The quilts were displayed on the brick walls of Esprit's headquarters in San Francisco. When Doug and Susie divorced, they divvied-up the quilts and a handful were sold. Two of those quilts are now part of my collection. Both are smaller than full size, one turn-of-the-century Nine Patch crib quilt and a 1940s Tumbling Blocks trundle quilt, both from Wayne County, Ohio. These pictures do not do the quilts much justice. They are magnificent in person.
There is something modern about Amish quilts. The geometric designs are graphic, and the solid colors rich. Esprit collected these quilts through the 1970s and 80s, when the market was at a high point. These colors surfaced in the clothing, influencing what a whole generation wore. So, today I post these quilts as a tribute to Doug Tompkins, and also Julie and Susie. I hope the media will pick up on this important part of Doug's legacy.