one is a really lovely design, maybe it is the green which keeps it in the shop, certainly not the design or workmanship.

  16. I miss living up in the Mid Atlantic and seeing such great quilts...nothing like that where I am now. Isn't the Indigo book great! Would love to hear/see Lori's lecture.

  17. I love armchair travel with you. lol! So much to see and to drool over!


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