|wild and wonky: Double Wedding Ring, unknown maker, Texas, c. 1975, 64" x 84"|
The quilt came from an eBay seller in Texas during a flurry of activity a couple years ago, when 1970s quilts began to flood the market. Soon after, things slowed down. Perhaps people realized they should hold on to these offbeat gems, wait until the market hit a peak. Regardless, I got a lot of great quilts when they were available. Two other Double Wedding Rings are part of my 1970s group. One is fairly traditional, and the other more offbeat.
|Double Wedding Ring, unknown maker, Colorado, c. 1975, 91" x 91"|
|Double Wedding Ring, unknown maker, California, c. 1970, 90" x 90"|
|Double Wedding Ring, unknown maker, California, c. 1970, 104" x 106"|
collection of Roderick Kiracofe
|International Quilt Study Center Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska|
photo courtesy of Roderick Kiracofe
The other polyester Double Wedding Ring went to the collection of Roderick Kiracofe, and is currently on display in "The Extraordinary Made from the Ordinary" at the International Quilt Study Center Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before Lincoln, it was on display at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Roderick has been busy! Also showing now, an exhibition he guest curated at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles called "Found/Made".
|side-by-side - the sibling quilts, virtually reunited|
A variety of fabrics appear in the wild and wonky quilt from Texas, cottons and a few synthetics. It is 64" x 84" and is completely hand pieced and hand quilted. The work is a bit rough, but precision may not have been the top priority; it sure wasn't with the fabric selection. That's what I love about it.
The wild and wonky Texas Double Wedding Ring Quilt is part of an eye-opening group of barely-vintage quilts, currently on display in "Modern Materials, Quilts of the 1970s" at the Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon. For more information about the exhibition, location, hours, and other venues showing quilts during Quilt County 2015, click here.