When we found this wonderful Quilt in Connecticut on the Massachusetts border, I was completely unaware of what we’d acquired; I do not deal in textiles unless something is quite extraordinary and catches my eye. Let’s say, I do not go out hunting for them. Not until the May 2014 Brimfield Antique Show when a young lady roamed into our booth and proceeded to point out and explain to me about the quilts I’d hung on the back wall of our booth, did I know what I had. With the little research I was able to do before the show, I figured the quilt to be mid-century, maybe 1940s-1950s. The young lady was quite knowledgeable, indicating certain fabrics in the quilt were Circa Late 1800s-turn of the century, thus making the quilt older than what I’d first thought. She indicated the pattern to be a form of Log Cabin design or Court House Steps. It is as we found it and I not knowing how to properly clean the quilt, I know it is a much better idea to leave it to those that do. The quilt measures 73 ¾ inches by 80 ½ inches and aside from some areas of worn fabric in center of steps (it appears to be silk or other satiny fabric) and along the inside edge where some strips are worn, it also appears that at one time someone may have begun to refurbish some pieces. These areas look as though they have been surgically removed; from what I’ve been told one can, if lucky, find and replace certain fabrics with fabrics in the same designs or from other same year fabric designs from other old quilts. Sounds overwhelming to me, but I’m sure there are those with much more patience then I can account for; end result a priceless piece of art that I can fall in love with. Where those areas are worn, I can see that the quilting was first applied to a heavy type fabric (muslin?) and then backed with the rust, black/brown, blue striped fabric. I’ve looked the quilt over pretty well and find stitching to be quite sturdy, intact and holding. The quilt is quite clean and without any stains that I can see. I consider the quilt in good age related shape. The young lady that took the time to explain to me about the other quilts I’d hung on the back wall runs her own Wool Applique Design Shop in Oklahoma and has refurbished a few quilts in her day. She now focuses on Applique. Oh, this young lady had left my booth after I quoted her a rather low price for another quilt…she didn’t buy it, she was just here for the Quilt Show in Sturbridge and she was browsing…but after about 15 minutes passing, she came back to our booth; she said to me that she could not leave without letting me know what I had. My heart was quite filled with joy at this young woman’s honesty. I told her I would honor the price I’d quoted to her if she were interested. My objective is to find homes for these treasures. Yes, she is blessed. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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