|Applique Sampler, c. 1880, Pennsylvania|
In 1986, the quilt appeared in the fourth edition of "The Quilt Digest" as part of an article by Michael Kile, about "the dealer's dealer" Sandra Mitchell. There is a full view picture on page 79. I first read the article several years ago, and immediately recognized the quilt when it was available for sale through Shelly Zegart's web site. However, I could not afford it at the time.
I continued to check Shelly's web site periodically to see if it was still available, and one day, I discovered it had been sold. Not too long afterwards, I came across a picture of the quilt on the Facebook page of Houston collector Tom Reddick, who happens to be a Facebook friend. Even though I was sad to miss my opportunity, I was glad to know where it was.
Some time this year, the quilt popped up on The Quilt Complex web site as a consignment. The price was reasonable, and I was keeping it in the back of my mind. If I had any money left after taxes and other fall expenses, maybe I could buy it.
I'd almost forgotten about it when I woke up the other day thinking about the quilt. I had been dreaming about it. Half-asleep, I made my way over to the computer and checked the web to see if it was still available. I thought for sure it would be gone after the International Quilt Festival in Houston, where The Quilt Complex had a booth. It took my eyes a few moments to adjust to the computer light, and then it took my mind a few moments to wrap itself around what I was seeing. It was on sale, price reduced.
Immediately I sent a note to Julie Silber asking if it was still available, and within the next three e-mails I'd arranged to buy it. Funny how the idea came to me in a dream. I think the Quilt Gods intervened.
photos courtesy of The Quilt Complex