It is no secret that I love vintage quilts–they speak to me. I’m sure if I had a bigger house I would have a collection. I loved that a handful of vintage quilts (from the collection of author and collector Roderick Kiracofe) hung in the quilt show at QuiltCon. Modern quilters can learn a lot about technique, color, improv, using what you have, accent quilting, etc. from these quilts.
Favorite Things: Vintage Quilts
While at QuiltCon I listened to a lecture by Meg Cox of the Quilt Alliance. She talked about documenting quilts, and made a call for modern quilters to add their voices to Quilters’ Save our Stories (an oral history project) as well as the 3 minute video project Go Tell it At the Quilt Show. Perhaps you want to get involved?
If you are interested in learning more about vintage quilts, or find inspiration from vintage quilts, you should also check out The Quilt Index, an online database with quilts from all over the world. Ms. Cox reminded the audience that these aren’t magazine worthy shots, but instead are part of a grassroots documentation project Every once in a while I browse through the Quilt Index, and I recently found this one that I think is pretty awesome.
Dawley, Ula, Flying Geese, 1901-1928, From Connecticut Quilt Search Project, Published in the Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=47-7B-9AD. Accessed: 02/26/2013