Here's a new one. I don't believe I've ever owned a Shoo Fly quilt before, but this one is so full of joy, I couldn't possibly resist. This 100% double-knit polyester quilt came from an eBay seller in Florida, and my winning bid was $15.50. Not bad for something that took many hours to make and will probably last forever, with colors as bright as the day it was first made.
One of the things I love about this quilt is it is finished with actual quilting, and not ties. As much as I love the tied quilts, quilting prevents any possibility of sagging when the quilt is displayed on a wall. I'm sure it's the last thing that crossed the minds of the person who made this quilt. Who ever would've imagined some guy coming along, calling it art, and displaying it in a museum?
So many of the polyester quilts from the 70s have a childlike sense of whimsy. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them were made for children. They don't seem like objects made for grown-ups, but they would've fit in nicely with children's bedroom decor. I know, because I was a child in the 1970s. No wonder I'm drawn to these quilts. I didn't come from a family of quiltmakers, and these quilts are all new to me, but they transport me back to my childhood. I believe that's what great art should do- transport viewers to another time and place. That's why I say, "This is Art!"