Saturday, November 5, 2011

Willy's Quilt Buying Season

Bicentennial 13-star American Flag Quilt, purchased for $9.00.
Each year, I have a short, concentrated quilt buying season, which usually lasts from September through early to mid November. It's probably no coincidence that I find more great quilts when I've got a little extra spending money, but I still feel these months are very strong for fresh-to-the-market quilts. Things are starting to slow down a bit, but several new acquisitions have rolled in over the last few weeks. Some of these quilts will be available for sale when I launch my new web site, Willy Wonky Quilts. Others are going to be part my collection. Here are some of my favorites.

Monumental size polyester Crazy Quilt, c. 1975, Idaho
Kaleidoscopic polyester Sampler, c. 1970, New Mexico
Boldly designed wool quilt, c. 1910, Wisconsin
Scrappy Drunkard's Path quilt, c. 1910, Michigan
Wool tied comfort, c. 1920, Texas
1930s Broken Star quilt, Ohio
Snowball Variation / Octagons, c. 1970, Ohio


  1. You've found some great quilts Bill!!

  2. Same thing happened the last three years. Good crop of quilts hitting the market in the fall.

    This year, the 70s quilts have been a revelation. I have more than 30 of them now. These quilts will be displayed in Portland in 2013, as part of a museum exhibit with about 40 quilts. I'll post info when it's available.

  3. Buying season...more like a quilt harvest!

  4. You have found some very nice quilts. Really like the broken star.

  5. That flag quilt was a great buy at $9. Good for you!

  6. The Broken Star is for sale. email me at: if you're interested.

    The flag quilt is such an important part of the narrative that's developing in the group of 1970s quilts. It's really quite remarkable to acquire such an important piece at such a bargain price.