This morning, on my last gulp of coffee I spotted a very interesting fans quilt while scrolling through eBay quilt listings. I was chatting with Marjorie Childress, a collector in Albuquerque with an exceptional eye for soulful, offbeat quilts, and was sharing another auction with her.
As it turned out, the auction was her mother's, so we LOL'd, and I scrolled through the other offerings. There were a few really interesting ones, but the quilt that stopped me in my tracks was this 1950s or early 60s fans quilt. Buy-It-Now, great price, done!
Moments later I told Marjorie I bought her mother's quilt. "LOL!" - "LOL!" But we both thought it was a very interesting quilt. Different. I love how the fans are solid pieces of fabric in some blocks, and more improvisationally pieced in other blocks. Reminds me of elements in the work of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, the elegant peeling away of layers.
The colors are also unusual, and took me by surprise. The earth tones, black, and pops of red with other multicolored, scrappy fabrics show a departure from earlier quilts with softer, pastel colors. There's a wonderful strangeness about the combination of colors, and quilts from the period are a little less common than you might think. I have found very few for sale, and do not have many in the collection. Can't wait to see this one in person.