|25-patch, c. 1965, Michigan|
Yesterday, a reader asked me why I collect quilts made of double-knit polyester, saying, "I was so happy when most clothing polyester dbl knit went away that I can't imagine collecting quilts made of it. Why?" To which I replied "I collect them because they come from the period when I grew up; they are bright, colorful, and cheerful; the fabric is durable, fade resistant, and won't require much conservation, if any; they are experimental; they were made during a very interesting period in quilt history and American history; they directly preceded the art quilt movement; and they are terribly undervalued.
Then I thought, the best way to give people an idea about what I'm seeing is to post a group of quilts. All of these were collected during the last year, and all have double-knit fabrics. So, here goes!
|Shadow Box Variation, c. 1970, Virginia|
|Bowties, c. 1970, California|
|Crazy, c. 1970, Idaho|
|Grandmother's Fans, c. 1977, Texas|
|One Patch / Four Patch, c. 1970, Illinois|
|Nine Patch Variation on point, c. 1970, Texas|
|Snowball Variation, c. 1970, Ohio|
|Hexagon Diamonds, c. 1970, Oregon|
|One Patch (time span), 1970-2012, Oregon|
|Hexagon Flowers, c. 1970, United States|
|USA Map, c. 1970, Texas|
|Stacked Bars, c. 1965, Texas|
|Pinwheels, c. 1970, United States|
|Liberated Nine Patch, c. 1970, Washington|
So, that's why!