|front page, the lead research article for Spring|
Blanket Statements is the quarterly newsletter of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), an organization that establishes and promotes quilt-related studies. The organization holds an annual Seminar and publishes an annual journal of research papers called Uncoverings. When I first joined AQSG back in 2009, I thought about writing for the newsletter but wasn't sure I could write in Chicago Style.
|1970s Tile Blocks, 100% polyester double knit|
Recently, the editor asked if I would be willing to write something about my polyester quilts. Even though I am much more accustomed to writing in Associated Press style, I gave it a go. The article, "Collecting Polyester Quilts" goes through some of the intriguing points about later period, mid-century domestic quilts in America. The invention of polyester and development of DayGlo were two key areas of research, since the materials and colors were specific to a relatively short period centering around the 1970s.
|1970s polyester Double Wedding Ring, California|
Adding perspective from a collector's point of view, there are notes about values including changes in values during an active period of collecting over roughly five years. There are also notes about conservation work; such as the Moth-eaten wool patches on a mostly-polyester Double Wedding Ring from California, since replaced with vintage polyester double knit purchased from eBay.
Blanket Statements is a quarterly AQSG members' publication and is always brimming with great information about quilts and quilt history. For learn more about AQSG including how to become a member, click here.