Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Why Quilts Matter December Guest Blog

The December Why Quilts Matter guest blog is now posted, and the topic of the month is an important discovery-- the Achsah Goodwin Wilkins applique counterpane. I wrote about some of the history and how I acquired it, among other things. This discovery was the topic of much discussion over the last three months. It led us to rediscover the stories of Achsah Goodwin Wilkins, and Dr. William Rush Dunton, who documented many examples of Wilkins' chintz medallions more than 100 years after they were made.

Over nine feet long and ten feet wide, this fancy, single-layer spread is a monumental floral kaleidoscope made of the most precious materials of the period. That alone makes it a rare object. To read more about this important discovery in the December Why Quilts Matter guest blog, click here.

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