Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vintage Quilts on Exhibit

The Workt By Hand quilt exhibit is at the Crocker Museum in Old Town Sacramento at the moment, close enough to me for a rushed day trip, or a leisurely overnight one. My friend and I opted for overnight, and went last weekend.

Many have posted previously about this collection from the Brooklyn Museum, including pictures. The Crocker Museum has a strict no-photo policy, so we tried to behave ourselves and obey. I managed to sneak one photo of the above quilt, which I found most stunning. Its silk, and you can see the degradation in some areas, especially at the top.  BTW we would have purchased the catalog, but it was completely sold out, with no more to be found anywhere! They simply did not print enough.

The following day we drove up to Folsom, to view more quilts at the Folsom History Museum. Mostly they were crib quilts, many 19th century, some mid-twentieth century kits. This museum had no such no-photo policy, in fact we were encouraged to shoot away with abandon, which we did. Here are a few I took:

Many of the quilts were set up in pleasing vignettes, with vintage clothing from the era. The triangle quilt is dated 1890, and the "End of the Day" pattern on the right, with those wonderful pink hst's, is dated 1880 for the top, completed in 1980.

I believe its debatable whether vintage tops are better off left as-is, rather than "finished". I was pleased to see this was hand quilted, in the manner it might have been during the time the top was made.

I'd love to have seen this one spread out. Perhaps it was damaged. I just love the wonderful old fabrics!

This was one of the cuter kit quilts.

I wish I could figure out how to post some of these pictures side by side. Sometimes it happens, but its usually a mistake and I can't figure out how I did it!

Another really cute kit quilt. Should have shot more detail pix.

I'll post a few more, then I better quit for today. Blogger might not like it if I try to post too many pix in one post.

 Love all these great colors!

Love that cheddar and blue!

Sorry about the crappy photos, taken with my phone.

More later....



  1. All the quilts are wonderful but the silk star really speaks to me!

  2. So glad you got to see the Workt exhibit, and with a friend! Love the white dresses against the little quilts.
    Lovely post!

  3. Hey Sandy,
    I did end up going to both shows last week after my Presentation for the Manteca Guild! Both shows were so great, I really enjoyed them! Thanks for the referral!
    I was a bit anoid by the lack of Catalog for the show and the fact that there were no pix allowed! I talked to the lady in the gift shop about it and she said there were only 500 ordered for the whole Tour of the show. The Crocker was the last stop so by the time the tour got to them there were only 30 books left! And the Broklyned museum said if they wanted to order more the whole order (500 books) would be on them!! Not very good planning on the Broklyn museum's part?!
    Well, it was a great show and some of those pristine early 1800's quilts were a real treat! Thanks again for passing along the info about the show! cheers, CW