And here is the 2nd post for today. Finishing up the antique quilt portion of the exhibit at Muzeo in Anaheim, CA.
This first quilt is called "Split Nine Patch", maker unknown c. 1890-1940.
The plaque for this quilt challenged viewers to find the repeating unit in the quilt. Can you see it? I learned that this pattern was mostly a regional pattern from southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Take a look at this gorgeous quilt! "Log Cabin, Pineapple Variation" by Anna Hazel Burmeister of Waukesha, Wisconsin c. 1894.
I would really like to make one of these one day! Of course, I would paper piece mine!
This next quilt looks very modern to me, but was made around 1902 for "Viola", and is called "Wild Goose Chase".
This quilt would have been extremely difficult to date because of the solid fabrics used. Luckily the label inscription helped. Just another reason why we should all be labeling our quilts, right?
Did you learn to quilt by making a sampler quilt? This is "Sampler Album", maker unknown c. 1900-1920.
Ok, for this one I want to point out one of the blocks - the Swastika Patch (forth down on left hand side). Now, I don't want to spark a discussion about Hitler, the KKK, or any modern adoption of this pattern for the logo of discriminating groups. I am well aware that the symbol evokes strong emotions from many of us. What I do want to know is, this pattern was very popular prior to WWII, what happened to all the quilts made from this pattern? They must be somewhere, right? I never see antique quilts made entirely with this pattern exhibited. I have several older books with the patterns to make entire quilts with this block, so they must exist. Or do you think they were destroyed because of what the symbol means to us now? I am merely curious. I don't want to start my own collection of Swastika quilts or anything. It just seems from a historic standpoint, and even an art standpoint that it would be a bit sad if the quilts were all destroyed. What do you think?
Next week I will finish up my visit to Muzeo by showcasing a few quilts from the modern room of the exhibit.
Thanks for reading,